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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cell Command is a browser-based science game that teaches how cells work through a series of mini-games. The difficulty of playing three mini-games at once (as is needed at higher levels) can be overwhelming for some kids regardless of their age and could make them want to give up. There is light battle terminology used in reference to the story's development.
What's it about?
In CELL COMMAND, the player is a desk-jockey-turned-crewman on a \"ship\" that is really a cell in a young girl's body. When the girl gets exposed to infection, players need to take on six mini-games, sometimes in combination, that are based on various cell functions to fight the infection. An A.I. and a commanding officer give players training and tips throughout the game. Also, there are six other crew members who do not interact with the player directly but who operate some functions of the cell.
Is it any good?
In Cell Command, players learn how cells function in a human body, including the different jobs of each cell component. The game has in-depth educational information about each part of the cell and how it works, including effective teaching tools, such as a reference dictionary kids can turn to as needed. Each mini-game represents a real-life function of a cell, and the instructions for each go into detail about what kids are doing. Managing your team includes upgrading your ship, training your crew, and making commendations, which give you new special abilities in the mini-games. The gameplay is a bit slow and is basically six mini-games packaged into a learning experience about cell biology, but kids will come out of it knowing how cells work. The story line doesn't quite get wrapped up, but that just allows for continued play. Occasional typos don't take away from the overall experience.
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- Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Science: biology
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: $9.99, $89.70/classroom
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Filament Games
- Release date: May 7, 2013
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: NR
- Last updated: June 20, 2019
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