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Can you survive?


Meet the team that design and developed Survival of the Fishes.


Programmer - Menu system, Quiz system, DYK Fading


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Design - Prototyping, Planning, Logo


Research - Game information


Secondary Programmer - Animation, Spawning


Design - Final designs, Website


Main Programmer - Core systems


Sound Design - Music




Survival of the Fishes is a 2D game for Windows and Android. It was created by a team of students for the Young Scientists Centre at UCLan. The game is an educational game based on river pollution, with the aim of complimenting the YSC workshop "Pollution Solution".


The game brings awareness to the subject of pollution, highlighting the different types of pollution and what causes them. We hope to inspire the players of the game to think about pollution and how it affects marine life.


The game is about protecting a fish from incoming waves of pollution which increases in difficulty as time goes on. Once the fish has died the player has a chance to come back to life by answering a river pollution based question. This along with the informational facts that are displayed on the main menu and during game play mean the game isn't just fun and re-playable, but also highly educating around the subject.

Information about the objects you will see in the game.

Humans throw their unwanted litter into the rivers and ponds where it is a major health hazard and risk to the aquatic life present there.

Nitrate helps plants, and algae grow. High nitrate levels in the water is poisonous to fish and other aquatic life. Run-off from farmland causes high nitrate levels, also known as eutrophication, leading to the death of fish.

Most bacteria enter streams or rivers through direct deposition of waste in the water and runoff from areas with high concentration of animals. Bacteria can also be found in lower concentrations naturally. Can cause serious diseases such as cholera, which infect aquatic life and terrestrial life through drinking water.

Microbiological water pollution is usually a natural form of water pollution caused by microorganisms.


Examples of viruses: Poliovirus, hepatitis, respiratory infections.



All lifeforms require food to survive. Predatorial animals hunt their prey, which are found lower on the food chain to survive.

Most commonly found in rivers and streams, the aquatic life there feeds on smaller fish or vegetation which grows.



This is the fish you must save from the polluted waters. Marine life is affected by all the different types of pollution showed in this section.




Pictures of the game and general information on the mechanics.

The start screen provides navigation through the game. Facts are cycled through at the top left corner. These are a mix of general water pollution based facts and specific facts that compliment the YSC Pollution Solution workshop. These facts are what the quiz questions are based on.


Help screen stating the aim of the game and some tips.


Objects screen displaying all the objects you will come across in the game and their individual mechanics. You must learn how to defeat each type of object if you want to get a high score!



Practice your knowledge on river pollution ready to tackled the real thing in game!


  • 15 million people die each year from catching diseases from drinking polluted water.

  • Species such as bloodworms found in rivers may indicate water pollution.

  • Stonefly is one of many species that indicate healthy water.

  • 80% of the world’s water pollution is caused by domestic sewage.

  • Fertilisers from farmer’s fields that run into water cause eutrophication.

  • Algae flourishes due to excessive nutrients caused by fertiliser pollution.

  • On the universal indicator pH colour chart, 4 - 6 is acidic, 7 is neutral, 8 - 10 is base.

  • There are 1000 microlitres in 1ml.

  • A colourimeter is used to perform a nitrate test.

  • Desmids are unicellular microorganisms belonging to the green algal families.

  • The waterborne disease cholera, kills between 42,000 and 142,000 people each year.







How many children (under the age of 5) die each year from catching diseases from drinking polluted water?


  • 1,000,000
  • 10,000,000
  • 15,000,000
  • 5,000,000


Which species indicate water pollution?


  • Bloodworm
  • Stonefly
  • Fresh water shrimp
  • Red cherry shrimp


Which species indicate healthy, clean water?

  • Sludge worm
  • Stonefly
  • Bloodworm
  • Paramecium


How much water pollution is caused by domestic sewage such as throwing litter into rivers?


  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 100%
  • 80%


What causes eutrophication?


  • Acidic rain
  • Fertilisers in the water
  • Photosynthesis
  • Litter in the water


Which aquatic plant flourishes due to excessive nutrients from fertiliser pollution?


  • Algae
  • Golden Tickseed
  • Ferns
  • Daisy

Which number indicates a neutral pH level?


  • 4
  • 6
  • 7
  • 9


How many µl (microlitres) are in a litre?


  • 10,000
  • 100,000
  • 1,000,000
  • 1,000


What equipment would you use to perform a nitrate test?

  • Bunsen burner
  • Centrifuge
  • Microscope
  • Colourimeter


Which of the following is a type of algae?


  • Desmid
  • Paramecium
  • Euglena
  • Blepharisma


What waterborne disease is caused by bacteria?

  • Cholera
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Lead poisoning
  • Hepatitis A


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