Life & Death
|Life & Death|
|Developer(s)||Jake Smith & Don Laabs (Atari ST & Amiga conversions by Simon Beal)|
|Publisher(s)||The Software Toolworks|
|Platform(s)||Mac OS, MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIgs, FM Towns, NEC PC-9801, X68000|
Life & Death is a computer game published in 1988 by The Software Toolworks. It is one of the few realistic medical computer games ever released. The original packaging for the game included a surgical mask and gloves. A sequel, Life & Death II: The Brain, was published in 1990. In this game, the player is a neurosurgeon.
In the role of a resident abdominal surgeon at fictional hospital Toolworks General, the player must diagnose and treat a variety of maladies including kidney stones, arthritis, appendicitis, and aneuritic aorta. The last two require the player to perform surgery.
Compute! complimented Life & Death's graphics and sound, stating that the game effectively used CGA's four colors and the PC speaker, and stated that the game's warning to those queasy of blood was accurate. An author on Gamasutra praised the game for its attention to detail and the way it offers significant depth and challenge despite only the mouse.
MacWorld reviewed the Macintosh version of Life & Death, noting its gore and level of difficulty, stating that "If the embossed photo of a bloody brain on the box doesn't get to you, the challenge and frustration of playing the game just might." MacWorld praises Life & Death's difficulty and educational value, but criticized the "annoying" copy protection, monochrome graphics, and lack of a save function. The reviewer for MacWorld is stated to be a doctor of medicine.
Life & Death was nominated for Software Publishers Association (SPA) awards for Best Game, Best Simulation and Best Use of Technology.
- Franklin N. Tessler, M.D. (March 1990). "Life & Death 1.01 Review". MacWorld. Mac Publishing. p. 182-184.
- Cobbett, Richard (August 27, 2011). "Saturday Crapshoot: Life and Death". PC Gamer. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
- Latimer, Joey (May 1989). "Life & Death". Compute!. No. 108. pp. 71–72. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
- ""A Matter Of Life And Death", Leigh Alexander". gamasutra.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
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