By Tim Turner
Bridge constructor portal is a puzzle/simulation game set in the portal universe. You play as a new employee in the Aperture science research centre where it is your job to build bridges so forklift trucks can get to the exit. There are many gadgets to make use of such as propulsion gel, aerial faith plates and switches. Ellen McLain, the original voice of GLaDOS guides you through the tutorial with her usual humour helping you learn the tips and tricks needed to successfully get the Bendies across the finish line.
The menu system is easy to navigate and looks crisp and clean and the controls are simple so even if you haven’t played bridge constructor before you can get straight down to business. The graphics are nice and clean and not too demanding so this game won’t need a beast of a computer to run. I had no problems playing it on an ASUS Transformer book.
The game starts off easy getting you used to building methods but soon becomes more complicated as the different gadgets are introduced. By the time you reach level 30 or so things get quite frustrating as the complexity increases and levels 50 to 60 will have you scratching your head in confusion. As new gadgets are introduced GLaDOS will chirp up and tell you what it does. Personally, I found the voice really annoying sounding like a badly autotuned chipmunk but I guess it stays true to the portal games.
All in all, I really enjoyed this game and it is good value at only £7.19. Don’t buy this game expecting it to be a sequel to Portal because it isn’t. It is bridge constructor that has elements from Portal in it and that still makes for a great experience. It took me 14 hours to finish the game so you get a good bang for your buck. I would like more levels but I am a bit greedy that way. I guess I will have to wait for the sequel! (hint hint devs!)
Overall Score – 9/10
It would have been a 10/10 if there were more levels
By Tim Turner