Win the daily battle with the clock—become a bus driver! In Bus Simulator, you will take the controls of one of 6 true-to-life city buses, licensed by companies such as MAN, and drive your passengers through 5 realistic districts of a city.
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Release Date: Mar 2, 2016

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August 4

Bus Simulator 16: Update 5 available now!



Dear community,

We are happy to present you today the latest update for Bus Simulator 16. Next to bug fixes and further game improvements the update also offers new features like the support for custom screen resolutions as well as five new missions for ambitious bus drivers. We hope you will enjoy the ride!

Patch notes:

Bug Fixes:

  • On a roundtrip drive, the destination display on the bus is now properly updated once the first half of the drive is done.
  • Fixed deadzone and settings issues for Logitech Driving Force GT (were introduced with Update 4).
  • Made the indicator lights a bit darker.
  • Fixed bad performance on Windows when Force Feedback was enabled but no FFB controller could be found.

New Features
  • Added support for custom screen resolutions.
  • A warning is displayed if the selected screen aspect ratio exceeds 21 : 9.
  • Added five new missions including VO.

Note: There might be clipping issues in the first person mode if the aspect ratio of a custom resolution exceeds 21:9. This issue can be reduced by decreasing the FOV but might not completely disappear.

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July 4

Bus Simulator 16: Update 4 available now!



Dear community,

our fourth major update for Bus Simulator 16 is now available for download here on Steam. In addition to the new "ROUNDTRIP" feature which allows to drive a route back and forth, so you will be able to drive a route back after you've completed it, the update also offers a general Force Feedback support for the most common steering wheels as well as further bug fixes and game improvements. Here is an overview of the changes:

Patchnotes:

Features:

  • "öäüß" are now allowed as characters in input-fields
  • Implemented general ForceFeedback (for non-Logitech(R) steering wheels) based on DirectInput
  • Logitech G25 and G29, and Thrustmaster T150 and T300RS are now properly recognized by the game
  • Most wheels will now have a proper default key binding
  • Implemented roundtrip feature

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed bus-stats display in owned busses and shop menu
  • Fixed label on police and ambulance cars not fitting in some languages
  • All options now fit again in the game settings tab in main menu
  • Fixed issue that bus name was displayed incorrectly when too long
  • With mouse steering enabled, the steering input does no longer change while the menu is open
  • When starting the game for the first time, it changes to windowed mode if not running at native resolution (to avoid the bug that the mouse position is offset)
  • Improved kneeling bonus detection: it is now checked for the first passenger who boards or unboards the bus at a given stop
  • Fixed wrong advertisement texture on big busstops
  • Improved GPS path calculations, covering several more edge cases where paths were not ideal
  • Added threshold to the "Wrong One-Way Direction" penalty (to avoid certain false-positives)

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About This Game

Win the daily battle with the clock—become a bus driver!

Six true-to-life city buses, including two Lion’s City buses licensed by MAN, and a gigantic freely accessible world are waiting for you in Bus Simulator 16. Transport your passengers to their destinations across five authentic city districts safely and on time. Drive a two-door, three-door, or a true-to-life articulated bus through commuter traffic at rush hour, watch out for emergency vehicles, and take detours around construction sites. But watch out, or you will get into trouble for accidents and traffic violations!

You also have to maintain order inside the bus. Calm upset passengers, repair stuck doors, sell tickets correctly, and extend the ramp for wheel chair passengers in a timely manner. You will have to be efficient if you want to stick to your schedule, as it is only by doing this that you will build up your reputation in the city, earn the trust of your passengers, and most importantly, make money! The better your reputation, the larger the contracts you can secure, and the more buses will be available to your company in the shop. Unlock additional districts of the city and carefully plan routes for the employees you will acquire in the included job exchange.

As you grow more successful, you will also acquire more and more advertising banners for your buses, which bring in additional money. If your buses are too dull, you can paint and decorate them with unlockable decals, ensuring that your passengers reach their destinations in the coolest way possible.

You think bus drivers are lonely? Not in Bus Simulator 16! Invite your friends into your game in multiplayer mode and let them take over routes for you. The money they earn can be used to expand your shared company and thus perfect public transportation in your city.

You want to drive even more buses and arrange Sunny Springs to fit your expectations? Then you can just construct the city to suit your own taste. Bus Simulator 16 is mod-friendly, and you can use programs like Blender and Gimp to adjust the visual appearance of the existing buses to your liking, as well as integrate your own custom buses and buildings into the game.

