Medical Mayhem cures your urge for hospitals

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Those that have played the business simulation Theme Hospital normally praise its humor and engaging gameplay. Vojo is attempting to rework this formula into a social game with Medical Mayhem, and it's a breath of fresh air on the crowded social games market, even if it does have quite a few flaws. If you're looking something a little different from Mafia Wars or FarmVille, you might derive some pleasure from Medical Mayhem.

The goal of Medical Mayhem is to gather cash and reputation for your hospital. You do this by treating patients at one of three rooms: the ward, pharmacy, or operating room. Patients visit the diagnosis room, where they are then shipped off to one of the three treatment facilities to be cured. Once they have been cured of their ills, a little exclamation pops up at the bottom left and you get cash and reputation.
You can't actually design anything about your hospital, instead being relegated to simply upgrading bits as necessary. It's very passive, like most social games, but you can't really tell if your hospital is treating patients as there is no visual confirmation. The lack of hospital designing is also a let-down, as that's one of the most fun elements of these kind of games. The humor also relies on stereotypes (hot nurses, overconfident surgeons) which makes it tiresome very quickly.

The end result is that, while the game does have an original (if tired) sense of self, the humor begins to wear thin while the gameplay doesn't do anything particularly interesting. It's a fun game if you want a diversion from the countless other games on the market, but not really worth devoting lots of attention to.
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