Cell Lab

This is a website about the Android game "Cell Lab"

Brief description

Cell Lab is a simulation game for Android. It is developed by Petter Säterskog.

What is being said about Cell Lab

Some selected, possibly illuminating reviews:

"Awesome Game I love the concept and the art. My only gripe with the game is the lack of detail into each of the cell types. There would be a big benefit in having a localized database with more info and some examples; bonus points if this can be accessed from within the game. As of this review, I have yet to beat all the challenges, but I am having a good time trying. Looking forward to a sequel!" – Internet user priestofmyownchurch

"Amazing!!!! I love this app so much! Especially since i'm taking microbiology right now, and it's extremely nice to see some key concepts come to life! I really appreciate it! And that it's not your ordinary smarty pants game that only uses smarty pants-ness to allure people but is actually just a regular arcade game. This game is by no means ordinary, and i love it. I agree with the other reviews though that there's always room for improvement--more detailed and diverse cell types would be highly appreciated, although i understand how that could be hard achieve especially in a mobile app. But if you /do/ come to steam, I, among the many other science geeks, would be willing to pay (a reasonable price) for the added features and cell types. <3 Keep up the amazing work!" – Internet user Andrea Cleofas

"Absolutely Amazing; I love it! I am lucky to have found this game! It is a wet dream for anybody majoring in any biological science. The game allows you to engineer genomes to achieve a goal, or for your own experiments for fun. It may take a little time to learn the game's way of engineering genomes, but once fluidity amongst the controls is achieved, their are seemingly endless possibilities! The game is rather realistic in its portrayal of the diversity of physical and behavioural attributes of different cells. The game is well done!" – Internet user Victor Chopp

"Worst App ever I can't beat the 1st tutorial" – Internet user Ramona Thumstedter

"Poop This app is poop." – Internet user Unicorn Girl 101 Cutie Queen

"Im sorry... I dont understand what to do. The tutorials need work." – Internet user Yo Momma

"Evolution IS NIT REALL!!! This game is bad. It tries so hard to disprove Christians but the bible says god made everything!!" – Internet user Colby Velaer

Play Store listing

Cell Lab simulates few-celled organisms. It contains 45 challenges where the player is presented with an environment and has to design an organism that will survive in it. Solving challenges unlocks additional genes that can give cells new properties.

The encoding of the cells behaviour has been made as intuitive as possible without losing generality but it nevertheless takes a bit of effort to understand. Going through the provided tutorials carefully is recommended.

Cell Lab also contains an experimental mode where the user can set the parameters of the environment and put designed organisms in it to see how they multiply (or die). It is also possible to seed this environment with random genomes and once a viable genome has been seeded one can see how it slowly evolves through tiny mutations to an organism well adapted to the environment it is in.

It is then possible to change the environment to see how they re-adapt, fast forward the simulation, and finally to save and share it.

This simulation is not biologically realistic, all cells in Cell Lab only has one function, to swim, to eat, to collect sunlight, to float, etc . This is not how cells work in nature where one cell can do many things at once. This accuracy has been traded off to be able to make an interesting game. The cells have also been made to multiply very fast, this also for the enjoyment of the user.

What is realistic is the evolution taking place in this game. How species adapt to their environment and compete with each other to sometimes attain an equilibrium and sometimes extinction.

• 4 tutorials
• 45 challenges
• 16 types of cells with different functions
• 20 cell-modes per genome to program
• 22+ parameters in each cell mode
• Environment editor with 27 parameters
• Simulates and renders up to 1000 cells at decent frame rates
• Arbitrary number of cells and petri dish size in advanced mode
• Beautifully animated vector graphics that lets you zoom to atomic scales
• Save, load and share both environments and genomes
• Simulation fast-forward and slow-motion
• No advertisements or in-game payments

This app needs three permissions:
• Internet access. This is required to send bug reports and other anonymous usage data.
• Network state. This is required to make sure bug reports and usage data are only sent over wifi to avoid using mobile data.
• External Storage. This app needs to be able to read and write external storage so that the user can send and receive samples as email attachments.

English language resources

Cell Lab wiki
Cell Lab discussion forum
Cell Lab Youtube channel
Bart Wisialowski's Cell Lab videos
Cell Lab subreddit
Cell Lab on Facebook
Cell Lab Steam Concept

Non-English language resources

Cell Lab на ВКонтакте
сайт Cell Lab Сергея Сенюк в
한국어 Cell Lab wiki

Latest version

Install from Google Play Store
Download Cell Lab version 103 APK (8.5 MB)

Earlier versions

Note that installing an older version will typically overwrite any newer version and you will not be able to open files created in a more recent version of Cell Lab.
Download Cell Lab version 74 APK (6.5 MB)
Download Cell Lab version 62 APK (3.9 MB)
Download Cell Lab version 42 APK (2.8 MB)
Download Cell Lab version 36 APK (2.5 MB)
Download Cell Lab version 32 APK (3.0 MB)

A PC version of Cell Lab is (slowly) being developed. The goal is for it to run on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac.

Here are some pictures of the substrate viewer:

Here are some pictures of the genome editor:
For questions about the game, suggestions, bug reports, ..., please write on the forum. That way your question will be answered rather quickly and more users can benefit from the discussion.

For e.g. reporting that the forum doesn't work, I can be contacted at cell.lab.game@gmail.com.