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Theme Hospital

2 months ago

Feature: 20 CCs of nostalgia, stat!

Video: How does Two Point Hospital compare to Theme Hospital?

Do no harm, goes the Hippocratic Oath. So it’s with trepidation that I approach Two Point Hospital, a spiritual successor to Theme Hospital that could all too easily do harm to fond childhood memories of Bullfrog’s heal ‘em up. Thankfully, Alec’s recent visit to these shiny new wards have put my mind at rest - it sounds like the team has successfully transplanted the heart…

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Feature: Fast, fluid and fresh, despite the fragrant tang of nostalgia

Theme Hospital successor Two Point Hospital is very much 1997 wearing 2018’s clothes

The main thing I thought as I began to play Two Point Hospital, spiritual sequel to 90s medical management hit Theme Hospital, is that I barely had to think at all. Some alchemy of 90s sim game muscle memory and slick, thoroughly 21st century building assists meant I hit the ground running, immediately in my happy place of dragging out room sizes, rotating machinery and…

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5 months ago

A longer peek behind the curtain at Two Point Hospital

Let's not beat around the bush here: Two Point Hospital is Theme Hospital 2 in all but name, and that's okay, because I miss Theme Hospital and having a polished spiritual successor developed by a team of ex-Lionhead folk who understand exactly what made the original so consistently endearing is an incredibly enticing proposition. It's still relatively early days for Two Point Hospital, but here's a…

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6 months ago

A closer look at that spiritual Theme Hospital sequel

The news that Bullfrog & Lionhead veterans Gary Carr and Mark Webley were leading the development of a spiritual sequel to beloved 90s manage'em-up Theme Hospital seemed to go down rather well last week. So much of PC gaming's past has been revisited in recent years, but the design'n'build'n'simulate'n'giggle formula used so successfully in Theme Park, Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper hasn't enjoyed anything like…

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Feature: I'll see you again in 21 years

“We want to build out a world of sim games”
How Two Point Hospital is a step toward bringing Bullfrog-era sim games back from the dead

As you may already have spotted, Theme Hospital joins the legions of 90s PC games being blessed with 21st century spiritual sequels. The Sega-published Two Point Hospital is the first game from Two Point Studios, the new endeavour from Bullfrog and Lionhead alumni Gary Carr and Mark Webley, Their plan, ultimately, is to follow-up Hospital with a clutch of other theme/sim/management games set in the…

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Theme Hospital vets reveal spiritual sequel Two Point Hospital – & plans for a shared universe of sim games

The Simpsons, Aardman Animations, Twin Peaks, Prison Architect and, quite naturally, Theme Hospital - these are the major inspirations behind Two Point Hospital, an upcoming sim/management game from some of the folk responsible for Bullfrog's Theme glory years. Two Point Hospital, a combination of management and comedy in a fantasy healthcare centre, is due for release - via publishers Sega - later this year, and…

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2 years ago

Feature: Third degree sideburns.

Have You Played… Theme Hospital?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Historically, videogames have largely struggled to convey humour with any degree of success, however Bullfrog Productions’ dark sense of humour is part of what made the likes of Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital [official site] so enjoyable. On paper, the latter…

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4 years ago

Cure Me Good: Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital Free On Origin

Can we all knock off work early? If we stick together, surely The Man will be powerless to stop us as we march in unison out our offices, taxis, shops, warehouses, workshops, fields, pools, forests, and skies to go play Theme Hospital. Bullfrog's fine comedy hospital management sim is currently free on Origin, see, but I can't go pop the balloonoid noggins of people suffering…

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6 years ago

Patient Readmitted: Theme Hospital Now On GoG

For some reason I was sure this was already in the venerable GoG library, but evidently not: Bullfrog's timeless hospital management sim Theme Hospital is now available to be played on your modern machines. I can see how my evening is going to run now: Water those plants! Turn up the radiators! Hire more nurses! Buy more chairs! Oh, no, Earthquake! Fix the Slack Tongue…

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10 years ago

Mucky Foot’s ER Tycoon: First Screen, Cancellation

Since Jim and Alec can't post today due to ECM attack on RPS' Bath headquarters (apparently), it strikes me as a good time to get this out of the world. When I was chatting to the Mucky Foot guys for the retrospective feature I wrote about them at the Escapist, Guy Simmons forwarded me a grab of their prototype of ER Tycoon (Mucky Gary Carr…

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