Criteria of Mobile Psychotherapy Games for Memory Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review

Laura Lim Sie-Yi, Noraziah ChePa


Games have been widely used in many domains including medical for therapy purposes. With the advancement of technology, mobile psychotherapy games have essential role in improving memory among elderly patients. There are numbers of psychotherapy games that have been developed for elderly with memory disorder. However, at one point most of the developed games are still questionable since there is lack of game development guides for this particular purpose. Designing the optimum design for the psychotherapy games, which emphasizes the users in it will be able to maximise the effectiveness of the games. Thus, this study aims to review the literatures systematically in identifying the criteria for mobile psychotherapy games specifically for memory disorder. To achieve this, three databases were used in searching literatures which are Scopus, Web of Science and ACM Digital Library. The search identified 992 articles altogether;69 papers remains for further selection process while 909 were excluded due to irrelevancy of the focus. The selection process later refrained to 16 articles being analysed and synthesised. The selection incorporated all articles which focused directly on the psychotherapy games for memory disorder elderly patients concentrated on mobile devices. As a result, a set of important criteria for different themes on designing mobile psychotherapy game has been identified. Significant features of psychotherapy games were found in majority of the reviewed articles. These criteria will be beneficial in forming a guideline for designing and developing mobile psychotherapy games for memory disorder patients.


Alzheimer’s disease; dementia; elderly; game criteria; game intervention; memory disorder; mobile psychotherapy games.

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) – eISSN: 1865-7923
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