Click Medic (Game Freak PS1 Game)



Click Medic is an ultra rare PS1 title from the creators of Pokemon, released in 1999, and it was the last game released by Game Freak on a non-Nintendo platform until Solitiba for Android in 2014 and Tembo the Badass Elephant for PS4/X1/PC in 2015.

There's almost none information for this title around the web, but some YT guy managed to sum up a description:

The game looks relatively low-budget on the surface even given its genre, which is a mix of your typical Japanese visual novel and a simulation game, but it is actually more intriguing than one might suspect. In the typical Game Freak fashion, they've gone and made another unique game. If you know about their track record outside of Pokemon, GF typically made unusual games. Quinty (aka Mendel Palace), Pulseman, Mario and Wario, and Bushi Seiryuuden are just a few.

In the near future, mankind is becoming increasingly ill and are beginning to sucuumb to exotic new diseases that criple humans and make them ill, until they eventually die. As doctors struggle to come to grips with the mysterious epidemic sweeping the nation, they figure the only way to stop the diseases is to confront them directly. It's with this notion that the VB(M), or Virtual Body Machine is created.

It takes several years to perfect the VBM and make it safe to use on humans. What exactly does the VBM do? We'll tell you more about it during gameplay. Anyway, you assume the role of a doctor (surprise!) who goes around studying the conditions of various patients and documenting your discoveries for later use. It sounds simple enough, but you'll quickly learn that it's tougher than it sounds! Enjoy.

It is interesting how those virus-type creatures are similar to Pokemon and how the whole vibe of the game feels like a more mature Poke-storyline. Unfortunately the game would probably never be translated, so if any JP speaking GAFer could tell us more about the storyline?

Also, the tune in 2:45 is almost exactly identical to the main Pokemon theme, as well as the other BGM which is too Pokemon-ish.

Some very interesting gameplay videos below:

Some interesting stills:

The blue creature loks like a Starmie with eyes and mouth, while the green thing is like a Grimer pre-evolution:

The left guy looks like a younger prof. Oak:

Game is obviously set in 2016:

It's a map!

JapanGAF, we need your help on this!


I want to say Enix USA almost brought this to America back in the day, but my memory's hazy so don't quote me on that.


Likely to be eaten by a grue
oblgiatory story about how Quinty/Mendel's Palace (Famicom game by game freak, first game i think?) character designs were influenced by John Water's Pink Flamingos


There's a little more info about the game (as well as some other GF titles) here:

The company's final non-Nintendo-published title was Sony's Click Medic for PlayStation. The player goes Innerspace on a Fantastic Voyage into bodies to combat diseases, collecting various antibodies and cells to assist in combat as sort of a "Poké-Germ" game.


A slight bump with a more detailed mini-review from the person who has uploaded the other video:

Continuing where we left off, Click Medic is a rather intriguing game. The general idea is to diagnose patients and heal what ails them, but it's how you go about it that is strange. It's called "Click" Medic for a reason. First of all, the game is more or less entirely menu-driven. You can move to designated spots in the hospital and chat with other employees, but the bulk of the game takes place inside of a patient's room and inside the VB machine. You must first gather information and trust from the patient, who naturally has their own anxiety about being in a hospital. When you've learned what you need to know, you can proceed to operate on them. The VB machine is a large device that can be armed with various medical antibodies with their own characteristics and way of stoping the spread of infections. Of course, you can't get this inside of a human, so it must first be shrunk to microscopic size. From there, you travel throughout the body of the patient and document different abnormalities with the patient. You'll be aided by your cheerful VB support technician (assistant), Motoko Nanao, who can help you if you get stuck or need to abort an operation. You'll get a HUGE wall of Japanese text with keywords in different colors that allude to different points of reference and such throughout the body. You won't be able to access some areas without first making a discovery at another point in the body. Of course, it's not that simple. You have four things you need to be mindful of. While you can reach your destination in different ways, how you go about doing it makes a big difference. Making certain decisions will affect your life, the patient's body temperature (measured in Celsius), the patient's blood pressure and heart rate, and the VB's energy. If you run out of Life or Energy, you'll lose. If the patient's levels become too abnormal, you'll also lose. Going through different paths may apply strain to the patient's body or make them reel in pain. If you're new to the game, you may have to abort missions a few times while taking notes of the pathes you traveled and offer the patient some antibiotics to stabilize their condition. Once you've found what you're looking for, which is typically a malignant virus (or "Bacrus"), you'll have to engage it in combat. Besides the art style clearly resembling Pokemon, you'll notice some of the music does too! To fight a virus, you need to strategically position your antibodies. In the beginning, you'll only start with Heatla (Red), Zoltan (Green) and Neblus (Blue), but you'll get more as you progress. Each antibody has different characteristics. Heatla is aggressive and goes after infections. Zoltan is more of a defensive antibody. It makes a wall to prevent viruses from attacking your buddies and the patient's nervous system. Neblus is like a combination of the two, but not as useful as the others. Defeat the virus and move on to the next stage of operations. Enjoy.
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