It was released in 1997 and the graphics is outdated nowadays, but not the pleasure of playing. And that is what the games should be about. This game is the business simulation genre and your task is to design and operate a hospital. But it is not an ordinary hospital. It has a lot of sometimes sick humour in it You need to get patients to your hospital to earn money. You have to design rooms, buy equipment, hire employees – nurses, doctors, receptionist. And you need to make the patients do in your hospital what you want to do without direct control over them. They can wander your hospital as they want. And they will had the DISEASES. Have you ever heard about Broken Heart, Slack Tongue, Bloaty head, Golf Stones? Well, it is your task to treat them for a fair price, so they will be coming back to your hospital. And you need to have a reputation, or you will have no patients.
Another thing is that you need the well trained doctors, nurses, handyman…. Why? Because you need to do research, you need to doctors to lecture other doctors with lower qualification. And you need your hospital clean and you plants watered, machinery running and that is why you need handyman.
What you also need to do is to properly equip your rooms with furniture, make the environment comfortable – not too cold, not too hot, you need benches for people.
So it is not so easy you thought? Interested? Let me tell you where you can get it and what you can play on. Initially it was released for PC, 1 year later also the Playstation version was released. In 2010 it was ported for Playstation 3 and is available on PSN network. For the windows and MAC it is available from gog.com for around 6 usd (valued from 22/10/2014). Also I was lucky and I was able to make it run on linux using playonlinux with all features working including the save option. There are some open source clones, like openTH, which is dead and its successor CorsixTH, which should be working with original data files from Theme Hospital. Believe it or not, but you can even play Theme Hospital on android phone or tablet. There are two versions – free, but you need to google it and download from the web page or paid, which is the same, but one guy took the code and is selling the same coded game on Android Play Store for money – why? because the licence allows him to do so. UPDATE: today I searched the Play store for CorsixTH and what a surprise – is there and for free. The installer even allows you to download demo, so you can play around before getting the original data files. Very handy!
Here I prepared some screenshots for you to get you in the picture:
Well, as I said the outdated graphics is compensated with the lot of pleasure and fun. And you can have it for few dollars and get more fun than from the game of 50 dollars. So have a fun!