Catch the bus and let it take you to a detailed, virtual world.Are you ready to explore a picturesque German city behind the wheel of a realistically modeled, freely accessible bus? Then take a look at “Bus Simulator 2012” by the well-known developer studio TML!Every technical detail of the original bus has been reproduced true-to-live.
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Mostly Negative (597 reviews) - 34% of the 597 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 23, 2012

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Catch the bus and let it take you to a detailed, virtual world.

Are you ready to explore a picturesque German city behind the wheel of a realistically modeled, freely accessible bus? Then take a look at “Bus Simulator 2012” by the well-known developer studio TML!

Every technical detail of the original bus has been reproduced true-to-live. Switch on the air-conditioning when your front-shields are steaming up and keep an eye on the speedograph, to stay in schedule – even though you have a lot of missions, you will still need to rest in order to stay fit! Thanks to the digital readouts in the bus, you can monitor your engine’s temperature and the charging level of the cooling liquid as well as the oil and gasoline level.

Organize your route and service more than 450 bus stops. Enjoy the realistic AI of both, pedestrians and traffic, which will also influence your own behavior while driving. Interaction with your passengers is also an important facet of your job: It is up to you to decide which ticket to sell and how to greet your customers – they will react accordingly!

Thanks to TML’s fantastic ability to recreate buses and other vehicles in great detail, you will find this game to be a truly challenging bus-simulation. Discover the open 3D-world with a variety of interesting landmarks and enjoy exploring it in between your shifts. But take care while on the job: Stick to your schedule and the traffic rules!

Creative? Feel free to individualize your vehicles and to share them with the simulation game community.

Key Features:


  • Detailed bus-models with realistically represented technology and physics
  • Freely organisable routes
  • Additional side missions
  • Reward system
  • Huge, freely accessible 3D-world
  • Pedestrians and vehicles that follow a realistic AI

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (SP3)
    • Processor: Dual-Core Prozessor mit 2,6GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 9800 GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (64Bit)
    • Processor: Quad-Core Prozessor mit 3GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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Lifeboat
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
Things that need improvement.
1. The advert. It does NOT make sense whatsoever.
2. Frame rate. Terrible just terrible.
3. Bus AI. It would be cool if you could ride a different bus besides yours. (I can't ride any in my game)
4. Controls. They're bloody awful.
5. EVERYTHING.
6. Price. 13.00 USD?! come on that's to much for this junk.
7. Rating. Why is this game rated M? There is no: blood, gore, sex, drugs, etc.
In the end it needs so bloody much improvement Don't buy.
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williamhavery
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Just keeps on crashing after the start-up menu!
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volchaara
24.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
It is okay
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¡㏂ // ㏘
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 11
why did i buy this i want to die
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PeeWeeInHD
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
crappp
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[HKG] pangkinglim
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 3
DON'T BUY THIS INSANE GAME!!!!!!!!!!
I failed to connect it with my G27 wheel.
The mirror are insane! I don't know what it is showing and I totally don't know if there is any cars next to me when I change lanes.
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Spooky Nugget
13.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
Bad
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[Phoenix] DeathPhoenix11
0.9 hrs
Posted: July 25
This game is one of the worst games I've ever played
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SimFrize[EST]
12.1 hrs
Posted: July 20
Very cool and awsome game XD 10/10. I support you to buy this game, when you like buses.
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yoinkster
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 17
I like c r a p simulator games but this is a *c r a p* simulator game.
I did not even complete the tutorial.
You are given a driver number and passcode that you have to enter into the bus.
You then have to enter a service number, a route number and a direction into the bus.
My driver number was 3589 and passcode was 6741.
The service number I picked was 15033170 and it's route number was 149.
You have to enter all that on a click-to-type numberpad.
It was at the point that I ragequit. PoS simulator.
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171 of 210 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Will be making this review a bit fatter soon! Just wanted to get my opinion out there and I'll write it out tomorrow :P

Good:
- One of the more "real" simulators that I've played
- Starting up is great! Everyone I could imagine an actual bus drive would need! Just remember all the numbers or remember to write them down beforehand :P


