Two Point Hospital

Two Point Hospital is a 2018 business simulation game developed by Two Point Studios and published by Sega for Linux, MacOS, and Microsoft Windows. A spiritual successor to Bullfrog Productions’ 1997 game Theme Hospital, Two Point Hospital puts players in the role of a hospital administrator tasked with constructing and operating a hospital (and, by extension, an empire of hospitals in the fictional Two Point County, where the game is set) with the goal of curing patients of fictitious, comical ailments. The game was designed and developed by some of the creators of Theme Hospital, including Mark Webley and Gary Carr. They made use of their expertise in developing games such as Theme Hospital and Black & White and wanted players to be confident in using the menus. The use of humour was deemed important because visiting real hospitals is unpopular.

Two Point Hospital was released to a positive reception from critics, who acclaimed it for its style, humour and its faithfulness to Theme Hospital’s aesthetics, but the game was criticised for its repetitiveness and lack of challenge.

Two Point Hospital offers a similar style of gameplay to that of Theme Hospital.Players take on the role of a hospital manager charged with constructing and maintaining a hospital; tasks include building rooms and amenities that cater for patients and staff (such as toilets, staffrooms, reception desks, cafés, and seating), expanding the hospital into new plots, the hiring and management of doctors, nurses, janitors, and assistants to maintain the hospital; and dealing with a variety of comical illnesses. Two Point Hospital features unique, comical conditions, including “Light-Headedness” (having a light bulb for a head) “Pandemic” (having a pan on one’s head), “Mock Star” (patients are Freddie Mercury impersonators), “Cubism”, and “Animal Magnetism” (having animals stuck to the patient’s body;[8] the latter disease was planned for Theme Hospital but was cut.[11]).[3] Like Theme Hospital, hospitals start out empty.[7]

Patients’ diagnosis begins in a GP’s Office before they are sent for further diagnosis in other rooms, and eventually treatment.[10] From time to time, emergencies (an influx of patients with a specific disease) can occur.[12] On later levels, players can also experience epidemics, during which an infectious disease spreads throughout the hospital. Players are issued with a certain number of vaccines to inoculate patients, and there is a reward if all infected patients are immunised. Otherwise, the player’s reputation is tarnished.[13] Reputation is a performance rating that affects the chances of new patients coming.[8][14] Every game year, there is an awards ceremony in which the player is awarded performance-based rewards.[15] There are 15 hospitals within in Two Point County, the game’s setting.

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