The Starburst Challenge: EyeWire Debuts Level 2

In just over three months, EyeWire, a game to map the brain (specifically, the connectome), has grown to over 50,000 players from 100 countries.

Today we’re excited to share the next big things. First: we’re preparing to publish a paper and EyeWire Players will be listed as a coauthor! Your gameplay has generated so much data that Seung Lab has begun to make exciting discoveries about how specific neural processes work in the retina. We’re close, but not done yet. In order to publish, we need to complete a set of the most challenging cells: starbursts. These notoriously difficult neurons have stumped EyeWirers (and our lab) — that is, until now. We think that some of the top EyeWirers are talented enough to tackle the starbursts, so we’ve added a Starburst Challenge to see if who has what it takes.

Starburst Challenge EyeWire

Level 2: The Starburst Challenge

We’ve implemented a special Starburst Challenge for expert players. You must beat it in order to play star cells and unlock double points. Star players will receive special recognition in the appendix of a fourthcoming paper, as well get shoutouts on the EyeWire Blog and Facebook Page.

Here’s how it works.

Enter the challenge by selecting “Change Cell” (if you don’t know how to do this, you probably haven’t played enough to get past the challenge). Choose Starburst Challenge and start playing. You are now in the Starburst Challenge, which comes in two phases.

Phase 1: The A List

Beat this level by completing 6 cubes in a row with least at 90% accuracy. During this section, you will have a progress bar. You do not receive points during this phase. If you mess up, don’t worry, can keep going until you achieve success or die trying.

Phase 2: Star Superhero

Now you must complete 6 cubes in a row with at least 80% accuracy — without the progress bar. You receive points during this phase. Beat this level to become a Star Superhero and unlock double points plus the right to map star cells.

After you graduate from the tutorial, you are granted access to play the Star Neuron for double points.

Tips and Tricks.

Check out these helpful starburst tracing videos from Rachel at EyeWire HQ

Technical Probs? Type /debug into chat to identify the cube you’re on and send it to

Game on.

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