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Theme Hospital is great. No guns, no gore, no violence, no crumpet, but it delivers more fun than one person can justifiably have by themselves!
Theme Hospital réussit son défi : vous faire gérer un institut de soin tout en s’amusant. Axé clairement sur le fun avec une réalisation décalée, Bullfrog a marqué ici les jeux de gestion en les sortant encore un peu de leur sérieux, après Theme park et quelques mois avant Dungeon Keeper. Disponible sur le Playstation Store ou en abandonware sur PC, le jeu mérite véritablement le détour.
Theme Hospital is packed with fantastic details like doctor stamina, patient ailments, background sounds, soda machines, fire extinguishers, and staff personalities. What's nice about it is that you aren't forced to delve into the depths of detail to run your hospital, but it's there if you want it. For sim fans, Theme Hospital is one of the best available on the PlayStation, with rich depth and fabulous play. Non-sim fans will still get a lot out of Theme Hospital because Bullfrog did such an exceptional job designing it.
I really enjoy these type of 'God games' but the simplicity of Theme Hospital could be it's failing. Knock up a few diagnosis and treatment rooms, then apart from the occasional earthquake (which damages your equipment) you can pop off and do something else while the money rolls in. Surely you should be visiting the bank manager for a loan and then crawling back to his office to beg for a reduction in interest rates rather than regularly dipping into a pile of cash for new hospital equipment without second thought.
If only Bullfrog had corrected the single angle viewing problem and expanded a little more on the gameplay they could have been sitting on a sure fire winner with Theme Hospital.
As it stands the game is packed with rib tickling humor which allows it to be more of a lighthearted experience for the young rather than a serious management sim for the budding tycoon.
If you already have it for the PC, then there's no reason to pick this version up. However, if you like strategy games like Command & Conquer and even Final Fantasy Tactics, you'd do well to give Theme Hospital a try.
Nearly a year after its PC arrival, Theme Hospital makes its way to PlayStation, and with the exception to its annoying control, the game is just as creative, innovative, and satisfying as ever.