Last month we summarised the systematic review by Yang et al. The review concluded that standalone gamified smartphone apps have small-to-moderate positive effects on physical activity levels in people of all health statuses and ages, compared to usual care/waitlist control, diet, physical activity trackers, non-gamified apps or lifestyle counselling. The certainty of evidence was rated as moderate.
Some findings are included in this infographic.
Yang Y, Hu H, Koenigstorfer J. Effects of Gamified Smartphone Applications on Physical Activity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Prev Med. 2022 Apr;62(4):602-613. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.10.005. Epub 2021 Dec 7. PMID: 34893387