Friday, 2 July 2010
Desert Bus is a prank mini-game from the unreleased Pen & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors for Mega CD. Players were tasked with a real time drive from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to fretting passengers, the player is unable to reach any speed higher than 45 miles per hour. These unalterable health and safety concerns mean the journey takes an unbroken playtime of eight hours to complete. You are unable to pause the game, and the bus has a natural veer that must be constantly corrected. Players advance down an uncluttered blank line, devoid of any detail or incident. Leave the road, and your bus is towed back to Tucson, again in real time. Reach Vegas and you're rewarded with a single point and given the option of a return leg. Desert Bus was the brainchild of Eddie Gorodetsky, future producer of Charlie Sheen shitcom Two and a Half men.