Saturday, January 2, 2010

Immune Attack

Immune Attack is a downloadable game with outstanding graphics, detailed information, and engaging game play about the immune system.

The scenario that you will help a child with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) by sending a nanobot, complete with probes, into her blood stream to teach her immune cells how to function again. This is immunology at the molecular level--pathogens, macrophage receptors, transmigration, and more. The immune system information is presented both in written and spoken form. It can be skipped over but not easily since it is integrated in with each mission.

This is a very large file that will take some time and storage to download and install, but that is because of it's amazing graphics. I am amazed at how much my 8 year old can tell me about immune function.

The game was created by the Federation of American Scientists. Below is the trailer on YouTube. One difficulty is that there are no instructions other than what the characters in the game tell you--and they don't tell you how to save the game. It's very frustrating having to start this complex game over again from the beginning each time!


L a u r a said...

Wow! This looks like a lot of fun. I guess we should study up a bit on the terminology before starting the game.

Thanks for sharing this resource!

Fiddler said...

Thanks, Kris--looks great! I look forward to trying it out with my kids.

Lori said...

That looks amazing! I can't wait to try it out. It may be a bit advanced for my daughter, but we will give a whirl anyway. If nothing else we will have it for later. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kris said...

My 6 year old loves to play this game--learned by watching his older brothers :o)

TenaciousD said...

ampThe game looks great, but there doesn't seem to be any actual reviews (apart from yours of course) online. Why is that?

Anyway, the Immune Attack website states that the save function doesn't work and that you need to type the password abc at the instructor's menu to access the level list from there you can choose a higher level to move on to.

And Immune Attack 2 is in development!