Take control of the human immune system and do battle against bacteria and infection
Amplify is a US-focused educational publisher reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. At the heart of this ambition is a groundbreaking digital curriculum for 4th and 5th grade pupils. We’ve been working with Amplify on a series of Maths, English Language, Arts and Science games for a variety of platforms.
The human immune system is an incredibly rich subject area for a game, with its natural wealth of interesting characters and life-or-death dynamics. With a focus on STEM subjects, our objective with Cell Strike was to introduce players to the human immune system and give them first-hand experience of the different ways our bodies overcome infection.
Cell Strike takes students beneath the skin of the human body to control the blood cells and platelets that protect us all. It’s a real-time strategy game where players have the power to devise and execute their own tactics for success. By freely exploring a rich 3D environment, they observe how various parts of the immune system work together and, crucially, how they can be co-ordinated in different ways.
With direct control over four ‘units’, the player develops an instinctive understanding of how these component parts of our immune system work as a team, gathering information and adapting to invading bacteria. The key to success is understanding then effectively managing the body’s resources to locate, study and overcome the enemy. Platelets are cast as ‘Engineer’ units, playing a vital role in sealing wounds. ‘Killers’ are the footsoldiers of the immune system, attacking bacteria to release antigens. ‘Scouts’ gather up this useful information and pass it on to ‘Specialist’ units so they can pinpoint weaknesses.
Cell Strike was developed in close collaboration with blood expert Lawrence Hutchinson from Edinburgh University and the Amplify science team. It draws on a fascinating area of biology and plays out in real time to capture the real life dynamics and drama on the front line of immune defence. The game has been rolled out to a number of US schools as part of the Amplify pilot programme.
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