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Surgeon Simulator

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Gory, maddening surgery sim for would-be surgeons.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Surgeon Simulator wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app isn't only hard, it's nearly impossible -- and intentionally so. Instruments are unwieldy, and your patient will die gruesome deaths again and again, even when you're not trying to kill them. 


While there's no shooting, players are performing surgical procedures such as organ transplants. Because of the difficult controls, players invariably make mistakes with instruments such as a bone saw, a hammer, and more, resulting in a torrent of blood. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykrall February 4, 2015

Good for the knowledge of the body

Very good game if your child/ren want to be knowledgeable on the subject of the human body. Top notch game!
Adult Written byHero of kvatch June 7, 2015

Good game

Decent game loads of blood. If your kids hate blood don't buy them this.
Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2014


my friend showed me this game on the iPad. i can handle it, and lots of people can. and actually, it is good for learning about where your organs are in the bod... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 16, 2014

Not very intense

Yes this game has blood ,but, it is funny as heck. Its also not as bad as those other games like battlefield and call of duty. If you dont want your kids playin... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss the training real doctors must go through. 

  • Families also can talk about how sometimes things are made deliberately hard for entertainment purposes. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $5.99
  • Release date: March 18, 2014
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 230.00 MB
  • Publisher: Bossa Studios Ltd.
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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