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LifeSigns is similar to Trauma Center medical games, but focuses more on the story and character development, almost like a soap opera. You play as Dr. Tendo, a second year intern at a hospital, performing surgeries on patients while at the same time balancing relationships with fellow doctors and nurses.

The gameplay for the surgery is a more step-by-step-style minigames, performing certain tasks during the surgery for it to be a success, but you also have to examine the patient beforehand to figure out the problem they are suffering from. Between surgeries, you also have to juggle romantic relationships with female doctors and nurses, saying the right things or buying them romantic items in order to succeed. You can also play mini-games like fishing and cooking to relieve stress from the hospital as well.


LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Question mark signifies unknown character in the room.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Masui, the local anesthesiologist, has strange sense of humor.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Different locations and characters are available at daytime and nighttime.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS You can visit the patient's room to check on the patient before or after the operation.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Lifesigns: Hospital Affairs" -- European title
  • "Lifesigns: A Coeur Ouvert" -- French title
  • "Lifesigns" -- European alternate cover title
  • "Kenshūi Tendō Dokuta 2: Inochi no Tenbin" -- Japanese title

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ZTGameDomain Nov 12, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Purojuegos 2007 8 out of 10 80
Diehard GameFan Jan 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Nov 09, 2007 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Jan 08, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65 Apr 10, 2009 13 out of 20 65
GamingExcellence Jan 14, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45
Game Shark Dec 12, 2007 C- 42
Gamervision Dec 28, 2007 4 out of 10 40
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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Non-Japanese manuals use the same images used in Japanese manuals with Japanese text. As such, in European and such manuals all text using kanji and kana have been blurred, while text that used latin letters such as "Mission 05" were left as is since it is identical in English, German and other localized game versions.
Big John WV (25473) added LifeSigns: Surgical Unit (Nintendo DS) on May 26, 2008