Review: Bridge Constructor Compilation (PS4)

Review: Bridge Constructor Compilation (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • Blu-ray Disc
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Bridge Constructor Compilation
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Nighthawk Interactive
Developer: ClockStone Software / Headup Games
Original MSRP: $29.99 (US)
ESRB Rating: E
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Editor’s Note:
The Bridge Constructor Compilation retail disc includes Bridge Constructor Portal, Bridge Constructor, and Bridge Constructor Stunts, all in one package.

We already have a full review of the Bridge Constructor Portal game on its own so I won’t go over it again here since nothing has changed.

This review will instead focus on Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Stunts and the value of the overall package.

Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 596 of the podcast.

Jump to a Section:
Bridge Constructor Portal (Full Review)
Bridge Constructor
Bridge Constructor Stunts

Gameplay:
Bundling together the three PS4 Bridge Constructor games onto a single disc, this package is aimed squarely at people who missed out on the original games, people who don’t or can’t buy digital games, and the collectors of physical media.

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Bridge Constructor
The first game in the series released on PlayStation 4 and Vita. Bridge Constructor gives you an area to build, materials, a budget, and little else.

The first few levels help you get acclimated to the controls and usefulness of the different materials as they unlock. The game even guides you in how to construct a stable bridge. Things get a lot more complicated just a few levels later however.

The difficulty seems to ramp up pretty quickly as what you’re been shown up to this point will no longer work either in terms of stability or staying within your given budget. This is where frustration set in for me my first time through the game.

I felt like I needed an engineering degree to understand how to build a stable structure that didn’t necessarily conform to any bridge I was thinking of. Triangles are the way to go for stability but the trick is figuring out where to anchor them, how tall they should be, and whether they need to be built above or below the bridge, or even in a combination of both.

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You’ll be going through a lot of trial and error and you may even end up on YouTube looking for solutions, because things can get pretty complicated very quickly. You’ll at least know immediately whether your bridge is somewhat stable when you switch back to the test phase.

A solid bridge is all green, while weak spots show up as a light orange and shade all the way to dark red. To pass each scenario you need to send vehicles safely across the bridge. Once you’ve managed to do that across an entire island, the tanker truck will unlock and you can go back and see if your bridges hold up to the extra weight.

It’s a much tougher game than I expected and it certainly doesn’t hold your hand along the way. You get the basics and then you’re quickly thrown in the deep end. Because of that though, it’s so much more satisfying when you manage to build that stable bridge and get all the different vehicles across.

Bridge Constructor Stunts
Bridge Constructor Stunts ends up being a fun twist on the formula set forth in the original game. This time around you actually control the vehicles. This one also includes a lot more hand holding and instructions from level to level since quite a few concepts are introduced over the course of the game.

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You start off simply trying to drive to the end of the level. You’ll quickly find that regulating your speed is critical because if you fly over top of the finish line it doesn’t count, you need to cross it on the ground.

Each run is scored and you’ll get bonus points for causing destruction, air time, flips while in the air, and collecting stars. All this combined makes for a lot of replayability. You can immediately watch and/or save a replay of your run which is a bit superfluous considering the Share functionality on the PS4. This is most likely a legacy of the game’s origins on mobile devices.

As you move deeper into the game, arbitrary “no build” zones appear and make your life that much more difficult. Now you have to work around these areas while still creating a viable set of ramps to get your truck through the level and across the finish line.

One of the biggest issues with the game though is that now you could create the perfect setup in terms of bridges and ramps, but your driving could derail the whole thing. It’s hard to tell sometimes whether that ramp isn’t quite at the right angle, or you’re just not hitting it at the correct speed.

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This game came out before Bridge Constructor Portal and it shows. More of a first draft of a clever concept, Bridge Constructor Stunts doesn’t really hold up that well when you’ve got a far better game in the same package.

Visuals:
Each game was originally made for mobile platforms and later ported to consoles and it shows since there’s very little difference between them. The games all look good for what they are but Bridge Constructor Portal obviously stands out a bit with its inclusion of the Portal license.

Audio:
There isn’t a whole lot to the audio in Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Stunts beyond some generic music and the sounds of crashes, explosions, and horns honking. For Bridge Constructor Portal, ClockStone Software and Headup Games were able to get Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS which makes all the difference in the world.

Online/Multiplayer:
These games are one player only with no online component.

Review: Bridge Constructor Compilation (PS4)

Conclusion:
The three Bridge Constructor games work well as a package and even at the full retail price, you’re saving $5.00 off buying them individually on the PlayStation Store digitally. With sales, the discount goes even deeper.

Granted, this is still much more expensive than the mobile versions of the games, which aren’t really all that different, but it really depends on where you want to play them.

The original Bridge Constructor is good while Bridge Constructor Portal is great. Bridge Constructor Stunts is the low end of the three but there’s still enough fun to be had there to make the whole package worth a look.

Score:
7.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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