October is Skeleton Appreciation Month, and few people appreciate skeletons quite as much as Doom modder Marphy Black. Through his mastery of Agitating Skeletons, he has posed deep philosophical problems, made us contemplate infinity and sometimes just punch a whole lot of skellingtons. His latest is the most fiendish by far – he’s probably going to make some poor Twitch streamer hate Doom, because this is basically Desert Bus, but more evil. You probably shouldn’t play Revenant Bus, but you’re not going to listen to me, are you? Below, a warning in trailer form.
Imagine Desert Bus, but worse. A twenty four hour trip trough the featureless, 2.5d deserts of hell – such is the torment the Bus Slayer must endure. Worse still, every seven seconds an angry Revenant teleports onto your bus. The good news is that they don’t randomly fire homing missiles, just punch. The bad news is that you can only punch in return. It’s cruel, it’s unusual, and it’s a clear and loving riff off the classic Penn & Teller joke-game and beloved charity fundraiser. The bus doesn’t pull slightly to one side, but the eternal skeleton invasion is (arguably) worse.
Because this is Doom and secrets are a thing, there is a way to complete Revenant Bus faster. It’s also very hidden, very stupid and absolutely worth hunting for, because there’s one legit great joke in there. I reiterate that nobody should seriously try to beat Revenant Bus properly, but I’m sure that someone will try, and I hope for their sake they’re going to have people donate to charity to keep the attempt going.
There have been Doom stream challenges before. Recently, Monolith founder Jace Hall set up a co-op Doom server running a murderously unfair cocktail of mods, challenging the public to fight their way to the end and claim a $1000 prize. The meatgrinder was streamed live and is recorded on his Twitch channel. Over a week later, one group won, although only after hundreds of others had been flattened. I’ve also seen it posited that Okuplok’s notoriously unnamed level here was designed for streamers to challenge (and fail at), as even a tool-assisted run takes hours.