Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Coming April 29 Re-Mission 2: Serious Games To Fight Cancer And Win

Serious Games parallel real-world strategies used to successfully destroy cancer and win


In April 2013 HopeLab is releasing Re-Mission 2, the follow-up to the groundbreaking 2006 Serious Game for young people fighting cancer (Please find also Games Get Serious - Gaming For Health).

Re-Mission 2 is a collection of six online games created by the nonprofit HopeLab to help young people with cancer take on the fight of their lives. The games are an evolution of the original Re-Mission, inspired by the vision of HopeLab founder Pam Omidyar to fight cancer with gameplay.  Based on scientific research, the games provide cancer support by giving players a sense of power and control and encouraging treatment adherence.


The gameplay parallels real-world strategies used to successfully destroy cancer and win. Each game puts players inside the human body to fight cancer with an arsenal of weapons and super-powers, like chemotherapy, antibiotics and the body’s natural defenses.  The games are designed to motivate players to stick to their treatments by boosting self-efficacy and positive emotions and by shifting attitudes about chemotherapy.

All the games can be played free online at http://www.re-mission2.org/

RE-MISSION 2: NANOBOT’S REVENGE

You are a nanobot, a powerful microscopic robot designed to blast away cancer.
Players use an ever-increasing arsenal of powerful chemo attacks to crush the cancerous forces of the Nuclear Tyrant, firing targeted treatments on a growing tumor to prevent cancer from escaping into the blood stream.

RE-MISSION 2: LEUKEMIA

Lured by the sweet taste of healthy stem cells, the Leukemia Monster has mutated the body’s bone marrow. Players save white blood cells and destroy cancer with arcade action, point-and-click gameplay.

RE-MISSION 2: NANO DROPBOT

Cancer cells are lurking, holding healthy cells captive and starving. Players seek and destroy cancer and rescue healthy cells as a specialized nanobot armed with chemo medicine bombs. Platform-style gameplay features navigating and exploring inside the body to fight cancer.

RE-MISSION 2: STEM CELL DEFENDER

You are a mighty nanobot designed to protect white blood cells from a bacteria invasion – and you’ve got what it takes to win. Drag-and-drop gameplay maneuvers the nanobot to grow good cells to fight off a nasty bacterial infection. Powerful antibiotic bombs are used to wipe out the invading bacterial army.

RE-MISSION 2: FEEDING FRENZY

Devour bacteria and cancer cells to defeat cancer and infections as a white blood cell or chemo agent. Platform-style gameplay lets players explore the human body, and progress earns upgrades that make players even more powerful.

RE-MISSION 2: SPECIAL OPS

This bonus game is unlocked by playing 5 levels of each of the other Re-Mission 2 games. Players destroy cancerous worms invading the body in iconic shoot-‘em-up arcade-style gameplay. The game is downloadable and available for play offline.

Re-Mission 2 games incorporate key insights from years of scientific studies and qualitative user research with AYA cancer patients. Key research projects that informed Re-Mission 2 development are as follows:

Re-Mission™ Outcomes Study
Data published in the medical journal
 Pediatrics

Re-Mission™ Attitudes Study in the Brain
Data published in the scientific journal PLoSONE


For more on our research-based game-development process, read the article HopeLab’s Approach to Re-Mission, published in the International Journal of Learning and Media.