Features:

  • 6 realistic buses: 2 door buses, 3 door buses, and articulated buses
  • 2 MAN Lion’s City buses
  • Gigantic freely accessible city with 5 authentic districts that you can unlock one by one, for a great open-world experience
  • Plan your own routes and drive them yourself
  • A multitude of pedestrians and vehicles with different behaviors bring the city alive
  • Various challenging traffic situations (rush hour, mobile road works, demonstrations, emergency vehicles)
  • Unforeseen situations such as stuck doors and special requests from your passengers constantly demand your attention
  • Follow the traffic rules and stick to your schedule in order to unlock the various buses, districts, and missions
  • Manage your company, hire drivers with various characteristics and skills, and optimize your routes and your profit
  • Manage your bus company with your friends in multiplayer mode
  • Customize your buses with different colors and decals
  • Modding: Customize your buses and your city to suit your individual tastes, acquire new buses, and integrate them into the game
  • Popular steering wheels and gamepads are supported
  • With english Voice Overs

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 with 3.3 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 96OT with 3.0 GHz or comparable processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 470 (1 GB VRAM) or comparable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: List of unsupported graphic chips (excerpt): Intel HD 3000 / 4400 / 5500 / 6100; GeForce GT 240 / 630 / 730; GeForce GT 540M / 640M / 740M / 840M / 940M; Radeon R7 240; Radeon R9 M275; Intel Iris 6100
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 with 3.40 GHz / AMD FX-8320E with 3.2 GHz or comparable processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB VRAM) or comparable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Core i5 or comparable processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 5200 or comparable graphics card
    • Storage: 4500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: List of unsupported graphic chips (excerpt): Intel HD 3000 / 4000 / 4400 / 5000 / 5500 / 6000; Intel Iris 6100
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Core i7 or comparable processor
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M395X (4 GB VRAM) or comparable graphics card
    • Storage: 4500 MB available space
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cat246810muzz
33.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
love "playing" this game love driving around picking people up that kind of stuff then it goes down...

at 1st i lovED this game but when i launched it one time every glitched out double buses that sort of stuff then i launched it again like couple weeks later i start, display goes ♥♥♥♥ by that i mean you only see to top (the x the square and then the - yes i know what their real names) then it crashed i've tried every thing to try and fix but nothing worked if you know how to fix please tell me.

but this the only 2 bugs i have encountered
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jonesollie64
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥
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MCGISTICS
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Do not buy this game it os a total load of crap there is no proper control with it and the graphics are total ♥♥♥♥♥,
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TSRVTC - CC | Senka Wolf
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Bus Sim 16 is a nice game to play especially where you and your friends can build a company together. However, with a recommended spec PC I don't even get stable 30fps on the lowest settings. Also some of the animations are sloppy such as the mirrors where they don't update or move fluently along as you drive and the steering and movement can be choppy. Along with the price tag I don’t think it’s worth the full amount of £20. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice however I would save my money wait for Fernbus to sort its issues out then buy that instead.
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TheCrafterSpots
27.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
its just fun! make route drive route drive route again maby buy another exiting bus repeat!
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Harambae
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
The amount of negative reviews this game has is quite annoying, as the game is definately reccomended.

I bought this game after reading hate about it thinking it was going to be not the best of simulators and not what I expected, but for £18.99 this game is worth it. It is quite hard to get used to but after a bit of practice you will find it a lot of fun. I ran the game full max with no problem, my pc specs are listed on my steam page.

The tutorial at the start of the game may put people off because its a silly introduction to a game but the management side of the game is really well detailed. Even though the buses aren't of the highest detail it is still a really enjoyable simulator for anyone.

I find this a very enjoyable simulator, the developers have really gone to town with the detail of the game, which is always nice to see.

This game is 100% worth it, no matter how old you are this game will definately please anyone.
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The-amazing-spiderman
64.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
i bought this game and why it asked me that ihave to buy again?
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damien
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
There might be a nice game in here. However with a recommended spec PC I don't even get stable 30fps on the lowest settings. What I do notice is that my GPU RAM is always maxed out at 2GB (in comparison ATS and ETS use well under 1GB while looking way nicer and running fluently) and uses about 7GB RAM. This seems somewhat excessive, given the performance is still bad.
Also, for a bus simulator, the driving mechanics leave a lot to be desired.
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Tectreck
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
I would not recommend this game if u have played other driving sims before because the physiks of the game are kinda broken and the game by tiself is not very well optimized. I have a gtx 970 and i couldnt play the game on high because I only got like 50 fps. The camera angles are broken in this game. U cannot look in both side mirrors at the same time without moving ur over sensitiv mouse. U cannot regulated ur mouse sensitivity. Overall i dont find the game that entertaining
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KevFahey
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Was told about this game from a few friends and was told it was a much better alternative to omsi, I bought it and have had nothing but problems from poor frame rates and graphics quality.

