Imagine you're at the wheel of a bus. Your job is to transport passengers around the city, driving 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 completely different to all those other racing games: Bus Driver stresses legality on the roads.
Bus Driver offers twelve different buses to drive, an expansive city environment with various districts, and thirty routes with varying weather conditions set at differing times of day. You can send children to school, transport workers in the peak hour and ferrying people through tourist destinations on a double-decker sightseeing bus.
The game is very short, however, and many glitches occur. The game seems to think that the failure to indicate to change lanes on a road is more punishable than driving on the footpath. And running a red light is more severe than ramming into a concrete wall at 70km/hr. Also, the changing of traffic lights is very dodgy; at the exact instant one light turns red, the other turns green.
Bus Driver is also educational for young adults learning to drive, but to us Australians, they drive on the wrong side of the road. The game doesn't let you change the units from imperial to metric, so you're stuck with trying to figure out how fast 40mph is in km/hr. Bus Driver also has no speed limit in its city, so you'll find yourself easily zooming past other cars and buses while swerving to miss them.
The most ANNOYING feature of the game, apart from its American features, is the "Overbraking - Distressed Passengers" notification. When you brake, you must brake, release then continue repeating this process over and over until the bus finally grinds to a halt. The Overbraking offence is more severe than hitting a car, and of the same severity as crashing into a wall.
Leaving passengers behind at a bus stop is worth 10 times the penalty of overbraking twice or running a red light. 100 points is deducted for each passenger left behind, so if you fail to pick up 20 passengers, your score would immediately come crashing down to -2000 points.
Missing a bus stop is impossible if you wish to finish the route. The next bus stop will not be illuminated if you don't visit the previous one. There also is not restart option, so you must finish the route and select Retry, or exit and start over.
Overall, Bus Driver is a good game for Americans or people living in countries where they don't drive on the left side of the road, but it is excellent for everyday relaxation, enjoyment and fun.