The Bridge Demo

  • Console: Nintendo Switch
  • Game source: Free demo via Nintendo Switch eshop
  • Availability: 7th September 2018

Game overview – What the developers say

The Bridge is a logic puzzle game that forces you to reevaluate your preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher.

Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave you with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment.

The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph.

    • 48 thought-provoking puzzles, each unique from the rest, all requiring an innovative solution
    • Gravity manipulations, gravitational vortexes, parallel dimensions, and many more mind-bending concepts in a world where the laws of physics are not what they seem
    • M. C. Escher-esque worlds with impossible architecture set in the style of beautifully hand-drawn black-and-white lithographic art
    • An alternate version of the game unlocked after the main storyline has been completed, including challenging alternate versions of each of the 24 main puzzles, along with an alternate ending
  • A time-backtracking system to alleviate any fears of making a mistake

What’s it like to play

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqbxLUZTOlU

I would like to take this opportunity to say that the loved poured into the artwork is oozing from the screen. I personal have no recollection of a game presented in this medium before. The grey scale pencil artwork comes to life effortlessly. The demo consist of the first few levels, each increasing slightly in complexity. The idea of the game is to get the man, that’s your avatar, from his starting location to the exit door. This is achieved by moving him either left or right while spinning the environments around in order to manipulate his path and avoid harmful objects and or pitfalls. Resulting in a pleasantly satisfying feeling when you’ve solved the puzzle. I’ve never once felt I couldn’t solve a puzzle, that would no doubt change if I was to progress to the higher levels. With that said the game is so well presented, it wouldn’t take too long to figure out. There is a rumble feature but it seems surpluses to the game and probably not needed, but that’s just me nitpicking now.

The music is ok it’s noting particularly exciting in fact I found it maybe a little too dull, I hate saying that as it’s all subjective I know. However, to me I would of liked it to have been a little more dynamic.

Conclusions

If you enjoy puzzle solving games it’d be worth your while checking out the demo. At the time of writing the game is on offer with a sizeable discount. I’ve given this game 4 out of 5, it has everything, simple instruction on how to play, a narrative in the form of excellent onscreen visual artwork and interesting gameplay in order to so the puzzles.

Gamer Talk recommendation of

👍👍👍👍 4 out of 5
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