Bridge Constructor is a simplistic physics puzzle game that will keep you busy for more than a few hours. Its simple presentation, controls, and accurate physics make the release an enjoyably addictive experience. If you enjoy physics or have ever stopped on a bridge and marvelled at its sturdiness before, then this game is definitely worth a go – even if it's just to cross a gap between bigger releases.
Basic in presentation, and deceptively simple on the surface, Bridge Constructor is actually a surprisingly deep and varied physics puzzle game if you’re willing to invest in it.
To a very limited extent Bridge Constructor reveals the reality of building and maintaining bridges in today’s world. Sometimes, to some people, creating something with fewer resources is considered more valuable than something that’s safe. And in this game, that can be a fun, devious, and humbling experience. Headup Games gets that right. However, little can save the game from simply underperforming in every other regard. Frequent crashes, game-altering performance slowdown, and tutorials that leave only the most resolved standing truly hurts the final product.
Bridge Constructor is a title that tries to port the popular genre over to console, unfortunately, poorly designed controls and a lack of tutorials mean the experience falls short. Players are never properly introduced to the game's physics, which makes the experience far more frustrating than it ever needs to be.
What really lets Bridge Constructor down is that the main puzzle that holds up the game is just so interesting. Working out how to build the most effective bridge in the given circumstances can be a rewarding experience. However, with a lack of a tutorial and a control scheme that has been designed in mud, the game is clearly not at home on the PlayStation 4. It's too bulky and considered, whereas the game should be swift and agile. Bridge Constructor is suited to the nimble fingers on a phone, not the thoughtful and plodding console thumbs.
Barring performance, predictable design and somewhat low production values, Bridge Constructor is still by all means a proficient puzzle game. Successfully latticing wood and metal and cabling to ferry lorries across a steep ravine feels great, and especially if you managed to cut costs and earn a high score. Furthermore, mechanics and optimisation which encourage player experimentation and reward creative thinking makes Bridge Constructor a satisfying journey for puzzle fans on the PS4.
I had an absolute blast figuring out how to build each bridge properly so that it didn't fall as soon as I let gravity do its worst. The physics in this game are perfectly implemented, and while it starts easy enough, the difficulty will quickly ramp up without ever feeling unfair.
I can’t get the thought out of my head that life’s too short to play a game that is so, well, mundane. I guess what I’m saying is that for those of you who love bridges and hate monsters and explosions, Bridge Constructor is the one for you. For the rest of us, there’s Gears of War 4.
The music is something I didn’t like as it sounds really boring and monotonous. I think the music could be jazzed up a bit. I honestly ended up turning the music off in the game’s menu. Aside from that, I had an absolute blast playing Bridge Constructor, and I can easily recommend that you give this one a go on PlayStation 4.
Bridge Constructor is a very fun puzzle game that will challenge players to find the best way to build bridges within their budget to maximize their resistance at the lowest possible cost. There’s a lot of replay value in here as you aim to do it all over again with the trucks – if you didn’t do it the first time – not to mention the heavier and larger trucks unlocked later in the game. The added content with the SlopeMania levels is also great for extending the life of this one, as is the case for the global leaderboards where players can try to improve their scores to rise in the ranking.