Surgeon Simulator 2013

Genre(s): Simulation/Life,

Metacritic Rating: 74 (out of 100)

IGN Rating: 7.8 (out of 10) “Good”

Price: Free (prototype). Full version on Steam.


Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a FREE surgical simulation game created in a 48-hour period for the 2013 Global Game Jam. The full version was released via Steam on 19 April 2013. Game play consists of the player attempting to perform a heart transplant using the A, W, E, and R keys and spacebar on the keyboard to control the player’s fingers, and the mouse to control the movement of the player’s hand.

It’s not so much a true simulator as it is an exercise in silly surgery. Frustrating if you’re after realism, but fun if you can laugh at screwing up.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun, praised the game’s humor and fun, and said “Surgeon Simulator 2013 is not a brilliant game. But it is a brilliant joke. In the form of a game. It’s an idea that is a clean magnitude of awesome above 90% of what will be released this year because it is so absurd.”

Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a darkly humorous over-the-top operation sim game where players become Nigel Burke, a would be surgeon taking life into his own shaky hands, performing life-saving surgical manuevers on passive patients. The original prototype – developed in just 48 hours at the 2013 Global Game Jam in January – challenged players to complete a heart transplant, armed only with an arsenal of clumsy and inappropriate tools and a hand that was diabolical to control, using a combination of keyboard and mouse actions.

The full Steam (paid) version comes with additional features, operations and environments. From carrying out terrifying transplants in theater – to surgical procedures in the back of an ambulance – Surgeon Simulator 2013 now takes operating to the next level.

Publisher: Bossa Studios

Developer: Tom Jackson, James Broadley, Luke Williams, & Jack Good

Release Date: January 27, 2013

Players: Single Player


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