My Hero: Doctor

Common Sense Media says

Medical drama potentially too harrowing for younger kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:November 17, 2009
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Mild Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDangerRanger101 May 31, 2014
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Fun game (should be called "My Hero Paramedic), could be better

As a person who has an interest in medicine, this game is satisfying. However, I feel that there a few details that could be improved on. The worst part of this game for me is driving the ambulance because of the controlls. Rather than using the control pad, you use the stylus to weave the ambulance through traffic. This caused me to crash it many times and made it difficult for me to get a gold medal. Also, depending on how much time or skill you have, the game can be very short and there isn't really much of a story until near the end of the game. However the game is fun despite these flaws although the things it has you do seem more like that of a paramedic rather than a doctor. The controls for the medical procedures while not exactly realistic, are efficent. Most of them are done with the stylus which leads to fairly simple gameplay. But parents, make no mistake, this is not a game or everyone. The graphics aren't too realistic but they won't do any good for the squeamish. Also, players can lose but they get a chance to do it over. But the thought of failing to save a patient can be upsetting to some kids. But if they can take it, kids will enjoy this game. I would highly reccommend this to people with an interest in medicine.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

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