Meta!Blast

A Biological Adventure

It is 2051. Our earth's ecosystem is reverberating as some unknown pathogen decimates plant life. A team of expert scientists has inexplicably disappeared while investigating the cause. Can you rescue the lost team, discover what is killing the plants, and save the world?

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Learn biology with a 3D adventure game

Meta!Blast is a real-time 3D action-adventure game that puts you in the pilot's seat. Shrink down to microscopic size and explore the vivid, dynamic world of a soybean plant cell spinning out of control. Interact with numerous characters, fight off plant pathogens, and discover how important plants are to the survival of the human race. The eukaryotic cell is comprised of a dizzying array of molecules, proteins, and organelles. To understand the nature of these entities and their processes across both time and space can be a daunting task. The goal of Meta!Blast is to provide a medium that lends itself to the comprehension of cell and metabolic biology. 

 

Meta!Blast is designed to make learning fun, and to give a different perspective on classroom content. In a 3D video game, players are immersed into a virtual environment that requires them to recognize, not only where the virtual space they are located, but also how the environment reacts to their actions. By presenting the cell as an interactive environment that responds to the players actions in real-time, students will not only take more active interest in what they are being taught, but also will gain a better sense of how the cell actually operates by being able to see it function as it would in real life.

Meta!Blast is intended to provide a gameplay experience on par with those of professionally developed commercial video games. We strove to create aesthetically pleasing environments that will catch students’ attention and motivate them to explore; a storyline that is practical, believable, and will hold the attention and interest of high school and undergraduate students; and gameplay mechanics that are not only educational, but also simply fun to participate in.

In addition, by using a video game as a vehicle to teach, students who typically do not care for science may be taught basic biological concepts simply through play. Meta!Blast will be able to reach students who do not learn well from text or diagrams, who learn best from interactive, first-hand experience.


Next generation science standards Aligned

Meta!Blast has been built from the ground up with support for the spirit and substance of the Next Generation Science Standards. Introduced in 2013, the NGSS has been adopted by 18 states; over 40 have shown interest in adopting problem-based learning standards. We have recognized that the best learning comes from understanding concepts and holistic connections to the topic rather than rote memorization. As such, Meta!Blast enjoys deep alignment with the Middle School and High School Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas.

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Scientifically Accurate, visually Stunning

Of course, building and populating an accurate 3D representation of a plant cell is no trivial undertaking. Domain experts have been embedded in the development team to ensure scientific accuracy. Our artists have relied on micrograph data, Protein Databank (PDB) files assembled by researchers, and their own artistic sensibilities to create a virtual cell that is not only incredibly true to life, but is beautiful too.

 

System Requirements

 

Minimum

  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel i5 or equivalent
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2GB
  • Video Card: 512 MB video RAM with DirectX 9.0 support
  • Mouse + Keyboard

Recommended

  • Processor: 2.5 Ghz Intel i5 or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2GB
  • Video Card: 1GB video RAM with DirectX 9.0 support
  • Mouse + Keyboard
 

Change Log

Version 1.0.0 - Released June 21, 2017

  • Initial release of Meta!Blast

Support

Did you encounter a bug, or would like to give us feedback? Feel free to contact us here.


Meta!Blast was developed with major support from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award program.

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