Video games: to play doctor

Video games: to play doctor


One of the big topics of the election campaign being the health system, why not try your hand at understanding the problems and, why not, trying to solve them? Welcome, then, to the world of games where you save lives (or not)…  

Video games in which you turn into a doctor are not new. Digging passionately into the “zinternets”, we unearthed “Life and Death” (literally “Life and death”) which dates from 1988. As a doctor, you therefore make rounds in the hospital hyper pixelated as it should be for the era. The patients are numerous, suffer from strange ailments and it is up to you to choose the most appropriate treatment. But, let's be honest, you quickly get tired of the “vintage” side of things.

Another find, to say the least strange – but much more modern –, “Kellogg's Gut Bacteria Reef”. If you jumped at “Kellogg's,” you're not alone. Indeed, it is the company that initiated this unusual title. This is to make players aware of good intestinal health. Yes, yes, I assure you. To do this, you will need to maintain a balance between all the bacteria.


Back to our scalpels. In the series “hyper serious and realistic to the point of being used in real life to train medical teams”, here is “Valley General Hospital: NiVR” which uses virtual reality to immerse the player in the wonderful world of the hospital . Everything has been thought out and produced with amazing attention to detail and accuracy. But is it really fun?

Speaking of playful, here is “Hospital Tycoon”. As the name suggests, it's about creating “the best” hospital in the known universe. If you are interested in the challenge, be aware that, as in any simulation, you will have to ensure the happiness of all the staff of the establishment and the patients. And that's far from simple.

If you're in a little more “big business” mode, Big Pharma is what you need. Because here you are at the head of a conglomerate, research labs, and possibilities of billions of dollars of profits. If you feel like a capitalist, jump into the 35 challenges of the seven scenarios with both feet.

More original, “Two Point Hospital” stands out because of the oddity of the illnesses of the patients that you will have to treat by hiring the right doctors as well as for its “sandbox” mode which allows you to give free rein to your unbridled imagination. .. and sick. Have fun, because it's very funny… especially since the visual is reminiscent of a cartoon.

Very “rose water”, “Heart's Medicine – Time to Heal” awaits you in an environment combining medicine and love story. Yes, it is possible and it is almost better than “Dre Grey”. You play Alison who absolutely wants to become the best surgeon. But now, she falls in love with the director of the hospital while working with her ex. Ouiiiii, it smells of “soap” full nose, but from time to time, it feels good.


Both amusing and irreverent, “Amateur Surgeon” offers you, with its very exploded visual style, to treat people with “instruments” made from everyday objects. Sure, you can say goodbye to medical ethics and seriousness, but we're in a video game, so you might as well rave.

Halfway between horror and simulation, “Autopsy Simulator” will be, from November and as its name suggests, a title in which you play a coroner who must therefore determine the cause of death of the corpses. To keep things serious, the game was developed with real doctors and the storyline includes a bloodcurdling detective story.


“Life and Death” : for browsers via emulator

“Kellogg's Gut Bacteria Reef”: Windows and VR via Steam

“Valley General Hospital: NiVR”: Windows and VR via Steam

“Hospital Tycoon”: Windows via Steam

“Big Pharma”: Windows, macOS and Linux

“Two Point Hospital”: Windows, PlayStation. Xbox and Switch

“Heart's Medicine – Time to Heal”: for Android and iOS

“Amateur Surgeon »: for browsers

«Autopsy Simulator»: Windows