This game was developed for the CanBuild research project at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London. The CanBuild researchers are developing bioengineering techniques to grow human cancer cells in isolation in the lab, with the vision to provide better ways of testing new cancer drugs. 

Tumour Takedown is a game in which players take on the role of a cancer research scientist.

Players learn how tumours are made of lots of different cell types and how new cancer treatments can harness the powerful immune system to fight cancer.

The game is available as a mobile app for iOS and Android, as an interactive installation at Centre of the Cell and as an interactive mobile exhibition.


  • Science Game


  • Design
  • Programming


  • Unity
  • C#


  • Queen Mary University of London
tumour takedown ipad

Players can grow a tumour from malignant cancer cells, immune cells and chemicals.

tumour takedown phone

Once they have constructed the tumour, players can select from 3 new treatments and try to kill all the cancer cells within a given amount of time.

Woman and girl playing Tumour Takedown at Royal Society

Tumour Takedown at the CanBuild stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2016.

Photo © Centre of the Cell

CanBuild Royal Society stand
Tumour Takedown at Royal Society stand
Tumour Takedown at the Centre of the Cell pod

Tumour Takedown in the Centre of the Cell pod.

Mobile app gameplay video

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