|Deals with||biology // cells // molecular science // plants|
|metabolic biology, organelles|
|Intended for||high school and undergraduate students|
|Available on||Windows // Mac|
|Developed by||Iowa State University (academic developer)|
|Website at||Visit game website|
The last remaining plant cell in existence is dying. An expert team of plant scientists have inexplicably disappeared. Can you rescue the lost team, discover what is killing the plant, and save the world? Meta!Blast is a real-time 3D action-adventure game that puts you in the pilot's seat. Shrink down to microscopic size and explore the vivid, dynamic world of a soybean plant cell spinning out of control. Interact with numerous characters, fight off plant pathogens, and discover how important plants are to the survival of the human race.
What's in a cell?
The eukaryotic cell is comprised of a dizzying array of molecules, proteins, and organelles. To understand the nature of these entities and their processes across both time and space can be a daunting task. The goal of Meta!Blast is to provide a medium--a dynamic virtual cell--that lends itself to the comprehension of cell and metabolic biology. Of course, building and populating an accurate 3D representation of a plant cell is no trivial undertaking, which is why the Meta!Blast team spans numerous disciplines. Faculty and students in biology, art, computer science, music, and game design are all equally important in the construction of a compelling and accurate virtual cell game.
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January 15, 2013
I am simply floored by the dedication to teaching that this software represents. As a parent of a 4 year old I have searched high and low for something that is more then just glorified flash cards passed off as educational software. Although my son is only 4 I can see him using this software throughout his educational career to sharpen his skills. Meta!Blast gives me hope that the Educational genre has developers that take the time to care about providing quality education experiences.
Fun rating: 5 out of 5
Learning rating: 5 out of 5
Science rating: 5 out of 5
15 / 15
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