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 (1,545 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013

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"...walking on walls isn't just a gimmick; it's a means to traverse structures that couldn't possibly exist but do through the medium of game. "
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December 11

The Bridge available in 5 new languages!



The award-winning black-and-white puzzler is now available in 5 new languages: Traditional Chinese (繁體中文), Finnish (Suomi), Swedish (Svenska), Danish (Dansk), and Norwegian (Norsk). These professionally-localized translations make a total of 23 languages fully supported within The Bridge.



Additionally, performance improvements have been included in this update to help The Bridge run smoother on low-end computers.

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August 1

The Bridge available in 6 new languages!



The award-winning black-and-white puzzler is now available in 6 new languages: Polish (Polski), Japanese (日本の), Simplified Chinese (简体中文), Korean (한국어), Thai (ไทย), and Arabic (العربية). These professionally-localized translations make a total of 18 languages fully supported within The Bridge.

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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
185 of 244 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I see quite a few people picking this up at the very low sale price. Just in case there's anyone else sitting on the fence about this, I thought I should add a note of caution. This is essentially a physics puzzler, which is ostensibly a genre I enjoy. In this case however, I think the the execution fails to live up to the ideas. For me, most of the challenge in the game came not through reasoning through the puzzles (though there were moments), but in wrestling with object momentum that frequently ended up being more frustrating than satisfying. At the sale price of $1 it's hard to argue that it's a waste of money. But I feel that personally for me it ended up being a waste of time. And that's something a low price does nothing to help. I see many good things written elsewhere about this game, so I may be in a minority in feeling this way, but I can't help but feel that there are far better puzzle games out there, despite the compelling visual style that I still find appeals to me even though it also triggers memories of annoying level design.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
The Bridge is definitely one of those games that want to make you rip out your hair, in both frustration and outcome satisfaction, all for one good reason; cryptic, mind-boggling puzzles inspired by history's graphics artists makes you feel like you're on top of the world after you've unraveled through each puzzle. By the end of the game, you really do deserve a medal, is the kind of accomplishment I'm talking about.

The game consists of getting the unamed, old chap through to the exit door in each level, to advance. The game's puzzles, inspired by the Dutch artist, M. C. Escher plays a massive aspect in this game, as the world and its environment is shown in grayscale with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations. Obstacles such as voids, which can suck you and other objects into a swirly mess, ''Menace Balls'' that can roll around the puzzle world and flatten you to death. Even steep cliffs that could slip you off the world and fall to your death. With all these dangers aside, you can use this to your advantage by rotating the maze world around you as well as controlling the core of elemental physics and gravitational pulls, Isaac Newton, eat your heart out.

I personally love the dark and rather gothic visual world this game sinks its teeth into. The world is truly a marvel to behold, not only for its diverse, colourless design, but for its ingenuity and artistic flare.

The only problem I have with this game is that it's incredibly short, when counting it has only 4 chapters, with only 6 puzzles each. But, with this game's cryptic puzzling, it will keep you stumped out of ideas, as you overcomplicate things and try to get things in the right motion. I'm guilty to say that I've got stuck on one tiny puzzle that left me clueless for over half an hour.

Definitely a recommendation from me, if you're the brainy independent-type. And yes, I'm not that independent, as I did use a walkthrough guide for this game. Ruined the experience, I know, but definitely pick up this game and don't look for outside help as it does ruin it!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
The Bridge is definitely a solid puzzler game. Its easy to jump into and get the hang of and does a good job of presenting new mechanisms to the gameplay as you progress to keep things fresh. There is an exceptional job done in finding a way to create challenging, thought-provoking puzzles without being overly frustrating-- there is a time warp feature, so if you make a mistake you can go back without having to start all over. The art isn't mindblowing but it fits the atmosphere of the game very well. The controls feel natural from the start, in my opinion, (but I used a controller) and thats important because there is a small aspect of platforming in some of the puzzles, but nothing too over-the-top that it ruins the game for those who are trying to enjoy it as a puzzle game.

