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  • Summary: At the Sapphire Beach Medical Institute, the lives and loves of the hospital's doctors and nurses, as well as the sneezes and diseases of its patients, come alive. Fusing Tycoon-style gameplay with character simulation and a light-hearted narrative, Hospital Tycoon gives players a soap-opera feel as they progress through episodes of hospital drama's Story Mode. Each episode in Hospital Tycoon explores a plot involving certain members of the hospital's staff and some very interesting patients, while at the same time challenging players to find cures for bizarre new illnesses. Diseases range from the everyday Explosive Sneezing - where a simple sneeze can launch the unfortunate patient several feet into the air, to the more rare Monkey Nuts - where patients sprout fur, climb furniture and favor bananas over everyday person food. Hospital Tycoon staff members have rich behaviors that players can nurture and influence throughout the game. Gamers may choose to encourage a friendship or a falling-out of sorts, and can train staff to improve their skill levels. Players are also challenged to manage and maintain each hospital, creating dedicated areas to support additional medical needs, including surgery, diagnosis, physiotherapy and more. As more patients are cured, the more players can expand their medical empire and attract new, and even more interesting patients. However, as the hospital becomes busier, players have to be on the lookout for the spread of infectious conditions or they'll soon have an epidemic running riot throughout the facility. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. You control every tile of the hospital floor, from the amount of vending machines to how much you pay your surgeons. It does get tiresome, especially after hearing the bossa-nova-flavored lounge music loop for the 70th time, but for a short while it can be as addictive as OxyContin.
  2. It's cute in an exploding flatulence kind of way, but the actual gameplay itself is pretty tedious and repetitive. [July 2007, p.70]
  3. Sadly rather disappointing. It's all the more disappointing because it promises so much and because it is so reminiscent of the classic "Theme Hospital."
  4. Far too simplistic and lacking in challenge to be even vaguely capable of recommending, even at its budget price.
  5. Sadly, ten years on, Hospital Tycoon has added nothing new to "Theme Hospital's" stellar gameplay and ends up feeling, a bit like its subject, cold and clinical. [Aug 2007, p.75]
  6. Hospital Tycoon tries to inject a bit of drama into its by-the-numbers tycoon game formula, but ultimately ends up dead on the operating table.
  7. Releasing this game in its current state is nothing short of reprehensible and Codemasters current stance of 'too bad' only makes matters worse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 8 out of 12
  1. SebS.
    Jun 4, 2007
    Awesome game! I loved Theme Hospital and love this game even more! better graphics by a mile and an easier interface to play with, changes in the game play are good and will attract more sim lite gamers 5 stars! Expand
  2. LatinGamerRox
    Jun 11, 2007
    Hospital Tycoon=Worse version of Theme Hospital. The music sucks,and the voices are so annoying. The gameplay is similar of theme hospital. all that drama sucks....You will play for a while and get bored. This is it. Expand
  3. HarryS.
    Jun 13, 2007
    Dissapointing. Loved theme hospital but this takes a step backwards in terms of quality. When will game developers learn some games dont benefit from a fully 3d engine. I like the extra types of staff and greater variation in machines etc but it retains none of the charm found in bullfrogs classic. Its not a bad game just not a terribly good one, maybe a 6 is a little harsh, but i just dont enjoy it as much as Theme Hospial 10 years ago. Expand
  4. JonasH.
    Jun 10, 2007
    An unworthy successor of a great game, only confirming what we already know: Modern tycoon/simulation games are generally becoming more and more unoriginal, boring and a total waste of good gamers money. Expand
  5. Erica
    Jul 21, 2009
    I actually enjoyed this game, but the glitches were numerous. I can't even play it anymore. My boyfriend has a high tech gaming computer and he even downloaded a couple patches and the game keeps glitching. The camera angle gets stuck in the wall. It was a waste of my $20. Expand
  6. RichardH.
    Jul 1, 2007
    Poorly supported let down. Theme hospital, although considerably older, is still the better game. Features added have no overall effect on the game, such as staff interaction. Expand
  7. Apr 22, 2011
    This game is absolutely useless. There is a bug where the patients will stop seeking treatment and just chug coffee in the lobby until they die. Don't waste your money on this game. IT IS BROKEN AND HAS NO SUPPORT FROM DEVELOPERS AT ALL!!! I bought this on steam, but this game isn't even worth the time to torrent. Expand

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