StChris Posted February 22, 2019 at 05:17 AM Report Share Posted February 22, 2019 at 05:17 AM Platform(s): PC / Mac OS X Where to buy: here System Requirements: OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Processor: Intel Core i3 6100 or AMD FX-4350, Memory: 4 GB RAM, Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GT 1030, 2GB (Legacy: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460), AMD RX550, 2GB (Legacy: AMD Radeon HD 6850), Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 630, DirectX: Version 11, Storage: 5 GB available space Release Date: 30 Aug 2018 Languages: English and Chinese (both text and audio), French, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish (text only) Chinese Level Required: intermediate/upper intermediate Proportion of play time where you'll be using Chinese: High (lots of text-based resource management, plus plenty of audio) Specific/specialised Vocab Learned: Medical This game is a spiritual successor to the popular mid-90s sim Theme Hospital. Your job is to build and maintain hospitals in a variety of challenging environments. It takes a pretty cynical view on private healthcare, and the main aim of the game is to make money rather than cure patients. A game centred around illness could get a little depressing, so the developers have created their own humorous diseases and cures. You'll be dealing with illnesses such as Freddie Mercury Sickness rather than the common cold: Despite the relatively low system requirements, my laptop still isn't quite up to running it, but a fellow forum member, @markhavemann, has played the game and was kind enough to leave the following review: Quote In terms of fun: Brilliant. If you ever played Theme Hospital then it's definitely for you. It's pretty relaxed and lighthearted but challenging enough to be fun and interesting. It's full of pretty dry but clever humour (for example, the disease where people have lightbulbs instead of heads is called "light headed-ness" and is cured in the "De-lux clinic") and I've actually switched back to English so that I can fully appreciate it. I figure I'd play again in Chinese again afterwards. In terms of learning: Like I said, I've switched back to English but there definitely is a huge amount of Chinese content. 3 hours and 40 minutes just of Chinese audio (I extracted it from the game files for easy studying) which plays pretty consistently and some of it pretty repetitively ("Can a doctor please go to the GP's office"). There is also a nice little radio station with presenters and adverts, GTA style. I guess you could also say that the game is text driven in a way since all your missions etc. are presented to you in writing, so that's pretty good to work through (especially with transcripts and English translations). Part of the stuff that Two Point sent me includes all the text (even menus) so it makes things much more approachable. It's definitely at a relatively high level, especially if you want to appreciate all the jokes but if you don't mind missing some stuff or checking up the English in the transcript files the first time you encounter something, I think it could be a playable on intermediate/higher intermediate without getting too annoyed with things. Maybe even getting familiar in English then switching could be a good strategy too. 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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