Trauma Center: Under the Knife review

The DS sews up the most bizarre emergency room ever

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Best use of stylus controls

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    Tensely-paced surgeries

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    Wacky hospital staff


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    Text logs between and during surgeries

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    Difficult procedures=lots of do-overs

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    No multiplayer

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Utilizing the unique DS control scheme to its fullest, Trauma Center: Under the Knife offers gamers the chance to turn their stylus into a scalpel and play doctor in one of the DS’s best kept secrets.

Trauma Center puts you in the long white coat of Dr. Derek Stiles, a young surgeon performing complicated procedures amidst a dramatic backdrop of medical terrorism, miraculous healing powers and loopy, soap opera-like characters - seriously, there’s even a euthanizing, dude-speaking doc.

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DescriptionIf a lack of new and addictive DS content is what ails you, pick up this creative, satisfying surgical sim and call us in the morning.
US censor rating"Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"",""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Matt Cabral
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