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Theme hospital

I doubt EA is anyone’s favourite company – the stink of those poo awards still lingers. However, even if you don’t like their business practices – and they have become much better –  they have made some excellent games. They’re giving away yet another one for free, and this time it’s an oldie but a goodie.

Thanks to its on the house program, you can grab this 1997 classic for the low, low price of free. Not that the game was that expensive on Origin normally, but free games are always appreciated. Never played Theme Hospital? Well, here’s the description:

The world of Theme Hospital is home to dozens of goofy, fictional diseases. Some humans are afflicted with Bloaty Head, causing their noggins to triple in size; others suffer from King Complex, a psychological disorder that infects its victims with the irresistible desire to impersonate Elvis Presley. All of these sick people need help – that’s where you come in.
Theme Hospital tasks you with designing, maintaining, and managing a hi-tech hospital as you service hundreds of ailing patients in an attempt to turn cures into cash. You’ll need to be quick on your feet in order to keep your staff happy and patients healthy. Fail, and your business will collapse. It’s time to find out if you’ve got what it takes to balance the books and the bedpans.

Yes, it’s basically a hospital management sim with a bizarre mix of ailments. It’s silly and strategic and made the end of the 90s a whole lot more fun. Plus, it’s a free game and will work on new systems.

Okay, so it’s not as high profile a game as other free games that EA has given away, but it’s still a rather fun title. Plus, exploding heads!

Last Updated: January 21, 2015

95 Comments

  1. Ghost In The Rift

    January 21, 2015 at 08:04

    I loved this game, but totally forgot about it until now..:-P

    Reply

  2. Captain JJ Saga

    January 21, 2015 at 08:10

    Got it this morning!! Woohoo
    Also, there’s a Star Wars sale on GOG now and they’ve released Galactic Battleground on there too. Loved that game.

    Reply

    • Skyblue

      January 21, 2015 at 08:24

      So many great games Lucasarts made, very sad they’re gone.

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 08:32

        Can anybody say Kotor 3:-(???NOT BIOWARES CRAP!!!

        Reply

        • Skyblue

          January 21, 2015 at 08:33

          “Kotor 3:-(???NOT BIOWARES CRAP!!!” ;-p

          Reply

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 21, 2015 at 08:36

            LOL Nice, i really hope Obsidian decides to make a next Kotor, that is gonna grab some cash, but they might wait until Battlefront gets released and see how the public responds and how it sells.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:03

            GIEF ME MOAR KOTOR!

    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      January 21, 2015 at 08:34

      I still can’t validate paying $7 for old dos games

      Reply

      • HairyEwok

        January 21, 2015 at 08:36

        Your making it too easy bro…..

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 21, 2015 at 08:37

          But that’s what the sales prices are 🙁

          Reply

          • HairyEwok

            January 21, 2015 at 08:37

            Talking about a certain number……

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:37

            Noooooooooooooooooooo :'(

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 08:51

            *trying…. not…. to ….. mock….. Rants a Lot…..*

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:52

            By typing a sentence with 7 words. How’s that working for you?

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:53

            Guys STAHP!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 08:53

            That was unintentional! Well spotted, I didn’t even see it LOL

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:57

            :'(

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 08:58

            Stop that whining!

          • Skyblue

            January 21, 2015 at 08:38

            lol

          • Vulcha

            January 21, 2015 at 12:41

            Wow… Shem. Are you guys ever going to let that go? It’s just a PS4 (and Experia Z3).

      • Skyblue

        January 21, 2015 at 08:36

        Agreed 100%. My jaw nearly hit the floor after TIE Fighter released at $10. I really like GOG but said stuff it and will wait for the sales. I have more than enough to keep me busy for now.

        Reply

        • Vulcha

          January 21, 2015 at 12:49

          I think I need help

          Reply

          • Skyblue

            January 21, 2015 at 14:24

            It is a sickness

      • Admiral Chief

        January 21, 2015 at 09:03

        Seven dollars?

        Reply

  3. Pieter Kruger

    January 21, 2015 at 08:18

    EA Rocks! Gonna help them Beta Test BF:Hardline with early access through EA Access/Vault ! Can’t wait!

    Reply

    • Skyblue

      January 21, 2015 at 08:23

      EA Rocks? Dude… just… dude!?!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 21, 2015 at 08:28

        He’s just advertising EA Access because it’s so “awesome”

        Reply

        • Skyblue

          January 21, 2015 at 08:29

          I have my Updatebox but am yet to look at EA access. Too many subs already to Live and PSplus.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 08:30

            They have two games that are cool at the moment. PVZ Garden Warfare and Peggle. The other five they can keep.

          • Skyblue

            January 21, 2015 at 08:31

            Already own PvZ and I don’t like Peggle so nothing for me I guess. Quite happy with my games from Live and PS Plus.

