At first glance this looks like another duff space shooter for mobile. However, the story behind it is fascinating. Back in March 2013, Cancer Research UK organised a game jam, inviting developers to create an interactive experience that would help scientists crunch masses of gene microarray data, used in cancer studies. The winner of that session was Genes in Space by Guerilla Tea.
The game works like this. You fly your ship through space (using tilt controls), gathering a precious mineral called Element Alpha. The more you collect, the higher your score. However, each stage is cleverly constructed out of gene microarray data, and by flying through it, you’re helping to analyse it. Once you’re done, the data is uploaded and you’ve basically helped to combat cancer. It’s enabling scientists to process cancer data in weeks, rather than months, thanks to the number of people playing. Here’s a great interview with the developers, with loads more info.