What are some gamified productivity apps

Smartphone addiction? I have a productivity and concentration lifehack for you!

Smartphone addiction? I have a productivity and concentration lifehack for you on how to fight your smartphone addiction!

I'm a 27-year-old Berliner and develop apps (surprise!). Even I totally agree that smartphone use is becoming a major problem.

World-famous newspapers such as The Guardian or The New York Times are currently writing about a major problem in society:

So, here we are in 2018. Society is getting “sick”, there is no place where people don't use their phones all the time. Are the smartphones to blame? That's a whole different story for another day. But here's the thing: We can fight our phone addiction! We can change our individual habits. I can't promise you it'll be easy ... but at least it'll be fun. I developed an app for it and it has been named “App of the Day” and “New App We Love” by Apple over 18x in different countries around the world presented!

May I introduce: The gamified productivity timer “Donut Dog App”

When you want to achieve something and you don't want your phone in the way, open the Donut Dog app and start focusing on your work. With the app you start a timer or a donut machine that produces donuts. However, the production only works as long as you are not using your phone. By making donuts and completing challenges, you level up and earn gold and gems. You can use gold or gems to improve your recipe or machine. Compete against friends and see who produces more donuts or who is more productive. Impressive, isn't it?

The problem with traditional productivity apps in app stores

Before I dive into Donut Dog, let me first explain why I saw the need to develop Donut Dog in the first place. I think there are a lot of well-designed and good time tracking, pomodoro, or other habit building apps out there.

But ... they all implement the same thing over and over again with a slightly different or similar appearance. Not many app developers in the productivity niche really think about another appealing design. They copy each other. I always delete productivity apps after a few days because they look and feel like a productivity app: boring!

Why Donut Dog is different ... and better

First, Donut Dog doesn't feel like a productivity app. Donut Dog feels and looks more like a game.

In other words, it's a game where you can only level up by pressing a timer. It's a game that rewards you for not using your phone.

Why did I design a productivity app as a game? Well, games are always fun, so they're motivating, right? Who still needs a boring productivity app on their phone? Sorry but not me. ¯ \ _ (ツ) _ / ¯

Making the switch from a boring productivity timer app to a fun game took me a lot of work. I couldn't and didn't want to use the standard UI components you see in every other app. Every screen, every component, everything you see is “handcrafted” and designed by myself. In the app you will find countless details such as small party animations, funny focus pictures (the dog) and sounds. Also, the UI text, notifications, and pop-up messages are constantly changing. It's even more fun this way.

Donut Dog doesn't just have to look like a game, it also needs to feel like one. So I had to come up with a motivating game mechanic! For this I designed a user-level system, a social component (add friends), daily challenges, quests, a virtual currency with gems and coins and a shop to spend the currencies.

The rewards, animations and notifications in the app act as simple endorphin triggers. They should encourage you or the user not to use the phone too often. Like Pavlov's dog from the 1890s;)

The gamification behind Donut Dog

Let me guide you through the game system and functions of this particular app. You will see that it is far more than a productivity app. It is indeed a game ... but with a productivity purpose;)

  • Every X minutes that you run the machine, you make donuts

  • Every donut you produce brings you XP (experience points).

  • You need a certain amount of XP to reach the next level

  • If you add friends, the friends will see your current level

  • A daily challenge board shows you available challenges and their rewards

  • When you complete challenges, you will receive special donuts, coins and / or gems.

  • Quests reward you for making certain donuts with gems

  • You can spend coins or gems to:

    • Buying new donut recipes that you can use to make new types of donuts

    • Upgrading the donut machine to produce donuts faster

    • Purchase one-time upgrades to the machine to increase rare or epic donut-making opportunities

    • Upgrade your donut recipes so that each donut gives you more XP when you make it

    • You can also customize the appearance of the app with app backgrounds, which you can purchase for gold and gemstones

Curious to try Donut Dog? Lad donut dog free down, show Donut Dog to your friends and share your opinion with me!

Greetings from Berlin, Patrick

Download Donut Dog from the Apple App StoreDownload Donut Dog from the Google Play Store