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 08:33

            Yeah January was a pretty good start for PS+

          • Skyblue

            January 21, 2015 at 08:34

            The X360 games have improved dramatically, not so much the Xbone.

        • Pieter Kruger

          January 21, 2015 at 08:36

          Just reiterating the fact that Sony was so “awesome” to pass on it as it offer no “value” to their ponies (yeah, R600 for UFC, BF4, Plants vs Zombies, Fifa 14, Madden 25, Need for Speed Rivals, Peggle 2 & counting is a complete rip off). ROFL, not to mention early access and discounts to new games! ????

          Reply

          • HairyEwok

            January 21, 2015 at 08:49

            Hold up, your telling me people are willing to pay R600 for a unfinished broken game. I’m totally in the wrong business here.

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 08:56

            You’re right. But for $5 a month it has no value for me. I’m getting the slim line XBOX One. I’m patient I can wait. Then I can finally play all the Halo but for $5 they better pony up more than seven games. Yearly sports titles,NFS and BF does not interest me in the least. I think I’d be more interested in a Ubi vault. They have a more diverse line up off games.

    • Lord Chaos

      January 21, 2015 at 08:28

      Rocks as in the drug? ’cause that would explain a lot…

      Reply

    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 21, 2015 at 08:41

      EA lost me when they cancelled Generals 2, BASTARDS!!!!:-P

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        January 21, 2015 at 08:42

        *Shut down Westwood and Bullfrog and destroyed those 2 companies’ original IP’s.

        Fixed it for you.

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 21, 2015 at 08:43

          Dungeon Keeper Mobile *Shudders*

          Now with this free release of Theme Hospital do you think they are preparing us for a Theme Hospital Mobile?
          *Shudders x 20″

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:46

            Oh please god no…

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 21, 2015 at 08:47

            Let me guess………With Micro-transactions right???

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:48

            /wrist

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:48

            Pay to unlock new machines for bloaty head syndrome

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:48

            Think about it. It’s the perfect setup to build the nostalgia to make us buy the mobile version

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:51

            Not going to happen.

  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    January 21, 2015 at 08:18

    YAY!

    Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 08:22

    Lemme dust off the ole Pentium 3

    Reply

  6. UnholyMunk

    January 21, 2015 at 08:22

    I know what I’ll be playing tonight! I loved this game when I played it ages ago, and will be loving it again tonight! 😀

    Reply

  7. Peter Pan

    January 21, 2015 at 08:22

    This was such a great and entertaining game! I really wish they would develop a new one!

    Reply

  8. Lord Chaos

    January 21, 2015 at 08:28

    Awesome, now if only I didn’t get it from GoG.
    No… wait… I don’t have to open Origin now. 😀

    Reply

  9. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 08:28

    Doctor Wouter Basson is in! Muhahahahaha

    Reply

    • HairyEwok

      January 21, 2015 at 08:39

      I don’t want you as a doc. You have weapons of wrist destruction.

      Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 21, 2015 at 08:49

      I can only imagine the hospital questionnaire you would have to fill out –
      In the event the patient is black, please answer the following questions by marking it with an x:
      1) Are you allergic to teargas? [ ]yes [ ]no
      2) Have you ever used the word “Amandla”? [ ]yes [ ]no
      3) Are you willing to be horribly disfigured by a surgical procedure? [x]yes
      4) Do you have next of kin who could testify? [ ]yes [ ]no
      (in the eventuality of question 4 being answered yes, please give their physical locations)
      etc.

      Reply

  10. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 21, 2015 at 08:34

    HUehuehue. I loved this game. Man I miss Bullfrog 🙁

    Reply

    • Skyblue

      January 21, 2015 at 08:34

      Awe, Bullfrog were amazing hey!

      Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 08:41

      Me too. Their games were always an insta-buy, no questions asked. You knew your money was well spent, every time.

      Reply

      • Raptor Rants A Lot

        January 21, 2015 at 08:42

        Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital pretty much shaped gaming as a hobby for me back in the day. If it weren’t for games like that, I doubt I ever would have continued it seriously as a hobby

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          January 21, 2015 at 08:44

          Yeah I came from before that – my earliest Bullfrog game was Gene Wars, I loved that game so much!

          But Golden Axe and Xenon 2000 were my first games. The ones that made me a gamer.

          Reply

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:48

            I used to play those too. I came from the 386 and 486 machine days with games like Astro Fire, Goblins, Sopwith, Raptor, etc. (and obviously the famicon consoles too)

            They were fun games and started me off in gaming but the 4 most defining games for me that really really set me:

            Descent, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper, CounterStrike.

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:51

            Omg I remember Descent, holy crap spent so much damn time in those games. Those controls were so bloody annoying, geez.

