Virtual Cell - Educational Video Game Software
Virtual Cell is an immersive multiplayer simulation that helps students learn biology. This computer game submerges the student in a three-dimensional plant cell in which students pilot a miniature submarine that allows them to explore and perform tasks. The two year project was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was released on May 15th, 2013 for sale and use in high school and college classrooms everywhere.
The goal for this project was to create a game that students are attracted to play while instructors see the definite educational benefits. Every user interface, icon, logo, animation, diagram, button, screen, and layout had to be consistent and intuitive. The game uses scientific technology of the future with its idea of a microscopic submarine. All the design was aimed at maximized functionality, a futuristic style, consistency, intuitive menus, and contrast to separate the fictional from the world inside a plant cell.