Max Five is a game based around a futuristic crime scene investigation scenario in which players must collaborate in teams and take on the roles of forensics experts, computing experts, and scientists to solve clues and recover data from a top-secret research project that has gone awry. The game integrates bioinformatic concepts including simulations of the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) for database query and genetic sequence alignment comparison and of a visualization similar to Jalview for genetic sequence visualization.  A mini-game within the MAX5 world also integrates parallel computing concepts as players solve puzzles to make efficient use of data resources.

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      This research is supported by National Science Foundation Grant OCI-1135479.