Sega Mega CD's Infamous Penn & Teller's Smoke And Mirrors: Desert Bus Ported To The Atari 2600

Desert-Bus-2600If you haven't finished the Desert Bus mini-game from the Sega Mega CD's unreleased title Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors, you clearly haven't lived. The infamous unpausable simulation of a 407 mile bus drive at 45mph has not only gone down in history as the most tedious game ever made, but also one that has since been ported to the Atari 2600 too.

Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors was due to be released on the Sega Mega CD back in April 1995 as a suite of fool-your-friends mini-games. Despite its publisher Absolute Entertainment going bankrupt, the efforts of the prototype hunting website have since managed to locate and preserve this unreleased title and make it available online for all to enjoy.

While the game does offer very little in terms of gameplay, the various mini-games within offer a real charm and level of humour previously lacking in video games. Desert Bus though has since become the iconic mini-game from this collection for the aforementioned simulation of an 8 hour drive between Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time. In the past this agonising feat has been tackled by many, and even used as a platform for raising funds for charity to which even Penn and Teller themselves have donated to.

As of now though, Atari 2600 fans can finally look forward to getting in on the monotonous action. A recent announcement was made on the AtariAge forums about the upcoming physical cartridge release of Desert Bus 2600, with the aim of gauging interest of potential buyers. A release date of October has been proposed ensuring those interested and eagerly await the loss of over 8 hours of their lives to the rolling repeating landscape of nothing but sand.

Desert Bus 2600 Gameplay Video

Link: Desert Bus 2600 Announcement Thread at AtariAge

Source: Allgamers

Last Updated ( 20 August 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) el7omo 2013-08-21 06:55
The Atari has more visual features than the iPhone port!

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