The 10th Annual Desert Bus for Hope, the extremely tedious bus driving game from the minds of Penn and Teller. The team at LoadingReadyRun produce Desert Bus for Hope and throw in other things to keep you entertained beyond watching one of the dullest games ever created.
The game never saw an official release although it was intended for SEGA CD as part of the Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors disc which was due to release in April 1995. By the time the game was complete, SEGA CD was a dead platform and no one was interested in picking it up for their platform.
In Desert Bus, one of the mini-games from the game, players drive from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in a bus travelling 45mph. One way takes eight hours to complete and awards you one point upon completion. Then… You drive back and repeat.
The game cannot be paused so Desert Bus for Hope uses a team that take turns and switch drivers while the game is still running.
The bus travels on a straight road with no traffic but don’t think you can just jam down the accelerator and go, the bus continuously pulls to the right throughout the journey meaning that through all the “excitement” you are just trying to keep on track.
Although the landscape never changes, an insect does splat on the windshield at the five hour point on the first trip, and on the return trip the light fades, with differences at dusk. Later a pitch black road where the player is guided only with headlights makes the journey that little bit more difficult.
For more, check out the official website of Desert Bus for Hope.