While driving games can be exhilarating, there’s something enjoyable about being able to run wild and do away with the limitations of the road, and rather, run through buildings like they were papier-mâché. That’s exactly what you get to do in the latest wacky creation from Studio Buddy Cops, Omnibus.
Fashioned like an old-school PlayStation game, Omnibus provides a creative and hilarious challenge. You’re put in control of a bus with no brakes and asked to create all sorts of mayhem within an enclosed space. The more damage you do within the stage, the more you’ll be able to rack up in dollars.
Throughout the game, you’re able to perform a handful of stunts in your vehicle, whether it’s completing a perfect back flip and landing right in the center of a building, folding over through a parking structure diagonally as you attempt to land on your wheels, or even coming off a pinball bumper to give yourself extra trajectory in the hopes of continuing your destructive run. It’s not just running wild without purpose, though. Omnibus also comes with a handful of missions that requires you to complete certain tasks while still pulling in the dollars. These include robbing a bank (and making as chaotic a getaway as possible), or driving around a busload of tourists without dumping them too far by the wayside.
Even the trailer, released by Studio Buddy Cops and publishing partner Devolver Digital, is put together with comical flair, telling the “story” of how Omnibus started out as a release for the Atari Jaguar, followed by a shift in development over to 3DO and, eventually, Steam. It’s decidedly tongue-in-cheek, just like the game itself.
While Omnibus is an acquired taste (it definitely isn’t a Gran Turismo) it packs the kind of manic, over-the-top antics that a good, creative driving game should deliver. We’ll see how well it stays on the road when it debuts for PC this spring. In the meantime, you can check out the madness-inducing demo here.
Cover image source: Omnibus