you ever wanted to play God? Well now you can! Even
though I'm kidding, game developer Atlus Software
has used the Nintendo DS to give us the power to play
doctor, but not the doctor we used play to back in
In Trauma Center: Under The Knife, you take on the
role of young blood surgeon Derek Stiles, who's fresh
out of his scrubs and ready to prove his worth. At
the beginning of the game you start off wandering
around your hospital, speaking to other doctors and
nurses in infamous Japanese Text-Based style gaming.
Soon enough young Derek will get tossed into the fire.
first operation won't be too difficult. The top half
of the DS is dedicated to communicating with your
nurses who will help you through the surgical process
for your first few operations. They'll take you step
my step as to what tools do what and how to use each
tool. And when they feel that you are competent enough
to not maim your patient, you will be set out on your
own to tackle all sorts of timed surgeries.
Tools of the Trade.
The bottom half of the DS is your operating table,
so to speak. You will have access to all your tools
here, and this will be where all the surgeries take
place. With injuries ranging from burns and lacerations
to tumors, you'll have a plethora of tools at your
disposal. There will be the usual: scalpel (for slicing),
stitches (for stitching, I'm sure) and cotton swab
(for applying ointments).
will be instances where say, you have to pull out
a tumor you've cut or even some glass that a kid got
stuck in his arm. You can use the ultrasound to get
an x-ray of your patient to find the foreign object
in question, and then you can use your tweezers to
yank it out. Maybe yank was a bit too aggressive of
a term. If you're using the tweezers and you pull
on something the wrong way, you will harm your patient.
When you select a tool a respective mini-game will
trigger for that particular healing function. Stitching
will require you to actually draw stitches on the
patient. The scalpel will bring up a pre-determined
course for you to cut along using your stylus.. Developer
Atlus expected some of us to take advantage of the
scalpel, so the ability to free roam with the tool
and create your "own surgeries" has been
I touched upon before, each operation is timed. You'll
have a diagnosis so you'll know pretty much what you
have to do. Completing the surgery with artistic precision
is the underlying goal, because you can and most likely
will, lose your patients. Ok and your patience.
Center is definitely a unique sim game. I don't believe
it's a title worth investing in a DS for, but it's
surely a title you would want to try at least once.
Plus it'll give me an excuse to print up a fake diploma
with MD plastered all over it.