Amateur Surgeon 3: Tag Team Trauma
Who needs a real doctor when you can give Dr. Payne a call? The unconventional surgeon "simulation" series from Adult Swim is back, retooled for mobile devices and featuring some new devices, new patients, and plenty of medical drama. Amateur Surgeon 3: Tag Team Trauma sticks you in the operating room with tools like a stapler, a pizza cutter, a chainsaw, and some crazy-cool healing gel. Using your, uh, medical knowhow, you'll patch up patient after patient with the greatest of ease!
It starts off with a few moderately injured patients who just need a few patches here and there. Using a pizza cutter to get inside, you'll grab a pair of tongs and pull out all sorts of foreign objects from your patients. Once complete, use the stapler to patch up cuts, sear it shut with the lighter, then dab some healing gel to seal the flesh once and for all. The tag team element lets you summon a partner to give you or the patient certain buffs, like increasing the coins you earn for a successful surgery or freezing time for a few moments while you perform a delicate task.
The only real drawback to Amateur Surgeon 3 is the in-app purchasing system that goes just a little bit overboard. The game is a free download (with ads), but upgrading your tools, keeping your lives recharged, and buying new tag partners practically requires opening up your wallet. You earn coins and surgeon points naturally through play, but when the game throws some of its trickier situations in your face, you'll find yourself in dire need of some help.
Looking past the awkward free to play aspect, Amateur Surgeon 3 is still a respectable entry in the series. The touch controls work flawlessly, the humor is just as rude and crude as ever, and the visuals will practically turn your stomach. Hooray for unconventional surgery!
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NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.