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TWO POINT HOSPITAL
Dreams can come true!

PREVIEW
By JAY TEE
13/08/18

Whenever we get nostalgic longings for the PC games of old, Theme Hospital is always at the top of the list. Effortlessly charming and quintessentially British, Bullfrog’s hospital management masterpiece set a high bar, one that has arguably never been surpassed. It defined my early video gaming experiences, and chewed up many an hour of my teenage years.

Almost two decades later, we’re faced with a curious case of ‘waiting for a bus, and then two come along at once’. Oxymoron Games are deep into development on ‘Project Hospital’, which presents a realistic spin on the formula. Their approach seems rooted in a more micro form of management (to quote Michael Scott), and trades the Bloaty Head’s of old for a stats driven, slower paced experience.

Meanwhile, Bullfrog and Lionhead alumni have formed a brand new studio, and are on the cusp of launching ‘Two Point Hospital’, a true spiritual successor to their underdog classic, and one of the most exciting games of 2018.

THE BASICS - Light hearted hospital management sim from the minds behind Bullfrog classic Theme Hospital.

PLATFORMS - PC

PLAYERS - Offline - 1, Online - 1

CO-OP? MULTIPLAYER? - There are optional competitive challenges, but no traditional multiplayer.

DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - None announced.

TARPS? - At the bottom of all our previews, you’ll see a series of absurd looking images (with equally stupid, in joke laden names). These are the TARP badges, which represent our ‘Totally Accurate Rating Platform’. They allow us to identify specific things, recognise positive or negative aspects of a games design, and generally indulge our consistent silliness with some visual tomfoolery.

PREVIEWS KEY:

Back of the Box - A broad overview of key features and gameplay mechanics.

Get Schooled - Background info on the developer, fun facts, and viewing the game in a broader context.

Inside Scoop - Random thoughts and musings, along with hopes and concerns.

A giant sunflower AND patients suffering from ‘Premature Mummification’? All GOTY discussions are now immediately redundant.

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SLACK TONGUE - Two Point Hospital is doubling down on what made the original title so memorable, with a litany of new puntastic afflictions. Our favourites include ‘Light Headedness’ (where patients walk around with a giant lightbulb instead of a head), and ‘Freudian Lips’, which is described as having ‘a tendency to pout excessively when faced with a camera’.

NEXT LEVEL - In terms of mechanics, you’ll still be designing rooms, researching diagnostic tools, and discovering cures. New additions include a broader range of potential disasters to manage, and the potential for deceased patients to wander the halls as ghosts. These can be captured by janitor’s, and used to improve treatment research. They can also scare patients!

BACK TRACK - You can now revisit previous hospitals, if you decide you want to improve your ranking for that particular site.

CHECK YO PEDIGREE - A trio of developers (Ben Hymers, Mark Webley, and Gary Carr) are responsible for launching Two Point Studios. Mark and Gary are both long serving industry veterans. They had a direct hand in a huge number of classic hits, including Black & White, Fable, The Movies, and of course, Theme Hospital.

MARVEL UNIVERSE - This is the first in a series of interlinked, management focused titles that are all planned to take place within the same fictional location. Two Point County is going to act as a hub of sorts, allowing all sorts of spin offs to co-exist as part of a greater shared narrative.

FUN FACT - You have to visit the in game ‘Clown Clinic’ to cure patients suffering from a ‘Jest Infection’. GOTY.

TAKE MY DUBLOONS - I can’t hide my excitement for this game, and the potential for future expansion is massive. Beyond the obvious inclusion of new diseases / treatment rooms, official support for mods would be a fantastic addition. The original Theme Hospital has a long history of engaging with this community, and it feels like a natural fit for Two Point Hospital.

NICE FLAIR - There are a few smaller improvements that I’m really chuffed about. For starters, you can now create rooms with different shapes and configurations. You’re no longer limited to squares and rectangles. There’s also an expanded set of patient comfort metrics, and ‘Marketing’ and ‘Cafe’ spaces that broaden your focus beyond satisfying medical requirements.

THIGH SLAP - Have I mentioned already that you can treat patients for a ‘Jest Infection’?

Two Point Hospital is a love letter to 90’s PC gaming, brimming with obvious reverence for its predecessor, but willing to make changes where necessary. We can’t wait for this one!

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