Alan Probe is back! In the new sequel to the popular surgery simulation game that we all fell in love with back in 2008, the good people at Adult Swim have come up with something gorier, more excessive, and far more satisfying than any of us could have ever hoped for. Currently, only the first two chapters of this planned three-part installment are available; keep your eyes peeled for the final chapter in the weeks to come!
The story picks up exactly where we left off... well, ALMOST exactly. 51 years after we left off if you want to be specific, but who's counting? Although the doctor may have gotten gotten as rusty as his dubious tools over the years, the methods for performing the operations have changed little: choose the necessary tool with either the click of the mouse or pressing the corresponding number key on the keyboard, and then use your mouse to slice, zap, and knit your way through an increasingly freakish cast of patients. You're given a slew of tools to work with, mostly familiar from the original, although some of them have been slightly modified. This time around, though, the tools can be upgraded between patients, making them faster and more powerful. The game has a surprisingly enjoyable story to go along with it that ties directly into the plot of the original, and some of the tools have been updated for smoother gameplay, but the heart of the original can still be seen in every crazy operation and lunatic patient.
Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon 2 blows the original out of the water in almost every respect. Although graphics haven't changed much, the gameplay has been given a number of tweaks to remove some of the frustrations we experienced in the first installment. In fact, the developers seem to have taken audience feedback to heart when creating the sequel, and even make a clever in-game nod to one of the more frustrating utilities of the original. Although the game can be difficult at time, there's really only one point where it can seem unreasonably difficult, and that's due to lack of instruction more than anything else (you'll know it when you see it, but remember that they mouse is not the only input source that the game recognizes). But overall, Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon 2 stands out as the sequel fans of the original have been hoping for. A gory, over-the top game of the highest quality, the esteemed makeshift doctor's return from retirement is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.