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Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge

Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 8 - 18 yrs.
Developer: HopeLab
Platform: iPad

Years ago, the developers at HopeLab perceived a problem: children with cancer are handed through their medical procedures, drowning in incomprehensible vocabulary with little sense of control over any stage of the cancer-fighting process. In response, HopeLab developed a game called Re-Mission, in which children control a robot with access to all the cancer-fighting weapons available to blast the forces of the Nuclear Tyrant and kill cancer for good. Re-Mission 2: Nanobot's Revenge, is the sequel to the original game, updated and freely released as an app.

Viewed strictly as a game for entertainment purposes, Re-Mission 2 is fun and not overly difficult, especially for older children. It throws in a lot of difficult vocabulary that will be new to most healthy children; though it defines most terms, at least within the context of the game. This can be used to prompt valuable discussions about the very real circumstances of the battle against cancer. The greatest benefit, however, will be in restoring a sense of control not only to children who are fighting illnesses themselves, but to those who are affected by such illness among their families and friends. The satisfaction of destroying a disease so overwhelming, of having a personal weapon against something so intangible yet so real, is of infinite value, a tool almost as powerful as the medicines themselves.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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