Amateur Surgeon 3
Adult Swim isn't exactly known for sticking to safe and formulaic titles for the App Store, so you might be a little surprised to see the publisher notching up a third entry for a single series. As in previous games, your task in Amateur Surgeon 3 sounds pretty simple - head through a story-mode and tackle a series of critical operations, carving up patients and stitching up whatever's left over.
Now, of course, this being an Adult Swim game you really shouldn't expect the title to take itself too seriously, and it most certainly doesn't. Wounds are stitched together initially using a good old fashioned office stapler, and you'll cauterize that wound fully shut using a Zippo lighter. Need to remove a chunk of skeleton? You'll be wanting the chainsaw for that, but you should cut around the body parts very slowly and carefully unless you want to cause your patient some terminal trauma.
Fun though it would be to go carving up these would-be cadavers willy-nilly, you've got a few things to keep your eye on. First of all, a timer ticks slowly down to zero, and if you haven't cleared every last stage of an operation by then, it's game over. Secondly, you need to monitor your patient's heart-rate very carefully. Like the clock, it's always ticking downwards, but you can give the patient a gentle injection of adrenaline to bring them back up to speed. You'll need to keep things moving briskly along if you want a high score though, as chaining combos of procedures together gives a nice boost to your points.
As you make progress through the game you'll have to deal with increasingly problematic surgical procedures. Each one builds upon your existing mastery of the game, so while in the early days you'll simply have to handle stitching up some nasty wounds, you'll eventually have to contend with bug infestations living in those wounds - challenges which require a whole new combination of skills and surgical procedures in their own right.
Thankfully you're not alone in these increasingly tricky levels. Before each operation begins, you can choose to take a surgical partner into the scenario with you. One such helper might give you a little more time on the clock to play with, for example, while another helps you get more coins from each successful operation. New partners are unlocked with the cash you earn, but you only get to make use of them once every half an hour or so. Fortunately, the game is balanced well enough that you can make continuous progress without dipping to deep into the in-app purchase store.
All things considered, Amateur Surgeon 3 is a very worthy addition to the series, and will delight fans of the earlier games. If you're new to this maverick surgical action, you may find the humor just a little too dark, and the action a little on the squeamish side, but if you like your gaming to have an off-beat flavor then you owe it to yourself to get stuck into this frantically meaty gameplay.
What's Hot:Typically silly and satisfying Adult Swim gameplay that will keep you coming back for more.
What's Not:There are times when you're really left to your own devices to work out how to make unintuitive progress.