GAME OF THE DAY
Bridge Constructor meets...Portal?!
It’s the mash-up you never knew you wanted: Bridge Constructor Portal.
Bridge Constructor Portal
The Bridge Is A Lie
Building bridges is a tricky enough task, but in Bridge Constructor Portal you do it while being taunted by GLaDOS.
The sarcastic AI from master developer Valve’s classic Portal oversees 60 fiendish challenges. Your job, meanwhile, is to shepherd trucks from one side of each chamber to the other, across vats of toxic waste. This involves placing girders to form roads and bridges, and fixing them to walls so they don’t collapse.
Later chambers contain additional threats: security turrets, disintegration beams, obstacles, doors activated by remote switches – all of which are not particularly helpful when you’re trying to get from A to B.
There’s a genuine sense of achievement when you figure out which combination of girders, cables, portals, gels and switches will get your lemming-like vehicles through each testing space.
There’s a reference guide to construction techniques included, and it’s hard to imagine anything requiring a grasp of pressure distribution would be this fun. Could you be… learning here?
The first Bridge Constructor game launched in 2012 with Medieval and Stunts variations hitting the App Store since. Taking that concept and setting it in Portal’s quirky sci-fi universe seems like a left-field choice at first, but the result is – in GLaDOS’s own words – a triumph.