Game Review- Amateur Surgeon

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Name of the Game:

Amateur Surgeon

Game Platform:

Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS

Brief Description:

The player gets to play as Alan Probe, a pizzaboy wannabe surgeon, who hits a drunk man by the name of Dr. Ingnacious Bleed, while on one of his rounds delivering food. Dr.Bleed's ribs are crushed and the player gets to perform surgery and fix his ribs using a variety of makeshift surgical instruments, such as a pizza cutter and tongs. The game consists of the player acting as an amateur surgeon performing a series of surgical procedures on unsuspecting individuals.

Game's Genre:

Simulation Game. It is a cartoon simulation of surgical procedures.

Game Interface: 

The player can use a touchscreen and use their finger to control the surgical instruments. The player can use a trackpad or mouse buttons to control the instruments during surgical procedures. During story cuts, the player can use the left button on the mouse to skip the sequence, continue with the game, and pause the game.

How many different images are used in the game?

During the story sequences where characters are in dialogue, there is a background image of the location and images of the characters. The dialogue is also read in the game. During surgery, there is an image of the specific body part that the procedure is being performed on as well images of the available instruments at the top of the game's screen. The patients heart rate is shown on a small monitor on the upper left hand and the image of a timer is at the bottom left part of the window.

How many of the images move during gameplay?

During surgical procedures, the heart rate monitor shows a stick figure moving according to  the patient's heart rate (the stick figure is running if the heart rate significantly increases). This takes up a very small amount of screen space. The instruments also move around to simulate the surgery and interact with the patients body. This interaction take up the majority of the screen.

Goal of the Game:

The goal of the game is to perform successful surgeries without killing the patient or letting them die for any number of reasons. 

Major Challenges:

Accuracy and speed of the surgical procedures is one of the major challenges of this game, just like a real surgery. You have to be quick, but not too quick or you will hurt the patient. But you cannot go too slow or you will run out of time or the patient eventually dies. 

Complexity of the rule set:

The rules are pretty straight forward during surgery. You have to follow a specific logic while performing surgery according to each instrument. For example, you can't burn a wound shut with the lighter before you staple it closed. 

What kind of competition exists?

The only competition that you are playing against is the clock and the patient's BPM. At the end, you are also playing against yourself and the grade you receive at the end of a successful surgery. The player has the option to go back and redo any completed surgery for a possibly better grade. 

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