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Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Adam

It does indeed invoke hysteria, but not the good kind.

Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward is the latest treat from Oxygen Games for Wii and in a sense it truly does replicate how a hospital nurse must at times feel; overworked, frustrated and at times more than a little tired.

The game begins with the player deciding upon the gender and name of their freshly graduated nurse. The action then shifts to the lowly village medical centre which the player has been tasked with rejuvenating and improving on the mediocre services offered there. This is where the fun begins as the player is guided through a tutorial introducing the game’s goals, controls and the various ways in which a level can be successfully completed. At the start of each level the player is given a quota with the number of patients they are expected to cure and a tip which details the kinds of illnesses they can expect to encounter.

The game is played exclusively with the Wii remote and in theory conducting the games various tasks is very simple – simply clicking on a patient and dragging them to the appropriate equipment will treat them, the same method is used to collect prescriptions, clean and repair equipment and pretty much everything. This means that the game employs quite limited variety in the number of available tasks and indeed it can feel a little like a conveyor belt – drag patient from the waiting room to the treatment table, drag prescription to said table, drag patient to a bed, clean bed, drag dirty laundry to laundry basket. I’m sure you get the picture. On occasion it can be hard to click the desired target if the hospital ward is crowded with patients or equipment, things have to be hit pretty much dead on.

To reach the earlier mentioned quota the player is expected to cure as many patients as quickly as possible and if time remains another quota is opened to reach “expert” status for the level. There isn’t any reward for reaching expert, apart from personal satisfaction of course. As the game has rather sparse gameplay challenges it’s usually very easy to reach expert and at the very least it’s quite difficult to fail a level entirely, even in the harder stages. The overall difficulty of the game is quite hard to place as the game begins ridiculously easy and carries on this way for some time before becoming suddenly quite challenging without any in-between – still the game is far from a real challenge.

As the game progresses new hospitals are introduced which have multiple floors and new equipment to treat new illnesses. These add a temporary distraction from the otherwise non-progressive gameplay but each new piece of equipment doesn’t really add anything new to the game, only another way in which to treat patients. This is perhaps one of the main problems with Hysteria Hospital; it gets very old very quickly. The gameplay is so strikingly simple that it loses any introductory appeal very quickly and becomes rather chore like. Also, moving from floor to floor in the “more difficult” hospitals is more than a bit of a pain as there’s no way to keep track of what is happening on each floor.

The game visuals are pleasantly cartoonish though almost to a fault as some of the equipment animations are beyond basic and the main character and patients are quite shockingly under developed and lacking detail. This makes the game appear very cheap and gives it the feel of a truly budget title. The audio in the game is much the same; the music is a little repetitive and at times nauseating as it loops over and over. The humorous tanoid announcements are sometimes spot on with pop culture references to “Scrubs” and other such medical related media. Sometimes however the jokes are just a little too cringeworthy to bear.

Conclusion

To conclude, Hysteria Hospital: Emergency Ward is in essence just a little too cheap and nasty to meet the expectations of most gamers. The gameplay is not by any means bad but it is most certainly uninspired and after a while quite frankly boring. Players hoping for a simulation game along the lines of “Theme Hospital” should turn back now. The graphics while possibly crafted with good intentions come across as again cheap and lacking in effort. Overall Hysteria Hospital leaves a pretty bad taste and a craving for some morphine to make the painful gameplay disappear.

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User Comments (23)

pixelman

#1

pixelman said:

This is going to cause mass hysteria!! Heh, but that wouldn't be the first time. Seriously, I hate all this shovelware.

DazzaAdmin

#4

Dazza said:

@Gavin - You're getting them mixed up with Frontier, who do games like Theme Park, Elite and LostWinds.

Oxygen Games on the other hand are responsible for Chegger's Party Quiz and CID The Dummy!

Sneaker13

#7

Sneaker13 said:

I always though about Theme Hospital when I saw something about this game. And I always knew it wouldn't reach the same level as Theme Hospital. Really makes me want to play that game again.

pixelman

#12

pixelman said:

Yeah, Boom Blox, Grand Slam Tennis, Tiger Woods, the LEGO games, they all stink.

mjc0961

#15

mjc0961 said:

"Overall Hysteria Hospital leaves a pretty bad taste and a craving for some morphine to make the painful gameplay disappear."

Nyuk nyuk nyuk. Anyway, I think I'll just pop in Trauma Center again if I want to play doctor.

danih

#16

danih said:

Damn, I was hoping for a theme hospital experience, too!
Now I have to install and configure dosbox and install TH to play!

SmaMan

#18

SmaMan said:

On the box...
The woman in the middle is you after playing this game.
The guy in the bed is someone driven insane after a forced, prolonged playthrough of this game.
And the laughing guy on the right is a spokesman from Oxygen laughing at you for buying this mobile phone game that should've stayed there!

Crazed

#19

Crazed said:

@Pixelman- Nice stealth first.
@SmaMan- LOL. You forgot about the nurse with the afro carrying the crazy guy behind the gurney. He must be the forced labor that gets minimal pay to create games for Oxygen games and also has to escort gamers from the testing room to the insane asylum.

SmaMan

#21

SmaMan said:

@Crazed
Oh yeah! Forgot about him/her.
Also the guy in the top-left is someone who decided to kill himself by electrocution because he has lost hope for the gaming industry, and possibly even the world.

ds_lover59440

#22

ds_lover59440 said:

Freaky! Whatever! This game sucks! I think it is a stress-game! And do YOU WANT PEOPLE TO GET STRESSED OUT!?!? Anyway, I am scared about these kind of games so, I am just gunna search for a better game HEY DON`T LAUGH! WHAT IF YOU WERE ME HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF PEOPLE LAUGHED HUH, PUNK?!?! I HAD TO HAVE FOUR SURGERIES IN A ROW!!! FOUR, FOUR I TELL YA FOUR!!

Kadaj

#23

Kadaj said:

^ ...kay.

Was never interested in this game, figured it wouldn't do so well.

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