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The Bridge

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

47%

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Based on 15 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 18, 2015
Xbox OneAug 14, 2015
PCFeb 22, 2013
Nintendo SwitchAug 7, 2017

Developers: Ty Taylor, Mario Castañeda

Genre: Puzzle

The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces you to reevaluate your preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave you with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.

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The Bridge can feel fragmented and incomplete, but this is a fascinating and absorbing headspace in which to spend a few hours.

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Years after its initial release, The Bridge is still a great example of 2D puzzle gaming.

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Overall, The Bridge gets by well on its unique influence, style and on its difficulty. It's a perspective bender that will leave your brain hurting and really challenges you in the puzzle solving genre. Yes, it's short and I have no idea what 'story' tied it together, but it really is one of the most challenging puzzlers that I've played. With cross promotion between your Vita, PS3 and PS4, it's a cheap pick up that will definitely scratch that puzzle itch you've been having!

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An endearing combination of influences from art and science makes The Bridge a valuable addition to the Nintendo Switch library, especially if you've never played it before. Sometimes bogged down by showing off its aesthetic strengths at the sacrifice of fully exploring the puzzle ideas and mechanics, The Bridge does suffer slightly due to slow controls and a story/ character that deserves a little more nuance to back up its ambitious and academic influences. What it does do, however, is reward players' patience, calculation and observation with moments that rival some of the best in the genre. A genuinely interesting and challenging experience that, despite a few small flaws, will stretch mental as well as physical muscles.

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