Sur­geon Sim­u­la­tor

It’s time to take hold of a scalpel, slice, dice and pre­pare for a med­i­cal mal­prac­tice law­suit

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Brain surgery? Not ex­actly rocket sci­ence, is it mate? But time to scrub up and don your la­tex gloves any­way, prov­ing yourself by tak­ing vir­tual con­trol of the flail­ing, jelly-arms of a doc given the task of fix­ing an un­for­tu­nate soul named Bob. Bob is your Prometheus, but with even less hope of res­cue, re­main­ing chained eter­nally to your op­er­at­ing ta­ble as you at­tack his open chest with a mix of enthusiasm and metal.

When Sur­geon Sim­u­la­tor landed on the PC’s Steam Store this time last year, af­ter just two months of de­vel­op­ment, it was an in­stant hit and now stands as one of 2013’s big in­die suc­cess sto­ries, hav­ing racked up over a mil­lion down­loads. This tweaked iPad ver­sion gives you the op­por­tu­nity to con­trol Bob’s fate with your bare hands, which is no eas­ier, but still a lot of fun.

You can choose to take on a va­ri­ety of tricky trans­plant op­er­a­tions, but as you’ll quickly re­alise, bat­tling with the rag­doll physics means Bob meets a grisly end time and time again. That sounds frus­trat­ing, but it’s ac­tu­ally hi­lar­i­ous and cen­tral to the fun. Hon­estly, throw­ing a man’s vi­tal or­gans around a room has never been so en­joy­able. $7.49, sur­geon­sim.com, out now on ios 6.0+

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