Even though I loved Theme Park I was still a little surprised when I was bought Theme Hospital for my birthday in 1998. A hospital? Who the heck wants to play a game set in a hospital? That was my thinking, which looking back now was pretty dumb as this is a fantastic game and one that has a ton of personality and will make you laugh and also stress you out at the same time.
If You Build It They Will Come
The goal of the game is to build a hospital that is not only there to treat patients and make people feel better. It is also there to make some big bucks as well. As you play Theme Hospital you will always be doing a delicate balancing act of trying to keep everything afloat. It is the perfect blend of challenging and fun and it will often swing one way more than the other as you play on many occasions.
What Does A Hospital Need?
When you start you just have a small area and you need to start filling your hospital out. You need things like an examination room, pharmacy, reception desk, and so on. As you progress you get more and more things to make use of and it becomes apparent that Theme Hospital is far deeper than you thought. You can develop new technologies that can create cures which is cool and there is always something that needs your attention.
Bed Side Manner
While building your hospital and having the right rooms and the right pieces of medical equipment is a massive part of the game. Dealing with people is also something you have to contend with. You need to hire doctors, nurses, and other staff such as handymen. You are working with a budget so you have to decide to go for expensive people who are great, or take a chance on someone who may have a few “issues” The patients that you are looking after In Theme Hospital also need a lot of man management! The diseases in this game are hilarious and a few of my favorites are Alien DNA, Broken Heart, 3rd Degree Sideburns, and Chronic Horsehair. Each disease needs a certain treatment and will need to be treated in a certain part of the hospital. The more people you cure, the more money you make. The more money you make, the more stuff you can buy for your hospital and you can also get a new building or even a new hospital!
As you would expect from the people that gave us Theme Park, this game has a ton of personality and charm. The cinematics are very amusing, but even though the in-game graphics may not look like much. They really do make you smile, especially the diseases as they for the most part have very funny effects on the patients. The sound is pretty fun too, the soundtrack like in Theme Park is not much, but the rest of the sound fits perfectly.
I still remember being kind of disappointed the first time I got this game. How dumb was I? I ended up playing the hell out of Theme Hospital and it is a game that I feel anyone can get into. The premise is very strange, but even stranger are all the weirdos that will come through the front door of your hospital needing your help. I highly recommend you check this one out, just do not blame me if you are up until 3 AM still playing the game as it is so addictive.
- I love the overall charm of the game
- It is very, very addictive
- The different diseases are hilarious
- There are many things you have to manage
- The actual aspect of building a hospital is really fun
- Sometimes your patients can get stuck in the walls or behind something
- The music is not that great
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode