Habitica: play to improve your habits

Submitted by Juan on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:09
That's how I look my Habitician version

We are almost at the end of the first month of the year so we could now ask a question which could feel even uncomfortable for some: how is it going with your new year's resolutions? How are you going on building your new and better habits?

The adoption of good habits and destroying the bad ones can become an exhaustive task and we can think of getting tools to meet our goals. That is the case of Habitica, an app which I have used since some months ago and applies a gamification concept to urge you on developing new good habits.

Habitica is an open source RPG game where you can set up an avatar and register your habits (the good ones as the bad ones too) from any field of your life: physical, social and intellectual.

Everyday you get a review on that habits list: every time you complete a task, Habitica rewards you with experience points and your character becomes stronger and reaches higher levels; if you fall into bad habits you lose health points. There you need to be careful on avoid creating very ambitious lists, as your character receives damage when you fail at tasks completion.

As you go advancing in the game you can also acquire new abilities and equipment for your avatar. There is also the possibility of creating a team to fight together on certain missions and world bosses, such as a procrastination monster or reducing your monthly sugar consumption level. The idea is to team up with your friends and get motivated everyone on acquiring better habits in a group.

The app is available via web on http://habitica.com and there are mobile apps for iOS and Android too. If you like games give it a try and let me know what you do think about it.