Surgeon Simulator CPR (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Josh Di Falco 30.01.2020 2

Review for Surgeon Simulator CPR on Nintendo Switch

The last decade has seen a huge rise in video games simulating real-world jobs. On the Nintendo Switch, Bossa Studios has delivered Surgeon Simulator CPR. Despite the name, this is a loose simulation of the job, as it raises the "cartoon" meter to an exaggerated, and humorous level. This is the lighter side to being a surgeon, all the while trying to save the lives of patients by performing heart or double kidney transplants. For those who want to save digital lives, but mostly for those who merely want to cause as much blood loss as possible, then Surgeon Simulator CPR may be worth checking out.

Bringing the funny side to a more serious real-life job often works in video games. Surgeon Simulator CPR isn't a serious take on the job, and it's self-aware of the intentional, or unintentional laughs that come with performing operations. Starting off, the first operation requires performing a heart transplant, before it moves on to more advanced operations like double kidney, brain, and eye transplants. These have to be performed under light 'stress' settings, as each action causes the patient to lose blood. If the patient loses too much blood, then they die.

Surgeon Simulator CPR doesn't bother with a tutorial - it just throws new surgeons into the mix to encourage trial-and-error. Does the patient lose too much blood when cutting his rib-cage with a saw? Try using the hammer instead, while the scalpel can be used for the more sensitive areas to minimise blood loss. Trial-and-error is the best way to go about this, as messing up the procedure can lead to some funny results. While the single-player option is fine, Surgeon Simulator CPR is better experienced with a friend. Double the surgeons means double the chaos that goes on in the operating theatre, and of course it can be double the fun.

Unfortunately, much of the enjoyment quickly dissipates due to the poorly-implemented control scheme. The motion-controls are, quite simply, a disaster at times, with the simple act of trying to pick up a hammer being a lot harder than it needs to be. Playing in handheld without the motion control allows for better control over the on-screen hand, but not by much.

Screenshot for Surgeon Simulator CPR on Nintendo Switch

Surgeon Simulator CPR does a better job of simulating the claw machines often found at arcade centres. The on-screen hand is a perfect representation of the arcade machine claws that are unable to pick up the simplest objects, exposing itself as a flimsy piece of plastic that has no right being there. Often, the motion controls or even the joystick controls aren't "read" properly by the on-screen hand. Moving the hand left can see it rotate to be upside down, while pressing the button to pick up an item can take multiple tries.

Another huge problem with the controls is the constant glitches it causes. Trying to get a scalpel from in front of the cup caused the camera to get stuck on the patient's head, without being able to refocus it back onto the patient's body. The constant restarts that had to be done to get out of these situations of this broken system, ruins the overall entertainment factor.

Even after getting the on-screen hand to successfully pick up a hammer, the hand can drop it into the patient's body for no reason. Generally, the hand continues to hold an item until a button is pressed to let go - except this isn't always the case, and the hand just "feels like" dropping items at random. Again, think back to the claw machine analogy, where it drops the prize en route to the shaft.

Screenshot for Surgeon Simulator CPR on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

The controls are an absolute mess and it's a shame, as Surgeon Simulator CPR is a funny title that is great entertainment for team of friends. While the aim is to "save" patients, doing the opposite is what eventuates most of the time thanks to some unintentional, but humorous moments. With a better control scheme, more responsive controls, and less glitches, Surgeon Simulator CPR would be an easier title to recommend on the Switch. However, beyond the poor controls, there is some enjoyment to be found here for those who don't take these too seriously.

Developer

Bossa Studios

Publisher

Bossa Studios

Genre

Simulation

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Are the controls worse on the Switch than they normally are, or is it the same old difficult controls for humors sake?  Like I get the point is that the controls are difficult to use but from my limited time with it on the PS4, they really don't feel fun to learn so much as obnoxious to battle with.

It's hard to say because I haven't played this on any other consoles to do a comparison - but 3/4 of the battle was against the controls alone on the Switch. 

Part of it was also probably due to the Switch's motion control scheme, where the Joycon's rarely ever seemed to align with the movements on the screen. But even playing in handheld mode (without motion controls), this issue never felt fixed.

Rotating the hands was awkward and sometimes they wouldn't even rotate appropriately, and costly seconds would be wasted fiddling with the hand placements just to be able to pick up a tool.

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