The only simulation of its kind released outside medical circles, G-Netix is an excellent and extremely comprehensive simulation of genetic engineering. The program is more of a simulated lab/software toy than a game: you are given the tools to experiment with the human embryo in an artificial womb, modifying its DNA and observing the result. With a staggering array of options, you can examine and modify DNA sequences to your heart's content; you can even copy and paste DNA sequences from several animals such as insects into the embryo and see what happens. G-Netix is a great way to experiment with genetic engineering in ways that would be illegal, not to mention morally objectionable, in a real-life lab. |
The learning curve is steep, especially since the on-line Windows help file is more of an introduction to genetic engineering, not the game itself (if you have the manual to this, please let us know!) This means the program is best suited for medical students who are already familiar with the basic concepts. However, the program can also appeal to anyone who is interested in genetic engineering, and who has the patience to learn the interface and read the well-written Windows help file. Although its narrow appeal and technical nature means it is definitely not everyone's cup of tea, G-Netix is an outstanding program that succeeds in what it sets out to do: offer a realistic, extensive virtual genetic engineering lab. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Underdogs