Marine biology game

Beyond Blue is an intriguing undersea voyage into marine biology

Beyond Blue is an educational game that’s set to deliver a marine biology learning experience.

It’s being developed and published by E-Line Media, best known for publishing Never Alone, which explored Alaska Native culture through the lens of an adventure game with platforming elements.

Beyond Blue continues Never Alone’s strong narrative focus, putting players in control of marine biologist Marai, who is investigating the South China Sea. A biomass has formed, pushing creatures together into a tight area, leading to strange behaviors like inter-species pack hunting and breeding.

Beyond BlueE-Line Media

Beyond Blue takes place 15 years in the future, but Zimmermann says real scientific evidence is central to the game. “We have scientists embedded in our team,” he says. “They’re part of our stand-ups. We run everything by them. We want to make sure that this is as accurate as possible.”

Swimming through Beyond Blue’s ocean is a serene experience reminiscent of Abzu or Flower. E-Line has made a point to get out of the player’s way, allowing them to enjoy the scenery and watch the animals swim by.

“We’ve minimized dialog when people are swimming around,” Zimmermann says. “We want people to experience the environment. Most of the dialog happens back on your sub.”

Beyond Blue features branching narratives, but not in traditional dialog trees. Instead, players choose how to share information with the crew, as each member has different intentions and ideas. “What you do with the information you’re gathering and how you handle the relationships with your crew can possibly affect the ending,” Zimmermann explains.

As part of the undersea exploration, Marai uses her suit to scan animals. Over time, this reveals how the creatures move throughout the ocean, where they hunt, and even where they go to breed.

“As the game progresses, and you study the same creature over and over, you’re learning that creatures pattern, their habits,” Zimmermann says. “Basically, you have the ability to put tags on some creatures. You’ll be able to see the world from their perspective.”

Beyond Blue puts Marai in challenging situations, with predators lurking nearby. Players won’t be facing a “game over” screen due to her death. Instead, if she runs into trouble, Marai will retreat to her submarine. She’ll need to use a drone or some other method to navigate the dangerous areas.

Beyond BlueE-Line Media

The tension comes from isolation. In my demo, I was tasked with repairing a sensor that was malfunctioning. These play a key role, but also give E-Line a way to create situations in which Marai is completely cut off from her team.

“As you set up the sensors, each one opens up about a kilometer of space,” Zimmermann says. “After that, you’re out of radio range. As the game advances, you can be bolder and bolder and swim outside of sensor range and communication.”

While Beyond Blue has a strong educational focus, it’s not designed out of the gate as a classroom learning tool. E-Line hasn’t ruled out that kind of secondary impact, though.

“[Education] is a key component of what we’ve done in the past,” Zimmermann explains. “Before Never Alone, we were primarily an education-focused company. We want to put forward entertainment in a way that helps enlighten and encourage people. We’re approaching this as a consumer product first, with the added bonus that you might take away something you weren’t expecting.”

Beyond Blue is due to launch next year on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Education - Games and Activities

Games, coloring pages, and fun activities to help you learn about the national marine sanctuaries.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Dives

An immersive 360 degree view of your national marine sanctuaries.

Virtual Dive Activity Sheets

To complement the Sanctuaries 360° virtual reality lesson plans and virtual dives, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has created a collection of educational virtual reality activities for students to further explore these underwater treasures.

Sanctuary Sam & Games

Meet Sanctuary Sam

Sanctuary Sam is a California sea lion. He is four feet seven inches tall and more than seven feet long! Sanctuary Sam weighs 550 pounds. He does a lot of swimming and he eats herring, capelin, squid, sardines and mackerel. Watch videos, play games and see where Sam is going to be and has been.

Games @ NOAA

This arcade is a portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship.

Coloring Pages and Puzzles

Puzzles and More

Activities from the Pacific Reef Coloring Book.

Sea Turtles

A coloring book in Japanese and English.

Pacific Coral Reef Coloring Book

A coloring book in English, Samoan and Hawaiian languages.

The Kohola and the Kolea

A coloring book in Hawaiian and English about the whale and plover.

Color a Reef Scene

A scene filled critters underwater in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Sharks and Rays Coloring Book

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California. Download this fun coloring book to discover the sharks and rays of the Channel Islands.

Why is Hawai'i's Ocean Important? A Keiki Activity Book

A scene filled critters underwater in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Humpback Whale Activity Book

This activity book teaches basic information about humpback whale behavior and biology.

