Wizdy Pets - Asthma Game

Wizdy Pets - Asthma Game app

  • An app designed to teach younger children about asthma, using a fun and interactive game.
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Wizdy Pets - Asthma Game app By Lifeguard Games Inc


  • Education and information.
  • Games.
  • Designed for children.
Clinical review 

4 star review

Read a clinical review below.

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This app aims to to educate children about asthma, in an enjoyable, entertaining game. In the game, kids adopt a fire-breathing dragon who wants to blow fire like all of its friends, but can't because it has asthma. It's up to kids to care for their pet's asthma. During the game kids learn about asthma care, inhaler timing, inhaler technique, triggers, symptom recognition and appropriate actions to avoid asthma attacks. As children keep their pet dragon healthy, they will unlock each new level and they earn badges by completing missions (there are 30 badges in all).

For a more detailed description of the app, got to the website(external link), or iTunes (external link)and for a detailed review, see reviews below.

Wizdy pets screenshots


Teaches children about asthma - fun and interactive way to teach children about asthma and introduce words like rescue inhaler, spacer, etc.

The bright colours and bold images are appealing to children, and the reward badges are an incentive to keep playing.

Spacer technique isn’t quite correct, the game shows using one breath rather than four.

 You can’t customise inhaler colours. For example the reliver inhaler is red but most children in NZ will have a blue reliever.

 The game only allows you to use MDI devices not others, however most children will be using MDIs.

 I found that there was not very much emphasis on the difference between preventers and relievers.

✘ The simplistic graphics is targeted to a younger age group - may not appeal to older kids.

Repeated playing of the game can lead to boredom — periodic upgrades would be an advantage.

Clinical review

4 star review

: Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, RNZCGP
Date of review: February 2018
Platform: Android
Version: 3.0

Comments: This app is most useful for young children with asthma - to motivate and help them engage in self-monitoring and treatment. It comprises a set of mini games designed for children to learn inhalers, spacers, asthma symptoms and triggers. It is a high-quality app, but it is important to note that the spacer technique isn’t quite correct (game uses one breath instead of four) and the colour of the reliever inhaler is red while in New Zealand it is blue, and so this might get confused with the orange preventer fluticasone (flixotide). The content is very basic and so it would only be suitable for young children.
Safety concerns: The reliever inhaler in game is red which might get confused with the preventer fluticasone (flixotide) which is orange. You can’t change it to the more common blue colour. The spacer technique isn’t quite correct (game uses one breath instead of four).
New Zealand relevance: As per safety concerns.

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