Life & Death

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The game that started it all, for me that is... DOS Michael Palomino (151)

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Amiga 2 4.1
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Atari ST 4 3.6
DOS 16 3.3
FM Towns 1 5.0
Macintosh 2 4.1
PC-98 2 4.1
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Combined User Score 27 3.6

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AmigaAmiga Computing
The surgery part of Life and Death comes into its own as far as gameplay goes. There is so much to do it must be like the real thing. For added realism I suppose you would have to play the game for 72 hours at a time just like the real junior doctors do. Plain diagnosis can get a little boring after a while but the blood and guts of the surgery makes up for it.
DOSACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Despite these reservations, this is a novel program which plays upon our innate fears of illness and fascination with medical procedures. If you persevere through the early stages, it could be a lifesaver for those who thought simulations ended with F-16s.
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
If you make a mistake you are sent to medical school. If the mistake is very serious the patient is sent to the mortuary (graphic included, of course). Life & Death (which is better than The Surgeon, by the way) brings a dash of fresh air (spiced with disinfectant) to leisure software.
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Dette er utvilsomt en annerledes opplevelse som vil sette perspektiv på kirurgyrket. Hvis du ikke rynker på nesen av en kraftig vanskelighetsgrad og EGA-grafikk er det ingenting som bør stoppe deg fra å prøve en smakebit. Husk bare å vask hendene først!
Atari STASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Optisch wie akustisch ist dieses Game sehr gut gestaltet, sein größter Pluspunkt dürfte jedoch der nicht unerhebliche Lerneffekt sein. Schade nur, daß die Texte im Spiel nicht genau wie die Anleitung ins Deutsche übersetzt worden sind; der Lerneffekt wäre damit sicherlich noch gesteigert worden. Wie dem auch sei: Das HerumschnippeIn an den Patienten macht echt Laune, wer will da noch Medizin studieren?
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Rundherum ein gelungenes Game, das nicht nur Spaß bringt, sondern auch noch einen gewissen Lerneffekt hat. Die Ausstattung und der mit 80 Märkern als günstig zu bezeichnende Preis runden den mehr als positiven Eindruck ab. Wer sich zum (Halb-) Gott in Weiß berufen fühlt, oder einfach nur Interesse an der hohen Kunst der Chirurgie hat, kommt an LIFE & DEATH einfach nicht vorbei, Denkt immer daran: Jeder kann ein Brinkmann sein...
A tester ! Software Toolworks nous livre ici un petit bijou qui n’a pas eu la descendance qu’il méritait. Sans doute un argument de plus qui estompera les traces de son grand âge.
A tester ! Software Toolworks nous livre ici un petit bijou qui n’a pas eu la descendance qu’il méritait. Sans doute un argument de plus qui estompera les traces de son grand âge.
A tester ! La génération de l'Amiga et consorts nous livre ici un petit bijou qui n’a pas eu la descendance qu’il méritait. Sans doute un argument de plus qui estompera les traces de son grand âge.
A tester ! La génération de l’Atari ST et consorts nous livre ici un petit bijou qui n’a pas eu la descendance qu’il méritait. Sans doute un argument de plus qui estompera les traces de son grand âge.
DOSJust Games Retro
Life and Death puts you in the scrubs of a first-year resident in the Department of Abdominal Surgery at Toolworks General Hospital. You will be given a steady stream of patients with various abdominal complaints to diagnose, test, refer, or operate on yourself. Regardless of your level of medicinal knowledge, the game endevours to teach you every step of the way, from reams of documentation in the box, to in-game classes showing your exact mistakes in surgery and how to correct them. No one's going to get a doctorate out of this game, and real surgeons would probably get a chuckle from it, but it takes itself seriously, and brings enough research and veracity to it to convince you to do the same.
AmigaAmiga Action
In the space of a month, two medical simulations have been released simultaneously. Although it would be very easy to compare the two, it would be wrong to do so. Germ Crazy is effectively a strategy game whereas Life and Death is more of a graphical interactive movie. To begin with it's definitely a case of trial and error, so many mistakes are covered at the medical school. The operation section is the highlight of the game and it will take a lot longer to master the area than simply curing any of the other illnesses which unfortunately has little lasting appeal.
Grę Life and Death trudno zaklasyfikować do jakiegoś konkretnego gatunku. Powiedzmy sobie że jest to... symulator medyczny, całkiem nieźle dopracowany graficznie i dźwiękowo. Posiada pewne walory edukacyjne. Nie należy ich jednak przeceniać, gdyż autorzy nie ustrzegli się przed popełnieniem błędów.
Atari STST Format
Life & Death is fun to play for a few hours but the crucial ingredient, long-term playability, is sadly missing - interest palls after you've worked out the mechanics of the game. This is a real pity, because with a bit more to do this could have been a classic game.
AmigaCU Amiga
The main problem with Life And Death's gameplay is that it's too linear. I would have preferred to have had a variety of operations to experiment on, rather than be dropped straight in at the deep end. There's no doubting that the idea is a viable one, it's just that the computer picks you up on the tiniest mistakes and, whilst this probably is true of the real thing, it just doesn't make the game very enjoyable. The operations themselves - when you finally access them - are quite fun, but are still rather 'trial and error' and I seriously doubt the game's lasting appeal. However, the more patient and methodical among you may not have this problem. The next game in the series deals with the brain, personally I can't wait for Life and Death: The Post Mortem, when we can cut up some corpses without fear of reprisal.
AmigaAmiga Joker
Die Grafik sieht besser aus als bei der (Bereits 1988 verschienenen!) PC-Version, ist aber trotzdem nicht sonderlich berauschend: soundmäßig sind nur vereinzelte Schmerzensschreie und Türensschlagen zu hören. Die Maussteuerung klappt recht ordentlich, klickt man jedoch zu hastig herum, steigt das Programm manchmal aus. Schlußdiagnose: Eine ungewöhnliche Simulation wie man sie seit dem vorsintflutlichen „The Surgeon" nicht mehr am Amiga gesehen hat – nicht unbedingt hat – nicht unbedingt lustig, aber fesselnd!
DOSASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Mir hat das „Rumbasteln“ an meinen hilflosen Patienten viel Spaß bereitet. Sicherlich werdet Ihr genauso rasant an dieses heilbringende Werk gehen. Anzuraten ist auf jeden Fall zu dem neuen Game aus dem Hause THE SOFTWARE TOOLWORKS. LIFE & DEATH, zieht‘s Euch rein, allein die bebilderte Abhandlung über die Operationsmethoden im Laufe der Jahrhunderte ist den Kauf wert. Ehrlich!
DOSThe One
For the curiosity value alone this is one package you have just got to see - and if you value originality more than variety you may end up buying it too.
Det finns tre nivåer i spelet: novis, intermediär och avancerad. Den som tycker att detta är för enkelt, kan välja ett mardrömsläge. Då vimlar det av onormala EKG:n och stora blödningshärdar. Men varför ska man göra det svårare för sig än nödvändigt? Operationerna är tillräckligt svårgenomförbara ändå. De är t.o.m. så svårgenomförbara att spelet förlorar i spelbarhet. Det vore ju kul om man kunde klara av EN enda liten blindtarm efter flera dagars ihärdigt spelande. Nej, Life & Death har samma fel som föregångaren The Surgeon: det är helt enkelt för svårt. Inte ens riktiga kirurger klarar av spelet.
AmigaAmiga Power
A three-year old game, and it's showing its age somewhat. Life & Death isn't completely terrible, but I certainly wouldn't join any long waiting lists for it.
AmigaAmiga Power
What's there is quite good, but there's just not enough of it.