2 out of 5
Obscure Maxis sims, marred by political shenanigans...
Generally Maxis was in the business of creating, as Will Wright put it, digital toys, creations that did not have immediate goals on the player but allowed them to mess about with the world and the tools inside the games, creating your own scenarios, your own gameplay and your , well, narratives. That goes for Sim Ant
, for Sim Earth
, for The Sims
and much more. However, Sim Health was marred as a game because it was used as a tool to advertise a, seemingly, nonprofit foundation, The Markle Foundation, and so, the game is more of an interactive advertorial than a proper game. Not that a game such as John Deere: American Farmer
, which after all is still advertising for something (agricultural machinery) can't work, to give just an example (the above game is actually really fun and well designed), can't work, can't create an enticing experience, they sure can; however, when you make everything about the company you advertise and not the gamers' interactions palette and well, the fun experience to be had, then it all goes down the drain, which is what happened to Sim Health. But then again if you want a game that is both fun and educative, about the health realm, something like Laser Surgeon
can be an option, one that doesn't do away with the player to just advertise some obscure company. So try this one out instead.
3 out of 5
Only for the patient
From the creators of SimCity 2000
and SimEarth,we are once again put in the position of a God like creator, and this time we are managing the world's health system. Build hospitals, manage funding, intervene in various hazards like fires and terrorist attacks. The game is incredibly complex, incredibly hard, and incredibly dull. It lacks the humor and whit of other sim games and while it provides a lot of things to do and give you a lot of challenge, the idea itself is not appealing and kind of boring. The thing is, you have to much too do and the reward is unfulfilling. If you're a veteran in sim games and really, really, really like playing God, you will find the huge amount of detail interesting and appealing, but novice players will probably get discouraged a few hours in, because even hours later, they will still be unfamiliar with the game's controls. The graphics and the music are both satisfactory, but that isn't a good enough reason to go and play the game unless you really have nerves of steel.