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.
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Mixed (659 reviews) - 67% of the 659 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 22, 2007

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Reviews

“Bus Driver is one of the most unique games I've played for a long time strictly because it’s a realistic bus driving simulation and on top of that, it’s actually fun. If you’re looking for a fresh gaming experience and you’re not afraid to try something new, I highly recommend this game.”
8 – Cosmos Gaming

“You get penalized if you’re too fast or too slow, or if the passengers are unhappy, or if you forget to use your blinker. This did not sound like the makings of a fun game. Happily, I was completely wrong.”
7.3 – Strategy Informer

About This Game

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.

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.

Key features


  • 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 schoolbus, transporting tourists, sight-seeing 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
  • Large city to drive in, with several districts of varying styles (modern, old-town, suburb, airport, harbour, and more).
  • Living roads, with intelligent traffic controlled by our AI system.
  • Non-violent gameplay, bus game suitable for everybody.
  • From the makers of truck simulation games in the 18 Wheels of Steel series and the Euro Truck Simulator series, a solid contender in the bus driving games category.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1GHz Pentium III or equivalent
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.3 compatible 64MB AGP with hardware T&L
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.5GHz Pentium IV or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.5 compatible 128MB PCI Express with hardware T&L
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: DirectX compatible gamepad or steering wheel
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Jay Gridley
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Man.... this is like Crazy Taxi without any of the crazy. It is slow as hell. If you use the Xbox 360 controller, it seems to always accelerate unless you hold the brake.
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karlok00
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
this game is amazing
it has great physics and great graphics this game is a must have brings many minutes of fun
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IStealYourWife
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
keyboard control is really bad
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nltimv
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Boring ... Just boring

Play OMSI 2 instead
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PcMatt
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
BUY THIS ONLY IF ON SALE. This game lacks any real detail to the game. But actually has some challengeness in it. I got this game when I bought the ETS 2 Bundle. For $3 like it is right now, it's probably worth it. Anymore than that and I wouldn't buy it though.
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[Ӻ.ɧ]TrippyHippy
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A+ graphics
10/10 should bang
buy*
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Prime Time
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Bought this together with the ETS2 bundle and I enjoyed this as a kid.


But that was when I didn't really care how ♥♥♥♥♥♥ the driving mechanics are. The controls are absolutely horrendous and the graphics are mediocre at best.

Did I enjoy this game? Back when I was kid for sure but today...

Do I recommend this game? Well yeah if you're looking for a cheap bus simulator game and can't afford any other and if it's on sale because it's definitely not worth $7


I still think it's better to just save up your money and buy ETS2 or ATS.
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bellcc
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
The fact that I can play this on Windows 98 is great. I would totally buy this to play on my ancient laptop while on the plane.

10/10 :D
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Deluxxz
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
I really like this game! I got it in a bundle with ETS2 and some other driving games, and I recommend this game, the controlls are smooth ,gameplay is atractive even if the graphics are a little bit outdated
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Darth Nox
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
An enjoyable bus driving sim with lots of different buses and routes. Once you learn how to brake gently it's a lot of fun to play. Just watch out for the traffic lights, they change very rapidly and it can be tough to stop in time without a braking penalty.
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74 of 80 people (93%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Pros:
+Nostalgic for anyone who played it back when it released
+Graphics aren't absolutely atrocious
+Speed limits and most major traffic laws mean nothing
+Your passengers scream for joy whenever you brake
+If you use your turn signal you can drive on the shoulder and bypass all traffic
+You can turn from any lane at an intersection and other cars will stop to let you through
+This also works with changing lanes, just cut everyone off they don't mind
+No cops to stop you from driving like a complete maniac

Cons:
-No cops to stop you from driving like a complete maniac
-Severe lack of a speed metal soundtrack
-No customization or upgrades for your buses
-You either put ten minutes or hours into this game, either way you will be filled with a sense of regret
-Slow paced and gets boring after a while
-No speed boosts or power ups of any kind

6.5/10 You will arrive at the gates of Valhalla, shiny and chrome.
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68 of 74 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
I go into driving simulators expecting the worst and sometimes I find a game that is, relaxing, enjoyable and challenging, even if its still dull. Bus Driver puts you in the driver's seat of several different buses on several different routes that you have to chose from. While it would be easy to dismiss a game like this, I will give it credit for having a subtle, deep and nuanced driving system.

Its a game that takes patience that I'm surprised I had when I am so used to playing fast pace arcade style racers. Each route can take around ten minutes, but later routes require more time. Its a real time investment and commitment that some people can muster, but there is always a challenge.

