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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 Drag the conversation topic onto character to start the dialogue.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS After questioning the patient, use stethoscope to start a check-up.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Nurse Hoshi teaches you the basics of diagnosing the patient's illness.
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Strange dream.

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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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Critic Reviews

ZTGameDomain Nov 12, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GameZone Nov 14, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Cheat Code Central Nov 09, 2007 3.5 out of 5 70
Diehard GameFan Jan 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70 Apr 10, 2009 13 out of 20 65
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Thunderbolt Games Jan 06, 2008 6 out of 10 60
IGN Nov 15, 2007 5.5 out of 10 55
DS-Extreme Dec 04, 2007 46 out of 100 46
Game Shark Dec 12, 2007 C- 42


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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 (27244) added LifeSigns: Surgical Unit (Nintendo DS) on May 26, 2008