Before I tell you what Gamification is really about, I will tell you what it isn't.
Gamification is not about adding a game like Angry Bird, Candy Crush or Temple Run into your app. It is also not just about giving Points, Badge and Leaderboard for the sake of it. That is why many wonder why after doing the above, their app is not flooded with engaged users. I was also one of them when once shrugged off gamification because i thought the same.
Gamification doesn't mean that it needs to be an electronic game. Ever wondered why games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Rock-Paper-Scissors, Chess, Mahjong, Slots and even Hide-and-Seek, stood the test of time and generations loved playing it? They all contain some psychological motivation that drives people to continue playing.
Here are the 8 secret spices to juice up your app that i have gathered from all around.