Have You Played… E.R. The Game?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

E.R. The Game represents one of my all-time favourite moments in gaming. Given to me to review by PC Gamer, back in 2005, I had expected some crummy adventure tie-in along the lines of the abysmal CSI games Telltale used to poop out. I got something totally different. There were fairies.

ER The Game is, in fact, more like Theme Hospital than anything else. You could ungenerously call it a Theme Hospital rip-off, but that suggests there’s something wrong with that. We need lots more games like Theme Hospital. Sadly, we also need them to be good.

ERTG was not good, but wow was it weird. This was a game in which you fall into a drug-induced fantasy where you treat multiple patients while American football players appear and disappear like ghosts around you, and fairies appeared on the furniture. On waking from this hallucination, the hospital has been invaded by a ninja, who was hiding in a cupboard. There’s an accident at a sci-fi convention, and you have to treat the cosplayers. There’s a Samurai master who requires your medical attention. And you get to snog Dr. Carter.

How this ever came to be, how it got the official E.R. license, I cannot fathom. But I’m so delighted it existed. (I imagine a charity shop would be your only likely place to find it now.) I’m so intrigued to know I’ve contacted developers Legacy Interactive to see if they’ll tell me.

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  1. Justoffscreen says:

    Looks like Amazon has some copies if the mood for cupboard ninjas strikes you badly enough.

    link to amazon.com

  2. shahar2k says:

    I didnt work on this game, but I worked with the same team right after its’ release. After a lifetime of wanting to “work on games”, after a failed programming education, obsessive game design study, art-school, I got a job at this small developer right out of school. Got to learn how tedious and slow game development can be, and how amazing and great the people working even on small titles are. The next game never got released, the company was dysfunctional in many ways, but it was the perfect first job after college. The developer no longer exists, everyone from the project went on to other things in life, was fun while it lasted!

  3. Malarious says:

    Jeez, this reminds me of that Desperate Housewives game, which was also not exactly bad (but a far cry from “good”).

  4. Politik says:

    link to ebay.co.uk

    £4.49 on eBay!

  5. DEspresso says:

    On a unrelated Note there is a flash game on kong called medical school in which you unlock symptoms/diseases. It had the quite hilarious effect when you unlocked a symptom you could instantly diagnose the (only unlocked) cause.

    ‘A cough you say? You got Lung cancer!’ -But doc its only a slight cough? Don’t you want to x-ray..- ‘Nonsense its Cancer, next!’