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Penn & Teller’s Desert Bus Hits iOS and Android: the World’s Most Boring Game in the Palm of Your Hand

by Lambert Varias

Desert Bus is one of the mini-games from Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, an unreleased Sega CD game from the mid-90s. The game has players drive a bus in first-person from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada, a trip that takes about 8 hours, just to earn a measly point. How’s that for realism? Now the game is available on mobile devices, in case your life is too exciting and you just need to dial things down a bit.

desert bus ios and android by amaateur pixels

As if the 8-hour long drive wasn’t punishment enough, the eponymous bus can only go up to 45mph and ever so slightly veers to the right. You can’t just hold down the button that steers it to the left or spam the gas, otherwise the bus will drift off the road. And if you drive the bus off the road? You’ll be towed back to Tucson. In real time. Also you can’t pause the game. And people say Dark Souls is hard. Here’s a taste of this masochist’s wet dream, courtesy of YouTuber Phrasz013:

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The game became popular when the sketch comedy group Loading Ready Run launched Desert Bus for Hope. A fundraiser for Child’s Play, every year the LRR crew subject themselves to the agony of playing Desert Bus in exchange for money. Now you too can join in on the suffering. Developer Amateur Pixels ported the game to both Android and iOS, with all proceeds going to Child’s Play as well. Of course you can just pay $0.99 to get the game and not play it. The way I see it, this is a new standard for measuring battery life. How far into the trip can your device – and you – last?

[via Touch Arcade]




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