Gamification in iPhone Fitness Apps

Zombies, Run! Let’s face it, to hit it big in the App Store these days you need something special and fun. Especially, if your app is in a crowded category like fitness and health apps.

While researching unique characteristics that set successful apps apart from the average app, I stumbled upon the topic of gamification. According to Wikipedia, gamification is defined as follows:

Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context to engage users and solve problems. Gamification is used in applications and processes to improve user engagement, return on investment, data quality, timeliness, and learning.

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Developing my first iPhone app

This is an article on how I went from zero to a fully featured iPhone app in about 6 weeks. My challenge was to build an iPhone application for my task management tool ThunderTask. I already had a web app and decided to make an iPhone app to make the service more attractive to users.

Challenges

The goal was to develop a basic first version which included the following challenges for me:

  • Learning Objective-C, a completely new programming language for me
  • Learning Xcode, the iOS development environment
  • Building a sync web service
  • Not spending too much time 😉

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