Weird Health Wednesdays: Asthma Games
All the breathing disorder fun you ever wanted:
Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus
Pros: The concept here is more creative and entertaining than you might think, as Bronkie’s quest involves finding the lost pieces of a giant wind machine to clean the city’s air. The screen even darkens if your character “breathes” in irritants like smoke, and you can fight enemies by blowing on them. Apparently, the game is bizarre enough (and really, what asthma video game wouldn’t be?) to make it unintentionally hilarious even for the non-asthmatic set.
Con: Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus was an SNES game, so you can’t get it for any of the current systems, like the Wii.
Quest for the Code
The Starlight Children’s Foundation partnered with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Glenn Close, Shaquille O’Neal and even General Norman Schwarzkopf, all of whom provided the voices for this adventure/video lung tour/asthma quiz/learning game.
The Asthma Wizard
Thorough medical explanations in clear, comprehensible language, interactive images, and printables like coloring pages make this resource good for younger kids. It’s from National Jewish, so the educational quality is stellar.