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Adults, Health

Nightmare: Malaria by Psyop

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In Nightmare: Malaria you must navigate two worlds – Blood and Brain – set inside a young girl suffering from malaria. Your aim is to kill mosquitoes and save teddy bears. It’s justifiably dark – malaria kills over a million people worldwide every year. Whilst the game is completely free, you will be prompted to donate throughout, with 100% of proceeds going straight to the Against Malaria Foundation.

Why we love it:

  • Graphic, fevered visuals add to the nightmarish atmosphere.
  • The in-game donations.
  • Featuring the voice of Susan Sarandon!

Get it for iOS or Android

The Walk by Six to Start

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The Walk is an adaptive fitness app from the makers of Zombies, Run! and the NHS. With over three month’s worth of super immersive story telling, and hundreds of miles of walking, it helps to establish long term fitness habits. Broader in its appeal than the aforementioned Zombies, Run! The Walk begins with a terrorist attack at Inverness Station. You must escape the city and walk the length of the country, deciding who to trust along the way. The app tracks your steps, how long you’ve walked for, and rewards you with adventure to keep you moving.

Why we love it:

  • Gameplay adjusts its difficulty based on the individual.
  • Motivates long term activity habits.
  • Packed with maps, collectible items and engaging characters.

Buy it for iOS or Android

dys4ia by Anna Anthropy

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Dys4ia is a gamified experience about hormone replacement therapy. The controls are very simple – just the arrow keys – and the starkness of the gameplay and the lo-fi aesthetic allow the content to shine through. The game’s creator is making headway in an otherwise unexplored and totally niche area of videogames. It’s like queer WarioWare and is at turns funny, frustrating, informative, and touching.

Why we love it:

  • Game based on real experiences and events.
  • Simple retro styling enhances the message.
  • Witty and moving in equal measure.

Play it online (free)

Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations.

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Plague Inc. is a strategy game where the aim is to kill off the world’s population. By engineering a disease, you affect transmission, mutation and possible cure rates. It teaches how diseases spread and can kill through factors like hygiene, economics and human transit. It also uses historic comparison of epidemics like The Black Death and Spanish ‘Flu. It’s unsettlingly satisfying to see each country turn a bloody red, and read the news of attempts to defeat you, but ultimately, the game is a reminder of human fragility.

Why we love it:

  • Sometimes it’s fun to be evil!
  • Unexpected teachings on world geography.
  • A great mix of science and horror.

Buy it for iOS or Android

Nom Nation by Playerthree & Channel 4

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Nom Nation is a retro platformer in which you learn about nutrition. You play as Chef, whose mission is to defeat an evil fast food peddling clown, and return the Holy Book to the Noms. By eating different noms you get different powers, protein gives you super punches, sugar and caffeine give you speed, fat makes you, well, fat. But muncher beware, foods can have lethal long term effects too…

Why we love it:

  • It’s funny and irreverent.
  • Great chiptune soundtrack.
  • Teaches healthy eating without being worthy.

Play it online or on iOS (both free)

Code Fred: Survival Mode by Museum of Science + Industry Chicago & UNIT9

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Code Fred: Survival Mode is a suite of browser-based minigames in which the player learns to exploit their own human biology to stay alive. As Fred, you’re trying to escape from a marauding wolf, completing a series of tasks in order to survive; pumping adrenaline to run faster, fighting off bacteria and healing a wound (yes, the wolf bites!).

Why we love it:

  • Great combination of fun and learning.
  • Dark sense of humour to amuse teens and adults.
  • But it’s great for all ages!
  • Nicely paced action for enquiring minds.

Play it online (free)

EteRNA by Carnegie Mellon & Stanford University

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EteRNA is a science based puzzle game in which players help to solve real life RNA molecule folding problems. Starting out with simple, yet addictive puzzles, the player is trained up until they have the skills to contribute to regularly changing RNA problems posed by the scientists behind the game. Top voted solutions are synthesised in a lab and ultimately improve RNA folding research at a much faster rate than traditional computer models.

Why we love it:

  • Easy to pick up puzzle mechanic.
  • Empowers the player to contribute to real life science issues.
  • Great example of crowd sourced science that is actually fun!

Play it online (free)

Zombies, Run! by Six to Start

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Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for iOS and Android, in which you run through a series of missions to escape zombies in the town of Abel. You collect goodies along the way, and form friendships with the characters you run with as you try to survive.

Why we love it:

  • Focuses on having fun whilst being active.
  • Entertainment and fitness combined in a new way.
  • Involved storyline keeps you motivated.

Buy it for iOS or Android