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 are currently investigating a database issue which is currently affecting your ability to save and reload solutions you may be working on. While we are unsure if there is any... Read More
If you've just heard of us through the Games For Health 14 Conference - welcome! Dive right in and if you have any questions, be sure to ask in our forums. We love having newcomers around our small and growing community.
We have four new spooktacular challenges for this round to keep your skills sharp.
Draw something spooky! - Treat your community to some art by drawing something spooky for Halloween!
NOP - Build something that does nothing when play is pressed. The more complex the better! For fun, debate if NOP is simply missing an E at the end, or stands for something over on the forums.
Coin Toss - We don't have heads or tails, but we do have different colors, so build a system that releases either the green or the purple piece with equal likelihood.
Expert: 1-N-1 - Create a single molecule that transforms into multiple (at least three) molecules, before condensing back into a single molecule.
Good luck - we can't wait to see what you come up with.
We are currently investigating a database issue which is currently affecting your ability to save and reload solutions you may be working on. While we are unsure if there is any data loss involved, the great news is we've diagnosed this quickly and are working to get things back in order (we'll update the news again when this happens). Playing and chat are still available, however. Hang in there, we're on it!
Developer Rowan Copley has provided a great overview of Nature's recent article "Realizing the potential of synthetic biology". Check it out, and share your thoughts over on his Science Discussion forum post.
Are you looking for new challenges? Although we originally intended to put them out yesterday, we did some looking at how you play and determined Tuesday was a better day for fresh challenges. Look for these appearing in your challenge list later today!
Here's the brand new list, fresh from our developers!
Drawward: See what we did there? This challenge is all about drawing symmetrical things. Creativity counts!
Fixer-Upper: Not just relegated to home improvement projects, annoying and catchy movie songs, we're bringing it to Nanocrafter! Right now, this system completes after six reactions, but we need you to change it to complete in as few steps as you can!
4-2-4: This challenge is very precise! First, build four molecules that react to form two molecules, then these molecules need to react and end up as four molecules.
This Expert round challenge is called Half Adder! Tease your brain by building a system that accepts zero to two distinct strands and outputs no strands (if both inputs were zero), strand A (if either input was given), or strand B (if both inputs were given).
Our lead dev has taken a moment to craft up our latest developer blog post, outlining the early days and timeline of Nanocrafter. Feel free to ask him some questions, as well as let us know what you would like to read about next over in our forums.
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.