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POSTED 29/8/14


SURGEON SIMULATOR: ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Bossa Studios



“NSP NSP NSSP NSP!”

What’s that Skip? Tony crashed the helicopter, is lying bleeding in a remote gorge of the national park, has a pointy rock wedged on an 84.7159 degree angle between his spleen and heart and requires immediate surgery or he’ll be deader than last night’s stew?

“NSP NSP NSP NSP-NSP-NSP!”

OK Skip, we’ll get your surgery gear prepped, stat...

This likely won’t mean much to anybody who isn’t an Aussie, but way back when we had a TV show called Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. It featured one of the two animalistic members of our coat of arms as essentially the marsupial equivalent of MacGyver. This ’roo could do anything, as long as you sticky-taped the required implement to the disembodied paw that some poor crew member had to wiggle about, clumsily accomplishing anything from playing drums to, well, surgery.

Why do we mention this? Surgery Simulator uses much the same idea. You have a hand/arm combination onscreen. You control it with your controller – either by waggling or right stick, with a couple of finger functions.

When we say “you control” we mean it extremely loosely, for it’s a festival of abject klutzitude. Sit on your dominant arm for several days then try to do something precise with it and you’ll know all there is about playing SS.

Well, save for the humour, as you skillessly send surgical implements flying all over surgery theatres equipped with machines that go “PING!” to hallways, ambulances and, erm, space... If you happen to complete a heart transplant, eye surgery or any other ops then it was likely due to good luck more than good management.

It's obviously a bit of a joke that some will gel with, but many won’t. We get the gag, but the unnecessarily shitful controls very much make us want to gag.

NSP NSP NSP.

take me back to the start...

 



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