Should you decide to invest a mere two bucks in the Operation iPad app, by developer Illya Alvarado Diaz, a whole host of conversational oddities will be added to your parlance at the office. For example, you could casually mention that you ripped the heart out of a zombie last night, or that you scraped a bottle of beer out of a man’s innards. If that at all sounds interesting, then read on my friend, and we’ll dive right into the wonderfully horrific and entertaining game that is Operation.
How’s the Gameplay?
It’s not often that I get to say this, so I’m going to do it with particular relish: Operation offers a style of gameplay that, to the best of my knowledge, does not exist elsewhere in the AppStore. This truly is a unique beast.
What the Operation iPad game wants you to do is simple: Remove the organs of various individuals, including an average Joe, a robot, a zombie, and an alien. To do this, you’ll have to move organ by organ, and follow a strict set of procedures. First the patient must be tranquilized, then cut open, and then the organ must be guided out without touching any other body parts. All while a (very) rapidly ticking clock tracks your progress, and offers a big fat fail if you take too long. Hitting the walls of any muscle linings creates a time penalty, and various other obstacles (insects, glasses, bats, booze, etc.) must be flicked away to continue the operation. It’s all fantastically fun, and a truly unique experience on the iPad.
How’s the Design?
I genuinely appreciated the art style of the game. It features a richly colored cartoon interpretation of a rundown hospital that I found both comforting and wonderfully gory. The things you’re required to do—like, say, disembowel a man—would be too graphic if represented literally: Instead, the game does it all with a smile. That being said, the English translations (from the original Spanish) are understandable, but far gorier than any of the operations. Hopefully this can be sorted in future updates, and it’s not so big a deal, as dialog is not key to the gameplay.
Overall Fun and Value
Operation is priced at a comfortable $1.99 in the AppStore, which I felt was a fair price. The game offers several different levels (patients) each ripe with organs for many sets of operations. The graphics are phenomenal, and the gameplay truly unique. That being said, I found the gameplay bloody hard, as well, with never quite enough time left on the clock to finish an operation. That’s probably just me, though. So if lots of gore and classic Operation style gameplay are your shtick, your App money could hardly be better spent.
Operation iPad app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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