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A review of CD4 Hunter

Receptors on Cells!

February 28, 2018

Melanie Stegman

Melanie Stegman
I am a biochemist, making games to teach the invisible bits of cell biology.

Are you interested in how viruses get inside our cells? Wonder why viruses affect only some of our cells? Or why viruses affect different people differently? When you play CD4 Hunter you are getting a lesson in Molecular Virology.

The game is challenging, often your efforts are defeated by random events, and targets you think can reach you run out of time for... And well, this is the realistic experience of a HIV Virus. Viruses cannot see, and they can't change direction: viruses actually bounce around randomly and suffer many many more defeats that you will as you play. However, as we know, viruses manage to infect us and the consequences are devastating when the virus is HIV or other viruses that can destroy our cells.

The player can drag the virus around, which a virus cannot do in real life. Also, in real life, thousands of virus particles would be bouncing around... But you are able to see how the virus molecules stick to the CD4 receptors on the T Cells. This game is a great start toward making a mobile game based on a simulation of molecular reality. I say, play it and be I spurred to create the next one!

Fun rating: 3 out of 5

Learning rating: 4 out of 5

Science rating: 4 out of 5


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