This is Fred. Fred is having a bad day. He's somehow gotten lost in the forest, and now, a dire wolf is chasing him. Fortunately, Fred's body is a complex system, prepared for both everyday survival and extraordinary circumstances. Would you like to help the biology of Fred's body react to an imminent mauling? Of course you would! And you will, in Code Fred: Survival Mode a collection of educational action minigames developed by Helpful Strangers for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
Fred will be faced with a number of deadly scenarios, and it's up to you to ensure his safety. Every time a problem occurs, an info-graphic will appear, containing both information about the human body's defense systems, but also directions for each new mouse-driven minigame. Admittedly, sometimes the instructions can be a little vague, requiring you to experiment a little to correctly clot that wound or reconnect those nerve-endings. However, since the failure animations are quite amusing, it's hard to mind. Code Fred: Survival Mode definitely has the trick-you-into-learning-by-making-it-fun sense that most science museums strive go for, though with a definite anarchic streak of dark humor. An installation of it would fit in perfectly at the MSI, right between the chick hatchery and the simulated coal mine. Those looking for an boost on their coffee break, and don't mind learning a few things (like how said boost may be the result of chemicals released by the adrenal gland, leading to clearer vision, a faster pulse, and increased energy during times of stress), should definitely go lend Fred a hand. And also, probably, a tourniquet.