Bridges can be beautiful in their own right. The design, the architecture, and the portals. Wait…what? You mean that there is a game that combines constructing bridges with Portal? Yes, you heard that right, bridge constructing and Portal sure sounds interesting, but does the collaboration of the idea from Developers Clockstone Software and Headup Games and Distributor Nighthawk Interactive build the bridge to success or will the bridge collapse? Let’s find out with Bridge Constructor Portal for the PlayStation 4.
Welcome to your new position at Aperture Science Enrichment Center. It’s what you truly wanted. The one thing I love when it comes to games is if there is some type of humor just to add to the fun and I will say that the humor is Bridge Constructor Portal has some mighty funny humor. But if you enjoy passive aggressive humor you will not be disappointed and who better else to deliver this than the original GLaDOS herself, Ellen McLain.
The object of Bridge Constructor Portal is to design bridges to the best of your ability with materials that are provided so that the vehicles can get to the goal. A very simple concept, however, turns out to be a good time when you know that your bridge construction skills are the best of the best only to then be shown the bridge collapse as the vehicles try to cross the bridge they entrusted you with of their lives cannot even hold up on its own and they are probably thinking that a toothpick would hold up better to what you created.
But in order for one to be good at construction, you will need the right tools for the job. Luckily the Aperture Science Enrichment Center has all the tools you need from steel, concrete, wood, and wires. On some levels, only certain materials are available while others may have them all. But this is not going to be an unlimited supply of resources. Construction is not cheap so you will want to make sure that you are within the allotted budget.
If your bridge collapses you will need to make some changes. The good thing is the testing feature that allows you to see if your bridge can withstand air which many of mine did not and can range from adding more steel to raising and lowering the path so that the vehicle can make it from point a to point b, so I had to go into Tim the Toolman Taylor mode. But you may want to pay attention to how steep you have your paths as the vehicles can jump and they will crash.
But the further you get along, the more complicated the bridge construction will seem and when you start to add fire, turrets, vehicles that cross paths from the portals and other obstacles to the mix it becomes more challenging as rewarding.
But if you think that all there is to Bridge Constructor Portal is building a bridge, making sure at least one person get across in their vehicle, and portals, then you are wrong. The Bridge Constructor Portal retail version also includes the original Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Stunts which are fun in their own rights.
If anything that I can suggest with Bridge Constructor Portal is the learning curve. Take your time learning what to do. I don’t know if there wasn’t enough of the training that was given in what seemed like doses or if there was too much that my focal point became building and testing. I am not saying this is bad as everyone learns differently and you may adjust to the learning curve differently werewolves from the next person. But once you do get the hang of it and how each level is its own presence, you can really start to enjoy yourself.
If you are wondering if you can place the portals yourself as you can in actual Portal, the answer is no. This should not turn you away as first and foremost this is Bridge Constructor with some Portal aspects added. So as long you understand that going in, you can have some real fun here.
The music is very calming and that is important in this type of game. There is no head pounding and banging going on, just relaxing music as you build. But there is something very satisfactory about the music and when you think you have the height just right and the game at the right speed at the right time and this happens…
Bridge Constructor Portal never gets away from its foundation and really is just trying to add more fun while trying to give you something that not only you, but the whole family can enjoy together. And isn’t that what we could all use a little more of, family togetherness?
Bridge Constructor Portal is out now both in digital and is available at North American retail. A review copy was provided. To learn more about Ellen McLain, please visit her site and make sure you like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. To learn more about Clockstone Software, please visit their site and like them on Facebook. To learn more about Headup Games, please visit their site and make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. To learn more about Nighthawk Interactive, please visit their site and make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time I have more bridges to build.