Crack: Surgeon Sim Steam Version Adding Brain Surgery

By Nathan Grayson on March 14th, 2013 at 8:00 am.

Isn't it amazing to think that's exactly how all eggs look inside before we cook them?

I think a lot of people were pretty surprised when Surgeon Simulator 2013 made the cut for Steam Greenlight. I mean, it’s an impressive, exceedingly hilarious little production, but it emerged from the bounty-filled chest cavity of Global Game Jam. It’s amazing that something with such high production values came out of such a short development period at all, but the fact is, Surgeon Sim’s roots show. It’s a silly sideshow, but it hardly seems primed for primetime. Fortunately, Bossa’s not hanging up its gore-caked coat just because it’s sharing a practice with the likes of TF2’s Medic and, er… yeah, mostly him. New additions are on the way, so as to make this the most realistic simulation of a deranged, depth-perception-less sloth creature performing surgery ever.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to operate the break, after which you’ll find a video conclusively proving that you also don’t have to be a brain surgeon to be, well, a brain surgeon.

So yes, more things breaking that probably shouldn’t be, and brand new regions of sexy, sexy exposed musculature. Which isn’t actually a lot, in the grand scheme of things. Thankfully, it’s only the beginning. Here’s the general pre-Steam-release roadmap:

“More locations: Emergency surgery in the back of a moving ambulance. More surgical procedures: The patient is in need of a new brain. More tools: Because a good surgeon needs more than just a hammer. Achievements: Performing a heart transplant with a shard of glass is every surgeon’s ultimate goal.”

Now no one can ever tell you games don’t teach you any practical skills.

But yes, this all sounds… delightful? Admittedly, it’s still a few extra layers on top of a fairly simple formula, but – unless Surgeon Sim ends up costing an arm and a leg, as removed by Bossa’s own highly trained in-house medical staff – I can’t complain too much.

The new version will presumably be out soon-ish, though Bossa’s not giving an exact date. For now, however, there’s always the original, completely free version.

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  1. IneptFromRussia says:

    its like doing news on QWOP, cmon rps

  2. wodin says:

    It was OK for about 2 mins..then was just boring and frustrating.

  3. IgnitingIcarus says:

    Well, this is how I learned to perform surgery.

  4. caddyB says:

    I used this game to demonstrate my girlfriend what they would do to her while they took her appendix out. Let’s just say hilarity ensued.

  5. Askeladd says:

    I want the ability to smoke while operating.

  6. Velko says:

    They should add a diagnosing phase. Maybe have a couple of shortcut keys for ease of use, so that you can press a button to say “It’s lupus” and then proceed to tear the patient’s rib cage out with a hammer.

  7. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    I dislike that the game is presented as an indie title when in fact Bossa Studios is owned by News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch / Fox News). It is also boring as heck so at least don’t need to worry about whether I want to buy it.

    • El_Emmental says:

      Surprisingly, you’re 100% right about the Murdoch thing: Bossa Studios was acquired by Shine Group in September 2011.

      Shine Group’s CEO (and chairman) is Rupert Murdoch’s second daughter, Elisabeth Murdoch.

      News Corporation acquired the Shine Group on April 5, 2011 for £415 million.

      Funfact: US pension funds who are shareholders in News Corporation are suing the company accusing the Mr. Murdoch of nepotism.
      => http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12771254

      By buying Surgeon Simulator 2013, we’ll be giving money to Murdoch.

      ps: I really liked the game prototype.

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      Keirley says:

      Did the guys who made it ever actually claim to be indie?

    • Pockets says:

      To be honest, it doesn’t really bother me that much that it’s a small part of an evil global megacorp by itself – that they’ve had a small team do some little prototype that’s become a success doesn’t immediately make me think ill of them.

      What makes me slightly uncomfortable is the way its originally nicked the Casualty theme, then quietly removed it without mention after it took off (so blatantly never licenced it), and is part of a major business empire seems a little bit off – someone in their bedroom ripping off the BBC for comedic effect is fine, but for part of the business empire of the guy who is endlessly complaining about the TV licence giving the BBC an advantage stealing its work is dodgy.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    Is there any sim game that does realistic modelling of surgery and teaches anatomy, instead of mainly going for gore and laughs? Outside of expensive doctor training software. I think there was a semi-realistic Nintendo (Wii?) title based on a classic manga, but I’d like to see something for the PC.

  9. leobreakfast says:

    yeah BIG surprise mate that a viral game is popular.
    It’s funny, and better than most of the shit that gets green lit.
    as long as its not too expensive I’m (video) game(s)

  10. Forceflow says:

    Obligatory plug of this great Mitchell & Webb sketch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I

    • Low Life says:

      Knew what it would be, still clicked and enjoyed. Great sketch, indeed.

  11. Muzman says:

    Because it’s brain surgery there really needs to be an actual patient who sits there watching telly or reading the paper and periodically asks “How’s it all looking in there?” and then speech starts slurring etc.
    So hopefully that’ll be in there.

  12. analydilatedcorporatestyle says:

    Jeremy Hunt see’s this as a great step forward in Outsourcing within the NHS.

  13. Caiman says:

    This is like an interactive Muppets skit. Funny to watch the first couple of times, but it isn’t much of a game.

  14. Koozer says:

    “Emergency surgery in the back of a moving ambulance.”

    Oh yes.

    • El_Emmental says:

      Oh yes indeed.

      Extra points for pushing the right buttons quickly enough to shout a witty insult at the driver when he’s making the ambulance shake.

    • crumbly says:

      I’m hoping there’s some kind of offshoot mode from this where your driving the ambulance and attempting the surgery using just the swaying/braking of the vehicle. It would be about as easy to control the tools this way and nothing would feel better than to successfully perform a triple bypass by intricately swerving a hammer into the right place.