Since I wrote about Two Point Studios yesterday and recalled the cult game Two Point Hospital and Theme Hospital, I remembered the game Project Hospital, which I have in my library and which I would like to introduce to you today. In the beginning, I have to say that I am not introducing any new game since Project Hospital was released on 30.10.2018.
What about is Project Hospital?
Unlike the games mentioned in the introduction, Project Hospital is significantly more focused on realism and functionality. In the game you are treating real diseases, you have to diagnose them first and then cure them. It may sound boring, but there’s fun in the complexity and detail.
In short, you are put in the role of a manager, at the same time a designer/builder, and if you want you can also solve individual cases. The game may look and feel repetitive at times, but there’s nothing like building a new ward from scratch and seeing the first patients start to flow in.
In total, there are 9 basic wards in the base game, which gradually open up depending on if/what scenario you’re playing or how your hospital grows. So you are practically constantly either taking care of patients or expanding your hospital.
But what I like the most is the “trauma center”, in short, an ambulance arrives in front of the hospital with a patient in it and you have to take him in and examine him immediately or he may collapse or even die. In short, make a quick diagnosis, and decide if and what to treat. Because if you don’t stop the bleeding, but deal with worse injuries (diagnose) it is possible that the overall condition will get worse.
There is also a tutorial in the game to guide you through the real basics. You’ll have to figure a lot of things out on your own, and overall you’ll have to do a lot of research. However, don’t worry the game goes out of its way to give you more information in the various tooltips and available help.
Where to play Project Hospital?
Project Hospital is available on PC like Windows, Mac, and Linux. You could buy it from Steam.
Unfortunately, Project Hospital isn’t available on consoles, but I’d say that’s the right decision, as there are a lot of little buttons in the game that you can use to make a lot of decisions and I can’t imagine the game playing well.
What’s a shame and limits me a bit is that Project Hospital can’t be played on GeForce Now, but fortunately it doesn’t have such complex requirements that I can’t play it on a laptop.
Where to buy Project Hospital?
Project Hospital is available on Steam. The base game is available here starting at $24.99. If you want to buy the game with the current DLC (4), the game will cost you $39.56, saving you about 12% (at the time of writing) than if you bought the game first and then bought everything else.
Is Project Hospital worth buying?
If you like more realistic managerial games so I think you may enjoy this game. I think it definitely fits into any strategy gamer’s portfolio just because of how different and more realistic this game is.
Is Project Hospital free?
No, Project Hospital isn’t free. But if you buy this game there is free DLC which is called doctor mode. In this DLC you can play in a hospital you have built or that has already been prepared, but you can only play strictly as a doctor and your goal is to take care of patients. But we’ll talk about that some other time.
Will be there Project Hospital 2?
Unfortunately, we don’t currently know if another project like Project Hospital 2 is coming. Oxymoron is currently releasing a few patches a year and is currently finishing up availability on Steam Deck, but otherwise, we haven’t known for a while if any more DLC is in the works or if the developers are working on another game.
Although apparently, Oxymoron Games has about 5 developers working for them (Linkedin) so it’s possible that there will be the next Project Hospital 2 or other similar game. But we need to wait.