The driving is complex, slamming on the brakes might stop you faster, but it'll adjudicate your passengers into anger. Driving through a red light will get points deducted.Even changing lanes without using your turning signal is another infraction. Of course for every punishment there can be a reward. The game will give you points for successful stops at red lights and even lane changes. Cars behind you at red lights will honk for you to go, but your job as a bus driver is just tune it out.

Happy passengers will give you score bonuses. If you drive a full mile with no penalties or if your passengers stay happy, you earn a score. There is always incentive to keep everything running smooth in an environment that without patience can go catastrophic.

Because you're driving long buses, the mundane becomes the challenge and the focus. Turning a corner can turn into an accident; too wide and you'll run into the wrong lane if not slam into oncoming traffic. There is no damage for any accident, just a point deduction. If you turn too sharp, you could take out a lamp post, street light or hit a wall.

Your goal is so simple, yet challenging; stop at designated points, pick up passengers and drop them off; that's it. Oh it sounds simple, but its still difficult. Stopping without slamming on your brakes, having to rush to your next stop without infractions and of course waiting for people to get on or off your bus. You never see them enter or leave, they just disappear from the bus stop.

For what it lacks in human animations, it makes up for details in the city you drive in. There are firetrucks, ambulances, cars and other buses, but there are nice touches everywhere. Broken down semi trailers require you to shift lanes. You'll find construction here and there and parked cars can litter a road. I never expected the game to go that far to make the world feel real.

Another interesting diversity of the game are the highways and off ramps. Its more than just flat surfaces, you'll have to deal with the bus and all of its weight and momentum going up or down inclines. When you drive fast enough, the bus begins to rock. I'm not sure if that's the wind rocking you. It all blends together to make a more believable experience that you need to control these bus beasts.

While this is a believable, almost simulation like experience, the points system makes it still feel like a game. At the end of each route, you're score is tallies for passengers, delivery time, bonuses and penalties. The score then gets saved and the top six high scores stay with that route. Its good encouragement to keep trying to do better and better.

The game is broken up into six tiers, each of which has six or so routes with different buses. Each of the buses might look different, but they all feel the same. Perhaps there is some subtle nuance between them, but I never felt it. Once you finish a few routes, the next tier is unlocked.

Your routes take place in the same fictional city, but this city has a diverse array of places like downtown streets, snowy mountain roads, an airport roundabout and serine vistas overlooking ponds. While the graphics could be better, they are acceptable and around the good level. There are far worse games graphically, but if you expect to be dazzled, you'll be disappointed.

To guide you from stop to stop is your GPS that gives you a red dot and you just follow the path. Even better than that is the roads themselves will have flashing arrows indicating your next turn or if you go forward through a five corner crossroad.

On top of the city is the environment that changes from route to route. Downpours, night and fog are all here; as is bright and happy days. The rain never felt like it had an effect on the brakes like coming down a hill does.

There are only two types of cameras, one that follows behind the bus, which can make it difficult to see any cars directly in front of you. The camera seems to be slightly to the side of the bus, which feels off, but it does allow you to see a bit down your nose. The other camera puts you into the grill of your bus. I would say its first person, but in this case, you see what your headlights do. You won't find any behind the wheel angles here, in fact it makes me feel like I'm less of a bus driver and more of the bus itself.

For a game called Bus Driver, I expected more of a career and the ability to select a driver to be my character. Instead the routes have text blurbs explaining them, but they're almost always the same. Later tiers offer a few deviations, such as follow a helicopter, ignore the laws and get prisoners to a new penitentiary without injury. Its this sort of ingenuity that surprised me.

In terms of sound and music, Bus Driver is bare bones. The only music is in the menus and while playing the game itself, you'll hear the hypnotic hum of the engine and other realistic sounds such as air brakes and horns.

Its a game that is still engaging and enjoyable on some level, so why do I say stay away from it? Bus Driver is a very niche game. There are better games out there, but if you prefer driving games to racing games, this may be up your alley. Its a cheap game, but if it goes on sale, take a risk. Just expect the worst and you might end up having a delightful experience, or laughing that you can anger your passengers from braking too hard.
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85 of 101 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
What is there to say about this game? Is it corny, because it's about bus driving? It's stupid because it doesn't accomodate any guns?
No, as a matter of fact I'm glad that I bought this small game for my collection, just due to the fact that it's harder than you might expect at first glance.
The graphics are more than adequate on full settings and the controls are smooth. Especially with a Joy-Pad. The busses are nicely done and the sound effects are okay.
For this price "Bus Driver" delivers and not only passengers, but a nice and relaxing gaming experience for those who want to play something else besides shooters and strategy games.
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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
A lot of people don't recommend because they come to this game thinking that they would shoot cops and kill people. What the heck were you thinking? This game is what it sounds. You drive. You drive. And you do missions. No free-roaming(which kinda sucks) but missions. If you want to drive a bus and pick up people, buy it. If you want to shoot people and drive cars, get GTA4 or Saints Row 4.
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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
NOTE: Review based on digital retail release that I have completed. Not the Steam version.

