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SuperBetter is a multi-platform, video-game style app that is intended to help users build “resilience,” defined as “the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.” SuperBetter invites users to create a fully customizable “Secret Identity” to tackle quests, use power-ups, and identifies “Bad Guys” for users to defeat. Users can conquer a real-life “quest” by completing tasks that are shown to increase overall health and well-being. Examples of “Quests” and “Power-up’s” include drinking water, reaching out to an old friend, walking around the block, and practicing “self-care” others. SuperBetter offers a social option to challenge friends to join a user’s quest, and users can customize their quests, challenges, and “Bad Guys” to address a variety of real-life concerns, from physical health, emotional health, and social connection.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.29/5.00

Overall Score: 12/14

Research Base: 2/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 3/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: February 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.39/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.20
Functionality: 4.63
Aesthetics: 4.17
Information: 4.58

Subjective quality score: 3.75

Perceived impact score: 3.67

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes


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More Information

Available For: iOS Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.; Android 4.0 and up
Developer: SuperBetter, LLC
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

A 2015 clinical trial of 238 adult users of SuperBetter found that 10 minutes of gameplay for six weeks prompted decreased levels of anxiety and depression, compared to a waitlist control group. The study also found that users who played the “Being Awesome” quests showed greater improvement than the users who completed the therapeutically oriented quests after six weeks of gameplay. A feasibility study is currently underway to evaluate the potential for SuperBetter to be used in the treatment of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, but the results of that study have yet to be published.