Improve mental health, resilience and social-emotional skills.
SuperBetter is at heart a simple and transformative idea – we can use the same strengths naturally displayed in game play to confront real-life challenges, build skills, manage stress & practice self-care.
SuperBetter uses the psychology of game play in all of life. Playing SuperBetter means bringing a gameful mindset to real-life - challenging yourself, going for epic wins, adopting a secret identity, completing quests, battling bad guys, activating power-ups and checking-in with allies. The 7 rules for living gamefully is a framework to be stronger, happier, braver & more resilient in everyday life.
Invented by researcher & game designer Jane McGonigal, SuperBetter is backed by science. In a randomized controlled trial at University of Pennsylvania playing SuperBetter for 30 days was associated with significant improvements in mental health and resilience.
The SuperBetter app makes it simple to go for epic wins, track your gameful strengths and build your whole-person resilience - mental, social, emotional & physical. Proven results in 10 minutes a day.
SuperBetter is for youth, teens, young adults & everyone who wants to unlock their heroic potential using the power of living gamefully. Over 1 million people have played SuperBetter.
> Hero account: Play SuperBetter on your own.
> Host account: A web-based portal to host challenges for squads.
> Player account: Join squad challenges when invited by a host.
HERO ACCOUNT: PLAY ON YOUR OWN
14-day free trial
Grow your mental health, social-emotional wellbeing & physical resilience with a library of over 40 solo challenges.
Create your own challenges to go for personal epic wins.
Join squad challenges from hosts.
Watch a demo video on the SuperBetter website.
HOST ACCOUNT: HOST CHALLENGES FOR SQUADS
Promote mental health, resilience, social-emotional learning and skills for success with groups in a way that's practical & engaging.
Designed for educators, the Host account is available to anyone:
> Middle & high school teachers promote social-emotional learning.
> Small groups, teams & clubs foster youth mental health & resilience.
> Universities empower student success & student wellbeing.
> Small businesses make it a low-cost employee wellbeing program.
The web-based host portal makes it easy to create squads & host challenges. Squad challenges bring the SuperBetter methodology to life. Each has an epic win and 5-days of activities. Hosts select from a library of over 90 challenges to promote mental, emotional, social & physical resilience, or create custom challenges to have squads go for any epic win they choose. Squad members play about 10 minutes a day on the SuperBetter mobile or web app. They use a free Player account or a low-cost Hero account. Learn more on the SuperBetter website.
PLAYER ACCOUNT: SQUAD PLAY ONLY
The Player account is a companion to the Host account. It is a free account to play with squads only.
Players can join squad challenges when invited by someone with a Host account, and play a weekly challenge hosted by SuperBetter.
DESIGNED FOR SMARTPHONES
The SuperBetter mobile app is designed for smartphones. If you have a Chromebook, iPad or tablet device you can play on the web app.
The Hero account price is $24.99 per year.
Pricing is for U.S. customers. Pricing in other countries may vary. Charges may be converted to local currency depending on country of residence.
Payment will be charged to the credit card connected to your iTunes Account when you confirm the initial subscription purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless canceled before the end of the current subscription period. Manage your subscription in Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription.
Thank you for playing SuperBetter! This update includes bug fixes and performance improvements. If you experience any issues, please let us know at https://superbetter.zendesk.com.
SuperBetter was redesigned in early 2023 to serve as a tool for educators to address the youth mental health crisis. If you had an account on the original app, you will need to create a new account. History from the old app is not available in the new. The original web app can be accessed through the end of 2023. Find a link in our Help Center FAQs.
Ratings and Reviews
Speaks to your inner child
I’ve just started to use this app, but like it a whole lot already. It turns something like battling depression (a typically miserable endeavor) into an epic adventure. I can see how this app wouldn’t be for everybody, but if you’re a creative or imaginative type, it’s the best. Every day you give yourself power-ups and complete quests that help you on whatever personal journey you may be on. It doesn’t have to be depression; it could be anything you’re struggling with.
The one drawback is that I didn’t care for any of the pre-made “powerpaks” of suggested power-ups, bad guys, and quests. For instance, sometimes a quest just involved completing certain power-ups. I didn’t see the point of that overlapping. Or with the bad guys, sometimes there was no instruction on how to “fight,” or it would be something vague, like “practice self compassion.” The saving grace of all this is that you don’t have to use these and can fully create your own tools to personalize the experience. It took some time but I enjoyed brainstorming my own bad guys with strategies to beat them and creating power-ups and quests that are relevant to my experience. Once I got these set up, the app became a lot more fun and useful.
Overall, I think this is a great app for anyone who wants to add some fun and creativity to their personal struggles. Just be ready to add your own content to the mix.
Best app I’ve used
This app if you actively use it, will be a life saver. I’ve been using it for years off and on. It helps put you in the right frame of mind to take on anything. Chronic Pain, family issues. It I went from a bedridden disfunctional disabled person with a pure negative attitude and absolute hopelessness to someone who was more positive, could deal with my pain and responsibilities and even started helping my own families issues as a true mother and wife. My relationships improved, the pain levels were more manageable and slightly less frequent. Nothing externally changed. My perspective changed and things slowly got better. I wouldn’t say I’m a superbetter person but definitely a better more functional one. The other thing I liked about it. Is that it’s customizable. You can created your own aspects of “the game”. Also, treating it like a game made it fun. Say you are an alcohol and want to put the 12 step program element in your challenges, if they don’t already have a pack for it. You can make one specific for you. Also, being a person with chronic migraines I was able to put in my triggers and plan how do deal with. I would recommend this application for anyone. Even just if you want a superbetter life than you already have.
Great App for Depression
I’ve barely used this app - in fact I just downloaded it today. But I can already tell that it will help me with my depression. I have fairly severe depression, so everything is a battle; therefore, doing these little challenges, like drinking a glass of water, not pinching your fat, hugging yourself, etc. make it feel like I’ve accomplished something, anything. This app makes necessary and helpful tasks into power-ups to be earned, and “bad guys” to be defeated. And when you have absolutely no motivation for anything, the idea of beating a challenge, getting points, and leveling up at least makes it easier to walk my dog, or get off the chair when I can’t seem to move. This may not help everyone, but I think it will certainly help me.
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- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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