A classic from SCS.

The game is basically broken up into bite-sized missions where you take a specific bus type on a single route, picking up and dropping off passengers in a variety of locations and weather conditions. Early missions are usually under five minutes, steadily increasing over more advanced tiers. You're scored in real time along the way for obeying common traffic rules and docked points for upsetting your passengers (breaking too hard, running lights, etc.) along the way. At the end of your route your score is tallied and put in a high-score table.

Presentation-wise, the graphics are dated (technically), but since it's a '07 title it takes next to nothing to crank all the settings up to 11, giving the game a clean, inviting look. It comes off as super charming, with a vivid and colorful pallet. The constantly-updating UI overlays just scream classic SEGA sit-down arcade racer fun. Overall, the game has a very unique look that gives it a lot of personality. And because it's going for a more cartoonish look, I think it's aged FAR better visually than older SCS truck-sim titles of the same period.

Finally, the game can be very challenging as you get further into the missions. Obeying traffic laws while keeping your passengers happy and on time takes strict focus, which tests your meddle over longer 10 & 15+ minute routes.

I think Bus Driver is a hidden gem from SCS that could be too easily overlooked based on the screenshots. The game is a ton of fun, more arcade in nature than the simulation that SCS is known for. Great for short-burst gaming or prolonged sessions. It's got a nice price tag too.

SCS has a free demo for it on thier website.

http://www.scssoft.com/download_bus_driver_demo.php

Play it with a 360 pad if you can.

If you enjoyed ETS2 and are curious to try some SCS history, you can't go wrong with Bus Driver.
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122 of 166 people (73%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I wouldnt reccomend playing this sober.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
I got the highest rating possible (gold star) in every mission...
I had NO REASON to do this.
The game plays more like a college project than something professionally made, which is probably why it came unannounced and pre-packaged with Euro Truck Simulator.

Either way, the game clearly has love put into it. It's simple, but quirky.

Pros:
-get rewarded for cutting people off - their velocity drops to 0 as soon as you jump in front of them no matter how fast you're going...this allows for some neat bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic
-timer pressure. especially in the early missions, its difficult to drive safely and not be late to the stops...for whatever reason, twas a fun challenge to me
-there are prisoner escort missions wherein you dont have to follow any traffic rules
-after playing, i understand why such a high percentage of bus drivers are depressed

Cons:
-every other vehicle can go from a speed of 0 to top speed instantly...this happens often at red lights
-the penalty for not stopping at a redlight is 3x higher than hitting another vehicle head-on at full speed
-sometimes the arrows on the street that indicate where to turn are misleading
-if you arrive at a stop early, you have to sit and wait until youre on time
-you don't lose points for being late, you simply get less of a bonus
-after completing every mission...there's nothing. no "congratulations" screen, no credits, nothing...you're simply redirected to the main menu where you can comfortably regret the hours you wasted on this game
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Bus Driver is a game released by SCS Software back in 2007 so it's a pretty damn old game but still a really good game!
The game is about driving 12 different type of bus models around a map that is pretty big with living roads, the map also features snow areas!

There's 6 Tiers in the game, Tier 1-6. The first Tier is easy but once you progress further in the game the missions get harder and the trips get longer.
The game also has day time and night time, also different weathers.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I'm not sure what the passengers were screaming about I got them there on time....

10/10 would run red light again
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
This is a wonderful bus simulation that almost accuratley portrays how the transportation system is in real life. Very educational, but there are a few tweaks that need to be made.

Pro's: Excellent driving simulation.
Weather conditions.
Detailed cities, and highways.
Realisitic driving.
Hours of gameplay.

Cons: No speed limit and the police officers just sit there if you doing something wrong.
Cars in front of you stop way too fast causing accidents to happen quite frequently.
When driving in rain or snow there is barely any difference in your driving like it implies.
Turning the bus is difficult in tight corners especially when there are cars beside you that turn sharply.

Other than those issues I expect a lot out of this, and I'm sure the creators haven't alreeady thought of these and will have more updates soon. Overall this is an amazing game and I would definitely recommend it.


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