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Theme Hospital

DOS - 1997

Alt names 主题医院, Частная клиника
Year 1997
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Simulation, Strategy
Theme City Building / Construction Simulation, Comedy, Healthcare, Managerial, Real-Time
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Bullfrog Productions, Ltd.
Perspectives Isometric, Free-roaming camera, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Fully supported on current version
4.43 / 5 - 858 votes

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Manual available

Description of Theme Hospital

Hard to find any flaw in Theme Hospital, the game was critically acclaimed and had a lot of success. Graphics are cartoonish and very well animated, diseases are totally hilarious (especially the descriptions) and a really funny multiplayer mode:

Up to 4 players can compete with their own hospital, close to the others. Everyone share the same community of sick people and the goal is to make more money than the others. VIP patients are proposed to everyone simultaneously, the quickest player to accept will get it. You may also refuse difficult patients and send them to another hospital to overload them, but should they manage them, they will make more money!

When buying a new square of land, a bidding competition starts, allowing you to make your competitors to spend more. You can also create a salary war to debauch the employees of the other hospitals. Another vicious weapon: "dirty bombs" you can send to your competitors. They take some time to blow up, but if the player spot it, he can send it to another hospital and so on until it blows!


CorsixTH is a aiming for an Open Source remake of Theme Hospital on a modern engine. You will need the game files to use it. Check it out here:

Theme Hospital 2

Two Point Hospital is a sequel, released in 2018, check it out here:

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Comments and reviews

human 2023-05-18 2 points

KJ - "Never realized how sexist this game was. Doctors and handymen are men and nurses and receptionists are women."
...are you serious? Theme Hospital is a GAME, with comedy elements thrown in. No-one cares. Woke much?

Perry Rhodan 2021-06-26 1 point

You can play the game in Windows 7/8.1/10 now using CorsixTH: Works perfectly at high reolution with zoom feature and midi music. Needs GOG or CD version files to work.


Socially-retarded hedonist 2018-08-10 0 point

I like the head doctor, he ain't got no needles.

Simsilikesims 2018-04-09 -2 points

EA Origin now has this title available. Price: under $5. They have it working with DOSBox...but it still has a hitch with the mouse drivers sometimes. Still, if you need a version set up for you for a modern computer you can get it there.

Overcooked Potato 2018-02-15 1 point

Im missing out on the classics so I have to find the most classic of all classic games to experience how classic they were back in the old days

BUBU 2018-01-20 -2 points

There's a Windows XP and onward Windows OS compatible version available on so if you're facing some compatibility issues, it's best to try that out.

KK 2017-11-21 0 point

Game works great but I have to play with no sound.. theres a terrible distorted bell ringing sound when you mouse over ANYTHING. The sounds that are supposed to come with the game are fine but whatever was added to the clicks kinda detracts from the game. Other than that its great! 8/10

KJ 2017-09-04 -34 points

Never realized how sexist this game was. Doctors and handymen are men and nurses and receptionists are women.

Aside from that, does anyone know

1. If I were to increase the heat of the radiators for the first 29 or 30 days of the month and then reduce it for the last day, would I only be charged the lower amount? But will the patients then register this as being cold or will they still be warm? The question is whether the warmth level of patients and the cost is measured daily or monthly.

2. Does the time of year matter for the radiators? Whenever I have played I usually reduce the heat during the summer months (I suppose summer is relative). But I don't know if this makes a difference. Do patients want radiators throughout the year?

