This 2021 version of Sea Hero Quest is primarily for scientists to use the app as part of their research into cognition and spatial navigation.

How can I get involved?

Sea Hero Quest started out in 2016 as a citizen science project to help scientists understand navigational abilities across the life course. Available for the public to play on mobile and in virtual reality, Sea Hero Quest was the first mass market game that allowed people to take part in scientific research on such a large scale.

Find out more about what the original Sea Hero Quest has achieved

Although the free consumer version was removed from app stores when the original project concluded, Sea Hero Quest has proven to be an invaluable tool for answering further questions in dementia research and other fields.

In this relaunch of Sea Hero Quest, we have teamed up with Glitchers games, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and Boldlight to develop a bespoke version for researchers to create and fully manage prospective studies, as well as access data in real time from an existing study. After creating a project on the Sea Hero Quest portal, researchers can invite a targeted group of participants to play Sea Hero Quest and generate data about their spatial navigation capabilities. Those invited will be sent a unique participant key, generated by the Sea Hero Quest system according to the criteria and requirements of a specific project.

If you are interested in getting involved in medical research, you can sign up to Join Dementia Research, a national platform used to match volunteers to suitable dementia research studies.