Adam couldn't pass up the chance to jump back into Bullfrog's classic hospital sim this weekend.
You all know I was going to be playing Theme Hospital this weekend, and hopefully you all know the game is completely free to claim on Origin right now. So, if you haven't already grab your copy yet, get to it!
If you're not familiar with our Sunday Screenshots series, the basic premise is that we display a bunch of screenshots for a game one of us here at HITC Tech has been playing. It can either be a graphically-intense gawk-fest, an older title that isn't as impressive in the graphical sense, but is still nice to look at, or... well, anything really. If it's a video game, it's eligible. Previous entries in the series have seen such beauties as The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Last of Us Remastered, and Banished. Anyway, now you're up to speed, let's take a look at what I've been getting up to in Theme Hospital.
Below is the best of my first attempts at the game, on the first level. It's pretty easy when you already know what you need to do, but I remember first playing the game on the PS One many, many years ago, and I didn't have a clue what I was doing - building rooms too big, too small, not in the right place... it was a mess.
I was met with plenty of people suffering from Bloaty Head on level one, and the objectives to move onto the next hospital weren't tough at all, only requiring me to cure 10 patients at least, with a hospital value of $55,000, amongst other easy requirements. As I moved onto the next hospitals I was met with more stringent objectives, and even influxes of emergencies that included patients which needed curing of specific ailments in shorter time periods - which is tough when your hospital is already experiencing a huge wave of regular patients to deal with.
I've put a bunch more screens below of another level, which show some of the different types of diseases and rooms you can eventually build.
|I think this is the start of the third or fourth level - a good reception area is key, you don't want the sick wandering the hospital with nowhere to sit.|
|You can expand you hospital if you have the cash, and sometimes the Mayor can some to visit - quick, hide the bodies.|
|This guy had himself a bad case of Bloaty Head, but the Doctor applied the correct treatment by bursting his noggin and re-inflating it.|
|You can agree to treat emergency patients in a short time limit for a reward. King Complex and Invisibility aren't uncommon ailments to see in Theme Hospital either.|
I could probably bombard you with hundreds more Theme Hospital screens, but that would only ruin the experience for you. The game progresses at a steady enough pace for you to get to grips with it, and gradually adds in more illnesses for you to laugh at. I urge you to download the game, it's free, come on. And don't worry about whether it will run on your machine or not, it was made in 1997 - your TV remote could probably run it these days.