Here is a game which tells it how it is on the packaging: "See it eat through all major organs. Hear hysterical screams of agony, feel completely sick". Germ Crazy is a god-game á la Sim City, but played inside the human body. So it is a little surprise that the box gets the bad taste award for 1991.
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The idea is to arrest the progress of a virus. You have various facilities at your disposal all of which can slow or stop the virus. These ranger from a rather brutal attachment, a life-support machine, to warfare at germ level.
When the game kicks off, options can be chosen for the kind of germ warfare you are into. Thus, you can choose to fight on one specified area of the body (such as the heart), or on the whole body. There are six levels and these determine how hard the viruses are and the speed at which they spread through the body.
Once you are happy with your settings, the game proper starts and the germs start spreading through the body. Initially the little blighters are quite soft, but unless you perform some medicine quickly they will start eating their way through limbs and organs.
The main graphic in the game is your patient. Zoom in to a cell level and you get a representation of the viruses whizzing about. The icons are large and clear, though there are so many of them it is easy to become lost.
If you feel a trip to the doctor is in order, you can book the patient in to see a NHS or a private doctor. You only have limited amounts of cash, so the private option will bruise the cheque book. The NHS provides a check-up option and life support. The private doctor supplies drugs and performs operations: these are blimmin' expensive. If you are straped for cash, you can order your patient to lie down and have a hearty meal: well it works for me!
Don't mention the germs
Far and away the most fun is to be had when you start playing the game one-on-one against the germs. Individual sections of the body can be viewed close up. This means you can see exactly what sort of germ is attacking a part of the body and accordingly dispatch a germ agent to do battle.
Let us say that a shellerphage germ has plonked itself in a nice spot and is dispatching germ missiles at the body. This guy can be dealt with quickly by your own secret agent, the engulpher (he looks like pacman). Move to the agent choice-movement menu, pick your agent and the move onto the cell map to deploy him. It is important to keep tabs on each part of the body. It is easy to go for an all-curing antidote, but this is expensive and just delays the virus. Get your treatment wrong and the affected part starts withering, and a demoniac cackle lets rip. Enjoy too many of these and you will be treating a skeleton.
Here is a god-game with plenty to get your teeth into: you can be subtle with your treatments, or go for an organ transplant. However the game is hard to master, even on the easy option so it will take you a long time to get to grips.