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By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Facebook genetic puzzle game helps real-world science.

Game Facebook 2013
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In Fraxinus, kids are helping to sort actual DNA strands under the premise that humans' pattern-recognition skills are potentially more accurate and insightful than computer algorithms. Playing Fraxinus could actually lead to a real-life scientific breakthrough that saves trees, and that thought is very empowering. It's also why players might be more likely to forgive the rather one-dimensional gameplay and lack of a clear sense of progress from one challenge to the next. Fraxinus is a one-trick pony without the mainstream appeal of puzzle blockbusters like Bejeweled or Peggle, but it's still worth a look as an ingenious example of how the talents of puzzle-game fans can be tapped to solve real-world puzzles.

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