Abandonware DOS title

Life & Death

Life & Death is a medical simulation game developed by Software Toolworks and released in 1988 for MS-DOS computers. It aimed to provide players with a realistic simulation of the life of a surgeon. The game puts players in the role of a surgeon at a hospital, where they must diagnose and treat various medical conditions, perform surgeries, and manage the overall care of patients.
The gameplay revolves around diagnosing patients based on their symptoms, ordering appropriate tests such as X-rays and blood work, and then performing surgeries to treat the conditions. Players must also manage the hospital's resources effectively, including staff, equipment, and medication.
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Life & Death review

ACE magazine (1989): "Despite these reservations, this is a novel program which plays upon our innate fears of illness and fascination with medical procedures. If you persevere through the early stages, it could be a lifesaver for those who thought simulations ended with F-16s."

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The original game included a surgeon's mask and two latex gloves.

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Additional info about Life & Death

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard, mouse
Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk
Also published for: Apple IIgs, Amiga, Atari ST, PC-98
Abandonware DOS views: 15643
Series: Life & Death is part of the Life and Death series.


  • Jörg 15/03/2020 19:27
    I have played this game in the time of DOS and now I can do it again with an emulator in LINUX. I am happy!!
  • Everett 21/01/2017 05:57
    I recognize this from a Vinesauce Joel let's play. Looks fun to try.
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