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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR: "Hollywood Hospital"

Player X Mobile came up with the perfect satire on Hollywood life, wrapped up in a Hospital management game. In between laughing at each new "illness" you discover, trying to get some of the staff "hitched" (i.e. wedded) with some incentives, and make sure you turn a profit to afford the higher level machinery and staff trained to operate more efficiently. Did I mention you also need to fight off the paparazzi by hiring security guards? Beware! Such is the life in the Hollywood Hospital!

As this is a satire, everything IS cartoony, and so are the diseases. Starlets can be afflicted by various diseases such as the Pammy (needs chest inflation, using "the inflator" treatment), the J. Low (needs buttock inflation, again, using the inflator), while male stars can be afflicted by Rambone (Rambo, cured by "Napalm Enema"), Friday Feeling (Jason, cured by "De-masker"), and more. There are a total of 32 different sicknesses for you to "discover".

Your hospital has three parts: reception, diagnosis, and treatment. Reception must have enough high level receptionists to make sure the patients are getting through to the right diagnosis rooms. Each room, with its corresponding machine, must be attended by a physician and a nurse. After the patients are diagnosed, they are sent to the respective treatment rooms, where they will be treated by a surgeon and nurse using the latest in technology, or rehab'ed by a therapist. You will also need fixers to fix/upkeep the machines, janitors to clean up trash left behind by the celebs, and security guards to keep the paparazzis outside.

As mentioned before, if you match up the pairs by their taste in music (crunk, rave, opera, country, death metal... And you can do same-sex pairs as well) they will go on a "date" and have a good time. They will even work more efficiently at work. Ultimate goal is to get just one pair "hitched" (married) by strategically applying some "bonus gifts" like chocolate, flowers, plane tickets, and so on. Remember, too many gifts too soon will scare someone off!

Sometimes a specific staff member can run into a problem, like needs help with golf, or tennis, or dog, or so on. You must them match him/her up with someone who is an expert in that field off-work, even if you must break up an existing relationship.

In the meanwhile, you must streamline the hospital so patients are treated as fast as they come in, enough treatment and diagnosis machines and staff to keep them moving, enough trained staff to operate the machines... and doing so without going bankrupt. It's harder than it looks.

This game is most on charm, but the game itself isn't very deep or very good, as it's almost impossible to track just a SINGLE patient, no "accounting" to tell you how many people are waiting in each phase so you would know how to get through the tough parts. You're left guessing at almost every turn how many of what machine to build and when are those you sent training will be back. Thus, it's not among the best.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Cute sicknesses, true hospital management sim below the satire
Cons: no graphs or status reports to keep you truly informed

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