The legendary game Desert Bus, in which the protagonist has the task of driving a slightly defective bus for eight hours (real) row through an incredibly monotonous expanse between Arizona and Nevada - has finally come to Oculus Rift and Vive as Desert Bus VR.
The title has a long and fascinating history since it was originally created in the mid-90 by Penn and Teller wizards as part of an unpublished miniature compilation, known as Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors.
Smoke and Mirrors was a collection of games designed largely to deceive friends, and was intended for publication on Mega-CD Sega. By the time it was ready for marketing, however, the Mega-CD was virtually dead. As a result, no one was interested in collecting the inheritance at the time when Absolute Entertainment publisher failed.
The story of Smoke and Mirrors would end but with an unusual turn of fate, he began to gain fame a few years later when a reporter sent his print copy to Lost Levels, a website specializing in unreleased games. Desert Bus's legacy then exploded in 2007, when the LoadingReadyRun crew decided to play a game marathon to raise funds for the Child's Play charity. The event, known as Desert Bus for Hope, takes place every year since then, collecting almost 4,5 millions of dollars in total.
The attraction of Desert Bus resides in part in its absurdity and partly in its banality, along with a punitive challenge. The trip - from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada - is executed entirely in real time, but the speed of the bus is limited to only 45 miles per hour. As such, a journey lasts about eight hours without passengers and without any exciting scenery. The most engaging moment is when an insect crashes on the windshield around the five-hour trip.