Syndemic

Syndemic is a science-based video game designed to encourage learning and engagement towards microbiology.  Players take control of a genetically-engineered microbe that aids the immune system against bacterial infections, metastasizing cancer cells, chronic allergies, and other health-related scenarios.  Throughout each gameplay session, players interact with educational modules that range from basic biology to cutting edge biotechnology -- all the while staying engaged with the stylized art work and action-packed gameplay.  

Syndemic was developed by Alex May with levels in the game inspired by our research on bacterial therapies.  It is currently available for download and play on PC.  We are currently looking for funding and collaboration opportunities to expand this as a platform for science and biology outreach, so please email us if you have any interest.

  

Syndemic is a randomly-generated action shooter game that emphasizes upgrades, quick reflexes, and microbial puzzle-solving in a biological setting. Take control of a unique microbe that can dodge, tumble and weave through bodily tissues and avoid swarms of invasive pathogens. Accumulate a massive arsenal of antibiotic weaponry, upgrade your genome and cell structure, and unleash powerful metabolic abilities.

Syndemic is a randomly-generated action shooter game that emphasizes upgrades, quick reflexes, and microbial puzzle-solving in a biological setting. Take control of a unique microbe that can dodge, tumble and weave through bodily tissues and avoid swarms of invasive pathogens. Accumulate a massive arsenal of antibiotic weaponry, upgrade your genome and cell structure, and unleash powerful metabolic abilities. 

In the above video the "Supernova" is used as a weapon to fight cancer cells.