Surgeon Simulator

 

Learning(i)

Gory, maddening surgery sim for would-be surgeons.

What parents need to know

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. 

Violence

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. 

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The app uses Apple's Game Center, which allows players to share their scores with others. Players also can record their surgeries and share them with friends. The developer's privacy policy is not readily available on its website.

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. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk 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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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written bykrall February 4, 2015
age 2+
 
LEARNING

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!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old November 16, 2014
age 11+
 

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 playing battlefield ,call of duty, gta ,etc then buy tgis and hand it to them and they will shut up for a decent amount of time. This made my dad laugh , and he never laughs. Barely
Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2014
age 12+
 
LEARNING

really?

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 body. EDIT: oh, and 3 stars? this game is the second game on the best games of the year in my opinion. (first is goat simulator)
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Too much violence

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