Surgeon Simulator 2013 Review

Surgeon Simulator 2013, developed by Bossa Studios for the Global Game Jam, is a simple but hilariously ingeious new concept. Originally released as a demo version with only one level, it was already highly rated by fans. Now, in 2013, the long awaited full version has been released for hours of teeth grinding gameplay.


Surgeon Simulator 2013 follows the same simple concept as its demo version; you play Nigel Burke, a surgeon with little experience thrust into his field and expected to perform well. At the beginning of the game, you are given little direction or instruction on what to do, which only adds to the difficult yet inventively fun element of the gameplay.

In the 2013 full version, there are now three different surgeries to be mastered: kidney transplant, heart surgery and the very difficult final level of brain surgery.

The game is intended to represent a dark and twisted version of real surgery; you're expected to hone your skills carefully with each level and practice to complete each difficult tasks, but the humourous side comes from the various failed surgeries and intense concentration from each procedure.

Playing as a surgeon with no experience, it's up to you to decipher how to perform certain parts of the operation correctly, and the game is played on a hit-and-miss basis where you patient is constantly killed and revived for you to take another shot.


One of the key elements to Surgeon Simulator 2013's success is the controls. Throughout the game, you only control one hand, using the keys AWER and SPACE BAR on your keyboard to control the fingers and the mouse to control the hand's angle. This sounds quite straight forward, but like surgery itself these controls are incredibly challenging and require concentration to complete tasks.

The simple task of even gripping and lifting tools with these controls takes some time to master, and you still haven't even begun to perform percision surgery.


Surgeon Simulator 2013 is available for download on PC and can also be played on your browser, if you want to play the demo version. The game is free to download and requires Windows XP operating system, or above, but doesn't require intensive graphic cards or memory. RAM above 1gb is recommended for smooth gameplay.

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