Interactive Map of Channel Islands

An interactive map showing photos and videos of marine reserves in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries.

Tour the USS Monitor

The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. Explore the Monitor as it exists today through this interactive map.

Keiki (children) Color Sheets from Papahanaumokuakea

Drawings of coral reefs that you can print out and color. All coloring pages illustrated by Katherine Orr from a Pacific Reef Coloring Book.


Birds across the National Marine Sanctuary System

Whether you're a nature lover, tourist, or citizen scientist, you can appreciate and protect our feathered friends that fly above our ocean and Great Lake parks.

Humpback Whale Maze Activity

Find a migration route from the waters of Alaska to the protected waters of the Hawaiian Islands with this maze.

Dolphin Coloring Activity

Even though they live in the ocean all of the time, dolphins are mammals, not fish. Use your creative skills to color this dolphin.

Humpback Whale Connect the Dots Activity

Connecting the dots to complete the humpback whale is a great activity for young children working on their numbers.

Sea Turtles Coloring Activity

Color in the seven species of sea turtles found around the world with a focus on green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley sea turtles that are found in U.S. waters and protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Papahānaumokuākea Hidden Picture

Learn about some of the unique creatures that inhabit Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the largest permanent fully-protected conservation area on the planet!

Papahānaumokuākea Map Maze

Learn what makes Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument special. The correct answers will guide you through the islands and atolls of the H Hawaiian archipelago of this maze.


Biology game grade 8 "Sea battle"

Sea battle “This is interesting

Biology teacher

MBOU secondary school No. 68 Khabarovsk

Popova Olga Vitalyevna

Goal: "sink" the ships by hitting the ship. There are 12 ships in total: one is four-deck, two are three-deck, four are two-deck, five are single-deck.

  • ___ teams are playing. Who starts the game will be shown by the “Drawing”
  • If the team’s shot hits the ship, then the team immediately gets 1 point, and the right to make the next shot
  • If the shot misses, you hit the task, the task must be completed.

The task is completed, correct - the team earns a certain number of points, no - the right to answer passes to the other team, and the other team also shoots according to the draw.

  • To think over the question -10-20 sec. (in some cases up to 1 minute)
  • The game stops when all ships are sunk and all tasks are solved.

The team with the most points wins.

Let's start the game!!!









9000 9000 9000

You hit!

A - 1

An organ capable of perceiving sweet, bitter, sour, salty or a combination of these types of taste stimuli.


B - 1

Hollow muscular organ, internally divided into four chambers.


B - 1

Human Information Reception and Analysis Center


Y - 1

Part of the body, the number of which no owner knows


E - 1

Which organ of the human body is a "chemical laboratory"?


G - 1

The most perfect filter created by nature in the human body


I - 1

Department of the nervous system that coordinates movement.


B -2

Name the antiseptic-oxidizing agent that accumulates in seaweed and regulates the activity of the thyroid gland.


Place of "work" of E. coli bacteria


D -2

Nasal cavity

What traps dust, disinfects, warms, humidifies the air?

E -2

"Body armor" for the heart and lungs.

Sternum and chest

What is the name of the method of hardening with cold water, swimming in an ice hole, walking barefoot in the snow?

Z - 2

Winter swimming

I -2

What is sunbathing called?



Why can't you drink hot food with cold water?

Enamel cracking due to temperature difference

A -3

B -3

Decrease in the number of erythrocytes in the blood or a decrease in hemoglobin in them.

Anemia - anemia

V -3

The smallest part of the body that performs all vital functions ...


G - 3

Severe infectious disease of the mucous membrane of the throat, larynx with severe poisoning of the body


Y - 3

Liver damage from alcohol and carcinogens


E - 3

Why can a person be injected with saline into the blood, but not with water?


Salt concentration in blood cells and plasma is the same. Water reduces the concentration of salts in the plasma. Water, due to diffusion, will penetrate into erythrocytes and leukocytes, reducing the concentration of salts in them. Blood cells will swell and burst

Z - 3

When the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood rises, the excitability of the respiratory center increases

Why, in a poorly ventilated room where many people have gathered, does a person breathe faster and deeper than usual?

I - 3

What is the importance of attractive food presentation and beautiful table setting?

Increased reflex compartment

gastric juice

K - 3

Why is heat more difficult to bear in humid climates than in dry climates?

