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Welcome Rookie is a decision-based game in the form of an interactive comic book, that facilitates experiential learning for medical students in the United Kingdom by embedding the theories of medical ethics into engaging and playable stories. The game aims to help student doctors develop clinical reasoning skills and connect theory to clinical practice in an engagement and immersive fashion.

Take the role of Dr Katie Peers, a junior doctor who is just starting a specialist career in the Regal hospital. Your objective is to safely complete your night on call, prioritizing, diagnosing and treating the patients you are referred. Help is not always available, and you will have to make decisions armed with your wit and expertise. The tailored story progresses based on the decisions, actions and choices you make. Remember that your choices can drastically alter the story, resulting in success, failure, or even death. Survive this nerve-racking experience by making the right decisions, or facing the consequences!

Also, the interactive comics engine is going to be used for more elaborate comics by Cheesy Holes for a game called Law Blow which is a trilogy about 70s and 80s action movies with a lot of surprises.

P.S.: The game is entirely played with the mouse. If you are faced with a decision try to move the mouse to the edges of the panel to reveal them (one on the left and one on the right)

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The music and art are really good, one issue I had is that a lot of the decisions given I didn't feel that I had any way of knowing the implications of. For instance, I don't know what the difference is between some the medical procedures you can choose, and so when the protagonist gets yelled at for choosing one over the other I don't really feel any ownership of that mistake.

amidos2006 responds:

Sorry about that, glad you liked the music and art. We are working on a game called "Law Blow" (https://cheesyholes.itch.io/law-blow) which won't have this problem as it is not directed to medical students like this one :)

I liked the decision aspect of the game, just need a little tweak like NaiveDJack said, about an decision preview like, if you are hovering over "Lie", you would see a mini preview of the decision, and I think NaiveDJack means like pressing the corresponding arrow for the decision, but I liked the corner pressing and overall I really liked it! Hope one day you make a full version of a game, and be sure I'll be supporting you.

amidos2006 responds:

Thanks a lot :) we are working on a big game that you will enjoy called "Law Blow" feel free to follow our update (https://cheesyholes.itch.io/law-blow)

Nice little choose-your-own-adventure game with a neat comic book presentation to it! After the initial confusion of figuring out how the heck to make decisions (which could be explained a lot better in the game) I had fun going through and seeing the different outcomes. There were a few graphical issues at times, like typos (bowl instead of bowel) and fonts being way too tiny in some bubbles, etc, but nothing major: it was all pretty professional stuff. Some of the decisions were a bit annoying at times: I'm not a doctor so I have no idea what compazine, zofran, dre, and so on are, and no hints are provided, so when I'm yelled at for doing it it feels a bit cheap. Some decisions also were a bit vague when they're boiled down to one word: for example, choosing to "Lie" at the end could be interpreted many ways, and the way the game determined it was way different than I meant. However, at the end of the day, the game is fairly short and sweet, and that meant restarts were quick, so the problems I faced weren't much of an issue and it was fun to see the various bad ends which, after all, are the best part of choose-your-own-adventures, haha!

Also I totally knew she was pregnant the whole time: I've watched enough House M.D. to know these things!

amidos2006 responds:

Thanks for the feedback :) sorry about being a medical game, that won't be the case in our next big game "Law Blow" (https://cheesyholes.itch.io/law-blow)

This is super cool, the only thing is the Decisions at the edges of screen. Alternatives visible under the frame and arrow keys decision would make the game much more immersive imho

amidos2006 responds:

Thanks for your feedback, glad you liked the game. Quick question what do you mean by arrow keys decision? Do you mean allow pressing arrow keys on the keyboard to show the decision on the left and right?

Thanks for feedback :)

Thought I was stuck, but creator helped me out (User error). I like the graphics and its clean format - very easy to read text bubbles, my only issue is having to make choices if you have not very medical knowledgeable (this med or this med? DRE?) but its nothing more than a click again to choose once more.

amidos2006 responds:

Try move the mouse to the left or the right edge of the panel.

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3.70 / 5.00

Jun 25, 2020
5:01 PM EDT