Bad:
- The controls are complex - Don't know how to reverse - there is no shortcut when looking at the screen thing - makes me want a touch screen monitor :L
- The default steering requires a lot of effort to make sure you don't crash
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95 of 131 people (73%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
"like dark souls but with buses"
-Primary
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This is a pretty good game, It has some down sides to it though, graphics could use a little worrk and the physics are the usual german simulator ones. Unlike OMSI You can't really push many buttons, but people do get on the bus! There are only 2 busses in this game a normal city bus and a bendy bus. I recomend this game for people who like casual simulators and arent looking for the ARMA of bus simulators. 4/5
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
This Review is Purely my opinion,
This game is based in Germany in 2012 as you, the bus driver, it may be boring for some people who like to rush through games, However i will recommend this game to people who would like to roleplay being a bus driver.
In Bus Simulator 2012 there is no ending to it, as it is a game that has unlimited missions in it. This game is as shown $9.99 & if you buy this game & not like it well it is not the end of the world as it is a reasonably good buget priced game.

There are though the odd couple of bugs & glitches that may force you to restart the game, but they are quite rare & you will often play the game without experiencing any stuff ups.
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50 of 75 people (67%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Oh my god...OH MY GOD! WHY?

...WHYYYY??!?!

What is WRONG with the transit system in Germany?? You got cars cutting you off, pedestrians walking back and forth IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CROSSWALK, and cars jumping one another...IT'S PANDAMONIUM!!

Don't believe the videos you see about playing this game. It has bugs up the whazoo, and I seem to be the ONLY PERSON ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH that this happens to. The biggest one so far is that people who get on the bus just...stop. Right at the entrance. You know the spot. The one where the bus driver won't drive because it's a danger zone? And you think it's because maybe the bus is full. Well, la dee da, I look at the rearview mirror...I CAN COUNT ON ALL MY HANDS THE NUMBER OF EMPTY SEATS!!!

ARHRHRJRHRJGRHJERGHRJGR MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!! If they stand in the way, people can't get on the bus, which means I get docked, which means I can't GO ANYWHERE!

Sure, alright, I suppose the terrain looks nice and it's kinda nice to hear a german lady voice saying the next stop, but that is COMPLETELY OVERSHADOWED BY THE PROBLEMS IN THIS GAME!

Alright, so maybe Expert is too hard. Fine. So I go beginner. I DIDN'T THINK IT MEANT EVERYONE IN THE GAME WAS AN IDIOT! Like I mean, for serious, traffic is gridlocked...GRIDLOCKED...because the bus driver in front doesn't know the difference between a stationary car in traffic AND A PARKED CAR! And there's nothing in the game to fix itself. I actually put my bus in park, locked the cash register, stepped out of my vehicle, and went on a sight seeing trip. For like 5 blocks...both ways. It wasn't until I came back that I noticed this...convention of vehicles, and all because of this one idiot driver. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?!

Stay away. Stay all the hell away. There are better things to spend your time and money on, especially on Steam. The developers need to seriously fix this...like NOW!

I'm enraged because I was passionate about this. I managed to finish ONE scheduled route, and I had a blast. The fifteen I did after? Trainwreck- sorry, Buswreck.

Seriously guys. Playtest, beta test, alpha test, hell, even test the ai and framework before you put this out there. Some of us actually like the idea of a bus simulator.
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47 of 75 people (63%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Couldn't even beat the tutorial...20/10
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2014
I ride the bus a good amount in the city I live in. I did not believe that it would be this much fun the ride it on my computer. After all I am jewish and if I can get a free bus ride i'll take that anytime.
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42 of 68 people (62%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
I clipped through the bus doors and the bus itself, and then fell through the world.

10 / 10, true bus driving experience.
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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Very good bus sim, It taught me how to be a bus driver and now I live a happy life of driving a bus :)
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48 of 83 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I would guess that this game appeals to the hardcore simualator gamers as it is in depth and complex, very detailed.

However, the tutorial is lacking quite a bit, or I'm daft, in either case it took me ages to get the frigging bus out of the garage.
Trying to use my Wheel along with the game was a drag since there ain't no sensitivity adjustment so that has to be set in windows.

If you are going to play this, I'd recommend watching a youtube tutorial beforehand.

If you get past the initial stage I'd guess that it has value, on the simulator department, but make no mistake, this ain't no Euro Truck Simulator 2, which I found was very easy to get into and had a good level of simulator vs intuitive gameplay.

My 2 cents.
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