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Bridge Constructor (Series) Review
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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Bridge Constructor games are a series of physics-based building challenges to make stable bridges over chasms and ravines. While it's a simple concept, the variety of locations and different geometry means that building a stable bridge requires patience and deep thinking. This creates novel opportunities for children (or anyone) to learn about engineering and physics-based construction.

In each game, the core objective is always the same; build a bridge, using limited resources, that spans a gap in the geography that is stable enough for a large vehicle to safely cross. You use a variety of parts, including support columns and beams, you need to ensure the bridge can take the weight of the vehicles.

Later games add new game mechanics and change the setting. For example, Bridge Constructor Medieval sees you using bricks and wooden planks to construct the bridges, and also adds the challenge of having to build roofs to defend the horses and carriages moving across from enemy catapult fire. Bridge Constructor Portal is a crossover with the Portal series, and has you using sets of portals to move your vehicles across huge distances at high velocity. Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead, a collaboration with The Walking Dead has you being chased by hordes of zombies, and makes you come up with unique and inventive bridge-based traps to defeat your pursuers.

There have been several games in the series, each with the same core game mechanics and educational element, but each also adds a unique twist to the formula, be it in setting, gameplay or both:
  • Bridge Constructor (2011) Android, iOS, PC, Mac and Playstation Vita.
  • Bridge Constructor Playground (2012) Android, iOS, PC, Mac and Wii U.
  • Bridge Constructor Medieval (2014) Android, iOS, PC and Mac.
  • Bridge Constructor Stunts (2015) Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Bridge Constructor Portal (2017) Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead (2020) Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/12/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: BC Franchise (@BC_Franchise)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 17 hours to complete. Depending on the game, the time to beat varies, with the longest being Bridge Constructor Portal. On average, they take about 8-10 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Most Bridge Constructor games are rated PEGI 3, but the latest game, Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It can often be difficult to make the bridges structurally sound, so a reasonable amount of skill and perseverance are needed.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There is extra content that is available to buy for certain games on the platforms those specific games are available on:
  • Bridge Constructor trains (Bridge Constructor (not available on att platforms)).
  • Bridge Constructor Portal - Portal Proficiency (Bridge Constructor Portal).

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Bridge Constructor Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
This report is based on the latest game in the series, Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead. Previous games may have different accessibility options/requirements. An important example of this is that distinguishing between different colours is not necessary in this game, but in Bridge Constructor Portal you need to be able to differentiate between the different coloured portals.

The text throughout the game is all large and in high contrast, and the subtitles are accompanied by an image and the name of the speaker. Because it's played in a 2D plane, navigation through the levels is always straightforward.

Reaction time is not critical and there is no time pressure, with the challenge instead coming from the physics-based construction.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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