Developer: Adult Swim Games
Release Date: 12/4/2008
Available Exclusively On
The Good: Great humor, lots of content, procedures are varied, interesting story
The Bad: Flash type graphics, poor sound, tedious, trial-and-error is frustrating, it’s free on the internet
Surgeon games are always something that you would expect on a touch device and Trauma Center for the DS kicked this off. Amateur Surgeon is very similar to Trauma Center in fact almost a scary rip-off. The game’s humorous mature content is what keeps the game fresh and a must buy for only a buck. You play pizza boy Alan Probe who winds up in an accident with a mysterious surgeon named Doctor Bleed. After hitting him you proceed to save his life via tools in your van, and the rest is history.
There are different tools for different procedures. You always start with cutting open the body by using a pizza cutter along a yellow dotted line. Some victims may have lacerations on the outside of their body or even fires. Using a stapler allows you to “suture” large cuts than “cauterizing” the wound with lighter seals it shut. After wards applying medical gel makes the wound “disappear”. Using tongs allows you to remove debris from cuts in the body. You have to be careful otherwise you injure the patient and lose your combo streak. Organ transplants are done by using a chainsaw and cutting away organs. The game even goes as far as “pimping out organs” by transplanting gold plated lungs, rib cage, and kidneys.
Some other tools are a vacuum for sucking out poison, or blood and putting out fires. Using your jumper cables and car battery you can shock certain areas to get bugs to come out. Some times you have to scan areas that are under the surface and cut them open. Using a corkscrew and medical gel you can bring the heart rate up if you’re doing poorly. All the procedures are fun, funny, and there are a lot of patients, but after the first 10 it gets very repetitive, and the game isn’t without some issues.
They can get tedious with the same procedures done over and over again. There isn’t really a hint system on how to do new procedures so trial and error can get very tedious and frustrating. Even getting a decent grade above a C can be very hard, and it seems Amateur Surgeon copied even the bad stuff from Trauma Center. Just like Trauma Center, you get time limits, but you go into the procedure blind with no pre-surgery analysis like in Trauma Center. This makes trial-and-error very frustrating.
When it comes to looks the game has a good art style with funny characters, dialog, and a semi-decent story. It’s a ported flash game so you can’t expect 3D pizazz, but what’s here works on the iPhone well. The sounds are OK with typical flash sounds, but nothing too great. For a dollar, you get a lot of content and game play, but this whole game is free to play on Adult Swim’s website. If you loved Trauma Center you will love Amateur Surgeon and even new comers should check this out.