BretN7 2017-07-14 1 point

One of the greatest sim type games ever. Great humor and art style. I always keep coming back to this. Bullfrog was amazing back in the day.

pippy 2017-05-31 0 point

theme hospital is a really good game because you get patients and doctors. you get to create you own hospital aswell its just a really good game

Bart 2017-02-26 -3 points

If you ever need help on this game... visit ;)

Just a guy who loves old games 2017-02-11 1 point

I don't need dosbox to play this game actually, I have fixed and maintained my old computer for more than 15 years

Alex381 2017-02-03 1 point

Very addictive and funny game! I played it many years ago and I keep it for my child as one of the 10 best games ever.

s 2016-09-16 1 point

how do you play it i download it but i dont know what to click on to star the game?!..

haemophile 2016-06-05 2 points

ok for other people i have found out how to save if you put your mouse pointer to the top of the screen it brings up a file menu you hold down the LMB and release it when over the save function

haemophile 2016-06-04 0 point

lets address a problem
for the people saying that this game runs a little slow you need to manually set the cycles to more than 12000 in the configuration file for dosbox

the game is awesome but cannot find out how to save the game can somebody help me with this

Javi RC 2016-02-14 -3 points

este juego lo jugue muchas muchas veces en todas la pcs que tuvimos en casa .. y cada vez que me acuerdo .. lo vuelvo a instalar .. Es Un JuEgO gEnIaL !!!!!!!!!!

Mina 2015-11-20 -4 points

Hey, you can find it free for a limited time in Origin :D I'm downloading it.

Kaz 2015-11-11 1 point

Please download Dosbox to run this game!!! it will not run on newer operating systems (XP,vista,7,8.1,10, etc)!!! Just drag the game folder onto the dosbox icon and type hospital.exe and hit enter

Domhnall 2015-10-21 -1 point

I remember this game now...haha, definitely a blast to play.
I just can't remember how to employ a psychiatrist when all of the doctors looking for employment are surgeons. :(

cool 2015-10-12 0 point


Mixceny 2015-10-10 -1 point

Own a legit copy, it's available on Origin for anyone who can't get the DL to work. Pretty cheap, too.

LazarusJ 2015-09-25 -4 points

Doesn't work to win 8.1 :(, someone know what i have to do to play this greatfull game??? Pls help!!!

Jami 2015-09-25 0 point

Dude i cant download it but it's looking awesome! i appreciate it.

bluepheonix 2015-09-04 -2 points

so the theme of the hospital is spun on a wheel @ the start of the game or what?

somebody 2015-08-16 -10 points

can they make the bathrooms private in this game i dont want see patients using the toilet

yuxiya 2015-07-14 1 point DOS version

it makes me so addicted.. Like this old fun game! LOL

kaz 2015-06-30 1 point DOS version

Xander, try a program called Dosbox. you can google it... Let's say you extracted this game to the directory C:/Hospital. Now run Dosbox and type: mount c c:/hospital - now lets say the .exe file is called 'hospital', so just type: 'hospital' and hit enter. Make sure you run setup in the same way to configure the sound... Ignore the quotation marks.

GG 2015-06-18 0 point DOS version

I used to like creating rooms and putting doctors and nurses but I got rid of the door so they could not escape from the room.

Jacko 2015-06-10 0 point DOS version

The music won't work on DOSBOX i can get the game and sound effects to not work but the music isn't anyone know what im doing wrong?

bugsbunny100 2015-06-04 0 point DOS version

First Theme Park, now THIS? Oh, boy.

Xander 2015-05-11 -1 point DOS version

How do you run games that are 32 Bit on a 64bit system? I have a literate knowledge of computers but I am by no means into programming or reprogramming.

sally 2015-05-06 -1 point DOS version

i think your supposed to right click furniture to rotate it.
ps. this game is way too addictive...

Need help 2015-03-09 3 points DOS version

No music, and the only only difficulty option is 'doctor'. Any fixes? Its annoying, and takes the depth away from the game. Its a shame...

john 2015-02-27 -7 points DOS version

lol why does everyone like this game? its so boring and the only bullfrog game i have played that i do not like

lakshu 2015-02-25 0 point DOS version

Super and wonderful to say we all like tis game very much

dodo 2015-01-27 -1 point DOS version

you need DosBox to play the game..

gaz 2015-01-07 0 point DOS version

To anyone who feels bad for ea for not downloading this from origin wee story: I brought populous the beginning, had correct graphics card and settings.....IT DIDN'T WORK!, I downloaded it under "Abandonware" it bloody worked so maybe EA should fix their dam games first!

