The excellent Two Point Hospital has offered up countless hours of simulation fun on Xbox Game Pass ever since it joined back in early 2020, and now the developers behind that game are back with Two Point Campus, taking us out of the medical wards and into the halls of various school academies — complete with the signature over-the-top craziness that Two Point Studios has become fondly known for over the past few years.
This time around, the goal of Two Point Campus is to educate your students as effectively as possible in order to complete your objectives and grow your campus. This is achieved by providing better facilities and staff, keeping your students happy and entertained, and expanding your campus over time to adapt to more students. Everything becomes more complex as your campus begins to grow, and it's your job to try and manage it all effectively in order to produce a successful school campus with grades as close to A+ as you can manage.
On paper, it perhaps sounds a little daunting if you haven't played the previous game, but Two Point Campus does a great job of teaching you the ropes. The single-player campaign offers up what is essentially an extensive tutorial — complete with multiple levels of objectives — where you're gently eased into the process of building and maintaining facilities, along with learning to how to produce A+ students. This, combined with the efficient control scheme on Xbox, means you'll find yourself building a busy and thriving campus within one or two hours at most, and the process of getting to that point is consistently enjoyable and never feels too overwhelming.
The wackiness of Two Point Hospital is also back with a vengeance here, featuring crazy lessons centred around everything from Knight School to Money Wangling, along with students that can take the form of goths and even clowns! Like last time, Two Point Campus is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, yet it still packs a significant amount of depth for those who crave a strategic experience. If you just want to watch the madness unfold without caring too much about the strategy side though, there are definitely ways to do that.
There's also a handy Sandbox mode in which you can pick the campus of your choice and choose from a variety of options to either increase the difficulty or make it as easy as possible, which helps to add more longevity beyond the campaign (if you recall, the mode was also added to Two Point Hospital as a post-launch update).The only downside with this is that it's locked until you get past the fourth campaign level, which makes sense as the campaign teaches you how to play, but it still seems a little unnecessary to block access to it entirely. What if we just want to mess around with near-unlimited money and possibilities from the start? Let us go crazy!
We'll also point out that the game's audio, which takes the form of a campus radio with jazzy tunes and a variety of familiar quips from the hosts, actually begins to grate pretty quickly in our opinion... but you probably won't feel the same way if you liked the audio in Two Point Hospital as it's very similar for the most part. We've just gotten to the point where we're listening to Spotify while we play instead, and Two Point Campus is the perfect game for that anyway.
We could pick out a couple more negatives, like the slightly confusing difficulty of keeping students entertained sometimes (an easy way is to just place Crazy Taxi arcade machines everywhere!), but we're just nit-picking — the important takeaway is that Two Point Campus is really, really good. It's the sort of game that you'll start playing on a whim in the evening, and before you know it, it'll be midnight. It does an excellent job of getting you invested, and while we admittedly haven't put that much time into Two Point Hospital over the years, we haven't found ourselves getting bored too quickly with Campus even though it's essentially a 're-skin' of an old formula. In fact, it's just made us want to go back and play Two Point Hospital all over again!
If you enjoyed Two Point Hospital on Xbox Game Pass, you're going to love Two Point Campus as well. It's a great sequel in a superb simulation series, and the college/university setting feels like the perfect next step for Two Point Studios' brand of silly, strategic fun. It's also one of the most enjoyable Xbox simulation games out there thanks to its well-designed control scheme, complete with a single-player campaign you'll almost certainly get invested in.
So, does it pass the test...? Absolutely!
I really enjoyed two point hospital so looking forward to trying this out. Game Pass, the gift that keeps on giving …
Sounds great. I loved Two Point Hospital as well.
Quick question, does this game have the annoying feature that both Two Point Hospital and the Jurassic World Evolution games have? In that once you get deep into the campaign you have earthquakes/storms and other random events which simply serve as a delay/distraction/annoyance?
@pip_muzz Disasters are a thing, yes. Although you can turn them off in the Sandbox mode.
I've never understood the need for developers to lock the sandbox mode behind progression or making almost nothing available in sandbox mode until you unlock it in the campaign. Surely the idea behind a sandbox mode is to just let you do what you want? Locking it away or gimping it until the player meets certain criteria is antithetical to the whole idea.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 had the same issue; luckily it was rectified (admittedly, after a few months).
@Markatron The nice thing is that once you unlock Sandbox mode in TPC, there are no restrictions. But yeah, it's just a weird thing that I don't quite understand.
You could just keep it unlocked and display a message that says "we highly recommend playing the first four levels of the campaign first"... at least you get the option then.
@FraserG well that's good to know about TPC. At least once it is made available it doesn't limit the player.
I'm looking to this as my next game seeing as I'm really not feeling Turbo Golf Racing. But I mainly play these sorts of games fiddling around in sandbox mode so it's a bit of a git that it isn't available straight away.
@Markatron You'll get there soon enough and the campaign is essentially a sandbox of sorts anyway, so it's not a huge deal. Don't let it put you off!
Really excited for this. Anything like the old Bullfrog games is awesome to get these days and loving Two Point Studios!
Never heard of Two Point Hospital. Can newcomers be able to play this sequel w/o playing the 1st one?
@SingleStooge Absolutely. Two Point Hospital is just like the above game, but instead of a campus, you manage a hospital. It's not too dissimilar to the classic Theme Hospital game.
Im sure this site awards an extra point if the game is on GP😀
Sister site at push has this rated 7, and ive noticed this over several titles now, if its on gp, it seems to get an extra point here.
Im sure this title will appeal to fans of the genre regardless!
@Titntin Well yes, that would make sense. If this was on Ps Plus it would have got the same score. Putting something on a subscription service saves people's hard earned money, as you're not paying for this on top of the subscription.
I was humming and hawing about which console to buy this on as I mostly played its predecessor on Switch.
Luckily, being on GamePass means I can double dip with no extra cost
@Titntin Well, it’s got an 84 average on OpenCritic so both those scores are actually on the low side.
@awp69 Lol, yeah I saw that! No question it will be fun then 😀
Having worked on Theme Park World for Bullfrog back in the day I want to play this and see how the genre has evolved, im sure Ill like it...
I got it from a website, As I like to have a disc with further use. Plus the digital on the Xbox store was version £34.99 and retail lower at £28.49, I know game pass is great, but sometimes the gamepass leaves the games leave i want.
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