Tabletop Spotlight: Healthy Hearty Hospital
Have you ever played Pandemic and thought, “this game really needs some wacky hospital hi-jinks added to it.”
Well, guess what – Healthy Heart Hospital is the game you’re looking for! Our buddies over at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over a copy and I was not disappointed:
In Healthy Heart Hospital, you take the role of either a Doctor or Administrator of the Hospital. You’re trying to treat all the patients you can, unfortunately, the bills are also piling up. You’re goal is to complete the game with as much prestige as you can muster for your Hospital. If you can make it through the ambulance deck with prestige to spare you just might make the Healthy Heart Hospital a name people trust. Otherwise…well, let’s just say the morgue isn’t going to fill itself!
You can check out the rules HERE if you’re curious about all the finer details. I got a kick just flipping through the decks and checking out all the artwork and pun-filled names of the Doctors and Administrators. Oh, and that’s one of the big selling points, too. This game has WAAAAY more than 5 doctors/admins for this hospital so it’s got lots of replay value. Each doctor/admin has a different ability. Some of them are very specialized and some are very general. You’ll probably need a mix of both if you hope to succeed in treating your patients.
Overall, I like the core mechanics of this game – if you’re a fan of Pandemic you’ll be right at home. The art style has that “washed-out” 50’s-60’s look which is a nice touch. Plus one of the Doctors looks a LOT like a certain Martial Artist…So if you’re looking for a fun game to try out with a bit of a wacky side, then give Healthy Heart Hospital a shot!
Healthy Heart Hospital $49.99
Welcome to Anytown, U.S.A. where people grumble about the quality of their health care but still show up at Healthy Heart Hospital hoping they made a smart decision. Much has been said (and even more has been written) about the previous administration’s haphazard management of Healthy Heart. In an effort to save the Hospital, you and your allies among its leading Physicians have staged a recent “Clinical Coup” and taken over the Hospital to restore its prestige. However, actually managing things from the inside is never as easy as it appears from the outside, and juggling the responsibilities at Healthy Heart Hospital can quickly turn even the noblest healer into a money-grubbing pragmatist cynically looking for a place to hide the victims of your “care.”
Does your team have what it takes to bring Healthy Heart Hospital back to its former glory without becoming Hard Hearted in the process?Advertisement
Healthy Heart Hospital, from designers Scott and Anna Nelson, is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players, played in rounds, with each player spending actions to treat and (hopefully) cure the various patients that come pouring into the hospital each round. Patients are represented by cubes of various colors. Color represents the type of illness, while the number of cubes represents the severity of the illness.
Healthy Heart Hospital – Taking “Care” of patients in the most profitable way possible!