- I got a refund so no screw ea

fixdoll 2014-12-24 2 points DOS version

is it really legal to download this from here? because I just saw this on Origin for $4.99

chloe 2014-12-20 1 point DOS version

This game is good and succsessful

CN 2014-11-20 -14 points DOS version

How can I install it?

Nicola 2014-10-27 1 point DOS version

How do you play? :O

AVOID THE TOM-NOID 2014-10-25 -5 points DOS version

How the hell do you rotate the furniture? I cannot figure it out for the life of me...! it said you right click to rotate but you can't do that on mac... wtf?!?!

Mario 2014-10-16 3 points DOS version

Hi everybody! I found the answer about how to change the language of the game.
You have to open with notepad the file named "hospital.cfg" and write (where there is wrote LANGUAGE="ENG") the other kind of language you want in play (ex: "GER"). Bye bye!

Mario 2014-10-15 0 point DOS version

Is it possible to find this game in italian language? Or find just the file language pack to translated it?

Kiddo 2014-09-01 -11 points DOS version

Ho do you play this once it is downloaded? It is just a file in my folder, but how do you play?

Alucard 2014-07-10 1 point DOS version

you call 5 mins a slow download? :P

RF 2014-06-05 1 point DOS version

Great game!!
But the game does not want to save! So I have to start afresh every time I launch the game. Any ideas how to solve the problem?

MentalZero 2014-05-27 0 point DOS version

Works fine using DosBox, (Win XP) Thanks. Have not played game fully, tested to see if it worked. If I enjoy the game I will purchase it from GoG, thanks for allowing me to try it first.

an 2014-05-09 0 point DOS version

good game

Mortus 2014-05-07 1 point DOS version

doesn't work on mac. fix. now.

LOL 2014-05-07 0 point DOS version

Super slow download

dl 2014-05-04 1 point DOS version

gonna relive my childhood!

Fizz 2014-05-03 0 point DOS version


Jo 2014-05-02 0 point DOS version

love this game

hiho 2014-05-01 0 point DOS version


oldies 2014-04-29 0 point DOS version

Best game of the 90s

jodzi 2014-04-26 0 point DOS version

great game as a kid would love to play again

lolo 2014-04-23 1 point DOS version


nano 2014-04-13 0 point DOS version

nice game

yan 2014-03-30 -1 point DOS version


Alter ego 2014-02-14 0 point DOS version

This is fantastic, I remember a lot of these old games as a kid, some I didn't even get to play and would dream of having. I now get to fulfil that childish wish I had so many years ago.

Kat 2014-02-13 0 point DOS version

Is it legal to download this game?

Akira 2014-01-29 0 point DOS version

Super jeux , de bon souvenir

Mark 2014-01-15 0 point DOS version

I'm getting bugs on this one. Using DosBox, I can't set the Policy settings, which makes it a micromanagement nightmare. Also the research doesn't show up right. Maybe I did something wrong?

Producer 2013-10-06 2 points DOS version

I'm sorry, but the idea that sites like GOG are "helping" game developers and boosting the economy is a joke.

Original development companies for most of these games don't even exist anymore and in many cases have had their properties bought and resold several times over.

Paying for abandonware on a site that uses a cheap windows/dos wrapper or worse freeware DOSBOX is insulting.

I'd rather donate my money to sites like this one. Or if your feeling really generous to the coders, artists, designers and producers of these games who received little more then salary for 70 hr work weeks and teeny tiny bonuses if they were lucky.

sonic 2013-10-05 0 point DOS version

diese seite ist wirklich cool

admin 2013-10-04 0 point DOS version

Yes @fractal Feel free to rewrite it ;) We'll publish it

fractalLife 2013-10-03 -1 point DOS version

Admin is entirely right. When a game is available from GoG, that's the right way to get it. The entire planet's economy is failing largely because of a lack of consumers ... if we actually buy things when the price is right, we can help.

