Title Life and Death (Second Review) Game Type Miscellaneous Players 1 Compatibility All Amigas Company Software Toolworks HD Installable Yes (With WHDLoad) Submission MaU Review Let's talk about... "LIFE" and how to avoid.... "DEATH" When for the first time I became aware of the existence of this game I thought it was only the usual "jump 'n run" game... and I was quite surprised about the content of the game.. I was a kid, and used to play with the typical game where a car drives fast or a spaceship shoots some alien thingy... This was my first point and click game. Attracted to the box cover where four doctors watch you in a threatening way under a blinding light... I thought the game was about some crazy hospital where all sorts of genetic experiments happen... I was wrong! (I've found a similar thing with the Gloom series... if that's what you want, there are really mad doctors in that game, or what is left of them...) As in reality, here you must visit patients in their room, and you must discover what disease affects them... (if they have any disease...). After making some correct diagnoses you are admitted to... the surgery room! Here it can be quite difficult to do the tasks in the operation in the right order... (remember, if you do anything wrong... the patient dies!) If you fail you must go to the classroom, where you will discover what you did to that poor guy... That's the way: step by step you learn "what" must be used "when" and what to do in the event of something like dropping blood pressure. That's the general plot of the game... after the first stage involving mainly the abdomen (like appendicitis and kidney stones), you can advance to the second level where you should heal arthrithis and aneurisms... It's way more complicated than the first part, and, erm, I'm still trying to complete it.... (the weird thing is that I'm a... student of medicine... in real life!). The procedure for an abdomen examination as in reality involves all four quadrants: in fact if the patient does feel pain in one of them you could easily understand what the problem is... an infection of a underlying organ (i.e appendicitis) causes ischemy and the cytoplasmatic content of cells are identified as an infection by the immunity system and the subsequent process of inflammation irritates the visceral receptors, which then produce noxious stimuli. Here comes the "pain". Here comes the "Ouch!" or "Yipes!" from your patients... When you start the game do not be disappointed by the graphics... (there are only four kind of screen. You will nevertheless enjoy the game even though there's no music at all. This is because the game is really involving. At the beginning you see a corridor: that's the point from where you can go anywhere in the hospital. These are the rooms: 1) A school where you are given useful hints after doing something wrong (yep... no tribunals are implemented in the game... so you will not go to prison if you kill somebody. 2) Four rooms where you can find patients waiting for your care (don't touch your patient too much or you'll start them complaining... and calling the nurse for help) 3) The surgery: you - your patient - and those unnecessary helpers who are there only to watch or pontificate and don't move a muscle even if the BLOOD PRESSURE IS DROPPING! You have at your disposal medical instruments, and in the drawer you can find antibiotics and that sort of thing... Here I have a tip for you: there's no indication of what the green bottle contains so you must study the manual carefully or inevitably some sad event will happen... (you don't want to go back to school, do you?) 4) The room where one of these blond and busty nurses is waiting for you... when you enter you see her turning her head, watching you... and moving her hands to... give you the paper on which you choose your assistant! In the corridor there's also the exit door (it quits the game...) and a phone near the receptionist where you sometimes have to call some specialist that have a strange chip 'n dale voices.... that's a programmer trick to protect the game against piracy, in fact the telephone numbers are in the manual. In my humble opinion it's really playable, still in 2005 (and it will be in the next year too, at least for people that are interested in this subject... like me! I found the game quite realistic... (probably Simon J.Beal - the programmer - has some experience of medicine, or some expert has helped him making the game...). I found no inaccuracies... only some strange situations... (if you are only a student you should not operate - you should be an assistant!) In Conclusion, a suggestion... don't get distracted by the nurses!