I wouldn't advise anyone buying this if you are looking for a decent quality game, it lacks so much potential!
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Have to say I'm quite annoyed at the number of negative reviews on this game.

This is a very quality simulator, all be it with high run requirements. I have a fairly mid-high end PC, and I'm able to run it fine with no frame drops, freezing etc. As such, I will not comment any further on how the game runs, and i'll focus on the gameplay,

The start of the game is a little silly, and I can imagine that the tutorial puts quite a few people off. At first I also thought that the game would be a lot more arcadey than it is (based on the tutorial).
The part of the game that I love is the management side, unlike other Bus Simulation games you don't just hop into a bus and drive a pre-determined route. Sure, the actual bus might not be simulated to a high level of detail, but it has enough there to make it enjoyable and feel like a simulator.

I was also very supprised to see that there is mod support...which is fantastic! I've created a custom logo for my company and imported it as a mod. I can now use it as a decal to place on my buses (Which is another great feature).

One thing I noticed about this simulator, compared to other...non-super-realistic ones is that it doesnt punnish you as much. The ai traffic is fairly clever and will allow you to pull out of stops unharmed, and pedestrians will also wait before crossing the road if you're aproaching at speed.
Another point on this, the "score" markers that appear in the bottom left, normally detailing something that you have done well, or done poorly. I was under the impression that all of these affect your star rating etc...but they don't!
To give an example, my bus was diverted due to heavy traffic, and allong the diverted route a passenger requested that I stop. Upon stopping, the red marker popped up saying that I stopped at a stop that wasnt on the route. However, upon inspecting the tablet, which lists all of the factors that effect your rating it wasnt listed!

All in all I find this simulator very enjoyable, which can't be said for a lot of modern simulation games. It seems as if the developers put a little bit of love into this title, which is always nice to see.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
After reading a lot of negative reviews about performance issues, I was reluctant to buy this game since a lot of people with high end PCs (better than mine) were complaining about lag/fps issues. My PC meets the 'recommended specs' for this game. I can run the game with a few jitters on medium settings which is acceptable for me. I think the devs need to do more performance testing and adjust the recommended specs.

Now that the main issues are out of the way, what does this game do well? Well, the devs have clearly spent more time on gameplay (which is what I expect from a simulator). The AI is good (for the most part), cars will most of the time let you pull out if you indicate and as others have said pedestrians actually wait for you if you are approaching a crossing at speed before crossing the road. The only thing that has baffled me is when the lights are on green so I can turn right for example but the pedestrian crossing light is also on green on the road I am turning into so I have to slam my brakes on to avoid hitting people as they cross the road. This has only happened at a few intersections so its not too bad. If you pull up too close to the curb, pedestrians will get stuck trying to get on (but this is easily sorted by reversing and pulling up again). I haven't played the game enough to give a thorough overview of the management side of the game but so far I am enjoying it.

The devs are actively bringing out updates so hopefully they will sort out the issues in the game. Overall, I am enjoying the game thoroughly and would recommend it (based on gameplay quality not performance). I will warn you, if you are the type of person who wants the highest graphics settings and you exceed the recommended specs - be prepared to play on lower settings. If gameplay is your priority, you will probably enjoy playing the game. If you're thinking of buying the game, it might be best to wait a while until some of the major performance issues have been sorted.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
This is the bus simulator I have been waiting for! I love busses, but I could never find an accurate simulator that works. This is it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I have a lower end gaming pc and it runs this game fine. I enjoy the management aspect that other bus simulators don't provide. on a whole this is an enjoyable game, and people shouldn't turned away because of the large number of negitave reviews. I had/am having a good time playing this game, without pulling anything near 60fps.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
There might be a nice game in here. However with a recommended spec PC I don't even get stable 30fps on the lowest settings. What I do notice is that my GPU RAM is always maxed out at 2GB (in comparison ATS and ETS use well under 1GB while looking way nicer and running fluently) and uses about 7GB RAM. This seems somewhat excessive, given the performance is still bad.
Also, for a bus simulator, the driving mechanics leave a lot to be desired.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Bus Sim 16 is a nice game to play especially where you and your friends can build a company together. However, with a recommended spec PC I don't even get stable 30fps on the lowest settings. Also some of the animations are sloppy such as the mirrors where they don't update or move fluently along as you drive and the steering and movement can be choppy. Along with the price tag I don’t think it’s worth the full amount of £20. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice however I would save my money wait for Fernbus to sort its issues out then buy that instead.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Played 12 hrs and i think it is quite a good sim and can be quite challenging in getting to the route stops on time 7/10 i got frustrated with OMS 2 i have a GeForce 980 TI i7 Skylake CPU and could only play it on reduced threading or the game crashed or froze so this sim was a pleasent change for me I still play OMSI. If your not sure have a look at Squirrels youtube vids give you a great idea of the game and if you would enjoy it.For me happy to pay the price which i feel is fair .
Over 24 hrs played now opened up more off the game (Districts) got to give 8/10 its a good game make your own routes build up your company have has many buses as you like when you have earned the Cash hope you will support the DEVS and buy this game befor you do check out the youtube vids to make sure you will enjoy it happy gaming to you.
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177 of 205 people (86%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
֍ Not perfect, needs some work. Hands down more accessible and stable than OSMI 2. I streamed this for about 8 hours yesterday. It only crashed once. I guess if you have a potato pc then it might seem laggy. Overall my biggest complaints are no TrackIR support and the steering was hard to get smooth with my Thrustmaster RS500. All in all it is a pretty decent cheap game. Please note that most of the negative reviews have barely ANY time playing it. Please look at playtime when checking out the reviews here on Steam.

