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Hospital Tycoon

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Hospital Tycoon
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Developer(s) DR Studios
Publisher(s) Codemasters
License Proprietary
Engine Gamebryo[1]
Version unpatched
Platform(s) Windows
Release date NA 2007-06-05[2]
EU 2007-06-08[2]
AU 2007-08-12[2]
Genre(s) Business simulation
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)
PEGI: 7+
Media 1 CD-ROM
System requirements Pentium 4 1.6GHz, 512MiB RAM, GeForce 3 or Radeon 8500, 750MiB HD space more...
Input methods Keyboard and mouse

Hospital Tycoon is a business simulation game developed by DR Studios and published by Codemasters. It was released on June 5, 2007 in North America[2] and can be played only on Windows.

The game lets the player manage a hospital from a god view. The player needs to manage the staff and treatment facilities to match those required by the patients' conditions. As new conditions are discovered (by sending patients with unknown conditions to the research department), new equipments and staff will become available for construction/hiring to treat them. The time to cure a patient is limited, as their health keep decreasing over time until either they're cured or they die. Treating the patients fast is thus necessary, but also rewarding, as treating a patient under the "par cure time" will grant a decent cash bonus, proportional to the percentage of time gained compared to the par time. The game can be played either in story mode or in a sandbox mode. When playing in story mode, any actions taken in a scenario will have no impact at all on what happens on the following scenarii. The pathologies presented by the patients are fictive and humorous, as you can see from the pathology list.

System requirements

According to the game's readme, to play the game your PC must meet or exceed the following requirements:

Minimum system requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Pentium 4 1.6 GHz (or Athlon 1600+)
  • 512 MiB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card
  • 2x DVD-ROM Drive
  • 750 MiB hard drive space


Recommended system specifications

  • Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (or Athlon 2800+) or better
  • 1 GiB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon X1300 or better
  • DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • 1.5 GiB hard drive space

Cheats

Trainer

The +1 trainer by Team PiZZADOX gives unlimited money (sets cash balance to 100M and locks it). You can download it here:

Unlocker

PatheticCockroach made a saved profile which has access to all scennarii and all hospitals in sandbox mode. This profile also has the bonus codes (see below) unlocked. You can download it here:

Cheat options

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A "Hospital of Death"

To enable cheat options, in the main menu go to option → bonus code, then click on "enter code" and enter the code "MakeMeAGod" (which is case-insensitive). You can now toggle cheat options using the game menu. Here is the meaning of some of them:

  • brainy: staff gain experience points faster
  • bargain: items cost half their normal price
  • workhouse: staff need no recreation
  • speedy: doctors and patients move faster. Or actually, they shake like crazy but don't really seem to move faster from a place to another... (Processes take up less time i.e. interactions, learning, work)
  • greedy: doubles the amount of money from completing a treatment
  • hospital of death: all staff are skinned like the soul reaper
  • lazy: ?(provides access to all levels


Most common problems

Hospital Tycoon contains several quite annoying bugs such as:

  • shortage of patients
  • some patients when dropped from the healing queue won't enter it again, thus will die in the hospital even though all materials and staff needed for the cure is available
  • character stuckage, at best fixable by deleting the room where it occurred, at worst not fixable (e.g. a janitor who keeps sweeping the same spot won't even vanish if fired)

All the above-mentioned bugs can't be worked around by saving/loading the game.

Despite these problems, Codemaster's customer service stated on their forums that no patch is to be released for the moment[3].

Screenshots

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Videos

Trailer

Trailer #1 Trailer #2

Gameplay

External links

References

  1. Game Engine Products - Emergent
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hospital Tycoon on Wikipedia
  3. Statement on Patch - Codemasters Official Forum, posted on 2007-06-14


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