It's that time again: Boot up Origin, wait for it to update, snag a free game, feel happy about your accomplishments, and then close Origin again until next month. EA's mining its back catalog and bringing out some deep cuts for its "On the House" program. What game could possibly follow up classics Crusader: No Remorse and SimCity 2000?
Yes, EA's giving away Bullfrog's 1997 title Theme Hospital this month, which is a "business simulation" game in the same way Anchorman is about the day-to-day proceedings of a local news station. Taken from Origin: "In real life, disease isn't a laughing matter. In Theme Hospital, it's hilarious."
No, this has nothing to do with Patch Adams. Instead, you'll be building a hospital from the ground up in order to cure silly diseases like "Bloaty Head" and "Hairyitis."
Like previous "On the House" promotions, you'll need an Origin account to take advantage. Then again, if you've played any EA games on PC recently you probably already have one of those. And hey, free games right? No telling how long the deal will last, though a month is a safe bet.