Max and I present our TINS 2017 entry - Peppy Peptide Puzzle.
It is a puzzle game where you have to cure a bunny by mutating its DNA. (the bunny is being treated for a nasty paper cut). You have to combine different kinds of mutations to get the correct sequence. There are 12 puzzles in total.
Use the arrow keys & enter to select a type of mutation, then use arrow keys and enter again to select the position in the gene where you want to apply it.
I put some of my molecular biology knowledge into this game. The puzzle itself is very simple, but I put a lot of time into animations and tutorial text to make it all understandable. The types of mutations, as well as the way the gene is translated into a sequence of amino acids, is realistic. (The idea that this would be an effective treatment, or that it would be possible to make a single targeted mutation with a ray gun, is not realistic).
So give it a try! I'm curious to know if you find the puzzles easy or hard, if the whole concept is understandable, and if you learned something new from it.
How to get it
edit: here are newer versions with two hotfixes:
Linux binary and source: http://www.amarillion.org/speedhack/peptide-src-linux-x86-bin-post-competition.tar.gz
Windows binary: http://www.amarillion.org/speedhack/peptide-win-post-competition.zip
These entries have two small post-competition fixes
1. After finishing the last level, the game used to crash (changeset)
2. Add a quit button, so that you can escape the game in fullscreen mode, without resorting to the task manager (changeset)
(The original submission is still available here: