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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Two Point Hospital is a downloadable business management simulation for Windows PCs. The game features crude humor (which includes vomiting, urinating, defecation, and farting) and animated blood (such as hospital workers that shoot worms on the walls, which ooze bloodstains until a janitor cleans it up). Gameplay also features bizarre and amusing illnesses (e.g., patients with lightheadedness have a light bulb for a head) and is big on humor. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content included in the game.
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What's it about?
TWO POINT HOSPITAL is a business simulation that features a mix of goal-oriented play (with some tasks that must be accomplished in specific ways) with a sandbox feel (players decide what rooms to build, how to decorate, and whom to hire). Players will design the interior of their facilities and staff it with medical professionals, receptionists, and even janitors. By performing accurate and frequent medical care for the suffering patients of your town, you can grow your facility's status to achieve goals and improved ratings. Successfully clearing these milestones unlocks new elements that can be used to treat additional illnesses. You'll also unlock newer, larger hospitals in denser population centers, offering the same general game scenarios on a more complex scale.
Is it any good?
The diagnoses may be odd in this hospital sim, but the overarching prescription of fun is universal. Two Point Hospital is one of those simulations where things start out calmly as you start to get used to the controls and the various illnesses infecting the population, but it quickly starts to run a fever and gets fast-paced as more people show up under the weather. As a result, the game isn't hard to understand or grasp, and gives a sandbox feel to a directed experience in hospital management. Yes, players can design the interior of the hospital to suit their tastes, but internal mission prompts are very specific about how to meet the needs of patients.
Graphically, the game is outstanding, with pastel color schemes and patients exhibiting a range of amusing illnesses. That means curing people that are mummies, that are turned into cubist blocks, or that have light bulbs for heads. But while some of the gameplay can become repetitive at moments as you try to reach your goal, its largest issue is that its crude humor seems just a little bit over the top at times. That's because you're frequently dealing with patients with flatulence, or defecating (and urinating) in places they shouldn't. But Two Point Hospital manages to outweigh some of the crudeness with a generally light, humorous tone that helps players key in on the fun elements. And while you'll be running a business and sticking to a budget, there's a larger focus on interior design and lighthearted property management that won't require an economics degree to be successful. If you can overlook some of the elements that work for cheap laughs, Two Point Hospital is an enjoyable hospital to check in to.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time and finding a good balance between playing games, watching television, and participating in physical activities. What things could young gamers be doing outside to get exercise? Why is it important to exercise the mind and muscles?
What elements are necessary for a successful business? Do profits outweigh the needs of the community served? What should be the goals of any business, large or small?
- Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $34.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: February 25, 2020
- Genre: Simulation
- Topics: Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Crude Humor
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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