All in all, I think The Bridge does a good job delivering what it intends too. I believe a good puzzle game these days needs to find a way to be innovative and challenging without being frustrating and redundant-- and this game delivers in that regard.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Few games capture the academic thought process as well as The Bridge. Our hero--bearded, bespectacled, and dressed in a tweed coat--may fit the classic stereotype of a university professor, but everyone from students to deans will recognize his struggles. We find him alone in a black and white world that reflects the graceful simplicity of pure logic, and we watch him discard unsatisfactory ideas and leave eraser smudges as a reminder of his mistakes. It's a lonely world, fraught with many moments of frustration and suffering from occasional tedium, but every now and then it rewards you with flashes of insight that make the whole endeavor worthwhile.Every puzzle in The Bridge gives you the simple goal of walking through a door. A constant juggle of physics, gravity, and perspective complicates this structure, however, and the game wastes little time in delivering delightful challenges.This progression happens quickly, or rather, it does if you're mentally agile enough to get past the puzzles in a timely manner. Indeed, The Bridge is a short game if you judge it by its 24 short levels. The surrounding world is very alluring. The Bridge's aesthetic draws heavily on the perspective-bending work of M.C. Escher, and much like his art, each level unfolds in grayscale hues that evoke penciled illustrations.What's most refreshing, however, is the game's dedication to minimalism. For most of The Bridge, it's just you and the game, and no health bars or item counters mar that serenity.There's an intriguing story here, too, but piecing it together requires some of the same brainwork you apply to the puzzles. The narrative is not obvious, but it makes itself known in the details.Although rage-inducing difficulty spikes exist, The Bridge generally offers a middle path that should appeal both to newcomers and to expert puzzle solvers.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
An amazing and original puzzles game with a wonderful art style. Despite a few flaws, The Bridge is a very good puzzle game. It offers almost everything from a puzzle game. It's EASY to play, intellectually CHALLENGING, FRESH and visually APPEALING.

Game : 8.5/10
Graphic : 8.5/10

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
455.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This game has charming puzzles. A touching story and beautiful visuals.
It's pretty simple. I dont really need to talk more about it.

You move your world around and make things fit in their places.
Then you pass to new levels.
Cause that's what we do everyday, right?

Yep. That's simple as that.

10/10
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
A simple but deep game, with a more romantic and melancholic theme.
  The game will make you reflect on your spirit, whether or not you should go down that road.
-Quebra Puzzles easy at first, but along the journey you notice that you was a test for something bigger.
-A Difficulty of the game is excellent, will quickly increasing and getting better and challenging.
Designed data-graph, which makes everything paracer deeper and more dramatic.
-A simple gameplay, but that will leave you confused but stumped with something new and incredible.

iGOTY 2013 (Indie Game of The Year)
note 92/100




Um jogo simples mas profundo, com uma temática mais romântica e melancólica.
O jogo vai fazer você refletir em seu espirito, se você deve ou não ir por tal caminho.
-Quebra-cabeças faceis no começo, mas ao longo da jornada você nota que tu era um teste para algo maior.
-A dificuldade do game é excelente,vai rapidamente aumentando e ficando melhor e desafiadora.
-Grafico desenhado, que faz tudo paracer mais profundo e dramatico.
-Uma jogabilidade simples, mas que vai te deixar confuso mas perplexo com algo novo e incrivel.

iGOTY 2013 (Indie Game of The Year)

nota 92/100
PS: pena não ter PT BR
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Its a great game
There are some hard puzzles out there!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
The Bridge is a mind trip of a puzzle game with its wild visuals and gravitational manipulation. The game continuously distorts your perception of reality depending on the rotation of the environment. For most, The Bridge will present a formidable challenge of frustrating, yet rewarding trial-and-error. The story presentation and time reversal elements are very similar to Braid. I had a much more difficult time with this game than I expected, but it was enjoyable nonetheless--a very satisfying challenge.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I don't know what it is about this game, but there's something very deeply and profoundly disturbing about it. It's like a terrifyingly beautiful nightmare. It is captivating. I love the art, the originality, and the atmosphere. But you still have this feeling of something being off. The game sucks you in and leaves you wondering what will happen to you once you've been taken. It really is just like those dreams where everything is perfectly fine, except for an uneasy feeling, you don't know what is giving you that feeling, maybe it's those boots that are laying on their side, or the absence of lint on your clothes, you don't know, but you can tell something is wrong. If you are expecting a monster or someone with a chainsaw popping up like it's a B horror flick, you won't find that here. But you will remain uneasy throughout.

