Clinic Deluxe Edition by Alban Viard is a tile and worker placement, resource management game where players build and run a hospital.
The deluxe edition comes with some lovely wooden components: Doctor, nurse, orderly and car meeples and upgraded coins.
The game is a euro style game and is quite a challenge. However, the iconography on the board supports players through the different phases of the game and after two or three turns, it is clear.
Players start with a player board that they can add rooms to. Rooms include: treatment rooms for specific conditions, supply rooms and then other specialist rooms with additional actions. Laying out the hospital is possibly the most complicated part of the game as there are specific rules on what can be placed where and next to or under what. You can increase the number of floors in your hospital.
On their turn, players secretly choose three actions these are then followed through in the order laid out on the board. Players build new rooms or add car park spaces, vital as each worker and patient drives and parks at the hospital. If you have no room in your car park you cannot add additional doctors or patients. Players can also add moving walkways, to reduce the movement costs which is recorded on the time track and acts as a penalty at the end of the game.
Players hire staff and choose patients to treat. Patients, like doctors, have increasing levels, but in this case, they become increasingly unwell and can even die! The balance of actions and picking combinations of doctors, support staff and patients, creates a high level of strategy in game.
The next phase is the move and treatment phase. Staff and patients move around the hospital costing time, recorded on the time track.
In the business phase, treated patients that go home provide income then pay for your staff. The net profit is paid, players decide what to keep for building and hiring the rest converted to popularity the victory points in this game.
The winner is the player with the greatest popularity at the end of the game.
Clinic Deluxe Edition is a strategic game with several mechanics that interact. There are many ways to gain popularity and balancing the various options is vital and a real challenge.
Number of players 1-4
Game length 60-150