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It's been a long time since the last CorsixTH [Official Site, GitHub] release, well over a year in fact, so it's good to see this open source game engine still alive.

Theme Hospital is an absolute favourite classic of mine, one I still have my original CD for stored away and I have such happy memories playing it. It still holds up pretty well today, but CorsixTH makes it a whole lot better since it supports more modern features as well as native support for Linux.

Note: It does require the data files from Theme Hospital, which you can grab from GOG (affiliate link).

Here's some highlights of the new release:

  • Mouse capture support. Now by default the mouse will be captured in it's window.
  • Allow objects to be built on top of litter and rat holes.
  • Can now click and hold to quickly change handyman priorities.
  • Significant map editor performance improvement when selecting multiple tiles.
  • Rat holes will now appear if your hospital is dirt enough, the actual rats don't appear yet though.
  • Rooms can now be built over top of trash.
  • The game window can now be resized by dragging the edges.
  • Graph labels no longer overlap, making them all readable

On top of that, the latest release comes with a great many bug fixes. It might not sound like the most exciting release, but CorsixTH has been pretty stable for a while, with you being able to play most of the game.

See the full release notes here.

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6 comments

Tchey 21 Dec, 2017
It's still a great game now "in 2018", largely i think because it's not serious. There is a tycoon hospital game coming soon i can't remember the name right now, it surely looks "plentyful" but not so fun, as it's "only" a managment game.
Ketil 21 Dec, 2017
Both CorsixTH and Theme Hospital in dosbox are fun, but I would still say that the original in dosbox is slightly better. Corsixth is getting close though.


Last edited by Ketil on 21 December 2017 at 5:20 pm UTC
legluondunet 21 Dec, 2017
Quoting: KetilBoth CorsixTH and Theme Hospital in dosbox are fun, but I would still say that the original in dosbox is slightly better. Corsixth is getting close though.

The primary advantages to use CorsixTH:
- they corrected numerous bugs from original game
- you can natively launch the game and it benefits modern computer power and configuration

Even 20 years later I have very much fun to play this game, it's rare.


Last edited by legluondunet on 21 December 2017 at 7:48 pm UTC
raneon 22 Dec, 2017
I didn't know this engine exists. Got the game from GOG, it is currently on sale. Works great and it is still fun :-)
Ketil 22 Dec, 2017
Some of the advantages of dosbox version:
  • Bonus levels where your only objective is to kill rats
  • Not all level configuration parameters are implemented
  • Comparison with competing hospitals
  • Spawn rate of patients based on reputation
  • Multiplayer
  • Better operating theater, dna fixer, scanner


Overall I think corsixth is easier than the dos version of theme hospital. Last time I really played corsixth was before they had implemented epidemics, but the bullet points above are verified against their TODO list.
SiinaCutie 24 Dec, 2017
I am so glad that this is still being updated! Hopefully it'll become functionally equivalent; that would be fantastic!
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