I should probably save this, but I’m just too excited.
A while back Channel 4 started collecting up flash game developers for some kind of project, and this is one of the results.
The Great Sperm Race takes you on the journey that begins Life as we know it.
You are a sperm, and have to make your way past various obstacles in order to reach the glowing egg at the end. There are four stages, Vagina, Cervix, Uterus and finally the Fallopian Tubes, each with it’s own challenges.
The walls of the Vagina are acidic, stay in contact too long and you’ll die.
The Cervix is a complicated maze with white blood cells ready to gobble you up. You can collect special balls that turn the blood cells blue and placid, a la Pacman.
The Uterus features more white blood cells, but this time there is a speed ramp shooting you up the side. At the top you have to work out the puzzle, a male\female symbol, you have to select the correct chromosones.
The Fallopian tube leads to the egg, but it’s blocked off until released. In order to penetrate the egg the sperm gain super powers, otherwise known as capacitation. However if it engages to early you won’t have the strength once the egg is finally released. Eating nutrients delays capacitation.
The game ends with a simple animation of a baby growing.
The levels start zoomed out, and then go in close to focus on you, pressing the spacebar will zoom back out so that you can find your way, imperative for navigating the Cervix.
I found this to be a great educational game, it was fun and a challenge first time round. It’s short, and once you’ve completed the levels several times you’ll know the way too well, but as a fresh idea I thought it was great. The controls are a bit strange to get used to (I think it’s meant to be like that), but are simple. This actually reminded me of the episode of The Simpsons, where they go to the Science Museum and Homer plays some kind of zapping game, shooting sperm at an egg.
Currently available on the Channel 4 website, or Kongregate.
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