            Honestly though, I’d say Gene wars got me into RTS games, and Sim City/Sim Farm into management sims. Then I’d say doom 2 or Rise of the Triad hooked me on FPS games.

            Eish, I don’t miss not having a hard drive XD Fuck we’re old XD

          • HvR

            January 21, 2015 at 08:53

            How can you guys not mention Syndicate.

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:57

            Because I didn’t enjoy it 🙂

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:02

            You sucked at it, didn’t you?

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 09:10

            Back then games were so hard that you sucked until you finished the game at least twice. So considering I didn’t have the inclination to finish it, yes, I still sucked at it.

            Crusader: No Remorse and No Regret were the 2 games similar that I really did enjoy.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:12

            Yeah, Syndicate was hard, but rewarding!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 10:15

            Now there’s a game I wish would get a new version. Crusader was the boss.

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:59

            Ah yes. Good ol Syndicate. Good times

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:02

            I wondered the same thing

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:57

            Oh sheesh!!!! SimCity2000! Can’t forget that! That was also a defining game for me. Yoh. The memories!

            Sometimes I wish I could just find an old Pentium3, load windows 8SE on their and use it as an old games box. But you use like micro boards or something so you can have it like a set top box or console to plug in to your TV/Screen. Then JAM ALL THE OLD GAMES!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 08:58

            That sounds like the best idea ever. Ever. I’d be able to unpack that box of old games and actually do something with them 😀

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 08:59

            Ok, mission for find micro/mini Pentium3 boards COMMENCE!!!

            *I hope they made mini P3 boards back then 0_o

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 09:14

            I think they did, but unlike today’s mini boards they were very very lean.

          • Double-O-Six and a half

            January 21, 2015 at 09:26

            I still have a working 486DX2, and a Pentium 1, my 2nd and 3rd computer respectively… the first a 386SX with math co-processor sadly no longer boots… My biggest issue is the stiffy disks with some of my (really) old games are no longer readable…

            I remember having to use the fax machine in Theme hospital to put in cheat codes for those times you really were strapped for cash, and the PA system then saying loudly… “Hospital Administrator is cheating…”

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 10:35

            hahahaha. Yeah remember that

          • hubble19

            January 21, 2015 at 09:31

            My mum still got her old pentium 2. The other day I tried turning it on…it works! Sounds like a lawnmower but it still got Red Alert 2, Alpha Centauri, Simcity 2000…I nearly brought it back with me. Good ol games.

  11. HairyEwok

    January 21, 2015 at 08:35

    There’s shit everywhere in that ION. Even damned invisible man, does he want a invisible prostate exam?

    Reply

  12. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 08:40

    Own this on GoG, and got the HD patch for it. Looks amazing, and its still the same old fun game 😀

    Reply

    • Raptor Rants A Lot

      January 21, 2015 at 09:02

      The HD patch kept crashing my game

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 21, 2015 at 09:02

        Must be NVidia problem…

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 21, 2015 at 09:04

          No, Windows 8 problem

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:05

            But you like using Win 7 right?

          • Raptor Rants A Lot

            January 21, 2015 at 09:05

            No!

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 09:15

            Troos jouself daaraan, sodra die volgende comp klaar is en iemand anders sewende kom dan sal jy…..ah who am I kidding, 2015 will be the year of the 7

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 09:12

            LOL!

        • ToshZA

          January 21, 2015 at 09:12

          Yeah I use Nvidia, and no hassles. 🙂

          Reply

  13. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 21, 2015 at 09:01

    I’ll dust off Origin.

    Reply

  14. hairyknees

    January 21, 2015 at 09:24

    The number of times I have played this game till like the last set of levels… never EVER finished it xD

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 09:27

      What?

      Done any of the secret levels?

      Reply

      • hairyknees

        January 21, 2015 at 14:59

        I’ve never finished it is what I’m saying 😛

        I remember one where you shoot the shit outta rats?

        Reply

  15. Ryanza

    January 21, 2015 at 09:46

    Theme Hospital is good if you into that sort of games. I still play it. Don’t get the free DRM copy. Get the DRM-FREE copy of Theme Hospital at GOG.com. A classic game that you might end up playing for years, you not going to want DRM.

    Don’t Support DRM. Support GOG.com.

    Reply

  16. Eric

    January 21, 2015 at 09:50

    Bought it from GoG last month -_-

    Reply

  17. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 11:55

    3 “7”‘s in that current cash.

    Reply

  18. z1n

    January 21, 2015 at 12:07

    I thought this was free. DOSBOX. I still get nightmares of bloaty head disease 😮

    Reply

  19. Shas 'O Norm

    January 21, 2015 at 12:49

    New proper Dungeon Keeper sequel please!

    Reply

  20. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 21, 2015 at 15:22

    ANNNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD… downloaded!

    Reply

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