A senior minister in the Uttar Pradesh government has recently courted controversy by driving a bus. One news channel in their “super prime time” show claimed that the minister had endangered the lives of the passengers. Perhaps the minister should have had tried driving in a simulator before going behind the wheel and almost colliding with a street pole. Bus Simulator 2015 might just be the game driving enthusiasts are looking for.
The game offers two modes: Career and Free Ride. The Free Ride mode allows you to take the bus for a spin on the roads of Paris, Alaska, Los Angles and Rome. One could preset the weather conditions before setting out for a long drive through the long-winding roads of Alaska or crowed streets of Los Angles.
If you are looking for a challenge then you could shift gears to career mode and ferry around passengers like you were meant to. Any bus driver worth his salt would tell you that keeping schedule is as important as checking the tyres for air pressure. The aim of the game in career mode is to keep the passengers happy by transporting them from point A to B within the stipulated time. Experience points are given for meeting targets, and points deducted for jumping signals and crashing into other vehicles. Accumulate enough points to unlock 14 other buses and new routes.
The graphics are well detailed for a game of its size. There is some amount of realism as the game comes completed with rail crossings, rear view mirrors, which even Real Racing 3 lacks, and visible damage to the bus. What we enjoyed the most was driving the bus off a mountain in Alaska and watching it do somersaults in free fall. What the game lacks is an intelligent AI. Vehicles don’t make way for you even when you blare your horn louder than a vuvuzela. Traffic lights, street signs and garbage bins are immovable, no matter how hard you slam into them. We don’t want to throw the game developers Ovidiu Pop under the bus, but a simulation game must be as realistic as possible. The game could improve by replacing the background music with a radio inside the bus like in the Crazy Taxi series.
This game is highly recommended for those who has an unfulfilled childhood dream of becoming a bus conductor, but could settle playing a driver in a simulated environment. The game is available on both iOS and Android.