Been feeling like playing Bullfrog's classic "Theme Hospital". It really is a brilliant game despite being over 10 years old and I highly recommend you try it if you haven't already! You run a hospital trying to cure humorous fictional diseases like "Bloaty Head" by popping them like balloons, "Slack Tongue" or "Invisibility". Then there's the receptionist announcing the odd lines over the intercom in a sarcastic voice like, "Patients are asked to be patient," "Patients are here at their own risk," or even "Patients are reminded not to die in the corridors" every so often. Some hospital, eh? The game still plays (and looks) amazingly well for its age.
However, it doesn't look like it's getting a remake any time soon even though Theme Park got one on the DS. I tried getting the Playstation version via PSN but it's very poor, lacking music and has poor controls.
Eventually I decided to try and get the more superior PC version but the catch was, it's so old Windows Vista and later isn't supported. That said, there are ways you can get the game running if you look around such as using the legit DOSBox emulator. There have also been people who have suggested installing the legit Windows XP Virtual Machine provided by Microsoft.
Or, if you want to avoid the hassle of installing more software just to get Theme Hospital running in Windows 7 (or perhaps Vista too), here's how to get it up and running on today's PCs.
Get a copy of the game and copy the whole "Hosp" folder to somewhere on your drive.
Open up Hospital.cfg in Notepad - easy way to do this is run Notepad then drag the file into it. Edit the line...
And change it to wherever you saved your folder. The easiest way to find the text you need is open up the folder, click in the folder's address bar and copy what's there.
Now right-click the Winmain.exe and go to the Compatibility tab. Choose to run in Windows XP mode then check every setting underneath apart from the DPI box.
Now you can create a shortcut to Winmain.exe and you're ready to play!
Oh, you might have to adjust your monitor too. I had to on my widescreen which the game was never designed for but it scales just fine.
If you still have problems running the game, try setting the compatibility mode to Windows 95 instead. Your mouse cursor will probably lag and to fix this, you'll have to...
- Press Alt-Tab to switch out of the game
- Right-click your taskbar and open Task Manager.
- Go the Processes tab and see if you can find Winmain.exe.
- Right-click it, choose Set Affinity and make sure "All Processors" is checked.
- Close the Task Manager and return to the game.
This should work for Bullfrog's other classics such as Dungeon Keeper and Theme Park but I haven't tried. In any case, hope you enjoy the game!