Habitica (opens in new tab) is a product of HabitRPG, Inc, an American software company. The task manager app is unique and is in the form of a role play to keep users motivated. It was created by a programmer named Tyler Renelle, who raised money for the development of the app through the Kickstarter website.
Unlike most task management apps, Habitica is open-source, meaning any developer can contribute to it. This open source model makes the app highly customizable and capable of providing more comprehensive features than other task management tools.
We noticed that many people on the web were praising Habitica as their to-do list app (opens in new tab)† So we tried to see for ourselves what the app has to offer.
Habitica: subscriptions and prices
One of the best things about Habitica is that it is a free to use app. You don’t have to pay a cent to use the app to manage your tasks. But there is an optional subscription package for people who want to support the development of the app.
There are four types of optional subscriptions; $4.99 per month; $14.99 every three months; $29.99 every six months; and $47.99 per year.
The onboarding process on Habitica is simple. The first step is to create an account, and you can do that with your email address (opens in new tab) or your existing Google or Apple accounts. After creating an account, the app will ask you to create a unique username. It also gives you suggestions on the kind of tasks you will focus on, e.g. work and school.
When you choose a suggestion, the app automatically generates a list of tasks related to what you chose. You can always change them if they don’t fit.
Adding a task to your Habitica dashboard is easy. Look for a button with a + sign embedded in a diamond shape. Habitica lets you add different types of tasks; habits, newspapers and tasks. Each task type is assigned an in-game reward or punishment.
Just like in real life, Habitica habits can be good, bad, or both. Good habits are indicated by the plus sign “+” and are rewarded with experience, gold and mana. Bad habits are indicated by a negative sign “-” and are punished by loss of health and mana. You can set the difficulty of each habit to trivial, easy, medium and hard. The higher the difficulty, the higher the reward you will earn when you complete it.
Each new habit starts with a task value of zero indicated by the color yellow. Completing a good habit will increase the task value and change the habit from yellow to green and then to blue. If you complete a bad habit, its value will decrease and turn dark red.
Daily tasks are tasks that are scheduled repeatedly, tasks that you include in your daily routine. Although this feature is called daily newspapers, you can set the task to repeat at different intervals, such as every three days, every two weeks, etc.
Tasks are tasks that you must complete all at once, not on a set schedule like Habits or Daily Tasks. You can set a due date for your To-Do tasks. Completing a task will give you in-game rewards. Uncompleted tasks gradually turn reddish and are worth more reward when completed.
Habitica: interface and in use
We appreciate Habitica’s game-like interface that makes the app fun to use. If you are the type who likes games then this is the perfect app to keep you motivated to get your tasks done. But this interface is not beneficial for users who are not very fond of games. The app can be difficult to use and frustrating for these types of users.
Habitica: Customer Support
One drawback of Habitica is that there is no direct customer support. But there are alternative support options, including a FAQ page and a forum where you can interact with other users.
Habitica: the competition
Habitica’s main competitors include TickTick (opens in new tab)todoist (opens in new tab)and OmniFocus (opens in new tab)† Habitica stands out from its rivals by being gamified and interactive. It is also completely free to use while these rivals are freemium apps.
Habitica: Final Verdict
Habitica is the perfect task manager app for those who love games. The gamified interface makes managing your tasks fun, with virtual rewards for completing them and penalties for not doing so. But it is not suitable for people who are not very fond of games and prefer a more formal structure. We think the app serves the younger audience best.
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