Surgeon Simulator 2013 Review

Surgeon Simulator 2013 Review

When Surgeon Simulator was released off the back of this year's Global Game Jam, it taught us quite a few things. Sure, there are lots of lessons in there about how the developers were able to create a game within 48 hours, but perhaps the most important lesson was that there are loads of people around the world who should never be let near any kind of surgical procedure. Better yet, when those people are trying to perform it, it's actually rather humorous. It's for that reason alone that Bossa Games decided to take their initial prototype and expand it to a whole new level - the result is a game that is both chaotic, hilarious and vastly inappropriate.

The initial prototype was very focussed. Your objective was to perform heart surgery on a patient without killing them and you had very limited scope to do this. You see, in Surgeon Simulator you're only able to control one hand (movement and rotation) and each of its different fingers independently - that's it. Due to the game's difficulty and propensity for cack handedness, needless to say, this prototype became a bit of a viral hit.

As soon as you get into Surgeon Simulator 2013, the same philosophies are true. The difference now, is that it's applied to everything. The entire menu system is about how you control and manipulate this one hand and there are plenty of Easter Eggs even at this early stage. You can pick up the phone, use the computer or simply just smash everything off of the desk if you want to. It's certainly a good place to get a bit more practice with your new limb before you delve into the surgery.

The first surgery you'll have to tackle is the classic heart surgery. It's important to note at this point that everything is about completing your objective as quickly and efficiently as possible - nothing else matters. Therefore, the quickest way to get to the heart is to just break off all the ribs, rip out the lungs and severe the arteries. We don't have to worry about what happens afterwards.

There are numerous ways you can perform these simple tasks and that's what makes the game rather unique in a way. Most people will opt to use the hammer to break off the ribs, but even this is a rather difficult task in itself. If that's not your thing though, you can also choose to use a bone saw, circular bone saw or even a drill. It all just depends on whether you want to go for cleanliness or speed, because that's ultimately what you're judged on once the operation is completed.

At almost all times, your patient will be losing blood, but the amount of blood your patient is losing depends on how accurate and careful you are with the tools of your trade. If you accidentally drop a scalpel in your patient's body, that might start to cause some serious blood loss, for example. Likewise, if you slip while using a surgical laser and accidentally melt your patient's ear, that can also cause some issues. The important thing to note though, is that as long as you stick them with the right syringe, everything returns to normal on that front.


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