A lot or a little?
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What 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.
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What's it about?
In MY HERO: DOCTOR, the player takes on the role of a rookie E/R physician (although, technically, it should be an EMT, since most E/R docs don't ride out on ambulance calls) who first trains on dummies and later gets sent out into the real world to take care of injured people. Giving injections, bandaging broken limbs, removing foreign objects from wounds, and performing CPR are some of the tasks that the player will have to perform.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many health and safety lessons involved in the various E/R episodes that take place in the game. Any of them would make for a good topic of discussion between parents and children.
Families can also talk about the fact that this game is obviously marketed toward young boys. Can girls be hero doctors as well? Could a girl play this game?
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