I’m on a Bus!
I have been a sucker for semi-serious simulator games. They always have always had to walk a very fine line between being too unforgiving with the simulation and being too relaxed. Bus Driver walks this fine line rather well, however, it is far from being a recent game. Has it kept up with modern standards?
Bus Driver is a simple experience. It is about driving buses. You choose a mission, and from the depot, you drive the rout. The mission you choose will change the bus you drive. While there is a range of buses, I cannot say that I was able to notice any differences between them.
On missions, drivers are given points for following road rules, smooth driving, indicating and being on time. Stopping too hard will take away points, as will breaking road rules or not letting everyone on. Using these points this game becomes a score based affair where players aim to get the best score possible for a local leaderboard.
This game is old, and it is easy to tell by the graphics. They are bad. There is a lackluster selection of resolutions and the sounds do get repetitive, but the thing that irks me the most is the missing front of the bus. You cannot tell the width of the bus. Driving on the wrong (right) side of the road, and therefore the wrong side of the bus, really throws off where you think the edges of the bus are. It it super annoying and has meant that I have driven into far too many walls.
However, it still plays quite well. Even though I don’t think that I will come back to it any time soon, it did give me a few good hours entertainment where I could just drive a bus. A good simulator can stand the test of time. This game surprised me, because it does.