Vintage joke recreation Desert Bus, the place gamers drive the eight-hour journey from Tuscon to Las Vegas in a wonky bus which veers barely to the fitting, is now remade in full trendy fancy-o-vision as Desert Bus VR. Published by Borderlands devs Gearbox, this new model is totally free, it provides on-line multiplayer, and sure, it has a non-VR model too. The unique Desert Bus was a part of an unreleased Sega CD recreation, Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors (sure, Penn & Teller the wizards), which leaked on-line then got here to fame by way of Desert Bus for Hope, the annual charity fundraiser marathon.
Desert Bus has gamers drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas in actual time by way of a uninteresting desert, eight hours of holding forwards and steering barely to the left to keep away from going off the street. If that occurs, god show you how to, you’ll be towed backwards to Tuscon – additionally in actual time. Reach Las Vegas and your grand reward is one level and the chance to take a return journey.
The new Desert Bus VR remakes this expertise in full 3D fancy-o-vision, giving us a dingy bus with trashed seats and nonetheless a lot nothing to see. You can flip your head and go searching, although. Online multiplayer means passengers can now be a part of to sit down, wave, and throw paper on the driver. I sadly couldn’t discover a bus to affix after I tried.
Desert Bus VR additionally provides a radio, with programmes together with Penn Jillette speaking concerning the recreation’s origins amidst the violent online game ethical panic of the ’90s.
When Jillette gabbed final 12 months about making a brand new Desert Bus, he said it will come as a part of “a bundle of games,” like the unique was in Smoke and Mirrors. Well, I see solely this, however I’m not complaining.
You can obtain Desert Bus VR without cost from Steam. The launch date, yesterday, was chosen by a successful donor from this 12 months’s Desert Bus for Hope. 2017’s occasion raised $651,766.51 for the charity Child’s Play.