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A horrible game, for charity!

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Despite what the epic reviews say on the iTunes store, Desert Bus is the worst game.  Ever.  No really, this is a horrible game.  However, they are doing their next charity drive and raising tons of money for the children.  Think about the children and throw your money at the poor guys who have to play this horrible game.

Desert Bus is a parody game created by comedians and performers, Penn and Teller.  As explained in the New Yorker

“Every few years, video games are blamed in the media for all of the ills in society,” said Teller. “In the early nineteen-nineties, I wrote an article for the New York Times citing all the studies that show video games have no effect on a child’s morals. But we wanted to create some entertainment that helped make the point.” The conversation with Gorodetsky seeded the idea of a video game that casts the player as a bus driver in a rote simulation. “The route between Las Vegas and Phoenix is long,” said Teller. “It’s a boring job that just goes on and on repetitiously, and your task is simply to remain conscious. That was one of the big keys—we would make no cheats about time, so people like the Attorney General could get a good idea of how valuable and worthwhile a game that just reflects reality would be.

That’s exactly what the game is – an 8-hour bus drive through an unchanging landscape.  Yup, that’s it: 360 miles (579km) of simulated desert and a bus.  Oh, but apparently somewhere around the 5 hour mark you can end up with a bug splat – be careful!  One successful trip earns you one point – 8 hours of play and you get one point.  Just imagine what the high-score board must look like.

However, Desert Bus inspired an awesome charity – Desert Bus for Hope.  You donate money and it forces the team to play Desert Bus for longer.  Their first year, the team hit a high score of 5 points with 108 hours of continuous play, they are now going into their 7th year.  All proceeds go to Child’s Play, a charity that gives video games, toys and books to children’s wards in hospitals.  Such a worthy cause.  Also, it’s a form of sadism – with every dollar you give, you are forcing these poor guys to suffer through another hour of Desert Bus!  Let’s all go be sadists for a good cause.

Donate here, or buy the game on iOS or Android!

Last Updated: July 17, 2013


  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    July 17, 2013 at 14:35

    0_o woah


    • That Green Twit

      July 17, 2013 at 14:36



  2. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    July 17, 2013 at 14:37

    I will say this though. Hats off to the guys for doing this for charity


  3. Trevor Davies

    July 17, 2013 at 14:38

    So it’s basically a game about a WoW mount trollol


    • That Green Twit

      July 17, 2013 at 14:42



  4. RinceWind

    July 17, 2013 at 14:41

    Bluudy clever! I want a game that plays like Kenji’s Castle (or whatever it is), those weird ass Japanese games. Can you image! Swing bitch, yeah, INTO that wall you go! I’d spend an entire month’s pay on that!


    • matthurstrsa

      July 18, 2013 at 07:04

      You must be referring to Takeshi’s Castle?


  5. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    July 17, 2013 at 14:47

    One review : “This game really starts to pick up after the 30 hour mark.” lol


  6. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    July 17, 2013 at 14:48

    Oh and this


  7. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    July 17, 2013 at 14:54

    Stil better than Farm Simulator 🙂


  8. Argentil

    July 17, 2013 at 15:25

    Poor guys = Penn & Teller


  9. Andre116

    July 17, 2013 at 17:44

    So…has there been in influx of kids becoming bus drivers after the game was released?

    Love Penn and Teller though. Not so much for their magic, but for their show Bullshit. I wonder if the video games thing ever featured on Bullshit.


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