Putting otherwise unused processor cycles to work crunching data on behalf of organisations whose work you admire and would like to contribute to is nothing new. I have given my PC's processor cycles to the search for extra-terrestrial life, and analysing data on a range of medical conditions. So have hundreds of thousands of other people. Now I can use my Android handset or iPhone to help with the fight against cancer – and so can you.
Cancer Research UK's Play to Cure: Genes in Space is the first phone game in the world to analyse genetic data. The game uses your cellular or Wi-Fi connection to download and upload data which gets analysed as you play. You can find out how the game was developed at the Cancer Research UK website.
What is the game all about? Well, you're an employee of Bifrost industries on a mission to collect Element Alpha from deepest, darkest space. It's a space game with arcade action, spaceship customisation and profit seeking. There is more to the plot and gameplay of course, but rather than read my words why don't you just go and download it? You know you want to.
Product: Play to Cure: Genes in Space
OS: Android, iOS