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Bus Driver - PC

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
Rated: Everyone
3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • 12 buses to drive, very detailed models inspired by real-world buses.
  • 30 routes arranged into 5 tiers with increasing difficulty.
  • Multiple duties, such as driving a school bus, transporting tourists, sightseeing tours, and transportation of prisoners.
  • High replay value based on sophisticated system of traffic rules and game-play related bonuses.
  • Varying time-of-day and weather conditions
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Have you ever wanted to drive a bus? Now you can with Bus Driver for Windows. Your job is to transport passengers around an attractive and realistic city. You must drive to a timetable on a planned route, while obeying traffic rules, and taking care not to upset or injure your passengers. This makes Bus Driver unlike any other driving game - the experience of driving a bus is very different from blazing through a racing circuit. Bus Driver offers twelve different kinds of buses to drive, an expansive city environment with various districts, and thirty routes with varying weather conditions set at differing times of day.

Large city to drive in, with several districts of varying styles (modern, old-town, suburb, airport, harbor, and more) Living roads, with intelligent traffic controlled by our AI system Non-violent gameplay, bus game suitable for everybodyMinimum System Requirements CPU - 1GHz Pentium III or equivalent RAM - 256MB Video Card - OpenGL 1.3 compatible 64MB AGP with hardware T&L (see compatibility) Hard Disk - 300MB free space Operating System - Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista with DirectX 9 installed Recommended system - CPU - 1.5GHz Pentium IV or equivalent RAM - 512MB Video Card - OpenGL 1.5 compatible 128MB PCI Express with hardware T&L (see compatibility) Hard Disk - 300MB free space Operating System - Windows XP or Vista with DirectX 9 installed Optional - DirectX compatible soundcard Optional - DirectX compatible gamepad or steering wheel

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  • ASIN: B00153B6ZE
  • Item Weight: 2.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 15, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,901 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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I reluctantly picked this up for my 2 nieces since my mother said it was what they really wanted....AND it would be a special gift coming from their uncle. Geez, mom's really know how to persuade. She was right, they loved it even though it ran kind of slow on their PC (they need a better video card, so be forewarned, you need to test this out using the demo version before buying). They really don't care that it runs clunky, they fight over who gets to drive. It's a simple, non-violent, sometime exciting, sometime relaxing (or boring, depends on perspective ha!) game. There is actually quite of bit of options in the game play department, many varieties of buses to drive. They will learn a few things about driving, including "right of way", using blinkers, stopping the bus slowly so not to disturb the passangers (although one of my nieces showed me how rough driving was a positive when hauling prisoners around, hahaha!). All in all, a worthy purchase for them.
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First I need to warn potential buyers that this game is played with the up/down/left/right keys. This makes driving extremely difficult. And no where can I find a recommendation for a "steering wheel" that would work well with this game. I checked the "Busdriver" web site and came up empty. Since I don't normally play driving games, I have been doing research. I can recommend you get a wheel that does more than just turn left and right. When using just the computer for playing the game you are to use lots of keys for turn signals, acceleration, brakes, 4 way flashers, to open the bus door and to change views from one mirror to another. So, if you have just a left right steering wheel you will be leaning over or around the steering wheel to hit the keys for all the other actions. That takes time and when driving you don't have the time. The graphics are very good, the traffics sounds are real and the screams of the kids when you hit your brakes too hard or hit another object are very real. Traffic lights, cars passing you; it's all there.
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I've seen trucks, garbage trucks, Emergency vehicles (been a while however), and now busses.

Meridian4 brings Bus Driver which was published and created by SCS who are the ones that brought 18WoW along with the Valusoft label. Meridian was supposed to create a more North American feel to Bus Driver but when I played the demo when SCSsoft first released this game, it's the exact same thing. The only difference are the billboards throughout the game showing Meridian4.

Bus Driver allows you to complete 30 scenarios in which you are what else; a bus driver. This ranges from a school bus driver or a city bus driver in different kinds of buses as well as airport runs. You could be picking up passengers, dropping them off, taking some to hotels, and shuttling criminals from the city jail to the courthouse under a helicopter escort. The handling of all types of buses are basically the same. The braking might be slightly different.

The mechanics of the buses are similiar to the trucks in 18WoS: Haulin/American Long Haul. Even though Haulin and American Long Haul are two different games to buy, they are 99.9999% identical. As stated in my reviews of both, if you own Haulin, there is no need to buy ALH. If you don't have neither then American Long Haul should be your choice. In Bus Driver, the sounds of the buses are the same, the traffic sounds are the same, the horns are the same, and unfortunately, the fictional city is similar to the 18WoS cities in which they are void of anyone--in other words, very static. When was the last time you went to the airport and was able to get a parking spot right in front of the terminal? When are you able to drive out of the airport in a short amount of time? The graphics match 18WoS as well.
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A Kid's Review on August 18, 2008
Lots of fun! Can be addicting. Good graphics. Easy to play-good for all ages. Recommended!
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What a great game. It is better to have a steering wheel and pedals in order to get the most out of this game. It has great graphics, better than the trucking games of its time, so vibrant and alive. There are waterfalls, planes, helicopters, etc. The city seems so huge, with several districts such as industrial and suburbs. The suburbs are believable and realistic. Everything is so beautiful throughout the whole city. There is an airport, a ski resort, a yacht club, a suspension bridge, and more. There are school bus routes too, with various schools around the city. There is a district called Old Town, which is nice. It is nice that the game includes various busses, from school bus to coach bus to city bus and more. It even includes double decker buses. So you get to play the role of all of them, which is nice. It would be boring just driving one bus.

Now let's get to the criticism I have heard about this. First of all, the game is not meant to be a simulator. Because in real life, you cannot drive different kinds of busses like in this game. But this is nice becasue you have a sample of them, and all the routes are interesting, some being very long, short, or medium length. There are no pedestrians in this game, which, yes, would have been a nice feature, especially for a bus game. But, it was 2007 people, not 2011. So don't expect too much. Also, there are places like the airport that are always snowy, but I have no problem with it. Yes, it would be nice if the whole city's weather changed, but it's fine the way it is.

I highly recommend this fun bus game. You will not regret buying it, as long as you're into driving games.
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