General Topics




Is this site safe for children?

This site complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. We neither collect nor publish personal information about site visitors. Feedback from users submitted to the site may be published at our discretion on our comments page, but we do not reveal user names or email addresses.

If you have concerns about child safety on the internet, you may find the following sites useful:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Kid Saftey Tips — Tips for children about the internet and talking to strangers. Online Safety — A parent's guide to talking with children about online safety and privacy.
Cyberbullying — Information about "cyberbullying", abusive behavior on the internet.

What is Web Adventures?

Web Adventures is a web site with a collection of Flash games in which you may explore science and health related subjects, including forensic science, microbiology, neuroscience, and body systems.

Where can I find the Cool Links page that is at the end of the game?

You can find the Cool Links in the left menu of each game, or under the Teacher Materials menu. Enjoy the many informative and fun sites.

How do I get in touch with you?

As a service to the community, the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) is now hosting Web Adventures. Unfortunately, RUSMP will not be able to provide technical support for the site. We want you to continue to enjoy exploring the games. We hope to add additional games in the future.

For more information about RUSMP, visit us at

How long does it take to play?

Each Web Adventure is designed to be played in one sitting, from 30 minutes to an hour in length. Some of the games contain short action arcade segments within the main adventure, but all of them can be played at a pace comfortable to the player and stopped at any time.

Can I stop during a game and come back to the same place later?

For CSI: The Experience, use the free registration option to create a user name and password. This will allow you to save your progress at any point during the game.

For other web adventures, you cannot save your progress; instead, the game has a hidden shortcut feature that allows you to jump forward to a particular point in the game. You can access this feature in the MedMyst, N-Squad, and Reconstructors: Nothing to Rave About series by holding down the shift key and the pipe key on your keyboard (see picture below). In some cases, you may need to speak to the first character before the menu becomes accessible.

In Reconstructors: Uncommon Scents, there are two different mechanisms. In episode 1, after you finish the dialogue with Alpha, hold down the shift key and click on the shift key on the keyboard in the game. The pop-ups display what tools and clues were added. In episodes 2 and 3, after you finished the dialogue with Alpha, press 1-1-1-1 and then 1-1-1-2 to add all tools, 1-1-1-3 to add all clues, and 1-1-1-4 to jump to the last activity in the game (in episode 2, go to the art institute and click on the student; in episode 3, go to the City Hall and click on the computer). You can only use the shortcuts when you are in the NEPA office.

Reconstructors: A Plaguing Problem does not have a shortcut feature.

What are the recommended system requirements for Web Adventures?

See Technical Specs.

What is Flash, and why do you use it?

Flash is an Adobe tool used to develop graphics, animation, and rich internet applications. Flash is optimized for fast delivery of graphical and media content, making it a popular choice for movies (such as you see on YouTube) and interactive multi-media materials.

How do I download and install the Flash plug-in?

When you start the game, it will test your browser for the Flash plug-in. If it is not detected, you will be provided with a link to Adobe's Flash download page so that you can obtain the latest plug-in. Newer versions of the plug-in are backwards-compatible, meaning that you can play older games made with earlier versions of Flash. You can also visit Adobe's Flash Player Help for help getting and installing the plug-in.

See Technical Specs.

How do I resolve compatibility Issues Using Flash w/Android Mobile Devices? [ * NEW: 2016 ]

All of our Web Adventures games were developed using Flash before mobile applications were dominating. Since Adobe has foregone its support for the Flash Player on Tablets for a few years now, developers of 3rd Party applications have tried to fill the void.

If the games don't render correctly using the Chrome Browser, we recommend testing alternative browsers for mobile devices in the order listed below:

Some have found success customizing their Flash Settings In Firefox.

Why does it not save my game correctly when I log back in? [ * NEW: 2016 ]

For CSI: The Experience and VCT: Virtual Clinical Trials, if more than one student logs in using the same id/pwd, the game will not accurately record game values upon save. To resolve this issue, ensure each player registers separately, and maintains an independent account.

Nothing happens when I click on things. What is going on?

Try to close all other open tabs or windows in your browser, especially when you're using Firefox.

The game seems to be playing very slowly. How can I get it to speed up?

If you are experiencing long periods of delay with a blank screen or a simple animation in the center of the screen, the most likely cause is limited internet speed. Sometimes the Web Adventures site recieves large amounts of traffic during the day, which may also cause delays in loading. The Web Adventures were designed with lower performing computers in mind, but netbooks and tablets may be especially slow. Be sure to check the minimum system recommendations below.

Is the game supposed to take a long time to download?

Each game file is a few megabytes in size. If you are connecting to the internet with a modem, it could take several minutes. Hang in there!

The text is too small for me to read. How can I make it bigger?

Make your browser as large as possible by maximizing the window (PC) or dragging it to its largest possible size (Mac). Please note that some browsers support a zoom feature which can be used to increase font size, but this causes unpredictable events in Flash, sometimes even causing the game to stop working.