The less water vapor in the air,

the faster the sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin

A - 4

Why do feet get cold in winter in tight shoes and overheat in summer?

Tight shoes

make it difficult for moisture to evaporate

in summer and increase heat dissipation in winter

B - 4

Why can't we distinguish the color of objects at dusk?

Cones are irritated

only by bright light, namely they are responsible

for color perception

B - 4

Why do you have to open your mouth while firing guns?

To have the sound wave act on the tympanic membrane with equal force from the external auditory meatus and the Eustachian tube

G - 4

gravity does not affect the receptors of the sacs of the semicircular canals and signals do not enter the cerebral cortex

What organ helps a person navigate in space while in weightlessness and why?

D - 4

The content of what hormone in the blood is increased if a person feels a rapid heartbeat, his blood pressure is increased, his pupils are dilated?


E - 4

The mass of this organ is only 2% of the mass of the human body, but to work it requires 15-20% of the oxygenated blood that the heart pushes out with each contraction. If the blood supply to this organ is interrupted even for 10 seconds, we lose consciousness.


F - 4

There are many, they are very thin. They help us eat, talk, see or not see the world around us and demonstrate our attitude towards it.

Facial muscles

G - 4

They begin to form at the 6-week-old embryo; at 6-8 months they begin to grow, and after 5-7 years they fall out.

Baby teeth


What is it?

Rods and cones

A - 5

There are 7 of them in a giraffe, a chimpanzee, and a human. The first is the atlas, the second is the epistrophy, and the seventh is the most prominent. What's this?

Neck vertebrae

E - 5

With a lack of pancreatic hormone - insulin, the disease develops . ..

F - 5

Z - 5

Which part of the eyeball is a convex-concave lens


I - 5

The visual zone of the cerebral hemispheres is located in…

occipital lobe

K - 5

Why do representatives of precise professions (surgeons, watchmakers) dislike it so much when it's noisy.

Even the slightest sudden noise causes the pupils to dilate and the focus to change.

A - 6

Lack of this vitamin causes scurvy in humans

B - 6

AB, or the fourth group

Name the rarest human blood group.

V - 6


  • Normal human body temperature
  • On average of blood in the body of an adult
  • The number of vertebrae in the thoracic region
  • The number of teeth in an adult
  • Content for oxygen in the inhaled air
9000 9000 511 12



G - 6

The fabric that is placed on the surface acts as a protection.


D - 6

What type of tissue


E - 6



What type of fabric are these fabrics?

F - 6

Z - 6

What is shown under the number 1


Axon (long process)


A - 7

Manifestation of ancestral traits in modern individuals.


B - 7

Taurus, serving to transfer hereditary information from cell to cell.


B -7

Organs that have lost their function as a result of their long-term non-use


G - 7

Newspapers wrote about his discovery that people in his pictures look not just naked, but in some perverted form. Who is this scientist and what invention is he talking about.

Roentgen Wilhelm Conrad

E - 7

The area of ​​a tennis court is approximately

equal to the area of ​​one of the organs

of the human body. What?

Human lungs

F - 7

Body's response to a stimulus?


G - 7

They are like two big beans.


I - 7

What is this bone?


K - 7

According to a Russian proverb, keep your head cool. Question: how, according to the same proverb, you need to keep your legs and stomach?

Keep your head cold, stomach hungry and feet warm. That's when you can make quick decisions and think soberly, move quickly, and you definitely won't get a cold if you keep your feet warm. It was this proverb that was loved by the famous commander A. Suvorov.)

A - 8

Name the bones of the forelimbs (6 points)












B - 8

Systemic circulation begins in……

Left ventricle

Y - 8

How frog erythrocytes differ from human erythrocytes

Frog erythrocytes have a nucleus

D - 8

“Points and dashes” serve for recognition Countries by visually impaired people , so their surface was assigned

Why do we need “Points and Tiret "?

E - 8

After vaccination, they provide long-term immunity. And the serum is used if you are already sick.

How does the action of vaccinations differ from the action of therapeutic sera?

K - 8

The higher you live in relation to sea level, the lower the chances of getting this disease


B - 9

People who eat a lot of capsicum are less likely to suffer from ...

heart attacks, heart attacks, blood clots and circulatory problems.

D - 9

Name the smallest bones in our body. Where they are?

What is their function?

The smallest bones in our body are: hammer (A), anvil (B), stirrup (C).

