Life & Death II: The Brain (DOS)

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Life & Death II: The Brain
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1990
Developer: IMS Interactive
Buy: Amazon

Life & Death II: The Brain is a surgical simulator and the sequel to the infamous Life & Death game. The game features improved graphics and sound effects (though sounds are still only played through the PC speaker). Unlike the prequel, Life & Death II was only released on two platforms; MS-DOS and the FM Towns. The game will start out with you diagnosing patients and will continue into more serious procedures such as brain surgery (as the title suggests).


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The title screen.

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An overhead view of the hospital.

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Viewing a patient.

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Dr. Richard Karn is impressed with my work!

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The game only has one song which plays at the title screen. According to Peter Stone, the developers gave him a small amount of time to compose a song for the game. Stone's details on the music are vague because of time, but says he remembers using a piece of music software by Voyetra:

I want to say Atari ST out -> Voyetra In MIDI composed on Atari... but it's possible it was a one off with the Voyetra system.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Peter Stone 0:28



The game's credits can be accessed by going into your office, going to the computer, typing in 'Credits' and pressing enter.

Game Rip






The music was logged in .DRO format using ValleyBell's version of DOSBox 0.74. The .DRO file was then converted to VGM and trimmed.

The music and sound still needs to be ripped from the OP_SOUND.RES file.

Audio Devices


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The game uses the AdLib/SoundBlaster YM3812 OPL2 chip.

(No Source - The game doesn't allow you to configure sound devices, but it auto-detects any OPL2 compatible device.)


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Life & Death II The Brain - DOS.jpg
Title: Life & Death II: The Brain
Platform: DOS
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: The Software Toolworks