September 13, 2018 10:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts
Developer: Bossa Studios

Publisher: Bossa Studios

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Simulation, Party, Multiplayer & Action

Release Date: September 13, 2018 (EU & NA)

 

Who needs to spend 7 years in medical school when you can just play Surgeon Simulator with no experience necessary! Perform “not-so-intricate” procedures like heart and brain transplants in the surgery, down the emergency room hallway, or in an ambulance.
Back in 2013, Bossa Studios unleashed Surgeon Simulator onto the world via Steam with two surgeries that you can perform; Heart and Brain. In 2014, it released on iPad along with two new operations; Eye and Teeth Transplants. It also featured a new challenge of having to perform operations whilst running down a corridor. The game later received DLC that added new challenges like Ambulance, Space and Alien Autopsy.
Where Surgeon Simulator really found popularity was on YouTube. A number of well-known YouTubers like PewDiePie and Jacksepticeye have spent many hours recording and streaming themselves playing Surgeon Simulator. It also made the jump to console on the PS4 in the summer of 2014. Four years later and it is now the Nintendo’s Switch turn with the Rebranded Surgeon Simulator CPR (Co-op Play Ready).
The very nature of the game is to be as realistic as possible without being too literal with realism. Everything has a cartoon feel to it which is just as well as you have to hack and slash and butcher your way through patients. The animation aesthetic helps desensitized what is actually a very bloody and serious affair. The music adds edginess but not so much that it undoes the surrealism that has been set by the game’s graphical choice.
Set in the first-person perspective, You play as surgeon Nigel Burke. Your role as surgeon, is to perform delicate surgeries with the tools at your disposal. Operations can take place in the Surgery, in the middle of a corridor or even whilst riding inside an ambulance. As severe as the operations are, this is certainly not a game to take seriously as the intentionally bad controls are designed in a way so that you have no choice but to blunder through each operation.
Imagine yourself after a night out, so full of liquor and your motor skills shot to pieces. Your hands fumbling about in front of you trying to grab whatever you can. Now picture yourself in that state whilst in the operating theatre with some poor soul who has you as their doctor. It’s not a case of if the operation will be a success but how long you can go without calling for a body bag and decide to just harvest the blighter’s organs instead.

There is certainly a lot of dark humour to be found in this game that it is borderline worrisome. You never quite master the controls and just picking up the surgical tool you want is deserving of applause itself. Every tool has a purpose but you don’t get told what does what. The only “Tutorial” per se by inserting the floppy disks that accumulate after operations into the PC in the reception. Only then will you have a better idea of which surgical tool should be used for, unless you actually are a Surgeon then you should probably know already.

Surgeon Simulator CPR

When you begin the game, you will find yourself at a cluttered desk. To the left is the aforementioned computer and the floppy drives. In the centre are your patient files where you can choose the operations you would like to perform. You can also access the main menu here and alter settings like controls and language. Your achievements can also be found here. Some achievements you will obtain by completing operations. Others by performing absurd tasks like performing an operation whilst drugged, electrocuted or both. You can even pull off a number or hand gestures like flipping the bird, showng your appreciation to heavy metal and pinky swear. Hey, if this is what counts for achievements, then sign me up.

Your first operation as a newly unlicensed surgeon is to perform open heart surgery on a victim, uh I mean patient, the affectionately named “Bob.” First up is cracking open the rib-cage with the saw or hammer or even a coffee mug if you are feeling ambitious. While you are at it, you could even pimp slap the poor sap with said coffee mug. After getting the Ribs out of the way, it is then time to tackle the vital organs. The lungs won’t pull themselves out. As you bumble your way through, you may notice that your victim, I mean patient (Why do I keep saying that) may be losing blood. To help stop the bleeding, there is a green syringe that you can just prod into the patient and it will stop the blood loss rate. Be careful not to prick yourself with it otherwise, you will become delirious and if you though it was difficult before, you are in for an even harder time now.

Surgeon Simulator CPR

Should this happen, prick yourself with the white syringe, if you can find it. This will get you back on form. Once you make the necessary incisions to pop out the bad organ, you can proceed to insert the new one. As long as the new organ goes into the cavity, you are golden. You don’t even need to reattach it. You can then move on to the next assassination, uh, operation (Oh, who am I kidding? you will most likely murder most of your patients before successfully saving one).

As regards to controls, they are purposely atrocious and will give you a newfound respect to real-life surgeons as it is not an easy profession. The Switch version has the added functionality of supporting a second player in the form of another hand. If you thought it was hard enough with one hand, wait until you are trying to squeeze two hands into an open chest cavity. Each player takes a single Joy-Con to control a singular hand. Rotating the Joy-Con will rotate the hand and pressing the Joy-stick in will recentre the hand to its neutral position. You would think that motion control would give you an edge of standard button controls but nope. I found the motion controls even more baffling and found that playing the Switch in handheld mode was the safest bet.

Surgeon Simulator CPR

I have often joked about if only the human body could be more like cars. Where if a part fails, you could simply chuck out the damaged part and slap in a new one. Surgeon Simulator CPTR is pretty much that. It is Motor mechanics but with human body parts. The carefree attitude of the game relies on how gloriously bad you do as opposed to how incredible you can be. Throwing vital organs around or fumbling for surgical tools on trolleys as they clamber about as you run down a corridor. Surgeon Simulator CPR is like a cross between Carry On Doctor, Monty Python and Frankenstein. If you don’t find it funny, you will be fuming like a steam train.

 

Conclusion:

Chaos and hilarity are two words that come to mind when I think of Surgeon Simulator CPR. For something that is centered around one of the most delicate and precise professions in the world, Surgeon Simulator turns it on its head, smashes its skull with a hammer and then scoops out its brains with a plastic spoon. I have a new found respect for anyone in a green apron now as it is an incredibly tough job to do what they do. The whole debacle can be hilariously funny until you actually want to play through sensibly. Then it is an absolute nightmare as everything in the game is against you. There is a true sense of accomplishment when you finally do succeed, even if only with a D rank. The most fun you can have is challenging your friends to try and do better. In short Surgeon Simulator CPR is funnily disturbing, whilst disturbingly fun to play.

 

The Verdict: 7/10

Pleasant

 

*Review Key Provided by Bossa Studios

 

 

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