Three months have passed since Corsix Beta 2, meaning that it is time for another beta. The CorsixTH team have continued to work on improving CorsixTH and taking it further toward a full clone of Theme Hospital, the end result of which should be a more playable and more enjoyable game. As always, if you're interested in helping with programming, translating, or artwork, then please get in touch.
Added three new diagnosis rooms: Blood Machine, Ward, and Scanner.
Added two new treatment rooms: Jelly Vat and Decontamination.
Each level now has its own goals, shown at the beginning of the level and in the new status dialog. When the goals have been achieved, the player may advance to the next level.
The available rooms and diseases are now limited by level, hence giving a purpose to progressing through the levels.
Added 6 new diseases.
Improved heating / cooling system.
Existing rooms can now be edited and deleted.
Plants now need regular watering by a Handyman.
Handyman priorities are now adjustable.
Improved patient queueing algorithms for when there are size limits set on queues.
Rooms and items can no longer be purchased if you cannot afford them.
Added watch / timer for controlling the initial opening of the hospital at the start of each level.
Added support for custom levels with their own maps and level scripts.
Many assorted fixes.
New dialog: Progress Report (Status), which shows how close you are the completing the current level's goals.
New dialogs: Load Game, Save Game, and Custom Level.
Unlimited savegame slots, rather than the archaic system of 8 slots plus autosave (note that saves from beta 2 are not compatible with beta 3).
Added temperature / heat overlay to the Town Map dialog.
Fullscreen mode, screen resolution and the interface language can be changed from the new options dialog, which is accessible from the menu, and in-game. This removes much of the need to manually edit the configuration file.
Hovering the mouse cursor over a room will now show all patients queueing for the room in question.
Room queues can now be re-ordered from the queue dialog by dragging patients, thus allowing more micro-management.
Added new background image for the main menu.
Added option to disable map scrolling when the mouse cursor is near the screen edge.
Added all tool-tips that were still missing.
The configuration file and saved games are now, at least by default, stored in the user's home directory (or equivalent).
Translations: Italian and Spanish: added new strings not available in vanilla TH, Portuguese (WIP) and Dutch (WIP).
Improved handling of case-sensitive file-systems (i.e. Linux and OS X).
Go to the FAQ page for solutions to some of the known issues in this release.
If you're eager to try making your very own level, go here to check out what can be done at the moment.
A few options such as resolution can now be changed within the game, but more importantly the actual configuration file and saved games can now be stored either at the same location as CorsixTH or in the user's home folder. For example on windows this means the AppData folder. This change is important if the install directory is not writable by default by the user, for example the Program Files folder in Windows 7 with UAC enabled. For more information, consult the Configuration page.
More information about the new heating system can be found here.