Hospital Story is an 8-bit hospital action game that is free to play. It is now available on the Apple App Store with upgrade available for purchase with real money, or by earning points in the game.

From the press release:

    Outblaze and Animoca today launched Hospital Story, a retro-style, simulated 8-bit action time-management game for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that debuted in 9th place on Apple’s Top Free iPhone Games Apps list. With blocky graphics and crisp chiptune-inspired music that will be familiar to fans of the 8-bit era, the game puts players in charge of a gorgeously pixelated medical institution. Hospital Story is available free of charge on the App Store.

    When an unspecified epidemic strikes the unnamed city, it is up to the player to manage an underfunded, resource-strapped hospital before it is swarmed by blocky-looking patients in need of medical attention. Players of Hospital Story must determine patient priorities and arrange prompt treatment in a highly challenging time-management game presented in stunning simulated 8-bit graphics and lush beep-filled synthesizer audio to recreate the feeling of playing a videogame in the 1980s. Players control the hospital’s resources to strategically upgrade medical equipment or hire more nurses and doctors to cope with the ever-increasing number of patients.

    “We took great care when making Hospital Story to avoid pushing the technology envelope,” said Philip Lau, producer for Hospital Story. “We did not want to get the most out of modern hardware or come across as revolutionary. Fortunately we found that the iPhone’s standard 480×320 pixel layout was able to simulate much lower resolutions from the 8-bit gaming era. This game goes out to anyone who remembers the Commodore 64, NES, Atari computers and consoles, and even the Intellivision.”

    Hospital Story is free to download and play. Optional in-game upgrades can be bought with Medi Points, which are purchased with real money and earned in-game.