Crazy Hospital!

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Lowbrow, high-pressure app uses gross-out humor.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app is extremely intuitive -- and kids will quickly take to it. 

Violence & Scariness

One character has fish hooks stuck in his body and face, but it's played off as comical. You'll have to use a taser to wake one patient. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The app goes out of its way to get you to spend money. Want to unlock all the medical tools necessary to completely cure a patient? That'll cost you. Want to see more than two patients? Pay up! You'll also be assaulted with ads between every session. Purchases range from $3 to $5. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy Hospital! is an app designed to lure kids in with easy gameplay and gross-out humor and then hit the adults with almost unavoidable in-app purchases. Want to unlock all the medical tools necessary to completely cure a patient? That'll cost you. Want to see more than two patients? Pay up! There's also plenty of potty humor, including one patient with uncontrollable flatulence. Kids may love it, but parents should know what they're getting into. 

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What's it about?

Players "heal" patients by rubbing their fingers across the screen rapidly or maneuvering a piece of equipment into place (again by finger dragging), until a status bar is filled.

Is it any good?

In-app purchases are a reality of the app world -- and some games handle them better than others. It's hard to think of one that handles them worse than Crazy Hospital!, though. The sheer amount of arrogant greed on display in this app will leave you aghast -- as it offers the smallest of tastes of what it considers gameplay, before forcing you to pay for more or move on. The game counts on kids' attraction to gross-out humor, like farts and burps, to hook them, then counts on their incessant pleading to wear down parents' resistance. But even if you do pay to unlock all of the characters and tools, you're still looking at less than half an hour of gameplay. After that, you can simply repeat what you've already done -- and it's a lot less fun the second time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how trips to the doctor are rarely this bad. 

  • Families can also talk about the good work doctors do. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases to unlock characters and tools range from $3 to $5.)
  • Release date: April 19, 2014
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 47.30 MB
  • Publisher: Bluebear Technologies
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

For kids who love simulation games and learning about health

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