ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Marlon McDonald

Dementia is one of the cruelest diseases to befall sufferers, and still to this day no concrete treatment exists to rid it outright. Only to slow its progress from greatly effecting the lives of those living with the degenerative disease.

But, in a piece of good news, a team of researchers from University College London (UCL), University of East Anglia and Alzheimer's Research UK, game devs Glitchers and communications giant Deutsche Telekom came together to create Sea Hero Quest, a mobile puzzle game that can help diagnose the early stages of dementia.

Sea Quest Hero
Sea Quest Hero

It does this by seeing how well people interact with the game's core mechanics – navigating through and interacting with 3D environments & mazes – and then all of this data is stored, crunched and turned into information that can be used to decipher how the different age groups fared with the game.

Sea Quest Hero
Sea Quest Hero

It's said that if at least one person plays the game for roughly 2 minutes, this time rounds up to almost 5 hours of research undertaken into the disease. Hence why the researchers are calling for everyone to get playing.

Heat maps are generated displaying hotspots
Heat maps are generated displaying hotspots

In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Hugo Spiers from UCL was rightfully excited about the progress:

"In my research team, I could only test about 200 people a year, and that's working hard. But last night I tested 200 people in one minute with this game."

So get over to Sea Quest Hero's App Store and Google Play pages, download the game and help change someone's life.

(Source: BBC, Mashable)