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Theme Hospital is a level-based hospital management simulation where players have to start on an empty building, and then assemble rooms with all kinds of material, from desks and file cabinets for the general diagnosis to the expensive ultra-scanners and X-rays to diagnose such bizarre diseases as Bloaty Head, Slack Songue or Alien DNA, and treat them with even more bizarre machines like an Head Inflator or a DNA fixer. There are several additional rooms, such as a staff room for your employees to rest, a toilet so that patients don't have to relieve themselves in the corridors, a research department to get the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and a training room where consultants can teach a thing or two to rookies, making them capable doctors. The size and layout of each room can be set by the player, according to the available space. In addition to rooms, the player must provide radiators, seating for patients and drink machines.

However, rooms don't run by themselves. Most diagnostic and clinics can work with regular doctors, but others like the operating theater and the research room require specialized staff while the ward, pharmacy and the fracture clinic require an attending nurse. At the same time, the hospital can't run without handymen cruising around the hospital to water up dry plants, clean up litter and vomit (after all, people go there because they are sick) and fix machines, while receptionists direct patients to the proper rooms.

As levels advance, the player faces increasingly harder situations: VIP visits, emergencies, epidemics and earthquakes, which can either take a toll on reputation or on the bank account. On the other hand, as more and more equipment is required, additional plots of land are available for purchase in later maps.


Theme Hospital Windows Guess who is sitting in that bench! (from the opening intro, the very beginning)
Theme Hospital Windows A familiar video game! (from the opening intro)
Theme Hospital Windows The map that shows you in what level you are in the game...
Theme Hospital Windows Staff listing (in-game shot, high resolution)

Promo Images

Theme Hospital Screenshot
Theme Hospital Screenshot
Theme Hospital Screenshot
Theme Hospital Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "主题医院" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Частная клиника" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

"Doctor required in inflator room..." Paul Varley (13) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Very simple, but still highly addictive! Reborn_Demon (136) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Starts fun, then gets too hard to enjoy kvn8907 (179) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
One of the best management sims out there Mike Hanson (312) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
This one is a great game. Tomer Gabel (4634) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great Game Play...annoying sounds Horny-Bullant (59) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Dec 13, 2013 5.5 out of 6 92
Power Unlimited May, 1997 91 out of 100 91
CD-Action May, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Privat Computer PC 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker Mar, 1997 83 out of 100 83
The Review Busters 2009 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 25, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge Apr, 1997 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Apr 17, 1997 5.5 out of 10 55


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Like Theme Park, if a player cheats the game makes a point on telling everyone that, but instead of just displaying a pop-up box, the announcer can be heard saying "Warning: a cheat is running the hospital" and "Hospital administrator is cheating", among others.

Custom music

It's possible to play custom midi files in Theme Hospital's jukebox using the executable sound\midi\hospmidi.exe under the installation directory. Look for more information in the readme file located in the same directory.


According to producer Mark Webley, originally the game was going to use real ailments and diseases. However, it was pointed out that this would mean dealing with a serious subject, with the potential to offend someone, so the design switched to include the comical diseases.


In the intro, some characters from other Bullfrog games can be spotted; a Horned Reaper from Dungeon Keeper and a Eurocorp Agent from the Syndicate series. A doctor can also be seen playing Dungeon Keeper on his PC.

If these Bullfrog product tie-ins aren't enough, the arcade cabinet placed at the staff room plays no other than Hi-Octane.

Information also contributed by Accatone, Luis Silva, Yeah No, and Zovni

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robotriot (9068) added Theme Hospital (Windows) on Jan 05, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25910), karttu (5131), Kartanym (12706), Sciere (791375) and robotriot (9068)