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Play to Cure: Genes In Space

By Cancer Research UK

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***Thank you for all your feedback and support for Play to Cure: Genes in Space. We’ve just released a new version where we’ve tried to address some of the issues you’ve faced. If you spot anything else, drop us a line at as we are still working on some fixes. Thanks for your support in helping us to beat cancer sooner and happy gaming!***

Beating cancer through a space game never seemed possible. Until now.

*** NOTE: This application is designed for iPhone 4S and higher, along with iPad 2 and higher. You can play on older devices but your gaming experience may not be the same***

Every day, scientists across the globe are painstakingly analysing the genetic faults in thousands of cancer samples. They are looking for clues that will help develop new cancer treatments. This game let’s you help.

Play to Cure™: Genes in Space is a pioneering way of helping these scientists in their mission to beat cancer sooner and all via this world first mobile game.

Instead of one lone scientist analysing a cancer data set by eye for hours, a group of gamers can get through that data simply by playing this space themed game and collecting a valuable and tradable substance dubbed, Element Alpha.

Having more eyes on the data means we could generate more accurate results. And crucially it means moving us closer to the day when all cancers are cured.

***This game can be used offline but will upload and download level data using your 3G or wireless connection when available. Each level we download is about 250kb – the size of a low res image***


A mysterious substance is discovered in the voids of deep space. Dubbed Element Alpha, the substance is refined for use in medicine, engineering and construction and soon the Element Alpha industry explodes galaxy wide.

As an employee of Bifrost Industries, one of the biggest traders of the substance, your job is to collect as much Element Alpha as you can and trade it for upgrades to your spacecraft to help you manoeuvre the asteroid filled space course.

Game features:

•Arcade/action space gameplay
•Rise through the ranks at Bifrost Industries from Recruit to Galactic Legend
•Upgrade and customise your ship with unique items, weapons and colours
•Plan your route to maximise your Element Alpha haul
•Maximise your profits by trading your Element Alpha when the market is high or sell immediately for a guaranteed return


Element Alpha represents genetic cancer data that scientists across the world analyse on a daily basis. Genes in Space has successfully translated this data into an interactive, asteroid-strewn intergalactic assault course.

By collecting Element Alpha and navigating your spaceship through the cosmos you’re finding the significant genetic changes which help scientists to discover cancer causing genes and develop new life saving treatments.

So gamers take note. The Genes in Space story may not be real, but the impact of what you’re doing is far from science-fiction.

Play to Cure™. Beat cancer sooner.

What's New in Version 1.2

Thank you for all your feedback and support for your support. We hope this version addresses some of the issues you’ve faced.


• Players losing progress in certain circumstances.
• Accidentally logging player in as guest when
registration fails.
• Game occasionally crashes when user receives a
text message.
• Leaderboards showing wrong position on table
• Number of samples analysed incorrect on thank
you dialog.
• Flurry implemented properly.
• Mute Music and Mute Sound Effects options will.
remain on/off after closing and re-opening app.


• Rate this App dialog implemented.


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Customer Reviews

Entertaining but could be easily improved.

This game is entertaining but personally I could do without each collecting trip being so short. I would much prefer the ability to stack missions and map out a bunch of them, do them in sequence, and avoid all the asteroids.

The mapping part is the most fun. But it's soooo short compared to the rest. I feel like I'm suffering through asteroids to get to each opportunity to map.

Also some description of the most helpful way to map would be great. In the occasional gaps in data does it help to map down to the dots at the way bottom even though it's not convenient to fly that way because sharp turns are hard? Do we just want to map the general trend? It would be great to actually know this.

Good way to kill some time

Due to the fact the missions are short, makes it an excellent way to kill a couple minutes. The only issue I have now, I'm stuck on level 37 and can't continue because it will not load my next course the plot. It's quite annoying, that I cannot continue. I had it happen earlier in the game but pressing the back button and then hitting play again, resolved it. Now, regardless of what I've tried, nothing has be able to resolve this issue. I understand this is a newer game, with only a few updates since it's initial release, but the black screen on death on the course plot screen, needs a permanent bug squash.

Great in theory, but too buggy.

The concept behind this game is great, and it was mildly entertaining to play and good for wasting a few minutes here and there, back when it worked. But that was a very short period of time for me. I see complaints in the reviews going back as far as April about the plotting charts not loading and the game crashing. There have not been any significant updates since then to fix these problems, and it is now mid-August. That's a long time to go without fixing critical bugs! Imagine how much data folks could've plotted in all that time, if only the game worked. This is a great disappointment, especially since this game was promoted in a very public forum only shortly before it stopped working for me and many others.

Play to Cure: Genes In Space
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 98.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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