Trauma Team

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Medical drama with violence, profanity, and moral ambiguity.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Characters are neither all good or all bad. There's negative behavior on display, but ultimately, these people do good deeds in the game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The team is made up of people who save lives, which is the essence of good. But they are flawed individuals who smoke, curse, and ogle their female patients.

Ease of Play

It's easy to learn and to play in Intern (Easy) mode. Ratchet up the difficulty and it does become trickier. However, the controls are easy to use and are detailed in an early in-game tutorial. A few of the procedures are really long, though, and tedious.

Violence

Trauma Team is a bloody game. Blood, tissue, and bone are part of the surgical procedures you'll perform. But the real violence is in what leads up to the need for those surgeries. Here, ugly viruses make the eyes bleed; there's been a mass shooting in a mall; a woman with explosives strapped to her body is ready to blow herself up. This is all depicted in graphic novel-style comic panels.

Sex

It seems even doctors get horny. Female patients lift their shirts to be examined, but you won't see any nudity. You will, however, hear a doctor's mildly carnal thoughts as he examines an attractive woman.

Language

 You'll hear doctors and EMTs use the words "a--hole" and "bulls--t" a fair amount.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is sometimes portrayed with a cigarette in his mouth.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that playing this game is kind of like watching a full season of a hospital drama on TV -- except it's interactive. And there's a fair amount of cussing (with words you can't say on TV), meant to add to the realism. While the game is mostly about the aftermath of violence, you do get to see the violent stories that lead up the the traumas you must work on. These violent and bloody stories, though, are depicted in graphic novel still frames. Also, one of the protagonists smokes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byggal January 1, 2011

Not recommended for younger kids, iffy for older

My daughter has another game in this series (Trauma Center: Second Opinion), and based on our experience with that game I got her Trauma Team. Unfortunately, Tr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byrandomswimmer54 January 5, 2011

Cool Game

I thought this game was pretty fun. I think that anybody who's NOT a teen shouldn't play this game, since it's rated T for teen. If anyone is wor... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2010

perfect 4 all ages.

THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER!!!!!:D

What's it about?

If you're a fan of TV hospital dramas and crime shows, TRAUMA TEAM gives you both the thrill of solving a mystery and the drama of surgery in the ER. Here, you'll work in a half dozen roles, everything from surgeon to medical examiner, as you proceed through various twisting stories. But the most important is one involving a young, imprisoned doctor called CR-SO1. Was he really behind the biological terror attack that got him a 250-year prison sentence -- one in which he he's constantly shackled and wears an iron mask? If he can perform various surgeries, the authorities will take years off his sentence. And he might just discover who really caused that bio-terror attack.

Is it any good?

Think of Trauma Team as a very refined version of Milton Bradley's classic Operation game. Surprisingly, the Wii remote and nunchuk work very well as you examine, medicate, cut, and suture patients. Essentially, you have a wheel full of medical equipment on the lower right portion of the screen. Choose one with the nunchuk and perform the procedure with the 'A' and 'B' buttons. While the writing is decent and the graphics are quite beautiful in a manga kind of way, some of the dialogue and cut scenes feel long and cumbersome. Yet the combination of compelling mystery, nuanced characterization, and enjoyable game mechanics make Trauma Center a worthy contender in the action-puzzle game genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Most of the violence in Trauma Team is depicted in comic-book panel still-frame images. Does this make the violence easier to handle? Does it seem less realistic that way?

  • How realistic do you think the medical operations in this game are? Does the game make you want to pursue a career as a doctor or as a forensic specialist?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release date: May 18, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence

For kids who love puzzles and role-playing

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