Jan 5, 2012
It’s only been off the air for a few years, but the absence of weekly Scrubs episodes is still a source of pain for me. I’ve been a huge fan of the show for quite a long time, which is why when this game arrived I was practically jumping with excitement. â™ªI’m no Superman…â™ª
The game, like the show, takes place in Sacred Heart Hospital and you are an intern starting your very first day at the hospital. The characters from the show are all there, represented in caricature sort of bobble-headed versions of themselves (Dr. Cox is my favourite), but for the most part you complete each stage alone. The day that you start your first shift happens to be July 5th, and apparently after the previous day’s festivities the entire staff and all of the patients in the hospital have gone home to sleep off their benders. The hospital has been left in an absolute shambles and it is up to you, lowly intern, to clear it all up. The game is actually an item-collecting puzzle. Each scene is filled with tiny objects that must be collected. Sometimes there is a necessary order, as one item allows you to retrieve another. And hidden through out every stage there are countless tiny, nearly invisibly translucent pills. The pills are the currency of the game, and you can collect and trade them in for bonuses and power-ups. The bonuses come in the form of hints to help you get out of particularly difficult scenarios. There are also some mini-games too that you can unlock, such as wheel-chair racing down the halls of the hospital. It’s possible to interact with the rooms too, like opening closets, turning on lamps, and opening drawers. But watch out for your nemesis, The Janitor, who frequently pops up to distract you from your work.
The game is pretty creative in terms of the idea and the story. It’s also a little bit off the wall, just like Scrubs could be. Finding a diamond extracted from a woman? Needing to collect enough surgical equipment to impersonate a clown? I don’t know how they came up with it, but it’s pretty funny.
Unfortunately, despite all of that I have to admit to being incredibly disappointed in the game. Except for the names of the setting and characters, it actually has nothing to do with the show. I feel like this game was made by people who were told about Scrubs, but have never actually seen a single episode. They know the character names, and have seen their pictures, but anyone who has seen the show knows that the personalities of these characters is what made it such a classic. The wit and uniqueness is completely gone from this adaptation. I was expecting a game full of trivia and in jokes, and there was just none of it. The only things they got right is that the Janitor hates everybody. For a Scrubs game to have none of the heart of Scrubs…that’s incredibly disappointing.