Bus Driver is a driving game, a bus driving quasi-simulator developed and published in 2007 by SCS Software - a Czech company responsible e.g. for the 18 Wheels of Steel game series. It has received an update in 2010 and was renamed to Bus Driver Gold.
The player is a bus driver, whose duty is to pick up and transport passengers whilst obeying traffic rules and sticking to his time table. There are 12 (+1 added in Gold) buses inspired by real-life vehicles (I noticed some Neoplans, TEMSAs, a Setra, a Mercedes-Benz and the classic American school bus) to drive on 30 (+6 in Gold) very different routes in a fictional city designed to resemble a typical American city with various districts, such as an old town, downtown, suburbia, an airport, some ski resorts etc..
The driver of course doesn't know the city, so there are directions on whether you should turn or not. It's a pity, that when you miss a turn there's no reaction from the game. It should at least say Wrong way! or You dumb twat, the turn was right there!. The stops are highlighted with a very bright orange box, so you won't miss any of them. There are also no pedestrians to hit as it is a game suitable for everybody able to hold a controller, bend a joystick or press keys on a keyboard. It's very pleasant to play, really.
|Can't see shit.|
Even though braking gently enough not to disturb the passengers was very difficult, but I think it was the most fun part of it. So was using blinkers to turn or change lanes, minding traffic lights and other vehicles. However... where the hell are traffic signs? They went for a walk. A really long one. None of them seen in the game beside lights. Damn it would be much more enjoyable if there were more rules! And the schedule: ever saw a bus, that was always on time? Me neither! In Bus Driver if you close your doors 2 seconds too early, you'll get penalty points, but if you do that 2 minutes too late it's perfectly alright! If all the passengers have already boarded my bus, I still have to wait for the exact time to come so I can leave.
The in-game point system isn't worth writing in detail, so I'll just say it's pretty fair. Sometimes it didn't notice you actually turned the blinker on or the light was as green as possible, but it was still okay.
|Driftin' mah bus n' shit|
I didn't mention everything that can be found in the game, but apparently that stuff wasn't worth it.
All screenshots although made by me belong to SCS Software as Bus Driver's author and copyright owner.
My first online review! Tell me if you like it (you can use the interesting/uninteresting buttons below), because I have another game to write about. This time it's a real bus simulator, that is a hell of a complicated one!