When the first iteration of Surgeon Simulator 2013 came out in late January 2013, it was seen as QWOP for doctors. The viral hit had taken the Internet by storm, making it seem unbelievable that such a good game could be made in just a span of a weekend. Bossa Studios, composed mainly of four dudes with a passion for making games, decided to take it further and made it bigger.
To read (and watch) about the first impressions on this game, mainly the free version that came out after Global Game Jam 2013, please visit this [link].
The developers had made the first version of the game, which was the heart transplant portion, in just around 48 hours during the Global Game Jam 2013 with the amazing Unity 3D engine. They then started to wonder on what could be achieved if they took it further. The result is this full version, which had passed Steam Greenlight and is now available for everyone to enjoy. This remarkable success in independent game development is truly a feast for the senses, as well as a good reason to take a hammer to your keyboard and mouse from sheer frustration and difficulty.
First off, the logo of the game is now entirely different. The presentation has been updated, including a main menu that introduces you to how the hand works and makes you practice right away by letting you interact with objects in order to enter the various menus and gameplay modes. There are now different surgery modes for you to get your clumsy fingers on, including the original heart surgery, as well as kidney surgery and brain surgery.
The heart transplant mode actually has been made more difficult with updated physics, a new layout for the tools, and the stomach and esophagus now in the way. This full version of the game is now even more difficult and requires even more skill and patience to get through. It’s good to know that the developers were able to make the most of the time they allocated for this game and shows just how good they are, as well as the Unity 3D engine.
Aside from new modes, there are also new environments that modify the physics involved, like in the back of a speeding ambulance. That particular environment makes it hard to grab tools since there’s inertia involved, making objects drop and bounce around towards the door. There are also secrets in the game, one of which involves doing something in the main menu to unlock it.
To not spoil that secret game mode for those who haven’t played the game yet, here’s a clue — it’s a surgery mode with the physics taken to a new level in yet another new environment that makes grabbing things and using tools even harder as they don’t just plop down whenever you drop them. Once you do get into this secret mode, you will surely be amazed. This just shows how Bossa Studios’ attention to detail and fresh ideas make for a great gaming experience, even with something so difficult that it makes you tear your hair out.
The new music adds to the already cool soundtrack that makes the game sound like a 21st century version of General Hospital. There are also achievements that you can go after, so you are driven to get better in this difficult and frustrating game. Surgeon Simulator 2013 is one of the best examples of what indie game development can offer in terms of creativity and quality. To think that this started with something that four guys came up with in in a weekend is quite astounding, and their drive to do even more in order to give gamers a complete experience is commendable.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 is now available on Steam for just $10, which is a reasonable price for something this fun and unique.
Tested in PC. Final Score: 8.5/10