Nanocrafter is a scientific discovery game about synthetic biology. Use pieces of DNA to build everything from computer circuits to nanoscale machines, and help advance scientific research with your inventions!
We're pleased to announce that the biggest game update since launch has been released. In addition to numerous visual improvements, the game has an entirely new physics engine that should make... Read More
If you're joining us for the first time or revisiting from our Foldit community - welcome! I think you'll find some familiar faces over here, but why not also say hello on the forums and let us... Read More
We're pleased to announce that the biggest game update since launch has been released. In addition to numerous visual improvements, the game has an entirely new physics engine that should make your play experience a lot smoother. Details are here.
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If you're joining us for the first time or revisiting from our Foldit community - welcome! I think you'll find some familiar faces over here, but why not also say hello on the forums and let us know what you think of Nanocrafter?
For this round, we have the following items for your mental consideration:
- Dddraw! - Give us your best 3d style drawing skills here!
- Roundabout - Use at least three strands that react to form a circle
- Quality Over Quantity - Build a system with at least three reactions, none of which involve the highest-concentration reactants
For our expert players, we're unleashing a fun challenge that is exactly what it sounds like: "I Broke Nanocrafter" Build something that causes the game to behave in a strange or unexpected way, and glory can be yours.
Good news, crafters!
This challenge round has some fun stuff coming your way later today. Be on the look out for some clever brainteasers including ones we call Dddraw!, Roundabout, Quality over Quantity, and "I Broke Nanocrafter" (yes, really). Can you guess what these challenges might involve? Head to our forums to speculate!
Now, let's take a peek at this round of challenges:
Ready to draw repeating figures? Our drawing challenge this round is titled Draw, Draw, Draw. You can try something as simple as a grid or honeycomb or as complicated as a fractal. Three-Way requests you to create three strands that, when played, each bind to the other two strands. NanoCrafter Infinite expects you to create a system of at least two molecules that will react indefinitely.
For the experts, this time we want to see things React, React, React! Create molecules that combine into a single repeating figure when played.
It's been two weeks and you know what that means, it's time to move out the old challenges and welcome in the new round. This time, we have four different challenges (as always, one of them is expert level) to work those brain cells.
First up, we have "Draw a pet". It can be one you have, or one you would have. I'll be over here attempting to draw an otter, if anyone is curious.
Second, our developers are challenging you to build a single strand that folds into a figure 8, and calling this challenge "Fold-it 8" (not to be confused with Foldit). If you get stuck just remember figure 8 is double 4.
For "Strand Swap", all you need to do is build two double-stranded molecules that exchange strands.
Consider yourself an expert? "Pachinko" is your challenge this round. Build a series of logic gates that release all the stars but don't free any cracked pieces.
For real fun? Try all four out and let us know your thoughts on the forums or on our Twitter and Facebook page. Our new hashtags for this challenge round in order are #NCZoo #Foldit8 #NCSwapIt and #NCPachinko for you to tweet at @Nanocrafter ! Enjoy!
Have a look at our Help Page for the game manual and helpful tips.
Who are we?
The Center for Game Science at the University of Washington focuses on solving hard problems facing humanity today in a game based environment. Our focus is on scientific discovery games, games that discover optimal learning pathways for STEM education, cognitive skill training games, games that promote human creativity, games that explore collective over individual intelligence, and many more.