“Obeying Traffic Rules”: Bus Driver Demo

By Jim Rossignol on July 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am.


There’s a Bus Driver 30-minute limited demo out. SCS explain why Bus Driver is so exciting: “In Bus Driver, your job is to transport passengers around an attractive and realistic city. You must drive to a timetable on a planned route, whilst 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 as in most driving games.”

You can imagine how excited I am by the implications of this. It’s not pretty. You can download the demo here.

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71 Comments »

  1. toms115 says:

    i think i’ll wait for Traffic Cop

  2. JackShandy says:

    I’m… I’m, uh

    I’m busting to try this.

    *sobs quietly*

    • BooleanBob says:

      Good to see a puns thread up and running within 10 minutes of the post going live.

      We don’t put up with slow-coaches around here.

    • The Hammer says:

      I’d express how angry the puns make me, but I don’t think that would be fare.

    • DanPryce says:

      Come on guys, let’s Stop here. That’s the ticket.

    • 4026 says:

      “I’m busting to try this.”

      I’m excited, too, I’ve been looking for a top-deck bus simulator for ages. I’m wary, though: previous bus sims have been a bit tyred. That’s why it’s so nice to have the opportunity to conductor trial.

    • Ondrej says:

      You are so out of line here, you better switch your attitude.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Way to steer this discussion off the cliff, man…

    • Burning Man says:

      I’d have to free up room on my bus-y schedule to be able to take this demo for a spin.

    • McDan says:

      I’ve clearly won this pun thread.

      Like a bus.

    • Premium User Badge Lambchops says:

      DING. . . . DING . . . DING DING DING.

      What do you mean this isn’t the “stop the puns I want to get off” button.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      I love you guys. Seriously.

    • AbyssUK says:

      Ok Ok bust it up, and move on to the next thread

    • HeavyHarris says:

      I’m gonna schedule some time to give this sim a spin

    • Mitchk says:

      You must all live such sheltered lives to be writing these puns. You wouldn’t catch me doing it, nope I’m steering well clear…

    • Chris D says:

      I’d like to be able to join in with the bus related puns but I don’t think I could manage it without some heavy coaching.

    • Premium User Badge SeanybabeS says:

      I would like to give it a go, but I think I’m going to need some training.
      …oh bollocks.

    • The Hammer says:

      This thread is really bus-link with puns.

    • stahlwerk says:

      I know it’s late, but I’d really like to sneak another bus pun in through the back doors.

    • Legionary says:

      Man, sometimes you go ages without a pun being posted and then suddenly loads show up at once.

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      Woah! The pun-generator is running like a greyhound.

    • Premium User Badge BathroomCitizen says:

      We have obviously a-bus-ed of the power of the puns.

    • Gorhaax says:

      This game is driving me insame!!! I might have an accident

    • Windward says:

      I reckon this might turn out to be a wheely good game

    • The Gear says:

      With all the excitement surrounding the game, I reckon the creator’s bus-iness is going to thrive!

    • golden_worm says:

      I honestly don´t know where you guys get off on this, It´s like I´ve been public transported to the world of bus puns.

  3. Wozzle says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2008/07/31/greyhound-transcanada.html

    They should include a level based around this event.

  4. DanPryce says:

    I like to think that these guys really wanted to make a Speed game but couldn’t secure the rights. So they made a damn good bus simulator, with the hope the the Mod community would fulfill their dream.

  5. kikito says:

    If you can drive using Kinect, it’ll sell millions.

    not.

  6. Rii says:

    It strikes me that games of this ilk would benefit greatly from reusing assets from the other twelve thousand quasi-realistic urban environments that’ve been created from scratch at this point. Sure GTA IV’s Liberty City is probably a little out of reach…

    • Symitri says:

      What would be far superior is playing a bus driver in Panau – you’d get the odd random encounter of finding a man on the roof of your bus attaching cars to your ride causing mischief by grappling hook and then having to dodge the odd crashed aeroplane and ruined helicopter on the road.

  7. noodlecake says:

    what would be fun is if you could make this competitive and take away the speed limits and traffic light penalties and then make the game multiplayer and have different bus companies competing on the same route for fares. You’d have to stop at the stops and wait for people to get on all the while keeping an eye out for another player ramming you up the arse and injuring your passengers. You’d also have the dilema of “do I snap up the few punters that are there even though the bus isn’t scheduled for another 5 minutes (10 seconds real time) or do I wait and get the big group of people who turn up on time and run the risk of other players hitting me. A multiplayer arcade bus em up deathmatch game, so to speak.

  8. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    The games of pretend I like to play are worthy and good because I enjoy them. The games of pretend others like to play are terrible and sad because they don’t appeal to me.

    • Buckermann says:

      I disagree with your opinion because it is different then mine.
      Also, I question your choice of operating system.

    • 4026 says:

      I take the off-topic tangent and run with it, spouting wild hyperbole about your choice of operating system. God! At least my choice of OS has some random desirable feature! Yours doesn’t even have that. And all of the good ideas in your operating system were stolen from mine anyway.

      And additionally, ad hominem insult with no real bearing on anything.

    • Dave Mongoose says:

      Some blatantly untrue facts I compiled from various obscure locations on the internet and my own mind that are of minimal relevance to the above discussion, interspersed with badly spelled angry words in capital letters.

      A final sentence that manages to contradict everything I’ve just said, including this sentence itself.

      Meme-based ‘so-there’ statement.

    • The Colonel says:

      How can you even compare [game] to an RPG? Just because you’re role-playing a bus driver and the bus has stats DOESN’T make it a pure RPG. If you’re using your keyboard to control the direction and speed of the bus then it can hardly fit into the rigidly defined genre or RPG. ROLE-PLAYING games, that is.

