‘Bridge Constructor: Portal’ Review – Bridging the Gap with a ‘Portal’ Twist
If you take a simple concept, like getting a vehicle from point A to point B, and turn it into a game, you can turn out with something like the original Bridge Constructor. This game sees the player trying to get vehicles from point A to point B by building the most effective bridge possible. Eventually, the game throws different twists and turns your way to increase the challenge that is presented. If you thought that got tough enough, Bridge Constructor: Portal walked in and said, “hold my beer.” As if trying to build functional bridges to transport vehicles across a space wasn’t challenging enough, they decided to throw in aspects from the popular, Portal franchise.
Before we get into the mechanics and all the good stuff, we should address the look of the game. The graphics are very smooth and really contribute to the overall fun factor of the game. I think in a less bright and colorful setting, the title would feel a little drab. Audio wise, Bridge Constructor: Portal takes notes from the aforementioned franchise, with a full voice over narration by the one and only GLaDOS! The aesthetic from Portal really brings the simple puzzle game to life in a nice refreshing style. The game starts out in a job interview. You are interviewing for a new position at Aperture Science. Oddly enough, if you don’t answer the interview questions correctly, you get sent to a fiery demise. Upon completing the interview you are sent through a myriad of different tutorial levels that explain how the game works.
The addition of color coded portals changes this already smart puzzle game, into an even more challenging iteration of itself. You get to use different tools to craft your bridge in smart ways to make sure that your forklift gets to where it needs to be. You will have to play with momentum and speed to make sure you are able to get through the portals, as they work the same way they did back in 2011. The vehicles exit the portals the same speed that they go in. Some curve balls get thrown in like button operated laser gates and even the cute little turrets have made their way into this title. Your main goal is to get one of the cars across safely, which presents it’s own boat load of problems. To ramp up the difficulty you can try the convoy mode, which sends a fleet of cars out in a sequential period of time. You will have to put a lot of thought into weight distribution and placement of your bridges so your cards don’t run into each other. The only real flaw that I could see here is that some of the colored portals were hard to tell from each other and the fact that there aren’t any more levels to complete.
If you like a challenge that’ll pick your brain, then Bridge Constructor: Portal is the game for you. The aesthetic of the 2007 classic brings a fresh look to the game. The 6o different levels in the game are more than enough to keep you thinking. I can comfortable recommend this title to anyone that needs a good title to challenge their mind and quite aptly, your bridge building skills. It is time to jump back into Aperture Science and get those convoys to their destinations!
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Review statement: The copy of this game was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review.