Surgeon Simulator 2013
|Surgeon Simulator 2013|
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Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a surgical simulation video game by Tom Jackson, Jack Good, Luke Williams and James Broadley of Bossa Studios. The initial version was created in a 48-hour period for the 2013 Global Game Jam, but the developers continued and spent 48 days creating a commercial version released in January 2013. The full version was released via Steam on 19 April 2013, and GOG.com on 10 October 2013 followed by an iPad release on 7 March 2014.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 is played in first-person perspective. Mouse movement is used to control the movement of the player's hand. By holding down the right mouse button and moving the mouse, the player can rotate the hand. The left mouse button is used to lower the hand. By default, the A, W, E, R, and spacebar keys are used to control individual corresponding digits for grasping items. Gameplay consists of the player attempting to perform various surgical procedures, for example a heart transplant. Multiple extra modes are available after completion of the early operations, such as performing an operation while inside an ambulance where surgical instruments bounce around at random, and operating in space where the zero-g environment causes all of the instruments to free-float.
Two free DLC features and one paid DLC were all added after the initial release. The first was released on 21 June 2013, and features an operation in which the player performs surgery on Team Fortress 2's Heavy, based on the "Meet the Medic" TF2 promotional video. The second was released on 9 September 2013, named "Code Name Trisha," and features an operation in which surgery is performed on an alien. On 14 August 2014, an Anniversary A&E Edition was released on Steam. It added the eye and teeth transplants from the iOS version along with some other features, such as operating while running through the hospital corridors.
The game's protagonist is a surgeon named Nigel Burke, who has a placement at a fictional hospital somewhere in the United Kingdom. He carries out various operations, at first on a patient affectionately named 'Bob' by the game developers, and later operates on Bob inside a Space station orbiting Earth. Afterwards, he is contacted by an alien race by VHS tape, and operates on one of the aliens, gaining the title of 'Best Surgeon in the Universe'.
An initial version of the game was created for the Global Game Jam in which the team had 48 hours to make the game. The team took inspiration from the game Jurassic Park: Trespasser  for the control scheme, which also came about because teams in the jam would gain bonus points if a game used ten buttons on the keyboard. The team initially wanted to assign a finger to each button but soon realized this was impractical and instead only limited this style of control to one hand with the other being controlled by the mouse.
The developers were initially unaware of whether or not the game was "genuinely" funny. Although they found themselves laughing they weren't sure if it was the game or their sleep deprivation causing it. It was only when they finally presented the prototype to the audience that they realized the comic potential.
In January 2014, Bossa released footage of an iPad release of the game to be released sometime that year. On 7 March, Surgeon Simulator was released for $5.99 and featured the classic heart and kidney transplants and two new transplants: eye and teeth. The app also includes the new corridor feature which you have to save Bob while carts with at least seven items pass by and you have to not kill him. There is a new feature, heart rate, which makes it more challenging for players and when it reaches 0, you have to charge the defibrillators to save Bob. You can lower his heart rate by pressing the blue button by his head.
Reception for the game has been positive, with critics stating that although the game was hard to control, this difficulty was "part of the appeal." Ars Technica commented upon the narrator's voice-over, saying that it "belies the ridiculousness that unfolds as he flops and flails his way through surgery". Rock, Paper, Shotgun, praised the game's humour and fun, and said "Surgeon Simulator 2013 is not a brilliant game. But it is a brilliant joke. In the form of a game. It’s an idea that is a clean magnitude of awesome above 90% of what will be released this year because it is so absurd." Eurogamer rated the game 7/10 and also praised its humour.
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