Surgeon Simulator Beginner's Tips

After creating would-be doctors on PC and Mac, Surgeon Simulator made its way to iPhone and iPad for $5.99. The game features several scenarios where you'll perform operations, including a heart transplant, double-kidney, teeth and, yikes, eye surgery. You might want to hold off eating before you play this.

That said, here are some Surgeon Simulator beginner's tips.

Be Patient: Surgery Takes Plenty of Time and Work

What you'll need to understand about Surgeon Simulator is that it lives up to its name. While that doesn't mean you have to do everything exactly the same way a real surgeon would, there are procedures to follow and tools to master in order to make the most of each session.

That said, expect to make plenty of mistakes, between the lack of precise controls and getting a hang of the touchscreen interface. This is one case where saving a person's life is absolutely critical, as you'll get to go back and try again (whew). If it gets too frustrating, step away for a little while to regroup.

Find a Flat Surface, You're Going to Need it

Surgeon Simulator's control scheme requires you to have good, steady fingers; holding your device in your hands isn't recommended. Instead, find a flat surface to place the iPad or iPhone on, as it'll allow you to keep a steady hand with the game.

Use one finger to pick up an object, while placing a second one to aim it, and then moving the first one up and down, while staying on the screen, to interact with the object. It takes a lot of practice, but with the right surface, you should get the hang of things. Just be patient - messing around with the Operation-like training game in the beginning and signing your medical degree shows you just how much the controls take getting used to.

Know What's on the Table

To get a lay of the land and see what tools are available, you can scroll across the screen by placing both fingers down and dragging left or right. You'll be able to do this in the beginning, seeing what tools are on the table and the condition of your patient.

Make sure you get a good look around before you get started, as you might easily miss something that'll help you along, such as a syringe to calm the patient's growing heart rate. Knowing what's available is vital if you want to save a person's life.

Placement is Everything

When it comes to replacing a patient's organs, you'll want to make sure the ones you remove are out of play, while his replacements are within a good, secure area. This is hardly the time to fling organs everywhere, as they can make all the difference between life and death. Keep them in a good spot - away from tools that could easily tear them open, like a syringe or scalpel - and then reach for them when the time asks for it.

One critical note: make sure you clear out the previous organs and rib cage parts before messing with the organs. You could damage them before putting them in place!

Be Careful With Your Tools

In addition to handling Bob's replacement organs with care, you'll also want to make sure that you're not going too crazy with your tools. You could inadvertently damage Bob in the process, even if you're doing something as simple as scraping the side of his face with a hammer. Use what you need when the situation calls for it, and keep the others aside.

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