Games and Simulations on Ask A Biologist

Sometimes the best way to learn biology is by playing a game or using a simulation. For this reason some of our stories and activities include companion games. Here we list our current collection of fun biology games. We hope you enjoy them.

Please note that most of these biology games are now in HTML5 and are no longer available in Flash. We working to have the remaining games moved over by December 2020, so keep checking back for new updated versions. If you need the Flash version of a converted game, they are still available at the old link. However, we encourage everyone to try out the new versions, as they are more user friendly and they have more features. They also can be played on mobile devices. For games still in Flash, be sure you have the most current Adobe Flash player and have enabled the plug-in to play in your browser because many browsers are turning off Flash as a default.

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Bee Waggle Dance Game

Play the Bee Dance Game

Did you know that honey bee workers tell their sisters where to find the best flowers and nectar with a dance? It is called the waggle dance. You can now learn the dance and find out if you have what it takes to be a bee.

To learn more about honey bees, visit our story Bee Bonanza.

Beetle Dissection

Beetle Dissection

Explore the Beetle Dissection

The outside of beetles can be shiny, dull, or extremely colorful. But what is going on inside of beetles? Take a virtual look inside the body of a beetle with this Beetle Dissection Tool.

Explore on your own or follow our Beetle Dissection Activity. Visit Beetle Dissection Central for more.

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Busy Bones

Explore the Bone Anatomy Viewer

Ever wonder what’s inside your bones? Here’s your chance to find out! Dissect a virtual bone and learn about the busy world of bones. You can saw, cut away layers, scoop, and zoom into the different parts of a bone.

To learn more, visit Busy Bones.

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Cell Parts Game

Explore the Cell Viewer Game

Cells are the basic building blocks of life, but what all do cells hold? You can now look inside of cells to learn more about their parts in our Cell Viewer.

To learn more about cells and cell parts, visit Building Blocks of Life for more of the story.
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Doctor Know

Play Doctor Know

Play doctor in the 21st century! Practice modern medicine by examining all dimensions of the body, from organs to molecules, as an interconnected system in Doctor Know. Use innovative tests and treatments to heal your patients in this medicine-based game.

To learn more, visit the Doctor Know Companion Section.
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Frankenstein's Lab

Play Frankenstein's Lab

Dr. Frankenstein needs your help to learn about how the bodies of different animals work! Build your own creature from 3-D printed animal parts and learn why some parts match up, but others don't in this physiology game.

Learn more about our tools that explore how animal bodies work at Frankenstein Central.
Tiny Medicine - Nanoparticles

Latch and Catch

(Game requires Flash)

Play Latch & Catch

Protect healthy cells by fighting their enemies with some of the smallest tools in the world – nanobombs. Learn how cells are labeled and how these labels can help you make better medicine out of microscopic nanoparticles. Build the right nanobombs and they will kill the unhealthy cells, saving the healthy cells.

To learn more, visit Latch & Catch Central.
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Lizard Island: Population Ecology

(Games requires Flash)

Play Lizard Island: Populations

Learn about population ecology in this game that prepares you for Lizard Island. Use mathematical formulas to figure out if a population will grow, shrink, or stay the same size.

Learn more at Lizard Island Central.
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Lizard Island: Reproduction

(Games requires Flash)

Play Lizard Island: Reproduction

As a lizard, you'll learn what energy it takes to survive and reproduce in this game about thermodynamics and reproduction.

Learn more at Lizard Island Central.
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Monster Maker

Play Monster Maker

Build your own monster by decoding the monster genome in Monster Maker, a DNA game. It is not very different from what happens in every living thing, using the tiny instruction manual called DNA, found in each of your cells. Decode the pattern of colored dots to see parts of your monster appear.

To learn more, visit Monster Manual.

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