Hospital Tycoon makes the rounds on PCs

Latest simulation game will let gamers play as doctors and nurses this summer--exclusive trailer now available.

A new tycoon game is coming to PCs this June that will let gamers visit the wards of a hospital and kill or cure the patients. Codemasters has announced it will be publishing the new title, Hospital Tycoon. The game has been developed by the Milton Keynes, UK-based team that worked on other Tycoon games, including Tycoon City: New York, Monopoly Tycoon, and Beach Life.

The game, in the same vein as gaming classic Theme Hospital, is described as a combination of traditional tycoon gameplay and a soap-opera-style storyline. The story will progress in episodes, with storylines including potential romance between Nurse Susie and Dr Dave, who seems oblivious to her charms. To see more of the gameplay, check out our exclusive trailer.

Hospital Tycoon takes a more lighthearted approach to the medical profession than games such as Trauma Centre: Second Opinion, with patients developing bizarre and humorous diseases including explosive sneezing, which launches them into the air, and monkey nuts, which makes them sprout hair and generally go ape.

The game is set at the Sapphire Beach Medical Institute. Players must train staff to improve their skill levels, choose to develop friends or make enemies, and maintain the different departments of the hospital--including surgery, diagnosis, and physiotherapy.

Codemasters producer Jamie Firth commented, "The game's characters all have individual personalities with likes and dislikes; it's up to you to put them together (or keep them apart) as you see fit. Encourage a particular doctor and nurse to spend more time together, for example, and you'll soon see their relationships take on a flirtier or even downright amorous tone. (Yes, even kissing has been motion-captured). Likewise, you can put chalk-and-cheese characters together to watch the sparks fly."

Hospital Tycoon will be a PC-exclusive game and will be released worldwide in June.

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61 comments
andrekrit
andrekrit

I loved Theme Hospital! If this is TH with extra features and better graphics, I'll be happy. I just hope the game doesn't lean to heavily on the "Sims" aspect... Hope they'll release a demo soon.

mobius5010
mobius5010

i don't mean to be biased but any game with a title that has the word "Tycoon" is nothing more than a crappy game with a flashy name.

SHADOWSTRYK3R
SHADOWSTRYK3R

If this is anything like Theme Hospital then I'm interested! :D

BumpNGrind26960
BumpNGrind26960

Looks pretty good though they tend to get tidus pretty quick its definttely worth a purchase, the sims/theme hospital looks like an amusing combination

Vampire7639
Vampire7639

The only tycoon game I've ever really liked was the RCT series. But I never play them anymore...

flashtek
flashtek

I would have to say this looks a lot like Theme even down to the equipment and illnesses. Rehashing a old game with new graphics is not going to cut it in todays industry.

aldrenar47
aldrenar47

Theme Hospital > Hospital Tycoon

zsc4
zsc4

I will pass on this, I hate these types of game...they get boring very quickly and have no fun aspect to them...then again thats my opinion.

StanBlocker
StanBlocker

Theme Hospital was good. This seems a little Sims like to me. Ummmmm

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

If the game is fun, I'll give it a try. I am not very fond of tycoon-type games...

danthekilla
danthekilla

i still play theme hospital sometimes so this will be great i hope it stays true to the old game like with the rat shooting etc...

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will have to pass on this

ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

Sweet, theme hospital 2 ! i still play that game, one of the better tycoon games ever made.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

Just won an auction for TH. Can't wait to try it, then possibly play this one!

plonker19
plonker19

sounds a cross between theme hospital and ER which is kewl in my books

retsub101
retsub101

oh wow! just as i thought i was the only one to mention T H i realise almost everyone else here has too, awesome

retsub101
retsub101

This is just like one of Bullfrog's old games, Theme Hospital.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Tycoon games have been here for a really long time. I kind of think that they need to stop but there is still some freshness in the series.

Fusion_Fox
Fusion_Fox

Oh wow, so many old school Theme Hospital fans here! What an epic game, I think I've still got the disk somewhere in a pile...

Slayervorge3000
Slayervorge3000

This game kind of sounds like The Sims or something. I'd like to play it!

John1059
John1059

I concur....Theme Hospital is super sexy for PC lol....this might be ok though..

oliver_475
oliver_475

the animations looks stiff and ugly and the gameplay better not be like ER which just sucked

AnubisCraig
AnubisCraig

Nothing will ever beat Theme Hospital :(

makemeweak
makemeweak

Tycoon games are generally fun - I hope this one is!

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

This is different at least sounds interesting. I have to say OfficialBed that was a hilarious idea lol "dell help-desk tycoon".

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

what's next?....dell help-desk tycoon?

iku94
iku94

hehe being a medic will certainly make this an interesting game for me :)

murlow12
murlow12

This could be a lot of fun.

chris_damon
chris_damon

Big Red Software? Deep Red made those titles, and Deep Red is listed on the official site. Anyway. I loved Theme Hospital and I loved Tycoon City: New York (albeit it was slightly tedious). I hope they do a good job.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I've been waiting for news on this game. At last - there is some!

hSylphid
hSylphid

Bah, it doesn't look that good, I mean visually. If they mocap the kisses, I bet they mocapped the walk-cycle too and it looks awful, to be honest.

noelveiga
noelveiga

Form the trailer it doesn't seem they've gone much further than Startopia or even Theme Hospital... and is it just me or exclusively male doctors flirting with exclusively female nurses is a tad sexist?

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

Pff.. Nothing can beat Theme Hospital. You got to do better then that, Big Red Software.

runstalker
runstalker

I don't do Sims/Theme Park style micro-management games, but apparently several million people love the stuff so there's something in there that pleases the cerebral cortex. It's weird man, I get nothing from those games. Must be Casual God Complex Syndrome, and I'm immune.

xatman911
xatman911

Hmm.. another copy of theme hospital.

gozalo
gozalo

cool, look forward to it

jsambeckwith
jsambeckwith

Generic_Dude: Go without doctors then. See how you fare after you get slammed into by a car.

blacktorn
blacktorn

It just looks like theme park hospital in 3d which = craptacular

ramsden33
ramsden33

I actually still load up Theme Hospital from time to time... this new game will have to do a heck of a lot to match up to the classic.