Coco's Cove is an app where players are challenged to fling a ball-shaped monkey at various food objects—from afar, it might not seem like a health game, but the students from Bradley University who developed it note that it "subtly incorporates symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes."
The game has players mindfully collect the right types of food for the monkey, who will get sleepy when the wrong types of snacks are attained, thus making gameplay even more challenging. Although the puzzle-style platform game was designed to simulate some of the symptoms of struggling with diabetes, Dr. Monica McGill, Associate Professor and Game Design Lead says: "In games like this, it is important to realize that fun must always be present. No one wants to play a preachy game."
Other examples of gamification and health converging can also be seen with playable tools to improve asthma, vision and mental wellness in children and adults.