Pros:
♥ Innovative scenerios that pop up as you drive
♥ Random conversations with the passengers
♥ Modding ability (should bring this game to a whole new level)
♥ Challenging conditions
♥ No scenerio where you need to know the bus routes in Berlin in 1988 (which my wife from Germany couldnt even help me with).
♥ Simple GPS that works better than floating signs in the sky

Cons:
♡ GPS arrow should always point UP. It rotates and some of the roads get winding so it makes it hard to tell which way to turn at intersection
♡ Lack of TrackIR meant that its hard to turn your head and see oncoming traffic. I ended up killing 4 or so people and hit about 15 cars in 8 hours.
♡ Easy to go bankrupt if you try going too fast
♡ Decals and stickers are not rotateable so the ads sometimes look stupid

Closing thoughts
Overall this is a fine niche game. Look kiddos, it is not every day we get a bus sim. Stop being obtuse and see the good in things why dont ya? Bah Bah Baaaahhhh.
That is all
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I decided to rewrite my review to make it more helpful.

Some pros of the game:
- Affordable price
- Support for steering wheels
- Quality despite simplicity

Following may be pro/contra depending of what you are expecting:
- Simple control
- Simple game interface
- A scenario which keep you busy for about 20 hours of gameplay

Known genetic problems of this publisher:
- Game engine puts heavy load on your system
- AI is not very good. (Without great fails though.)

Some additional information:

- I found I drive better with keyboard than with steering wheel.

- Some people report 3-4 FPS. They have Intel HD graphics. Game should not be run with that graphics solution at all.

- Some people report 30 FPS on lowest settings, while having 60-70 FPS on best settings in other games. Raise settings from lowest at least to average and you still will have 30 FPS but better experience. It is not graphics what is putting heavy load on your system it is game engine what cause that number of FPS.

Recommendation:

- Don't buy if you have non-top laptop.
- Buy if you have steering wheel. (Not many games are utilizing that device good.)
- Buy for kid. (Affordable price and good ethics in game.)
- Buy for yourself if you have an hour or two after work and middle to top desktop. (Can be used in pair with weaker laptop with in-home streaming feature).

With my kind regards,
finomondo
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68 of 82 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they definitely put some nice features into this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywwig-zmBA0

First up, if you don't have 4 Gig of ram you might find the game crash when it's loading up, IF it even starts to load up that is. WAIT FOR A PATCH

Due to the fact that all assets are preloaded the game is a memory hog, that is not fun if you don't have the resources to spare. What's good about is the fact that by preloading you avoid all the issues that OMSI 2 has when it comes to moving around on maps.

The Ambience sounds are well done and the fact that you can overhear the passenger talking and laughing and somewhat reacting to your driving style helps with your imersion.

Engine sounds as well as sounds from the gearbox are mediocre, but they work until mods will fix it, and that bring us to the next point.

The driving physics deserve some more TLC, the bus seems too easy to handle at times and too unforgiving at others, especially when you try to drive in and out of the depot the bump of the sidewalk is significantly overdone

Mod support/ stem workshop support is what I believe will push the game from meh to wow.

Overall I think it gets a lot right and does deserve the name Simulator as such it is of course best played with a wheel or at the very least a controller
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