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Life & Death

DOS - 1988

Also available on: Mac - Amiga - Apple IIgs - Atari ST - FM Towns - Sharp X68000

Alt name ライフ デス
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1988)
Brazil (1990)
Genre Simulation
Theme Healthcare
Publisher Software Toolworks, Inc., The
Developer Software Toolworks, Inc., The
Perspectives 1st-Person, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.37 / 5 - 60 votes

Description of Life & Death

Arguable the best doctor games ever produced for the PC (well, Theme Hospital comes close, but that is more of a management game), Life & Death 1 and 2 put you in the role of surgeon who specializes in digestive systems in the first game, and brain surgery in the second. Diagnose patients correctly and perform increasingly difficult more advanced procedures to get promoted.

The games are much celebrated for their strong emphasis on realism (not surprisingly, since their designer is a real doctor). The games also boast high educational value as well, since every time you make mistakes you'll be sent to a classroom to learn what you did wrong. And yes, there IS an end to each of these games-- it just takes a lot of patience, dozens of successful surgeries, and steady hands :) Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

DR.F.ECES 2024-01-16 0 point

Best game ever made.

NOWHERE WOMAN 2023-08-09 0 point

I love this game so much :3 it is much easier than the brain one. I wish there were more games like them on this site! I highly recommend Operation: Frog too, it is available on this site and is super entertaining and educational!

Steven Pavelish 2023-05-15 0 point

This game still gives me nightmares. It's still very addicting to play! It even beats out the Trauma Center series made by Atlus!

brandy 2022-05-25 4 points

i played this game without a manual... a lot of patients died so i could learn how to do surgery.

Joe Biden 2022-02-26 -3 points DOS version

This is how my wife Jill became a doctor. She operated on my brain and now I am a smarterer president.

Dark Night 2022-01-16 0 point DOS version

There are some issues in the game. During startup, it will report something failed. When entering the OR room, sometimes the game could not successfully load up the OR room and returned to the splash screen

Dr.F. Eces 2022-01-05 0 point

Best game ever made.

Tom 2020-11-21 1 point

The game here is amazingly easy, once you know what you are doing. I got this game when it first hit store shelves in the 80's. It came with latex gloves and a surgical mask.

Anyway, at that time I could never figure out "patient's upper right to lower left" I always thought, as a kid, that meant upper right of screen to lower left of screen. When I got older and figured it out, I was able to get rid of those "you didn't use a mcburneys cut" messages in class. So basically you cut from the upper left corner of screen, to lower right. Don't cut the blue drape. When you open the third skin layer, the pixels are going from upper right to lower left, so cut WITH the grain (the direction of the pixels) and when you get to the white layer, in the upper left corner of that area, place forceps, then at the tip of the forceps, double click the mouse with the scalpel and you should get a black dot. Remove the forceps and make a cut using scissors from that black dot to lower right. That part was always a pain for me.

I think my best score ever is 9/10. Very rarely do you get the first patient as an operation, but if you can get your very first patient as an operation in the appendix, and then the next patient as an operation on the aorta, and you complete both of those successfully, your score would be 2/2, since the game ends after completing the aorta operation lol.

TheMan 2020-05-09 2 points

LGR brought me here

Jalmari 2018-12-31 0 point DOS version

To chi ld support not only fun and games.

Chdfrdd 2017-11-28 1 point

Was best bak in day

Gunsmith100 2016-10-08 6 points

Anybody here cause of Joel

Dr.Pepper is back

fdisk 2015-11-09 -2 points

EDIT: Thx fdisk !

Tron 2015-10-27 0 point

Some title screen that...

Hulsie 2015-05-02 0 point DOS version

Every single patient of mine always dies. I'm not a very good doctor.

Paulo José 2014-11-25 0 point DOS version

the good game the medic prof.. fune and education game ...

Jett 2014-10-11 0 point DOS version

LOL Ow!! Ouch OW!!!! ahhaah The surgeries were funny!!! I actually panicked!

Smiley 2013-08-28 0 point DOS version

Yeah, I remember how about a third of the time it would be gas pain, so you could medicate it instead of surgery. Those would be the only survivors in my games. :] 2011-12-22 -2 points DOS version

I used to purposely misdiagnose people in this game to avoid having to remember how to do surgery. Lol. Great game.

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