Axon is an online game set inside a foetal brain, modelling real biological phenomena found in neural development which challenges players to grow their neuron as long as possible; climbing through brain tissue, out-competing rival neurons and creating as many connections to distant regions of the brain as they can.
Taking the anatomy of the brain as a starting point, and a video showing the microscopic growth of neurons in a chicken’s brain, the Preloaded games studio combined scientific and games-making expertise to create a challenging, enjoyable game that has its roots in real science. A concise explanation of the science behind the game, the video, and links to Wikipedia articles on neuroanatomy are included, as part of an holistic scientific approach to casual gaming. Presented here is a trail for the game.
Axon is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 15:02 on Saturday 14th July 2012, as part of the New Media Session. A full festival programme can be found here.