A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Every medical case is followed by the equivalent of a public service announcement. For example, a doctor character will announce how the teen who fainted from heat stroke should have been drinking more fluids while exercising, or how the children stung by bees should have called an adult when they discovered the hive, rather than disturbing it themselves.
Positive Role Models
These are hero doctors whose job it is to save lives, although the ones training the player do seem a bit quick to anger. They'll shoot off negative comments if you mess up -- but then again, these are life and death situations you're messing up.
Ease of Play
The gameplay is a bit more challenging than one might expect. And the ambulance-driving segments, which occur frequently, can be particularly difficult. All the various tasks have simple instructions to follow, but require focus and attention to detail to pull off successfully.
Violence & Scariness
In comic panel-style still pics, accidents are shown occurring, including people passing out, having heart attacks, falling from heights, etc. Some injuries involve the removal of foreign objects (bee stingers, glass shards) from arms or legs, and such procedures do leave spots of blood around wounds that need to be cleaned as part of the game. Also, it is possible for the player's ambulance to crash into other vehicles on the way to an emergency.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Hero: Doctor is a medical simulation game. It carries an ESRB rating of E10+, but it's going to appeal to younger children. The rating seems based almost entirely on the presence of blood in the game, but as this is a doctor game that requires players to perform virtual medical procedures, blood comes with the territory. There is never a lot of blood and the blood never looks very realistic. Still, physical injury is (necessarily) a huge part of this game. There's a little bit of a disconnect between the every-second-counts tension built into it all, and the lessons that seem obviously aimed at younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
My Hero: Doctor is a decent simulation game for young boys intrigued by the medical profession (although the player's character is never seen, he is referred to with male pronouns). It creates a nice feeling of dramatic tension throughout and forces kids to be slow and cautious as they play. Some of the actions are imaginatively played out (such as blowing into the DS mic during CPR), while other feel less connected to the task at hand (like tapping a fluctuating bar at the right moment in order to fill a syringe).
The game's biggest flaw is in the overused ambulance-driving sequences, which occur during almost every level of the game. They go on for way too long -- why can no one get injured near the hospital? -- and feel like they were only tacked on because this is a "boy game" and boys like racing. Something tells us that if this were a girl-targeted doctor game, the main character would attend patients in the hospital.
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