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.

Most of these games were developed using Adobe Flash. If you are having difficulty playing thembe sure you have the most current Adobe Flash player and have enabled the plug-in to play in your browser since many browsers are turning off Flash as a default.

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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 by playing this fun game. To learn more about honey bees visit Bee Bonanza for more of their story.

Beetle Dissection
Written by: 
Jon Harrison and Meghan Duell

The outside of beetles can be shiny, dull, or extremely colorful. But what is going on inside the beetle? Take a virtual look inside the body of a beetle with the Beetle Dissection tool by exploring on your own or following our Beetle Dissection Activity. You can even see what they would look like if you had x-ray vision. Visit Beetle Dissection Central for more.

Bone cross section
Written by: 
the Arizona Science Center

(Game requires Flash)

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 explore the bones of the human skeleton, check out our Skeleton Viewer. To learn more, visit Busy Bones.

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Written by: 
Dr. Biology

Play doctor in the 21st century! Practice modern medicine by examining all dimensions of the body, from organs to molecules, as an interconnected system. Use innovative tests and treatments to heal your patients. To learn more, visit the Doctor Know Companion Section.

Tiny Medicine - Nanoparticles
Written by: 
Megan Turnidge

(Game requires Flash)

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 Tiny Medicine.

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Written by: 
Dr. Biology

(Both games require Flash)

Learn about population ecology on Lizard Island! As a lizard, you'll learn what energy it takes to survive and reproduce in the Thermodynamics game. Then you'll learn how to use mathematical formulas to figure out if a population will grow, shrink, or stay the same size in the Populations game.

DNA game
Written by: 
Karla Moeller

Build your own monster by decoding the monster genome. 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 color dots to see parts of your monster appear. To learn more, visit Monster Manual. If you need the old version, click for the Flash version of Monster Maker.

Also in: Español

Peppered moth game
Written by: 
Dr. Biology

Get your beaks ready, it's moth-hunting time. With the Peppered Moths game, you take on the role of the hunter and learn at least one reason why you might eat one moth instead of another. To learn more, visit Picking off the Peppered Moths. If you need the old version, click for the Flash version of the Peppered Moths game.

Solving mysteries
Written by: 
CJ Kazilek and David Pearson

Put your detective skills to the test! Use the scientific method and your problem solving abilities to find clues and escape. Explore the room and see what other interesting things await you. To learn more, visit Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries. If you need the old version, click for the Flash version of Training Room Escape.

Venom protein game
Written by: 
Marcella Martos and Meredith Turnbough

(Game requires Flash)

The shape of a molecule is very important. It’s what makes it possible for proteins to interact with other parts of the cell. In this invader game, you will defend the cells of the body against molecules of scorpion venom using antivenom. To learn more, visit Venom!


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