June 11, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture
Being a doctor seems like a pretty hard job already, but Science: Gamed seemed to feel like they could make things a little more challenging in their newly-released game, S.O.R.S.. Not only are you a hard-working doctor trying to meet government healthcare targets, but you've also got hackers trying to screw up your futuristic diagnosis system. Now, you've got to figure out if your equipment is lying to you, who's responsible for the hacks, and whether the person in front of you just has a bloody nose or if they're dying of HIV. You know, because medicine isn't complex enough as is.
S.O.R.S. takes place in a future where humankind has overpopulated to the point where we've had to take to the clouds, building cities in the skies just so all of these people have room to live. Gee, I wonder what's motivated the hackers to start breaking your systems so that you kill more patients? To beat them, you'll have to navigate text, emails, and carefully scan and pay attention to your patients so you can keep them breathing and start getting hints on where the hacks are coming from. The hackers are determined to screw with you, though, so expect visual quirks and misinformation as you try to diagnose the poor person in front of you.
Not only will you be unraveling a complex mystery while doing your regular doctor's duties, but you'll also be learning some things in the real world while you're at it. Science: Gamed is interested in teaching with its games, so all of the game's medical information on diseases and treatment is factual. It's also just released on Itch.io and Indie Game Stand (and has just passed through Greenlight) if you feel like picking up a little medical knowledge while solving a mystery. With six endings and many opportunities to shift the plot with dialogue or botched diagnoses, S.O.R.S. promises to keep curious multitaskers busy for a while.
S.O.R.S. is available for $8.99 on Itch.io and Indie Game Stand. For more information on the game and Science: Gamed, you can head to the developer's site or follow them on IndieDB, YouTube, and Twitter.