OMSI: The Bus Simulator
The simulation games genre is one of the most popular genres in the industry. Games like The Sims and Tycoon games gave the player a unique experience of controlling people, their lives, businesses and other aspects of real life. On the other hand, OMSI: The Bus Simulator let players experience the daily job of a bus driver.
The following gameplay description will help you better understand the functionality of the game.
This game takes place in West Germany in the 1980s. In this game you play as an Omni Bus driver, who is driving on his daily route. You get to drive from one bus stop to another where passengers are already waiting for you. Once you stop the bus and press the red button on the dashboard, the bus door opens. The passengers get in and you get to move to the next stop. You have to press the button to shut the door before you continue to the next stop. It might feel like a bit repetitive but once you start playing it, the high levels of control will get you addicted to the game.
Another great thing about the game is the controls and when I say controls I don’t mean the controls on your keyboard. OMSI: The Bus Simulator gives you a real bus driving experience by giving you control of a variety of different aspects on the bus. From accelerator to the brakes, from indicators to the horn and from changing the gears to even using a calculator, you get to experience a lot of amazing controls. In addition to that you can also open or shut the glass window of the bus. The sound effects are also very realistic which adds a lot of value to the gameplay.
How Does It Match To Other Bus Simulation Games
OMSI: The Bus Simulator isn’t the only bus simulation game in the market. The last decade has seen a lot of game developing companies come out with their own versions of car and bus simulations games. Some of them are great as the real masterpiece, some not so much. However, they offer a unique gaming experience.
If we compare OMSI: The Bus Simulator 2011 to other bus simulation games of the same time, we can see that there are a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between the games.
Let’s take a look at some of the points that make OMSI: The Bus Simulator better than other bus simulation games in the market.
The Plus Points
- Wide range of different features on the dashboard (horn, indicators, door button and many other features)
- Interactive bus features
- Easy to use and control
- Great and realistic sound effects
- Passengers waiting on bus stops offer a realistic experience
The Down Sides
Now let’s take a look at some of the downsides or features that are being offered by other bus simulation games but lacking in OMSI: The Bus Simulator 2011.
- Lacks variety in buses
- Lacks variety in location
- Graphics are lower than some of the other games in the market
OMSI: The Bus Simulator offers a great bus driving experience and makes the players feel like they are actually driving a bus. However, there is a lack of variety in the game for which we are going to take away 2 points.
So we are going to rate it a solid 8/10 for the realistic gameplay and ease of control.
Download OMSI: The Bus Simulator
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP