Excerpt: I can describe Lifesigns: Surgical Unit in five words: Phoenix Wright in a hospital. Transforming Phoenix Wright into Lifesigns: Surgical Unit only requires a few simple steps. Replace Phoenix Wright with Dr. Tendo. Replace gathering evidence with diagnosing patients. Replace interviewing witnesses and examining crime scenes with conferring with hospital staff, tending to patients, and generally walking around the hospital following peoples' dramas.
Pros: Amusing characters and stories, Excellent anime-style artwork, Music is catchy and changes according to the circumstances of each situation, Operations require concentration and technique
Cons: Can’t restart operations after making early mistakes, Fact-gathering can be a tedious, trial-and-error process, Mini-games seem detached from the rest of the title, Necessity for precise cuts during operations makes playing on the go difficult, No way to skip conversations you’ve already read
Excerpt: LifeSigns: Surgical Unit is like a rather bold hybrid of Phoenix Wright and Trauma Center. You might call it Drama Center, or Phoenix Wright: Surgeon at Hospital. To wit, not only is most of the game spent conversing with other characters, but you must also occasionally convince them to see things your way by presenting pieces of evidence from your medical record, which is nearly identical to the psyche-lock mechanic from Phoenix Wright.
Pros: Weird dialog and cool characters, Solid surgical gameplay, Avoids some of the pitfalls native to the adventure genre
Cons: Broken heart battles, Examination sequences make you feel like a creep, The presentation is rough around the edges
Excerpt: A young lady presents with abdominal pain – is it acute appendicitis, cholecystitis, diverticulitis, or something far more sinister (and more difficult to say)? It’s just another day in the life of Tendo Dokuta, a second year intern over at the LifeSigns hospital. Comparisons will immediately be drawn to the Ace Attorney series of text-based adventures.
Excerpt: Game: Lifesigns: Surgical Unit Genre: Medical Simulation Platform: Nintendo DS It’s certainly been a crazy year for video games from start to finish. Now that things are finally starting to slow down a little bit, it’s time for me to go back and check out some of the smaller games I may have missed in recent months what with the constant slew of epic new releases.