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CellCraft

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rated 4.45 / 5 stars
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Strategy - Tower Defense
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defense
cell
educational
biology

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Uploaded
Jul 9, 2010 | 2:39 PM EDT

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Author Comments

This game was made possible by a grant from the Digital Media & Learning Competition. The goal was to make a truly educational game that was also genuinely fun to play. We hope students, teachers, and gamers will all enjoy the game, and encourage you to visit www.cellcraftgame.com, which will soon have an open forum and eventually downloadable teacher materials.

The game was designed by Anthony Pecorella. The lead programmer was larsiusprime of Super Energy Apocalypse fame, and the art was by LILg, who created the Reincarnation series. A custom soundtrack was created by Hibiki Haruto.

Also thanks to Dr. Jed Macosko at Wake Forest University and Dr. David Dewitt at Liberty University for providing lots of support and biological guidance.

Thanks so much for the support and kind words - this has already exceeded my hopes in terms of a response for the game! :-D

This game can be processor intensive. There are some options in the menu for reducing the graphics that may help.

***Fixes in v1.0.1***
- Fixed issue in final level with some buttons suddenly no longer functioning.
- Fixed membrane explosion when recycling membrane quickly.
- Possibly fixed fatty acid glitch in Level 3
- Fixed two typos

There is still an issue with getting stuck too far outside of the colored area. Solution - don't go out there. :) It's a somewhat complicated fix, so I'm not sure if we'll get it in or not, but it's the easiest to avoid too.

Reviews


Hitchhiker18Hitchhiker18

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Quite nice

The game is really educational, when it comes to the structure and functions of a cell. Of course it's all simplified, but a game requiring understanding of the metabolism of a cell on an academic level would be hard and boring. This game provides a lot of information (there's even an encyclopedia) and manages to be quite entertaining at the same time. Of course the way the cells are created is controversial (oh, what the hell am I talking 'bout, it's just wrong) but until I read about it "pushing creationism" I hadn't thought of that.

My point is, now it's possible for intelligent life forms (ex.c. us :) ) to design a cell. It's already been done by Craig Venter and his co-workers. Of course it was created by "programming" a cell with man-made DNA and not by throwing already developed organelles in, but still I see it just as a misleading simplification of genetical engineering, not as a way to promote Intelligent-Design. For me the plot is just a sort of sci-fi story, explaining the arival of such bizzare creatures like platypuses on Earth in a humorous way (not THAT funny, but also not completely tragical). And it doesn't put the platypuses as the origin of Earth's life, the crocodile was already there...

The other side of the coin is that it just might be used to promote creationism. But wouldn't that be just an overinterpretation? The encyclopedia even says (under Chloroplasts): "The presence of both a membrane and DNA gives support to the idea that chloroplasts were once independent bacteria that EVOLVED [highlighting by me] to form more complex cells in conjunctions with other organelles (such as mitochondria).". Maybe it's not all that bad? By a reasonable, rational teacher it could be used in a good way. And using it in a bad way comes in a packet, like it is with most of the tools.


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sniper4900sniper4900

Rated 5 / 5 stars

same as the last dude

my question is it really possible to actually put a cloroplast in a animal cell
i never heard of tht happening it would make sense for a single cell organism but it single cell are basic cells like tht are complex btw in reality cells duplicate instead of just one alone fending for itself agianst a shit load of viruses
and is it really truce tht mitochondria can produce heat from using up sugar?
is tht how we produce body heat
and if so then why do other multi celled organisms not have tht ability to do tht


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garyd83garyd83

Rated 5 / 5 stars

fantastic!!!

Great Work! I finished the game only wishing there were more levels. The only glitch that I experianced was that the cell wall would randomly fluctuate and distort from time to time. However, I never experianced the organelles exiting the cell as some have stated. On a further note, the people complaining about creationist influiances in the game are being hyper sensitive; I personally missed what they were getting all worked up about. Great work, and I believe that you have surpassed your goal of creating a fun educational game.


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OnamujiOnamuji

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Probably the least boring edu-game I've played

Biological processes were all correct, as far as I remember. The cutscenes were funny and entertaining, graphics were cartoony but realistic enough. If I were a biology teacher I'd definitely use this.
The main complaint I've been seeing is that it's pushing creationism, but I didn't really think of that until I saw the reviews saying it. Yeah, Liberty University professors shouldn't be used as sources for anything, but I really didn't see any God-pushing. Most creationists probably wouldn't be happy with the idea of alien platypi being the creators of any life on Earth, even if only the platypus. It's definitely much preferable to the Bible-thumping of other games here on NG.


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spearclawspearclaw

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

well when the cell starts to travel the fun starts

well when the cell starts to travel the fun starts... it was really hilarious in some parts