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PC Game Review

Bus-Simulator 2


Format: PC
Excalibur Publishing
RRP: £24.99
5 060020 474156
Age Restrictions: 3+
Available 25 June 2010

Take control of the wheel as you aim to become a public transport mogul and build a successful bus company. With twelve detailed buses to drive and a huge map, featuring everything from the inner city to the harbour, villages and country roads, the choice of route network is yours...

Bus-Simulator 2 is a pretty interesting addition to the simulator market. As well as the general bus driving aspect, you can also create your business to best serve your customers and to generate profit. This means making the difficult decisions. Will you continue to expand your fleet of service buses or will you venture into the lucrative coach tour market? Navigate through city traffic and adhere to speed limits to carry your passengers safely whilst keeping to your chosen timetable...

After successfully completing your route, return to the bus station and take the wheel of any service due to depart, or take some time to manage your business. Set ticket prices, upgrade your fleet and enter into advertising deals along the road to transport tycoon.

The game features 12 detailed and drivable bus models including low floor buses, articulated buses, interurban buses, coaches and shuttle buses, each complete with realistic cab controls and instruments. There is also a huge map in which to grow your transport empire, featuring city, industrial, rural and suburban zones each with their own passenger needs. You can also create your own routes with the integral route editor and build your business as you purchase new buses and upgrade your existing fleet to best serve the requirements of your customers.

The graphics were better than I was expecting, and it was interesting to be able see each passenger as they entered the bus and bought their ticket. The only real complaint I had was that the game was a bit of a nightmare to master for those of us who drive on the left hand side of the road. The buses are all left hand drive and the game play takes place in areas where they drive on the right hand side of the road. Otherwise, this is a pretty engaging offering.


Nick Smithson

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