The Bridge is a 2D 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.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,063 reviews) - 88% of the 2,063 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013

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Reviews

“I was simply flabbergasted at the complexity and simplicity they present at the same time.”
9/10 – The Indie Game Magazine

“One of the best puzzle games I've played in years...The Bridge is an experience that I haven't had since P.B. Winterbottom and Braid, and it gives both of them a run for their money”
90/100 – Destructoid

“The best of the PAX 10.”
VentureBeat

"I took more away from the experience than I have with any other game in recent memory”
The Escapist

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About This Game

The Bridge is a 2D 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.

Key Features

  • 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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Processor:1.0 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS X 10.6 or newer
    • Processor:1.4 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • GPU with 256MB cache with Open GL 2.1 recommended
    Minimum:
    • Processor:1.4 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • GPU with 256MB cache with Open GL 2.1 recommended
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
Short version: 83%
The Bridge is a somewhat pretentious but great puzzle game about surreal perspectives and geometry. The difficulty rating will surely make it memorable for those who manage to somehow reach its end.

Long version:
Many things have been said about the Bridge. About the innovation of using puzzles based on impossible geometry (like the Penrose triangle). About the creativity of the hand-drawn black and white visual style. About the eerie, surreal story.

All of it is true. And all of it is (geatly) exaggerated.

First and foremost: the Bridge is nothing more than a set of rotation puzzles with good friction and momentum physics. Some levels are good. Some require a lot of tiresome fidgeting around to find that roughly 0.01° window to pull off the solution.
Don’t get me wrong: the puzzle design is great. It is also a little sadistic, especially in the second half of the game. This makes you to stop and think about the core of the problem instead of sheer trial and error, so it achieves that many other puzzle games could not.

Next to the difficulty, the most memorable feature of the Bridge is the visual style, which reminds us to the black & white underground obscure graphic novels from the late seventies. Strange as it may sound, but this surreal imagery really fits a logic-based puzzle game.
This warped mindset carries itself through the story, or more precisely the very conscious choice of not having any form of story whatsoever. It is just a collection of surrealistic monologues that try to make the player think deeper things into the levels than what they really are: a set of good rotational puzzles with really high difficulty.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
Great and challenging puzzle game that plays with physics of our nature with a good combination of art and concept of the game.

Finished 100% achievements in about 12hours (it can be donde faster, I got stucked sometimes in the hardest puzzles).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Its been a while I don't play such a great puzzle game!

It is short, but the puzzles are really worthy. The art is great, and the "collector" achievement is quite of a challenge too!
The only downside are the controls: sometimes you wish The Professor would walk faster, and the world spin faster. There should be an option to speed up the gameplay.

The story is also lacking, which is a pitty. It is too vague and easilly missed. All in all, this is a puzzle game, play it for the puzzles and you shall not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
Good Not Great In A Crowded Field
Over the past 5 years there may not be a more over-worked genre than "indie puzzle". There are a few stars and The Bridge is trying hard to be one of those. Unfortunately it's simply noticeable and not remarkable. The non-reality space that makes up the core of the puzzles is relatively unique and challenging but not impossible. The art style is very striking, sort of a pencil sketch in motion, but outside of that it's pretty standard fair. You rotate your view, jump and navigate hazards, move giant boulders using physics, switch between dimensions, and get the story in pieces outside of the actual gameplay.
At the end of the day its definitely a cut above average but not in the upper echelon. Unless the screenshots and trailer get you really exited you can safely wait for a sale to pick this up, although the base price is by no means excessive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Fun little puzzle game told with an amazing artistic voice.
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