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Trauma Center: Under the Knife (Nintendo DS)

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Take on the role of a doctor on this unique title for the Nintendo DS. You play as Dr. Derek Stiles, a young doctor who has just started at Hope Hospital. Things start off rather normally for the doctor, but he soon discovers that he has a special talent called the 'healing touch'. This talent allows him to slow down time to perform surgical procedures much faster than normal. However, a new epidemic begins to appear, and Dr. Stiles will need to be lightning-fast as well as accurate to save his patients' lives!

Trauma Center is almost entirely played with the stylus. All of Dr. Stiles' tools are used with the stylus, whether it be the suture, the scalpel, the drain, or the syringe. Quick and accurate response to the medical procedures will keep your patients healthy, but you'll also need to be prepared for unexpected events that can turn an almost finished operation on its head. The game is surprisingly difficult, and seems to hail back to challenge of the Super NES era.


Trauma Center: Under the Knife Nintendo DS Title screen
Trauma Center: Under the Knife Nintendo DS Using the forceps to pull out the glass shards.
Trauma Center: Under the Knife Nintendo DS Cutting up the patient's arm.
Trauma Center: Under the Knife Nintendo DS After a failed operation, Derek finds himself on the street unemployed.

Alternate Titles

  • "超執刀 カドゥケウス" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Chou Shittou Caduceus" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Easy as... Surgery Lawnmower Man (140) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Doctor Derek Stylus NeoJ (428) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Oct 12, 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2005 8.25 out of 10 82
IGN Oct 07, 2005 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Feb 10, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Jun 16, 2006 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de May 08, 2006 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Oct 18, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
Gamestyle 2006 7 out of 10 70
Gamezine Nov 03, 2005 14 out of 20 70


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1001 Video Games

Trauma Center: Under the Knife appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #2 Most Innovative Game Design of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – The "Is 'Spiking My DS' Covered Under the Warranty?" Award

Ben K (23089) added Trauma Center: Under the Knife (Nintendo DS) on Dec 27, 2005