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July 10, 2010 2:17 AM   Subscribe

(Late) Friday Flash Fun: CellCraft. Build and improve a cell, learn how real cells work, and save the Platypus species!
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posted by atrazine at 5:49 AM on July 10, 2010

Awesome. The music is definitely reminiscent of that used in Harvard University's Inner Life of the Cell. I do science outreach in grades 6-12, and will definitely be suggesting this for classroom use. Also, the platypus is my favorite animal (along with their babies, commonly called puggles).
posted by variella at 7:57 AM on July 10, 2010

this is such a weird little game. i like it.
posted by millipede at 8:58 AM on July 10, 2010

Pretty good. The dialog is amusing: "We don't have any ideas right now, but if you give us a ridiculous amount of grant money, we'll figure something out."
posted by demiurge at 9:19 AM on July 10, 2010

This is a delight.
posted by The Whelk at 9:42 AM on July 10, 2010

Well I don't know if I'm just an idiot or if there is some sort of bug but I've been making fatty acids from excess glucose for over 20 minutes and I still haven't met the objective. I gave up.
posted by Bonzai at 10:16 AM on July 10, 2010

Good stuff. Thanks.
posted by Trochanter at 11:28 AM on July 10, 2010

I'm having the same problem Bonzai. 10000 ATP, 9400 AA, 200 FA and no progress.
posted by Mitheral at 11:33 AM on July 10, 2010

According to the update info:
Two bugs have been reported a few times that we’re going to work on fixing tomorrow. In the meantime, if you’re in Level 3 trying to make fatty acids, and you have more then 10, then the level bugged and you’ll want to restart it. There are a few oddities on the last level that we’re going to try to sort out too.
I got past the fatty acid level and made it to the last level, at which point it hung up completely and I could no longer produce anything. Curse you, Perry the Biologist!!
posted by Dojie at 11:57 AM on July 10, 2010

Restarting only restarts that level. Yay.
posted by Mitheral at 12:32 PM on July 10, 2010

I feel like I have been tricked into learning something...
posted by Joe Chip at 8:33 PM on July 10, 2010

I'm rather impressed with how scientific this game is. I could easily see a high school Biology teacher using this as an aid for Molecular Biology.
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 9:24 PM on July 10, 2010

That was awesome.

I am so jealous of the resources kids have to learn these days.
posted by XMLicious at 10:12 AM on July 11, 2010

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