Bridge Constructor Portal
IT’S HARD TO OVERSTATE OUR SATISFACTION WITH THIS GAME. $7.99 | www.headupgames. com
HEADUP GAMES IS responsible for the hugely successful Terraria and Limbo games, so when we saw they were extending their Bridge Constructor series to include a stand-alone title in Valve’s Portal universe, it sounded like the crossover of our dreams. Players might remember that Portal 2 was teased with a series of trailers featuring charming animations of paper-cutout-style humans performing menial tasks and attempting Aperture Science tests. It’s these adorable cutouts and their trucks that we’re building bridges for, but where the original Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Medieval had you merely creating roadways across chasms and rivers, the Portal iteration includes — you guessed it — Aperture Science Quantum Tunnels, or ‘portals’, turrets and deadly lasers. You are guided through the levels by GlaDOS herself, and the game is pleasingly challenging.
To make your bridges, you first construct a scaffold, then convert parts of the scaffold into the roadway. You can also use stretchable cables, which can only be attached to particular points on the level environment. Once you’ve finished, you cross your fingers, test the structural integrity of your bridge, then send along a test vehicle. You will most likely fail to make a successful bridge over a pool of bubbling acid, or misjudge a jump and many humans and trucks will die, but since you can restart the level from scratch at any time, the game encourages experimentation — so get to it! It’s sometimes a little hard to get our own fat digits to place scaffolding in the precise place we want it, but since you can remove and retry an infinite number of times, as well as zoom in and out, this hardly seems like much of a complaint.
If you’re already a fan of the Bridge Constructor series, this one is undoubtedly the best one yet, incorporating new mechanics and a thoroughly suitable new universe in which to build. And if you’re a graduate from the Aperture Science Enrichment Centre, prepare to be further enriched... by science (and engineering)!