Bridge Constructor Review
- Publisher: Headup Games GmbH & Co KG
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 23 May, 2012
- Size: 44.9 MB
- Price: $1.99
- Unique and challenging engineering scenarios.
- Unlocking a material does not mean it's always available; players limited to what they're given.
- 'Easy' and 'Hard' completions for those who like to fine-tune their designs.
- Able to save multiple designs for prototyping.
- Fiddly controls; too easy to slip past an anchor point - an odd design flaw considering you can't 'join' at mid-points.
- Needlessly frustrating UI; unable to drag anchors to mass reposition / can't tell what material you have until you build with or open the menu / pinch controls fail to register at times (obv. why the buttons to zoom have been added).
The frustration generated by Bridge Constructor is equal parts poor interface design and clever puzzle design; the two may fight against each other, but if you like your puzzles keeping within spitting distance of 'reality', this will satisfy.
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When approaching a genre that is already quite niche and well represented by a few shining titles, it behooves a new entry to bring something new to the table. Bridge Constructor by Headup Games makes its mark by challenging players to make bridges that occasionally feel less than intuitive despite the generally realistic physics applied to them.
The first major challenge you'll have to overcome is in the actual construction of the bridges themselves, with anchor points being the only place at which a new material can be joined to a structure. Along with strict length restrictions and cost limits, many creative truss solutions are off the table.
With that said, your ultimate aim is to help a pair of cars (or for those going for more points, a pair of trucks) to pass over your bridge intact in one direction. As such the player is afforded the luxury of unrealistic asymmetrical designs that almost cheat their way past the physics which are rendered clearly by each beam and cable straining through green to red before failing catastrophically.
Over the course of 30 levels you'll use wood, steel, cable and concrete in an effort to cross the many crazy spans of the island's five distinct regions. Unrealistic or not, the player is challenged to think outside the box on many occasions, so prepare to be either stumped or willing to try outlandish ideas to continue playing.
Bridge Constructor is an odd puzzler, pairing distinctly different ideologies together to create something that remains relatively fair in its challenge.
Description+++ Latest update with new bridges and free build mode +++
+++ Number 1 in the games charts for iPad & iPhone in 32 countries +++
+++ Over 7 million players worldwide +++
In Bridge Constructor, you can become an accomplished bridge builder without any formal training. Play 40 different levels, and build bridges over deep valleys, canals, or rivers. Stress tests reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars and trucks.
You can choose between a range of materials for each individual bridge, such as wood, steel, cables, or concrete pillars. Use the appropriate materials and stay within budget to build the perfect bridge. Thanks to the choice of materials, you can build each bridge in any number of ways – your budget is the only limit. Set your imagination and creativity free!
• 40 Levels
• Now with free build mode
• 5 Settings: City, Canyon, Beach, Mountains, Hills
• Map with all unlocked worlds/levels
• 4 different building materials: Wood, Steel, Cables, Concrete pillars
• Color coded load indicator for different building materials
• Two different load bearing levels: Car and Truck
• High score per level
• Facebook Connection (upload screenshots and bridge score)
What's New in Version 1.5- Loading times improved
- controls improved (fixed bug that caused panning instead of building)
- improved battery lifetime
- improved performance when building large bridges
- music on/off saved correctly