Bridge Constructor is a bridge building (no way!) puzzle game released in 2013 for PC and mobile by Headup Games. I played the PC version available from Steam, this version also includes SlopeMania, a fully sized add-on to the original game, bringing more levels, features, a new setting and much more.
To become an ‘appraised bridge engineer and architect’ in Bridge Constructor you can choose between three main types of materials available for construction: wood, concrete, and cables. The wood is the cheapest material, but it’s also the weakest. Concrete is very powerful and it can’t be damaged, but you can only place it in certain points and are expensive. Cables are very useful as they can be stretched over long distances, but they aren’t very strong. Use the appropriate materials and stay within budget to build the perfect bridge. Stress tests then reveal whether the bridge you build can withstand the daily stress of continual use from cars and trucks.
All in all Bridge Constructor is a fun, if not rather generic, bridge building game. Solid but unremarkable you could say. The early levels are suspiciously easy but as you progress the difficulty really ramps up. However as long as you remember your use of triangles, you’ll get there eventually.
The most frustrating thing about this game is the limited budget you receive to build your bridges. Instead of creating legitimate bridges that you would see around the world, you do end up cobbling together some rather slap dash efforts. Ones that clearly wouldn’t survive actually use. Which personally, does annoy me slightly.
I finished the game, with half of the achievements completed, quite quickly so for the £6.99 price tag it currently has on Steam, I’d say its definitely worth picking up in a steam sale at some point. There is a free version on mobile devices or alternatively you can purchase it from Google Play and the App Store for £1.29. I’m assuming those versions have no adverts and more levels.
Verdict: Thumbs Up