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Trauma Centre: Under The Knife

Released on 28 April 2006

Rating: 7+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (15 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Trauma Centre: Under The Knife lets you play doctor, performing increasingly complex surgeries. At first it's just another day in the O.R., but when a mysterious outbreak sweeps the area, the patients' lives are in your hands - no pressure. The stylus will be your scalpel as you make incisions, anesthetise problem areas, remove tumors, monitor vital signs, apply bandages, and more! Of course, you'll also have to deal with human drama between appointments. Keep a cool head, or you'll be out on the street - and all those years of medical school for nothing.
  • Feel the pressure of each tense, challenging operation!
  • Operate on a wide variety of patients in story mode, then return later and try to beat your high scores!
  • Experience a compelling story with intriguing characters!
  • Use your applied skills to solve the puzzle of each surgery!
  • Detailed graphics bring the human body to life!

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 Medical School DS

| | See all saladin's reviews (5)

Forget five years at medical school, forget in-depth theory and rock-hard exams. It's possible to become a master surgeon in five minutes flat, thanks to Trauma Center: Under the Knife.

As a concept, the only way Trauma Center: Under the Knife could be cooler would be if wifi let you perform actual surgery via scapel-wielding robots in OR's around the country. Hell, it'd solve all our NHS staff shortages in a jiffy.

Anyway, in case you missed it already, Trauma Center is a surgery-'em-up for the Nintendo DS, that lets you loose on a progression of sicker and sicker patients, with only your instruments and your touchscreen skills between them and the mortuary.

During the course of the game, you'll use each of the ten tools available to you to treat a whole host of ailments, from injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents to bioterrorist-produced cancers. Included in the list of tools is a scalpel (for cutting things, believe it or not), a suture kit (for stitching up cuts), ultrasound (for detecting hidden tumours and suchlike) and seven others. The variety of tools can be confusing at first, given that many of the icons look very similar. Given time, however, youll be switching between your scalpel, forceps and antibacterial gel like a pro.

The operations themselves are all carried out on the touch screen. The controls are slick and responsive, with the game interpreting your lines and scribbles accurately into the game. Stitching up wounds is as simple as drawing zigzags across it, while draining blood is a matter of placing the point of the stylus on the area and then tracing upwards.

In addition to all the chopping and healing, there's also a story of sorts. This is told between operations, in a style reminiscent of Phoenix Wright - static characters and boxes of scrolling text.

Graphically, the game is impressive. The story cutscenes are nothing particularly special, but the game really comes into its own during the operations. Everything is rendered in colourful 3-d, with the organs pulsating and looking remarkably realistic. Performing open-heart surgery is really more impressive when you can see the heart judder when it goes into cardiac arrest.

In terms of sound, the game also does well. The music is suitably frantic, changing when the operation enters critical stages. Unfortunately, your assistant doesnt have much to say. She simply repeats the same catchphrases ("Doctor Styles?") far too often, and compared to the sound in the rest of the game, her voice is not particularly crisp.

All sounding good? Well, it is- except that the game seems to have been designed to send you into cardiac failure with needless frequency. The reason for this is the difficulty. At times, Trauma Center seems so unbelievably nails that merely contemplating playing it makes you grind your teeth. Not that it even gives you a decent run up before ramping up the difficulty. The early missions are so easy that you'll run through the first 8 with no problems.

Then you hit mission 9, which was so unbelievably frustrating that on several occasions, it took several attempts just to turn the game on to have another go. Not even your special ability, a sort of bullet-time for surgeons known as the 'Healing Touch', seems to help. In the end, the player is forced to choose the lesser of two catastrophes in an attempt to scrape through the level. Hardly the best way to handle a learning curve.

Aside from that, Trauma Center will provide hours of entertainment, so long as youre prepared to stick out the more challenging sections. This quirky and original title shows how developers should use the DS's unique touchscreen to create unusual and entertaining new ways to play.

 Absolutely Amazing

| | See all Blinkee's reviews (7)

This game had me hooked for about 2 weeks.

I must say, to begin with, that I never usually finish games. I always buy it, then give up. Plus, I'm squeamish. The thought of cracking my knuckles sends me into panic mode.

But when I went to my friends' house, and they had Trauma Center: Second Opinion on the Wii, I was entirely hooked, which was amazing. I hate blood. Yet, there I was, cutting someone open! I was so chuffed with myself!

Next time I was searching around on Play for something, I spotted it. "Tramua Center: Under the Knife". Well, I just HAD to buy it! And a great buy it was, too.

You start off the game as Doctor Stiles, a new guy on the scene. The first few operations are like tutorials, but then you really get serious.

At first, only one or two people die from this fatal disease. Then three, then four. Soon, the doctors realise that a new illness is attacking people in different ways, and it's called G.U.I.L.T.

I've finished the game now, happy and pleased with the final result. The plot on this story has just so many twists and turns, but all the loose ends are tied up at the end.

The only thing that angers me is the language - sometimes it can get a bit out of hand. No effing and blinding, just the odd asterisk, but that really can't be helped.

The graphics are so good, yet it doesn't feel as though you are operating on real people. The Trauma Center team have outdone themselves in this 5 star game.

 Argh!

| | See all Monkeydave's reviews (46)

Completely agree with most of the previous comments. This game is brilliant when you're on a roll - and just.so.incredibly.frustrating when you get stuck on a difficult operation. The annoying thing is that the first 2/3rds of any given operation are pretty easy. Then you get into the 5th or 6th minute, all hell breaks loose, and you find yourself suturing and injecting wildly, trying to stabilise the patient before failing miserably and having to start all over again. Gnngh!

That said, buy it buy it buy it, it's great - really addictive and a lot of fun.

 Trauma Centre - just fantastic!!!!

| | See all LotsyPotsyPoodles's reviews (16)

I always wanted this game ever since I got the DS but I was always held back by thinking it would be too babyish and a bit silly. Finally I took the plunge and have since become a completely anti-social addict!! often shouting out 'damn, the aneurism burst again' at the most inconvenient times. Joking aside this is a great game. Starts you off gently so you get to learn the tools and basic methods and the operations are great, some are very difficult (i have had to succomb to the odd internet walkthrough) but the satisfaction from OPERATION SUCCESFUL is great. I found though that this is not a game you can be doing while half heartedly watching the TV or chatting - as the vitals are dropping and the time is ticking you will feel you're own heart beginning to beat faster and just finishing the operation is all you can focus on. Please get this game, it's absolutely great! As soon as i have completed this i will get the sequel but i hope they bring out more!

 trauma center

| | See all PrincessDx's reviews (3)

I LOVE this game is keeps you entertained!!!! You use the touch screen throughout the game! its just a great game i would advise anyone over 12 to buy it!!!!!

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Rating7+ (PEGI)