A while back, I picked up a copy of Operation during the Toys R Us sale for the boys. Bailey won't come near the game after he first heard the little buzzer go off which is unfortunately because he was interested in playing.
So yesterday after many months of sitting on the shelf, Operation finally made it to the game table after some husband convincing. I have actually never played Operation because it was an expensive game when I was little. It was one of the few on the market that was electronic. Hilary looked through the rules because evidently we didn't just take turns using the little tweezers to take out "organs" like I had planned.
First, we deal out specialist cards and took turns drawing doctor cards. The doctor cards tell each player their action in rhyme along with the amount of money earned. If a player does not take out the organ without the buzzer going off, then the player who has the specialist card for that organ gets a try, even if it allows the first player a second chance to take out the organ. Specialists get more money than the doctor.
Hilary did extremely well and won the game by a couple thousand dollars. I actually found myself cheating without realizing it. When I was trying to take out the Adam's apple, the buzzer barely went off when I removed it. Hilary laughed and said, "What? Did he hiccup?" and I had to put the Adam's Apple back.
The game took quite a while to the point that I got tired of trying to take out the same organs with not much luck. I think it would be interesting to see this as a drinking game or it could make a decent party game.