Bridge Builder Adventure Review –
My earliest memories of Bridge Building go back to elementary school on an Apple IIe computer. We were given the task of building a bridge that the car could safely cross. In terms of difficulty, I consider it an advanced challenge, and the reward would be a lemonade and a chocolate bar for the first person to take it on. I admit I cheated and I won. I found a standard backing structure with prefabricated bridges and used one. I’m sorry. Still, I enjoyed what has undoubtedly become a bridge game between genres over the past 30 years. I’m currently reviewing Bridge Builder Adventure for Nintendo Switch, which aims to create an absurd, cartoonish version of the classic mechanic. So how well does this bridge-building game hold up against countless others?
Bridge Builder Adventure takes players on an adventure where a charming Orc crosses the bridges you’ve built to travel through portals in his World of WarCraft-inspired wheeled vehicle. The game does a great job with the basic mechanics, and with controller support or a very accessible touchscreen, both modes are a breeze to play with and get you started on your way to making soft bridges.
With the level 60 offering, I found that I had a lot of problems with the late levels. It’s pretty easy to skip the third part of the game, but without too much frustration. The good thing about Bridge Builder Adventure is that it can have a fairly open ending once you reach a certain level. You have basic materials, and the game reduces them to a minimum; wood, iron, balls, and rope are really good things. Most of these games give you a limit to the amount of material you can use in each level, and this game describes this with a cost system that is very easy to learn and understand.
Objectively, at each level, you need to make sure your car collects the key to open the gate door while safely crossing the bridge you are building. The design and reconstruction of the bridge elements are very simple and the numerous control schemes available make it very accessible for use and experimentation.
What this game adds is that the boss levels are pretty cool. They are additional challenges or obstacles on the course, so to speak. One example is a big flying bad guy machine with spiked rotors that goes through your level. So you must build your bridge away from His path, or you will find yourself in a world of suffering. I would have liked more of these stylized events in the game, but unfortunately they are quite rare.
The game always tries to mix up the gameplay, and you will find some levels where you have to jump into a car or something. In terms of decades old bridge games, this one is on par with many others, and not as new as some I’ve seen there.
Bridge Builder Adventure originally launched as a mobile game, and the Switch port still makes it recognizable. Each level is rated by a star for the quality of your play, and the casualness of the game is similar to what you would normally find in a mobile game. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in games like this, but you’re certainly paying a high price for the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which seems to be identical to the mobile version (apparently free on the Google Play Store). Still, if you want to do some reconciliation action on Swisher, you already have a lot of options. Bridge Builder Adventure is a respectable purchase among them, offering a nice thematic progression that really sets itself apart from the other competitors in the graphics department. Unfortunately, the game formula didn’t bring anything new, and it’s not that fun or engaging to play.
Revisiting the adventure of the bridge builders
- Charts – 6/10
- Sound – 6/10
- Gameplay – 5.5/10
- Late Complaint – 4.5/10
Final thoughts : MEDIOCR
Bridge Builder Adventure is an adorable adventure game in a well-established niche genre. The game offers some fun levels and a classic open-ended design, but overall it doesn’t do anything new or exciting to lift it above the competition. Ultimately, you’re still building bridges like the other games of the last few decades, so this purchase will depend on your $14.99 fanaticism.
Alex has been involved in the gaming industry since the release of Nintendo. He’s turned his hobby into a career, spending just over a decade developing games and now serving as creative director of the studio.
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