That said -- ADMIN, most of the descriptions are just Awful. Can I re-write them for you?

stephanie 2013-09-30 3 points DOS version

plisss help meee... how to instal/ play the game after download??

ewka 2013-09-26 0 point DOS version


rithik 2013-09-15 0 point DOS version

i love this game a lot. It is old game but it is very super game.

toni 2013-08-23 0 point DOS version

best game :)

Nope 2013-08-12 0 point DOS version

Hyperium, there is a purpose.
Almost all of these games aren't available to buy unlike Theme Hospital.
Admin has a point.

Hyperium 2013-08-10 0 point DOS version

If you can't figure it out, you have no purpose downloading anything off this site.

admin 2013-08-08 -1 point DOS version

Uploaded a better version, but please stop whining, this game is available on GoG for $6, flawless copy. Anyway, enjoy!

MasterGamer 2013-08-07 0 point DOS version

Okay this copy has some corrupted files, better fix them. One reason why it lags, also when I use CorsixTH for this there's always an error. Sorry but DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS COPY!!! The game itself is 100% great.

Sjia 2013-08-07 0 point DOS version

The game lags like hell when opened in DOSBOX/D-fend Reloaded. I even went to EA Support since they now OWN Bullfrog. They said to download it again. Did not work. Good game but lags.

maksa 2013-07-22 0 point DOS version

good for me

unknown 2013-07-21 0 point DOS version

i cant get it to work!

Anyt 2013-06-19 2 points DOS version

how do i open t once downloaded?

Mew Mew 2013-06-13 0 point DOS version

I used to LOVE this game. Quirky humours, cute graphics, and depth of game just enough to be engaging... but after a few levels the game gets way too repetitive...

Tails 2013-05-30 0 point DOS version

I HEART THIS GAME SO MUCH!! Can't wait to play it again!

Noob 2013-05-24 -1 point DOS version

How do i open this game once downloaded?

Orange Is Friend To Orange (TRASKNARI REFERENCE) 2013-05-11 0 point DOS version

The game runs a little slow. but a good game.

Vissy 2013-04-27 0 point DOS version

Great old game, and now someone is working on a update/re-incarnation of the game.
just look for corsix-th

CryoDragon 2013-04-01 0 point DOS version

oh crap, i just brought this from

JesusisLord 2013-03-13 0 point DOS version

Very nice game, i wonder if any ever try to multiplay this ?

dafuqmaster 2013-03-07 0 point DOS version

epic game

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-19 0 point DOS version

Anyone got the Russian version? That one was actually more fun to play even if you didn't read a word of Commiespeak :)

ich 2013-02-02 0 point DOS version

best game ever xD

TO WTF 2013-01-18 0 point DOS version


Carlsgro 2013-01-08 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome

admin 2012-12-31 -1 point DOS version

Download removed because it's available on GoG, you can spend a few bucks on this game to play it.

wtf 2012-12-30 0 point DOS version


ms 2012-12-19 0 point DOS version

i like it very much but i can't download it :((

sandra 2012-11-28 0 point DOS version


sire 2012-08-09 0 point DOS version

can not get the download

Faerie Evenstar 2012-06-29 0 point DOS version

I can't get this to download from here? Is there a problem with it...?

the nerd 2012-04-15 0 point DOS version

played this on my psp can't wait for it to finnish downloading

sub 2012-02-03 -1 point DOS version

love this game

derSiedler 2012-01-30 0 point DOS version

from this game gives a open source game now...look to

Ada 2012-01-29 0 point DOS version

Good game

The Broker 2011-08-07 0 point DOS version

Many games in the 'Theme' series were less than good but this one is a gem. One of the first in the series, it set the tone for "micro-manager" games that require a fast mouse. Challenging but beat-able in a weekend - a fun download!

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ManualEnglish version 957 KB (DOS)

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