Sea Hero Quest is currently #14 on the App Store free apps list and for good reason. Whilst not only being an enjoyable time passer of a mobile game, it also helps researchers learn about how the brain works which will be used to help dementia research and future patients.

“The game gets progressively harder and is graphically wonderful, it is a great little app to pick up every now and then when the thought of formatting your reference list is just a bit too much to handle”

In terms of the game itself it has you hunting various sea monsters around the globe in attempts to track them and take their photo. The game gets progressively harder and is graphically wonderful, it is a great little app to pick up every now and then when the thought of formatting your reference list is just a bit too much to handle.

How does the app help dementia research? Well the app collects your data about how you make decisions in-game and the routes you take; this is then sent to the researchers and they analyse it in terms of brain decision-making to help learn more about the disease. According to the game, 2 minutes of playtime is the equivalent of 5 hours of research time, so even if you play it once and never tap it again, you’ve given 5 hours to dementia research.

Procrastination takes up a good percentage of students’ time right now with deadlines and revision, so download the app and make use of that ‘well earned’ 20 minute break.

George Driscoll

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2 Comments

  1. Rob Ilsley
    May 8, 2016 at 08:38 — Reply

    SEA QUESTION IS A GREAT IDEAS BUT WILL GIVE FALSE DATA. I GOT TO THE “CHASE THE CRAB” AND DESPITE MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS TO STEER THE BOAT A LACK OF REPONCE WAS APPARENT ALL OF THE TIME. I HAVE A FAST CONECTION AND NO PROBLEM WITH OTHER GAMES. I HAVE DELETED IT. ROB.

    • May 17, 2016 at 17:37 — Reply

      Hi Rob,

      Some of it will probably be unusable data I imagine but even if 1% of your game time helped them, it is still better than nothing! Even if you never tap the app again, you have done your bit for dementia research and had some amount of fun doing it.

      George 🙂

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