Welcome to our Bridge Constructor Portal Review. Taking elements from the popular Bridge Constructor game and combining them with elements from the very popular Valve series, Portal, Bridge Constructor Portal is unlike any other in its genre.
- Bridge Constructor Portal
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: ClockStone
- Publisher: Headup Games
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 1st March 2018
- Price: £11.99 (U.K), $14.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K/E.U), E 10+ (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
If you’ve ever played Bridge Constructor before then you will very much know what the basic idea of this game is, but if you haven’t well basically you have to build bridges using different materials and your brain to ensure those pesky everyday physics don’t get in the way of safely transporting vehicles from point A to point B. Bridge Constructor Portal is essentially the same thing but with Aperture Labs thrown into the mix, which can only mean one thing, lots and lots of testing.
I am really amazed by just how much this feels like a Valve created Portal game. By this I mean, that ClockStone, the developers have done a wonderful job implementing some of the most recognizable elements from the Portal series. First off it obviously wouldn’t be a Portal game without the famous portals of different colors and there other elements such as turrets, lasers and high energy pellets just to name a few.
To really put the icing on the cake, Bridge Constructor Portal also sees the return of GLaDOS, of whom Ellen Mclain has reprised her role. GLaDOS is just as humorous and sarcastic here as she is within the main titles of the series.
GLaDOS isn’t the only one adding comedy to the game, there are numerous times when you approach your boss shadow figure at his desk and are given questions with options to answer. The one-liners here are quite funny and have had me smiling and laughing.
The gameplay is rather simple and the controls couldn’t be any better given that game type was originally designed for mobile phones. Building your bridges and walls is rather easy although a bit finicky in places, especially when it comes down to being precise with your layout.
Unlike the original Bridge Constructor, you won’t find any work restricting budget here, giving you free rein on your design and the number of materials used. There are also only two materials for you to worry about, one is metal rods and the other is a very strong cable apparently made from shower curtains. Creating a solid road is simply done by hovering over a metal rod and pressing the X button.
While only having two proper materials may sound like a really quick way of the game getting boring, it actually does the opposite as the game starts chucking more Portal elements at you for you to overcome and workaround. For example, when you start doing levels featuring high energy pellets, you’ll not only have to create a bridge for your workers to drive over, but also a series of walls to guide the pellets to a set location where they can trigger an event to open a door. This and many of the other Portal elements combined with the Bridge Constructor elements creates some very challenging gameplay.
Once you’ve overcome a level and got one worker safely across, an option unlocks allowing you to get a whole convoy across. This is where you’ll start to notice serious flaws in your design even if though your single worker made it across unscathed. As more vehicles start to make use of your bridges any unnoticed weak spots will start to become noticeable and eventually give way sending some of your poor workforce to their death in a pit of green liquid. It is here you’ll have to make some serious changes to your design if you want to get all of them across in one go. Having so far completed several levels with all of my workforce safely across I can say that while challenging, each level can be easily 100% done with time and patience.
That concludes our Bridge Constructor Portal review. Taking elements from two popular games and combining them into one game has made this a rather unique entry into the genre of bridge building games. The Portal theme is really the icing on the cake here and has been done to such a high standard that it almost feels like Valve themselves have developed this puzzle game. ClockStone games really couldn’t have implemented the series any better than they have with this. If you’re a fan of bridge building games and Portal, I would highly recommend you give this one a go. A slightly finicky control system during times of precise measure is a bit of a pain but nothing serious in all honesty.
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