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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Overall Score: 3.55/5.00

Total score: 10/14

Basis of research: 1/3
Source of funding for the research: 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support:  1/1
Software support:  2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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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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Available for: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up, Web Browser
Company: SuperBetter, LLC
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Gratitude
Target Conditions: Not Specified
Target audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Where to get it: Online, Google Play, iTunes
Cost: Free