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A humorous, physics-based game in which the player, as novice surgeon Nigel Burke, is asked to perform very complex medical procedures like heart transplants or brain surgery. The game is deliberately hard to control, with the player having to manually handle movement, rotation, and every individual finger of the hand they have to perform the operation with. Further, in addition to common surgical instruments like scalpels or bone saws, there is also an array of very inappropriate tools such as pens or hammers. All tools have to be picked up and controlled manually, and inevitable blunders are commented on by the player's alter ego.

The main game mechanic revolves around the patients' blood loss. Careless actions can lead to blood spills, and injuring certain body parts with inappropriate instruments can lead to a continuous blood loss indicated in millilitres per second, which puts a time limit on the completion of the surgery. An operation is considered successful if the organ in question is roughly in the right position, and the player's performance is judged according to duration and blood loss. The surgery is only failed when the patient completely bleeds out. More difficult missions take place in a moving ambulance, where the physical effects make precise action even more difficult.

A September 2013 update added alien autopsy transplants. Set in a new environment, the player operates on the alien Gworb with different organs to remove in six operations.


Surgeon Simulator 2013 Windows The scalpel is for "precision" work, such as detaching an organ.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Windows It's hammer time...
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Windows Title screen
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Windows Sawing away on the ribcage.

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Surgeon Simulator 2013 Screenshot
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Screenshot
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Screenshot
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Surgeon Simulator" -- title as of 22 November 2017

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Digital Chumps Windows Apr 25, 2013 8.4 out of 10 84
The Guardian Windows Apr 29, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameTrailers Windows May 06, 2013 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Windows Apr 23, 2013 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Apr 22, 2013 7.8 out of 10 78
GamingTrend Windows May 08, 2013 78 out of 100 78 Windows Apr 29, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
PCGamesN Windows Apr 22, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Edge Windows May 01, 2013 7 out of 10 70 Windows Apr 30, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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