Surgeon Simulator

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

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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. 

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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 byRobert S. February 22, 2017

Fun, but super gory.

In the game, you cut open humans and remove their internial ogans. Not only this, but the violence is very realistic and graphic. If you want, you can just kill... Continue reading
Parent Written byWilliam N. December 29, 2016

A goofy pho simulator

The game is really a joke but, I guess it could be used as a learning software, pretty fun If I don't say so myself.
Kid, 11 years old June 16, 2020

Hilarious game

This game had me laughing for a long time! The way you have to move your hands can be a bit tedious at first but once you get used to it!

Overall I think it... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2021

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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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