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SummaryIt's brain surgery... And poking people with needles.
The GoodThis game is great because it is so open ended. You're a doctor and you can receive patients whenever you like. AND you can do whatever you want and only get a slap on the wrist (plus a poor patient survival rate). When I had this game as a kid, my Dr. was named Dr. Death, and he had 2 successes and 52 deaths. The educational value of the game is a bit suspect, but it is enlightening in some respects (i know now that you can get a subdural hematoma by suffering a head injury and as long as Dr. Death isn't in control, it's operable). Also, it's funny how lots of the people that come in are cocaine addicts (though it's frightening how accurate that might be).
The BadThe actual brain surgery part of this game is very hard. I myself have never succeeded in a surgery, although I've owned the game since I was 8 or 9 years old, I think. It does get repetitive after a while, since there are only so many things the patients can have (then again, maybe that's the way it is for real brain surgeons). It's also a frightening game for those of you who are squeamish. I recently played this game for the first time in a long time in the middle of the night and it gave me a bad case of the willies. Something about pulling up the MRI scan and seeing this terrible spider-like blob instead of a brain... It's hard to convey this game's power to send shivers down your spine (just botch an operation and see the following cutscene of hospital employees eating pizza on top of the corpse and talking about what a poor doctor you are and you might know what I mean).