Anyone who played Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors back on the old SEGA CD will no doubt have fond memories of the mini-games found inside the bonkers release. One such mini-game is Desert Bus – a game that tasks the player with driving a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas. And that’s it. It’s as inoffensive as games can get, really, as all you do is drive a bus at a maximum speed of 45mph. You don’t run anyone down. You don’t race anyone else. You don’t even see another person. You might see the occasional rock if you’re paying attention – and you should be paying attention as the bus veers slightly to the right and if you go off the road you’ll be towed back to Tuscon. In real-time. Oh, and the game can’t be paused.
The game was a cheeky bit of commentary when it released way back when SEGA was still in the console arms race, but it’s still kind of relevant now; not all games are hyper violent. Some are just… tedious. It literally takes eight hours of non-stop play to drive your bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas, and if you complete the journey you’ll get a point. A single point. Making the return trip will get you another point. What do the points mean? Nothing!
The odd mini-game has recently been rated for a PSVR release by the PEGI ratings board, so it’s expected to hit the PSN sometime soon. It shouldn’t cost too much, mind you, considering the game is available to download for free on PC.
The PEGI rating notes that it is being published by Gearbox Publishing and that it has a release date of 31/12/2018. That’s obviously not quite right, so keep an eye out here on Pure PlayStation for more of this Game of the Year 2019 material.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)