I recommend this game 100%, and I'm giving it a 10/10. The experience you get from playing this game is unlike any other I've played in the past. It's very unique, it has elements I've seen in other games, rotating the map, manipulating gravity, but the ingenuity with which it was applied is unparalleled. But be warned, this game will haunt you like few other games have.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
This is really unique and challenging puzzle/platformer game. The art style and level layouts are somewhat reminiscent of M.C. Escher (one of my favorite artists), the mechanics are innovative (literally tilting the levels to do anything from move keys to access otherwise inaccessible areas, and rewinding time in case you mess up) and puzzles that urge you to really use your head so you don't lose a key or get crushed by a giant grinning ball. Anyone looking for some challenging puzzle gameplay should consider giving this game a try.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
The only objective is to make it to the door. In some cases, you'll need keys or be required to be a certain color to be able to make it through the door. The game requires lots of manipulation of physics & gravity. You can even turn the world itself to reach that goal. In my opinion, it has a steep learning curve as the levels get more difficult pretty fast. Although, I don't usually play platformers or puzzles which might affect my opinion. What I found to be quite astonishing was the fact that you can actually rewind time to correct any mistakes. A few of the puzzles are extremely simple, so don't overthink them, while others require a lot of thought. There's also a giant rolling ball that is also manipulated by the same mechanics as your character is. If it touches you, you will die. If the you, the ball, or the key fall out of the map, you will die. Some puzzles can be pretty anger provoking, but it's quite the fun challenge. There's also an eerily soothing BGM to the game, although it doesn't change. In addition, I found the minimalistic graphics resembling sketches to be quite beautiful. Overall, I really enjoyed this game & I found it to be worth every cent. Most games I end up buying usually are disappointing or a waste of money, but definitely not this one.
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I find myself really enjoying puzzles later. And this is not the best one. Don't get me wrong, Bridge is a good game, but it looks like poor cousin of Braid, when we are talking about gameplay and methaphoric-metaphysic story, and they got a lot of common letters in their names as well. Art style is brilliant. But from the "story" perspective Bridge is the great pretender. Game trying to be an art as hard as it can. Still it's not the bad part. Sad thing for me that Bridge is very easy till the middle of the game, and then it became balance-puzzle. Most of the tasks challenge your balance, reaction and positioning. And sometimes it does that in a very annoying manner. For me it feels like dissonance when "clever looking" game mostly questioning not your intellect, but your feel of momentum. 72/100
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
At first I bought this game just to relax my body but challenge my brain, thinking it was not going to be anything more than a regular puzzle game.

However, the combination of the art style, soundtrack, and the way it makes you change your preconceptions of physics and reality, made the game way more enjoyable than I would have ever imagined.

I would buy this game again! Try it, enjoy the music, and certainly don't look up any guides/walkthroughs as it would ruin the fun that comes from the difficulty.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Puzzle platformer with interesting gameplay, viewpoints and artstyle. A real treat for genre fans and I'd recommend that everyone give it a chance, especially on sale.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Ok.. This is a puzzles game where you control a man in 2D, and your goal is to make him reach the door after you unlock it by finding the key. Simple, isn't it? Believe me.. it's NOT!!
You're not going to control the man only, u gonna control the gravity too!
There are several objects in every puzzle, like, "Round Angry Stones!" which will smash your head if you're not careful with using the power you have!

Sometimes you need to be snappy by moving around while you're rotating the environment, to avoid getting sucked by a "Black Hole" or whatever it's :/

It's fun! I didn't play it that much because i get sick very easily!
But i did finish the 3 first light grey doors, and it deserve every "sick feeling" i had during that time :D
I'm sure it's gonna deserves every penny as well.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
2D? 3D? 4D? I have no idea how many dimensions this game has. I do know however that it the first game I have shown someone and made them sea sick. So yeah.... Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Do you want headaches? Because that's how you get headaches.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
An interesting puzzle game for those who like puzzle games. Mostly requires good orientation and understanding the mechanics of gravity.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
I don't usually go for puzzle/mind bender type games, but the visual style of this game caught my eye. Once I started playing I couldn't stop. I was a bit frustrated on a few levels, but it felt so good once I figured out what was going on.

I definitely recommend this game if you like puzzle games!
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