New game release: ‘Two Point Hospital’ arrives on console platforms
Run your own hospital and deal with everyday accidents, a collection of very silly illnesses, and even ghosts and the hairy bigfoot in “Two Point Hospital” on PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
How difficult can it be? “Two Point Hospital” makes it easy to design and build a hospital, then recruit the staff to run it. The diseases afflicting Two Point County’s residents aren’t exactly dead serious either.
There’s a laboratory’s worth of odd ailments to contend with — Cubism, Lycanthropy, court jester transformation Jest Infection, and the saucepan-head disease Pandemic, for example — with equally bizarre cures and treatments available.
Of course, the accessible approach is layered on top of numerous permutations.
Patients need waiting rooms, snacks and, perhaps most importantly, sanitary restrooms; medical equipment requires proper maintenance otherwise, in Two Point County, it explodes; each member of staff comes with their own set of positive and negative traits that affect themselves and those around them.
Then, as hospital administrator, it’s also up to you to make sure the money doesn’t run out.
If the whole thing sounds a lot like 1997 classic “Theme Hospital”, that’s because it’s supposed to — “Two Point Hospital” was conceived by some of the original game’s developers.
Very well received when it launched on PC in 2018, “Two Point Hospital” has since been augmented through three expansions: the wintry Bigfoot, tropical Pebberley Island, and the alien Close Encounters, each of which added a new region and specific new illness to cope with.
And while the similar “Project Hospital” launched not long after “Two Point”, more closely modeling real-world situations and procedures, “Two Point” is the first to console, refactored to accommodate straightforward, gamepad-only controls.
Now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, in addition to PC, Mac and Linux, the console edition of “Two Point Hospital” also contains the Bigfoot and Pebberley Island expansions, with Close Encounters not yet announced but commonly anticipated for a later date. IB/NVG
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