Surgeon Simulator 2013

Surgeon Simulator 2013 is a darkly humorous over-the-top operation sim game where players become Nigel Burke, a would be surgeon taking life into his own shaky hands, performing life-saving surgical manoeuvres on passive patients. The original prototype – developed in just 48 hours at the 2013 Global Game Jam in January – challenged players to complete a heart transplant, armed only with an arsenal of clumsy and inappropriate tools and a hand that was diabolical to control, using a combination of keyboard and mouse actions.

The full Steam version comes with additional features, operations and environments. From carrying out terrifying transplants in heatre – to surgical procedures in the back of an ambulance – Surgeon Simulator 2013 now takes operating to the next level.

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“Few games take that odd, occasional gulf between what you intend to happen and what actually occurs on screen and fill it with such comedy.”

“Famously (and intentionally) difficult to control and often hilarious, this game requires a strong stomach and no morals whatsoever.”

Red Bull


  • I’m a pro-gamer and I have two screens, but my mouse pointer keeps going on to the other screen and switching the game off - what do I do? Open Close

    When changing screen resolution sometimes the cursor lock can fail.

    Click back into the game window, pause the game by hitting Escape, then click resume. This will re-enable the cursor lock.

  • Why can't I grab with all 4 fingers and my thumb at the same time? Open Close

    Some keyboards have issues with multiple keys being pressed down that are close together/in the same region on the keyboard. Remap your keys in the options menu and you should be able to find a setup that works for you!

  • How do I pick things up? Open Close

    It’s all in the thumb! To pick something up you must be holding it with at least 1 finger and the thumb. Check out the old computer in the reception area of the game for details.

  • How do I complete an operation? Open Close

    All operations in Surgeon Simulator are transplants. So that involves removing the defective organ and replacing with a shiny new one.

  • The transplant organ just fell on the floor, how do I get it back? Open Close

    There’s no 5 second rule with human organs. On the floor? UGH! Behave! Once its on the floor it’s gone. Press the ‘esc’ key to bring up the pause menu and click reset to try again.

  • How do I start the game? Open Close

    Click on it in your Steam Library.

  • My screen is the wrong size, what do I do? Open Close

    Click Options and adjust your resolution and fullscreen setting.
    Click the Apply Resolution tab to confirm your changes.

  • How do I move the hand? Open Close

    The movement is mouse controlled. Using the mouse moves the hand, holding the left mouse button lowers the hand, and holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse allows you to rotate the hand. Check out the old computer in the reception area of the game for details.

  • Can I use a touchpad to control the game? Open Close

    Well, you can try, but it’s not recommended.

  • Will there be DLC? Open Close

    Who knows?

  • My game is running really slowly, what can I do to help that? Open Close

    Go to the options menu from the reception area. Turn quality setting to low and lower the screen resolution.

  • Why can't I use two hands? Open Close

    You are! One on the keyboard and one on the mouse. You’d need 4 hands to control both of Nigel’s arms.

  • How do I get more operations to perform? Open Close

    You unlock new operations by completing existing ones.

  • Can I turn the gore-levels off or down? Open Close

    In real-life surgery, you can’t change how much blood comes out or what a lung looks like. We wanted to recreate this.

  • Can I reset the reception area? Open Close

    Yes. Press the ‘esc’ key and click Reset Reception in the menu that appears.

  • I want to add my own tools, will there be mod support? Open Close

    Perhaps. We believe it’s still early days for Surgeon Simulator and hope to improve, expand and add support for things like this in the future! However, we’re not promising anything. You never know what the future may hold, and neither do we.

  • Where are the global leaderboards? Open Close

    Well wouldn’t you know… we are already storing your best times and blood levels for all your operations. These are available in the Steam community site. We may one day add these to the in-game experience in a future update,but we’re busy people and we wouldn’t want to disappoint you by making you think something will happen when it may not.

“No matter how sophisticated you like your humour, seeing someone fail under the influence of a goofy physics engine is always funny.”

The Guardian

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