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Zoo Hospital review

Diverting but too short Trauma Center clone


  • Controls are tight
  • Trauma Center for animals
  • Treatments get pretty involved


  • Quite short
  • Little replay value
  • Rubbing baboons?

We spent the first ten minutes of Zoo Hospital rubbing a baboon, trying to locate its ‘sweet spot’. It felt strange (the scenario, not the baboon) but such is the life of a vet, and before long you’ll be shaving bison and soothing zebras. Basically, this is Trauma Center for animals: identify a sick creature’s ailment and set about curing it.

Things start simple, with point ’n’ click injections. As you progress, treatments become more involved, requiring procedures to be strung together in a set time. Controls are tight and the faster you heal, the better your rank. Unlocking the exotic animals is fun but it won’t take long, and once you’re done there’s little reason to return. Trauma heads may want to rent but it’s too light to consider buying.

Dec 15, 2008

More Info

DescriptionBasically Trauma Center for adorable zoo animals. A good time, but we always feel weird seeing hurt animals, even if it's to make them feel better.
PlatformDS, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date23 October 2008 (US), 7 March 2008 (UK)