DNA

Action Mode Walkthrough

Action mode is the first mode you will experience as a new player. Your objective is to connect shapes together and forming chains, which will burst and go toward growing your floral experiment.

An interactive tutorial on the first level presents you with red and blue shapes (proteins) and talks you through a sequence of play to finish the level. It should be noted that the best and easiest way to learn the game is to play the interactive tutorial and experience it yourself rather than read a walkthrough such as this!

Your task is to click on a protein of one color, then click on a nearby protein of the other color to join them together into a new type of shape (a cell). Just as mixing blue and red makes purple, blue and red proteins go together to form a purple cell. You cannot directly join proteins that are the same color (e.g., clicking on a blue shape and trying to join it to another blue will do nothing). But when you make a join between two different colored proteins, those shapes will try to make chains with nearby shapes that are the same color. For example, when you join a red protein to a blue one, the blue will look for other blue proteins nearby and join to them in a chain reaction.

The cells that are formed by these joins and chains get a number that represents the number of proteins that have gone into making them. The idea is to get this number to 10 or more so that the cell bursts, and goes towards growing your experiment. As the tutorial demonstrates, if a cell doesn't get to 10 straight away, it can be added to later-it will get caught in any other blue/red chain reactions that happen near it and add its number to the number of shapes in the chain reaction.

In the second level, you are given a different color combination: Blue and yellow proteins, which make green cells. The tutorial finishes at the end of the first level, so in level two you play without instructions or restrictions and can freely join nearby blue and yellow proteins together, make chains, burst cells, and fill your quota to grow your experiment. The bigger the chains and bursts you make, the more score you will earn.

The third level introduces a third color combination, yellow and red proteins, which form orange cells. It should also be noted that every level has a time limit, but these first few levels are very generous in giving lots of time for you to beat them.

The fourth level is where you first get to experience all three color combinations at once, and face your first real challenge. You need to reach a quota for each cell color (green, orange and purple) in order to finish growing your experiment and finish the level. You already know everything you need to know to finish the level; it's just harder to find the chains you want when there are three colors in play.


From the fourth level on, you will always have three colors to contend with. Quotas will get larger, time limits get shorter, and special new types of shapes are gradually introduced to help or hinder your progress. These special shapes spawn randomly once introduced and include viruses that attack unburst cells, tri-color cells that are wildcards that you can change to different colors, chain cells that allow larger chains to be formed across the whole play area, exploding cells that destroy nearby cells and proteins when they go off, and more. Special shapes are explained by in-game tips as they are introduced.

You start with three "lives" that let you retry a level if you fail to complete it within the time limit. As you accumulate score, you can earn extra tries. When you run out of tries, or successfully complete the final level, the game is over and your score will be entered in the high score table if it is high enough.