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Fighting Cancer with Video Games

Re-Mission 2 games help kids and young adults with cancer take on the fight of their lives. Based on scientific research, the games provide cancer support by giving players a sense of power and control and encouraging treatment adherence.

Each game puts players inside the human body to fight cancer with an arsenal of weapons and super-powers, like chemotherapy, antibiotics and the body’s natural defenses. The game play parallels real-world strategies used to successfully destroy cancer and win.

All six Re-Mission 2 games can be played online for free. The Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge mobile app is available for download on iOS.

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Common Sense Award BadgeParents Choice Gold


In 2014, Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge, our cancer-fighting mobile app for iOS and Android, won a prestigious Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a Common Sense Media Award, receiving the highest rating for learning potential and engagement. These awards mean a great deal to Hopelab and the entire team that helped build Re-Mission 2, including medical professionals, game developers, and – most importantly – young cancer patients. We’re grateful for their input and expertise.

Origin Story

Re-Mission 2 is a project of Hopelab, a nonprofit that harnesses the power and appeal of technology to improve human health and well-being. The games are an evolution of the original Re-Mission, inspired by the vision of Hopelab founder Pam Omidyar to fight cancer with gameplay. All Re-Mission games are designed in collaboration with medical professionals, game developers and young cancer patients. We’re deeply grateful for their contributions. Support for game development and research was generously provided by Pam and Pierre Omidyar and our sponsors.



Generous financial support from these sponsors helped make Re-Mission 2 possible:

  • Vivendi
  • Livestrong
  • ESA
  • Cigna
  • Genentech
  • Annenberg Foundation

Development of the Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge mobile app made possible with support from Cigna.

Special thanks to Hopelab founder and board chair Pam Omidyar and her husband, Pierre Omidyar. Pam’s vision for the original Re-Mission video game continues to inspire our work today.



Re-Mission 2 was developed by Hopelab and a team of exceptional collaborators.

Special Thanks

Our deepest gratitude to the young people with cancer who gave their time, energy and expertise in creating and evaluating these games. We honor the memory of those who did not live to see their completion.


Game development and testing was supported by clinicians and staff at these and other institutions:

Creative & Technical Partners

Game Development

  • Tinime Games
    Re-Mission 2: Nano Dropbot
    Re-Mission 2: Feeding Frenzy

Website Creative Direction & Design

Website Development

Technical Consulting



Play With Purpose

Scientific research shows that specially designed games can improve cancer treatment adherence and boost self-efficacy.

Re-Mission 2 games incorporate key insights from groundbreaking Hopelab research evaluating the psychological and biological impact of the original Re-Mission video game, as well as extensive work with young people with cancer to understand aspects of game play that appeal most to players.

Scientific Studies & Research

Key research projects that informed Re-Mission 2 development:

Re-Mission™ Outcomes Study
Data originally published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Re-Mission™ Attitudes Study in the Brain
Data originally published in the scientific journal PLoSONE.

For more on our research-based game-development process, read the article Hopelab’s Approach to Re-Mission, published in the International Journal of Learning and Media.

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Attitude is a Powerful Tool in
the Fight Against Cancer

Re-Mission 2 shifts players’ attitudes and boosts positive emotions and feelings of self-efficacy, which supports better treatment adherence.

These info cards and posters featuring Re-Mission 2 game characters are a great way to get kids and families engaged with Re-Mission 2 video games. Print them out and post them in your hospital, from hallways and reception desks to teen rooms and waiting areas. Or simply hand them out to someone you think might benefit.

Re-Mission 2 Posters

These 8.5 X 11 posters are ideal for high-traffic spaces.

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Re-Mission 2 Info Cards

5 X 7 flyers may be the perfect choice in a 1:1 setting with a family.

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Go Mobile. It’s Easy.

tabletLike all six Re-Mission 2 games online, the mobile app is also free. Now kids can take the fight against cancer on the go. The app is easy to install on smartphones and tablets:

  • Go to Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS)
  • Search for “Re-Mission”
  • Select the icon for the Re-Mission 2: Nanobot’s Revenge app, then click “Install”
  • Open the app, play the game, and help kids fight cancer!


For inquiries about Re-Mission or Re-Mission 2 please contact Shane Brentham, Hopelab’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications at [email protected].

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What do you like about Re-Mission 2?

What has the video game done for you or your family? We want to hear your story!

To share your story, or for inquiries about Re-Mission or Re-Mission 2 please contact Shane Brentham, Hopelab’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications at [email protected].