App Spotlight

Published on March 6th, 2017 | by Callib Carver

Habitica — App spotlight

There are a lot of habit apps out there, they’re supposed to help you track and build a habit or multiple habits. Most that I’ve tried are very bland and boring. However the habit app Habitica took a different approach with it, by making it a game. We will be taking a look at the Android version of this app, as there are a few version of it out there.

Habitica takes a very fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons, style to gamify your habits. It has a retro look, and you have your habits, dailies, to-dos, and rewards. There are many quest that you can complete with others, as well as what appears to be a wide range of inventory and gear options.

Players set up their habits, dailies, to-do’s, and can even create rewards. You’ll select how difficult you think the task is, and that helps determine how much experience, coin, and even rewards you’ll earn from completing the task. To prevent exploitation of the system, or just tapping the complete button till your finger falls off, you’ll earn less and less as you complete the same habit or task in the same day.

I setup some simple task, like making a cup of coffee, or taking care of my cat box every other day, which is something I do anyways. But I thought I’d throw something that I I already have a habit for in there. I did put an odd habit in there, “shave once a week”, which I have to admit I don’t always do. Sometimes I let my facial hair get out of hand.

It was a fun experience using the app and just earning a reward for doing something regularly. That comes from my time playing MMORPG’s, my favorite and long-standing one being Guild Wars 2. I earned enough to buy some basic gear and I even found a pet. I’ve also been hurt. By that, I mean that I’ve forgotten to do my dailies, which if you don’t complete them then you’ll receive damage.

But my problem is that the game gets stale. I found myself at a point where I didn’t feel the need or desire to come back to the app. The game was slow going, and it didn’t feel like it was a complete game, if you will. I wanted to do more, I wanted to fight something or explore the world. I feel like the game should’ve incorporated something more.

However, the game’s retro look is nice. It also functions very well, and I haven’t had a single issue with it outside of the fact that the game content feels lacking and only half done. It does seem to have a lot of menus and navigating them is easy. But in my experience apps with a bunch of menus and tons of alternative pages are a turn off to people, at least to me. It should feel like one big page or maybe a few pages, not a hundred. Perhaps I haven’t ventured far enough into the game and have missed some key feature. At the moment I’m just not sure about much else other than it’s a brief distraction and fun for a little while.

You can try out Habitica on Android or iOS, as well as their web based app.

All in all, I’m giving Habitica 2.8 stars out of 5.

Habitica — App spotlight Callib Carver
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Summary: A habit tracking app that is a step up, but feels unfinsihed.

2.8

Lacking


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About the Author

Callib Carver is the founder & editor of o7 Magazine. Having spent three years as a student journalist, focusing in photography & video, and working with several small publications, he now writes for his own publication, blog, and is an active freelancer in Washington state.


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