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By Erin Bell | Jun 11, 2010 |

Private Care explores the drama and comedy of saving lives

We're always excited to check out the latest game from GameHouse Eindhoven (the Netherlands-based game studio formerly known as Zylom). The creators of the Delicious series always seem to put out quality games with plenty of thoughtful extra touches. The company is currently working on a hospital-themed time management game called Private Care (working title), and true to form, the game isn't just about clicking quickly but also explores some of the drama and emotion behind working at a medical clinic.

Private Care

"In Private Care we really tried to create the same amount of suspense, drama, comedy and romance you would find in a hit TV-Series, while still staying true to the click-management game genre," Game Designer Sebastiaan van Waardenberg told Gamezebo. "Because we know games are about playing and not watching."

Private Care

You play Sarah Foster, a girl with a past, who is inspired to pursue a medical career after she helps to save a man's life. She's fortunate enough to start her internship at a clinic that's home to the top specialists in a variety of medical fields. During the game Sarah will have to come to terms with her own personal issues, and the quirks of the other doctors around her... and oh yes, there are patients that need curing as well!

Private Care

Patients arrive in the clinic suffering from various ailments. It's your job to drag them to the correct stations (such as the examining chair, table, or portable infections unit) so Sarah can examine and treat them. Some of the procedures take the form of mini-games. In one example, we found ourselves using a magnifying glass to examine a patient's leg for sore spots. In another, we had to check a patient's blood pressure by paying attention to which positions the needle vibrated on and then checking off the correct numbers on a chart.

Private Care

In between shifts you'll get to spruce up the clinic with better furniture, aesthetic decorations like wall paintings.

We got a taste of some of the drama in our demo as well, when half way through one of Sarah's shifts, another doctor showed up and intentionally dropped a pile of papers on the floor for her to pick up. Is this the start of a rivalry?

Private Care

Private Care should be out at the end of the summer. If you'd like to be notified when we post new updates about the game, be sure to set an alert.

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