Video games often get a bad rap what with all the killing and shooting and general debauchery. Here though, you save people, and it's fun! On to the game, it's well designed and just a lot of fun overall. The difficulty curve is admittedly quite high towards the end, where luck is as much a factor as skill. The controls generally work correctly, though stitches can prove to be a little bit fidgety if you are in a rush. Selection of tools can be tough on such a small screen, but once you use them enough, you will likely have them memorized, making it less of an issue as you go on. On the note of controls, there is one very important thing to remember. DO NOT play this game in a car, bus, or anywhere where the DS will get jostled. Precision and speed are both very important, and playing somewhere that is moving will just be frustrating. The sound in the game does it's job but is overall forgettable. The graphics are anime-esque / cartoony, and the bodies that you do surgery on have been... anatomically limited... to keep the game to a Teen rating. Also of note, if you are squeamish around blood, there honestly isn't that much in the game. There are spurts when you cut something, but in general the bloodiness is not excessive. That brings us to realism, which I honestly don't know how to rate. I don't personally want too much realism in a game about surgery, because there is a point where fun becomes work, and this game stays firmly on the fun side. However, yes, the parts of the body are in the right place, and you use actual tools (save for some handy magic healing gel). Finally, the story isn't too great, but luckily it never really drags the game too much, and some parts are genuinely interesting if you don't skip it all over. Overall, this is a really enjoyable game that I recommend to anyone with a steady hand and some patience.
yes: I recommend this product