They are located in the cavity

of the middle ear and amplify

vibrations of the tympanic membrane

50 times.

D - 9

The human stomach is forced to renew its surface every day to replace the one affected by…. What?

from gastric juice, i.e. hydrochloric acid.

E - 9

First vaccinated against smallpox

F - 9

Lungs have no muscles, but they expand and contract when breathing. Due to what is this happening?

Diaphragm and intercostal muscles

Z - 9

Scientists say that the more IQ a person has, the more he ....


I - 9

The most primitive non-cellular form of life, standing on the border between animate and inanimate nature

Translated from Latin means "poison, poisonous beginning."


K - 9

White dots disappear because

their image falls on0006 - place

exit from the eye

apple of the optic nerve.

In the area of ​​the "blind spot"

there are no light-sensitive cells of rods and cones.

Why do the white dots disappear at the intersections of lines when I move my eyes across the drawing?

More water should be drunk as when the body is dehydrated, the “thirst mechanism” shuts down.

B - 10

If you are no longer thirsty, what should you do?

B -10

Premolars - small molars, molars - large molars, not counting the wisdom teeth.

What are premolars and molars?

G - 10

Russian scientist, Nobel Prize winner, first used the term "conditioned reflexes". Creator of the doctrine of higher nervous activity.

Ivan Petrovich Pavlov

Pulmonary artery

F - 10

The vitamin is found in significant amounts in fish oil. It can be formed in the human body under the influence of ultraviolet rays. Lack of the vitamin causes a disease called rickets in children.

Vitamin D

G - 10

Lungs have no muscles, but they expand and contract when breathing. Due to what is this happening?

Muscles of the chest, diaphragm and shoulder girdle.

Long lasting immunity after vaccination.

A serum - used if already ill.

I - 10

What is the difference between the action of vaccinations and the action of therapeutic sera?

K - 10

The iris in different people has a different color. What causes different colors of the iris?

Eye color depends on the amount of melanin pigment. The more it is, the darker the eyes.



General lesson-game on the theme "Inhabitants of the Sea"

General lesson-game on the theme "Inhabitants of the Sea"

Sections: Biology, Lesson Presentation Competition

Lesson Presentation

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Lesson objective: review and expand knowledge on the topics "Type of Sponge", "Type Coelenterates”, “Type Mollusks”, “Type Annelids", "Type Echinoderm", "Classes of fish", "Class Mammals, orders Cetaceans, Pinnipeds", "Class Crustaceans".

Lesson objectives:

  • Educational : review, summarize and develop students' knowledge of diversity and features of animals living in the seas and oceans, their way of life and fitness to the environment;
  • Educational : activate cognitive activity of students develop the ability to analyze the received information and draw conclusions; develop creative students' abilities;
  • Educational : continue forming ecological culture of students, to form group work skills, nurture respect for nature.

Lesson type: lesson-game.

Explanatory note: Class per two weeks before the game is divided into two teams, Teams choose captains. Participating teams three competitions are being prepared in advance: "Business card", including team name, motto and greeting to the opposing team; "Rebus" - made on separate landscape sheets two puzzles dedicated to marine animals. Besides, teams prepare creative mini-speech on the theme "Marine inhabitants "(poem, fragment of a fairy tale, song, etc. - at the choice of students).
The jury consists of students in grades 8-9 in number of 3 people.


Lesson structure

Teacher activities

Student activities


1. Organizing moment Greets class, checks readiness for the lesson. They take jobs. 1 min.
2. Motivation and goal setting Announces the topic and objectives of the lesson, represents the jury. Formulate personally important lesson objectives. 2 min.
3. Business card contest Organizes a competition. Speak team name, motto and greetings to the opposing team.
The jury evaluates the performance (maximum score 3 points).
4 min.
4. Competition "There is such a question!" Draws captains (1 time per beginning of the competition). Shows a presentation explains the rules of the competition. Commands in turn (order determined by lot) choose a category questions, select a question in a category, and answer questions. 30 seconds are given for discussion. The captain decides who is responsible.
After choosing a category, the teams take turns answering the all questions in this category and only then choose a new category.
The jury evaluates the correctness of the answers. One correct answer - 1 point.
20 min.
5. Creative contest Organizes a competition, voices the maximum mark of the competition. Mini performances of teams. Maximum jury score - 3 points. 10 min.
6. Competition "Rebus" Explains the rules, organizes the competition.

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