Habitica is, in essence, a to-do app that takes things further by adding addictive gameplay hooks and RPG elements. Initially started as a Google Docs spreadsheet called HabitRPG, the app’s developers turned the concept into a website before a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 eventually led to the creation of a cell phone app.
In 2015 the app was renamed Habitica after the eponymous virtual game world. To start off, Habitica’s users build a character from scratch. From there, users navigate to the game’s main screen. The main screen is set-up as a cross between a character status screen and a to-do list. The bottom half of the page displays habits, daily tasks, to-dos and rewards. The ‘Habits’ section is fascinating. You load it up with things that you do everyday; whenever you complete items on your list, you hit the plus button to receive some in-game currency, experience and skills.
Whenever you fail to accomplish a task, you have to indicate that you broke the good habit by hitting the minus button — all of which causes your avatar to lose some health. When you set up your habits, you choose their difficulty — the harder the difficulty, the better the rewards. The next panel is a list of ‘Daily Tasks’ that can be set to repeat everyday, every week, every month or every year. These can be things like taking a dog for a walk daily, taking out the garbage weekly, or sitting down and going over a monthly budget. Failure to complete a daily task within the time set time limit will result in lost health while completing ‘dailies’ gives your avatar a bit of experience and coins.
Finally, the last section is ‘To-Dos.’ These are supposed to be larger one-time tasks, like doing taxes or finishing a big project. The game sections aren’t too difficult. They’re motivational, with fewer negatives and more positives.
Users can even check into a virtual inn to pause their daily tasks. Habitica is also open-source, so users can contribute code tweaks, design outfits for other users, contribute to the wiki and more.
Along with all the tasks and motivational elements, players can get involved in guilds, quests and many more game-type components that build out the game world.
Features of the app
- You can input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar.
- Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests!
- Fight monsters with friends to keep each other accountable, and use your gold on in-game rewards, like equipment, or custom rewards, like watching an episode of your favorite TV show.
- Flexible, social, and fun, you can motivate yourself to accomplish anything.
Habitica can be fully enjoyed for free, but there are in-app purchases and subscriptions. If you choose to purchase a subscription, payment will be charged to your iTunes account only when you confirm your purchase. The longer the length of your subscription, the more gems you can purchase for gold!
There are four types of optional Habitica subscriptions: $4.99 every month; $14.99 every three months; $29.99 every six months; and $47.99 every year, which is a 28% discount. (these may vary from country to country).
Subscriptions renew automatically unless cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off in your Account Settings in iTunes after purchase. You can also manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase.
Habitica can be downloaded on iOS for free from iTunes and requires iOS 9.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app comes in many languages like English, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish.