Verfasst: 8. Mai
Every wall is a floor – The Bridge
The Bridge is a puzzle game with graphics inspired by artist M.C. Escher, using perspective to create illusions of impossible objects and structures.
The Bridge is a 2D puzzle platformer that initially seems easy enough: move from point A to the door at point B. Don’t be fooled by the simple premise though, this isn’t your ordinary platformer. The levels feature architecture that seems straight out of an M.C. Escher painting, and you’ll have to manipulate gravity, physics, and perspective to solve each puzzle.
It’s a simple control scheme, but it works well.
As the game progresses, more challenges are added. The structures you’ll have to navigate become more complex, and new game elements are introduced. In several levels, you’ll need to collect the key(s) required to unlock the door before proceeding through it. By level three you are introduced to the Menace, a scary-looking stone ball that kills you upon touch. This adds another dimension of strategy to your manipulation of the game world, as you’ll need to take caution to avoid having a Menace roll towards you. No worries if you do make a mistake though; holding down the space bar will allow you to rewind time and try again.
The game’s puzzles are divided into chapters, which are separated by short cutscenes which hint at a storyline but leave some of the details to your interpretation. After completing the initial 24 levels, you will unlock a more challenging “mirror” mode that allows you to play the entire game again with an added level of difficulty and an alternate ending.
+Puzzles are challenging, but satisfying
+Decent amount of gameplay for the price
+Built in hints avoid rage quits
-Concept and art style fun, but not entirely original
Overall, The Bridge manages to avoid crossing that fine line between challenging and frustrating, making you work to solve each puzzle without wanting to break your keyboard in the process. It’s an enjoyable experience that encourages you to think differently, and then rewards you for doing so.