A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Surgeon Simulator is a bloody game that's less about teaching surgical skills and more about seeing how much damage you, as the surgeon, can do. Instruments are clumsy and sometimes inappropriate, and the controls are intentionally difficult to use, meaning there's plenty of gore. Players attempt to transplant a heart, a kidney, an eye, and teeth. It's not a game for the easily frustrated or the squeamish.
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What's it about?
Players are asked to complete a variety of surgeries using clumsy and inappropriate tools that are difficult -- and sometimes virtually impossible -- to control. Players select a tool and point it at the area they want to cut, saw, spread, or whatnot. Technically, they can attempt to aim it better by touching the screen with their other hand, but that doesn't always work. The on-screen surgeon has only one arm with which to operate, which makes things even harder. (It is worth noting these control issues are all by design. The game is meant to be grossly humorous.)
Is it any good?
Whether you consider SURGEON SIMULATOR any good really depends on how you approach the game. If you come at it hoping to be a pretend surgeon, you're likely to hate it. It's clumsy, has downright terrible controls, and revels in the death of the patient. If you realize going in that you're playing a game that was initially designed in only two hours and is meant to be impossibly hard and more about creative and gross ways to kill the patient, you'll have a blast.
Even knowing that the game is meant as disgusting fun, the control issues eventually wear. At some point, it's nice to have the instruments do what you want them to do -- which never happens and (eventually) likely will be what drives players away from the game. But they can cause plenty of carnage before they leave.