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Store:  Strategy Games
Genre:  Rail & Network
Format:  Board Games

Bus


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Ages Play Time Players
14+ 150-180 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Jeroen Doumen, Joris Wiersinga

Manufacturer(s): Splotter Spellen

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Product Description

After a flood of train games it is nice to see another transport system featured in a game. Bus is about developing a bus system in an expanding city. The game is played on a large map, which is promised to be a delight for experienced gamers (!), and it features 3 types of buildings: homes, offices and bars. Citizens spend their entire lives travelling from their homes to work to the bar and back home again, and it is the players job to build a bus system that keep this infrastructure effective in order to obtain the ultimate goal: to earn a lot of money.

You can do this by buying more buses, expanding your lines, or making sure your bus rides before any other busses do--that will allow you to take away other people's passengers. But you can also decide to build new houses, offices and bars at strategic locations--or to attract more people to the city so that you can earn more. If other players don't lure them away....

Each turn, players decide which actions to take by using two or more of their action tokens--players have 20 to spend as they please during the game. Timing is all-important, so the game is all about interaction--guessing, or if you're clever, foreseeing what the other companies are going to do. There is no luck involved, but it does contain a weird twist in the form of a mad scientist. He has discovered a machine that can stop the time--which will really hurt most bus companies, but perhaps not all.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Jeroen Doumen, Joris Wiersinga

  • Manufacturer(s): Splotter Spellen

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 150 - 180 minutes

  • Ages: 14 and up

  • Weight: 830 grams

  • Language Requirements: Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 3.5 in 2 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
Loses a star for board warp and price.
November 10, 2002

Forget the warped board and the fact that a person may fall over occasionally--it's not a big deal. This is the Die Macher of transportation games, and has some wonderful mechanisms working in tandem to keep you thinking and engaged throughout the whole game. When you notice that the scoring track only goes up to 20 or so, and that the play time is around 3 hours, you will wonder why it is so hard to get people where they want to go! Spiteful opponents and limited opportunities for control go a long way toward explaining it! Great game, but the board IS going to be warped, and therefore the price is going to sting.

 
 
 
 
 
There's no room on this road for the four of us.
January 14, 2001

We played this game one aftenoon, but a couple of problems arose.

First, the four sections that comprise the board came slightly bent so the pieces have a hard time staying in place. Some of the pieces have to stand vertically, and end up falling over when someone would make the table shake even slightly.

Secondly, it could use a much bigger board. When you have four parallel routes running in the same road, it gets over-crowded and hard to keep track of.

Once we got past the VERY steep learning curve, things picked up. Unfortunately the frustration in learning this game (even though I read the rules about 20 times) caused many headaches and my friends lost interest... but we managed to have fun in the end.

So, after all that, this ended up being very interesting game that we'll probably try again.

Just don't expect to play this game correctly the first time and make sure you play a few 'Learning Rounds' before you actually play a real game.

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