Boston-based Lifeguard Games which makes health education games for kids under the name of Wellapets is rebranding itself to Wizdy. The company has also launched its first app, called Wizdy Pets, to teach children about asthma management.
In the game, kids adopt a cute 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, the same way they would manage their own asthma, so that it can blow fire and defeat the pesky smog monster.
In order to ensure proper information is delivered to kids, the Lifeguard Games team collaborated with asthma specialists from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. During the game, kids will learn about inhaler technique and timing, trigger identification and avoidance, and symptom recognition and the appropriate actions to avoid asthma attacks.
At least one doctor thinks the game presents a "good model for clinicians to consider."
"Wizdy Pets offers an engaging, fun way for kids to learn about asthma attack prevention, the difference between rescue and maintenance inhalers, and how to avoid asthma triggers," Henry G. Wei, MD, Cornell, Weill Medical College, dad, inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow, said in a statement.
The Wizdy Pets game is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for $1.99.
According to CrunchBase, Lifeguard Games has raised $257.500.