      @above_poster: I’m not turning this thread into another argument about RPGs, I’m just addressing other people’s posts head-on in the most relevant way possible.

  9. Ergates_Antius says:

    Will you get bonus points for passing dangerously close to cyclists?

    • Ondrej says:

      Are there actually any passengers in this sim? Because, you know, a bus without people in it is just a silly bus.

    • Iokanaan says:

      oh yes, I picked up some static meshes of squealing school kids. or rather ‘beamed up’. I just had to trust my bus drivers’ instinct that they were actually inside. nice game.
      also, the trees were blinking.

  10. drcancerman says:

    Isn’t this a bit old news? 2007 old…?

    • Targaff says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ve played BD, it’s actually alright if you like that sort of thing, but some of the schedules are rock – I think I only ever managed to keep a 100% timely bus once. Still, that sorts me out nicely for a job with Stagecoach.

  11. Oak says:

    That’s odd, this game’s been out for at least a couple of years. And it’s awesome. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I bought it on a lark and enjoyed myself to an unexpected degree. The theme song is pretty good, too.

    • JackShandy says:

      Holy shit, that’s actually awesome.

    • Premium User Badge JB says:

      You know what? That’s actually pretty good.

      I was getting a litte bit of a Beastie Boys vibe from the second half, maybe because I’ve been listening to The Mix-Up recently.

  12. Alexander Norris says:

    taking care not to upset or injure your passengers

    So it’s not set in London, then?

  13. pepper says:

    I think il wait for the speed DLC.

  14. Premium User Badge Lambchops says:

    On a bus related side note a few weeks ago I saw a bus claiming to be run by “the no 1. bus company in Basingstoke.” Nice to see they were aiming high!

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at… well, a little bit further up the side of the gutter.

  15. Premium User Badge Lambchops says:

    On a second bus related side note, anyone remember the Singing Kettle and the wonderful “You Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff a Bus.”

  16. stone says:

    I’d love to try this. With the same intent as in Farming Simulator – how far can you go? Anyway, good there’s a new Bus sim – hasn’t been a desent one around since Penn & Tellers Bus Driver ..

  17. googoogjoob says:

    i’ve actually played this game before and it is way more fun than you would think

    DRIVE THE OLYMPIC SPORTS TEAM FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL IN THE MOUNTAINS ON ICY ROADS WITH 0 VISIBILITY

    also i like the way that there is nothing actually making you do all the missions and stuff; at any given time you can drive off into other parts of the city and run over things

  18. phenom_x8 says:

    i TRULLY love this kind of simulation since I was a console boy ( PS1 esp. although it’s quite easier and simpler than the PC sim). Anyone remember Jet de GO or Train de Go ? Both of them were japanese import.
    Jet de GO brought us as a commercial plane pilot work for Japanese Airlines (JAL). Meanwhile, Train de GO was…. I think you all understand though,it’s even have its own controller shaped like a train dashboard. The tutorial was quite easy to followed, although I was totally did not understand kanji at all !

  19. Abundant_Suede says:

    Oh no, Im not letting you get me worked up over another one of these, after you left us in suspense on that Street Cleaner cliffhanger.

  20. SeanusT says:

    Reminds me of my misspent youth playing an imported Tokyo Bus Guide simulator on the Dreamcast.
    A monstrously difficult game!

    Tokyo Bus Guide Gameplay

    • swarmster says:

      Wow, I was getting worried no one was going to mention Tokyo Bus Guide! Excellent game and extremely difficult as you say (especially if you’re not necessarily familiar with Japanese road rules…)

  21. Limey says:

    I swear they should have car simulators for people learning to drive.

    Or perhaps that would be silly. I dunno.

  22. Berzee says:

    A few days ago I saw a truck with the license plat,e “Buses”.

  23. torchedEARTH says:

    What this needs is DLC that includes driving a bus full of children all singing “Row row row your boat” while I stand on an overpass with a 44 magnum.

  24. patricij says:

    I remember this game…I bought it some years ago and had a blast, really. I was pretty good at it (except never actually keeping to the schedule, it’s too strict) with my analogue QuickShot SuperWarrior joystick…Now that my new computer doesn’t have a game port anymore it’s not the same. BUT it’s still manageable with analogue sticks (preferably one stick for gas/brake and the second one for steering). I think an analogue controller is a must, it’s not the same without it.

  25. mejoff says:

    Acheivement progress: Realistic
    1. Shut the door in a running passenger’s face and drive off.
    2. 1, but in the pouring rain.
    3. Drive past a stop where a passenger is waiting.
    4. Drive past a stop when a passenger has rung the bell in good time
    5. 3 and 4 together
    6. Accelerate suddenly into a corner while a little old lady is climbing the stairs (double decker only)
    etc etc etc

  26. Drake Sigar says:

    I played Garden Simulator the other day and was disappointed to find their marketing tagline wasn’t “Watch grass grow!”

  27. metalangel says:

    Tokyo Bus Guide was vastly superior to Bus Driver.

  28. chabuhi says:

    I don’t know if this is an improvificated version of the Bus Driver sim from SCS I tried a couple of years ago, but that had to be the most boring sim I’d ever tried, and I am a raging fanboi of boring vehicle simulators (Ship Sim 2006, 2008, and Extreme; Farm and Agri Sims 2011; Train Simulator, Trains through Trainz 2010; Railworks 1/2, and Star Wars Podracer).

  29. GingerSeniorcitizenStepchild says:

    Hells yeah! Time to live out my dream! Insta-bought! Going to be gone for months to come at least if not years! See you in a few months/years.