Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Theme Hospital (Windows)

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Perspective
Theme
81
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3.9
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Written by  :  Paul Varley (13)
Written on  :  Apr 03, 2006
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

"Doctor required in inflator room..."

The Good

A lot of people find the sound and music for this game irritating. Personally, I love it, from the "Essex girl" accent of the receptionist's announcements to the incredibly catchy music (my personal favourites being "On the Mend" and "Fortune"). The graphics were crisp, bright and a good example of what pixel art could still do in a game even in the 3D era. The humour was spot on, too.

The Bad

This may just be me not being very good at the game, but I found the learning curve to be somewhat steep, and I was pretty much done for after about six levels (the level where Baldness is introduced was my eventual stumbling block, although I had serious difficulty before that).

The reason I stopped playing though was because the game began crashing on me, and eventually ceased to load. A shame, because I still enjoyed the game even though I was having a tough time of it.

The Bottom Line

A fun game with wonderfully retro sound and visuals and a wicked sense of humour, but watch out for the learning curve.