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 (1,731 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, 2014

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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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
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
The Bridge is Mind bending puzzle game.
It deals with gravity, prespectives, movement and momentum. (physics)
It has a unique Art style, which gives a good atmosphere to it.
It tells a story through fragments of pictures and clues here and there, but the gamaplay is about solving the puzzles.
If you give attention to loading screens, you can reveal some secrets somtimes.

In short, great puzzle game, I enjoyed solving all puzzles, I liked the art style as well.
You can see the Acheivmants section if you want more challenge, there are some good ones.
Although, I should mention that its not that kind casual "puzzle" game that anyone would like, I advise to see gameplay video.

What also I liked about this game and didn't see that before is when I reach a level then later when luanch the game, it loads directly to that level.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I enjoy this game a lot. Puzzles start out easy but get tougher and as you go on you constantly need to learn new ways to solve every stage. Most puzzles are physics inspired which is really fun, music is calming and art goes well with plot of the game. Definitely a good sale purchase!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
the bridge is a fancy but ultimately fairly unimpressive puzzle game that ends up putting too much stuff in your way that stops you from fully getting around to mastering its mechanics. walking is more like crawling, the camera twist is very sluggish as well and the low level count makes it so that you never quite get around to be comfortable with one mechanic by the time the game throws a new one at you

it's frustrating and not very much enjoyable for that reason and a waste of a very striking visual design
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
You know how an Italian chef kisses his fingers and says something in Italian that translates to "A masterpiece" after tasting their own dish? That's how I feel about this game.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Its a great game
There are some hard puzzles out there!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
The Bridge was a real problem to review. This game is not only covered with beautiful artwork but also with brilliant level design. With every new level the gap of possibilities to solve the puzzles shrinks. I didn’t get the story that much which was a downer for me and the game is a bit short but if you like solving a puzzle now and then this is a game for you. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the game I only wish there was more of it. I will remember some levels for a while but the problem is that that’s the only thing I will remember so I will have to say The Bridge is a 6/10.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Let me start by saying that The Bridge is not a bad game. For an indie game the developers should be proud of what they've accomplished. If there were a somewhere-between-thumbs-up-and-thumbs-down button this is the game I would most want to use it for.

I leaned on the side of not recommending it though, for several reasons. This game is inevitably compared to Briad because it has an artsy style, time manipulation, and puzzles. But it's nowhere near the level of those other puzzles games that I love, including Braid or Limbo or even Master Reboot. The reason is mostly depth and story. There simply isn't that much here. And what does exist is far too obscure and limited to be moving.

Beyond that, the puzzles range from straightforward to extremely frustrasting. The difficulty never really flattened out: I either had a level figured out in the first minute, or could stare at it forever with limited success. A few puzzles required some split second timing, which given the controls and precision in this game (they're laggy and your character can't move fast at all) made them very annoying. It was essentially just repeat forever until you happen to squeeze by.

The black and white art might have actually hurt the game more than helped, as it could be hard to tell the difference between some things that were only separated by shades of gray. As for the music, I hardly noticed it, so it didn't leave much of an impact.

My final complaint is performance. This is a 2D game with limited effects, but even on an absurdly powerful machine it got extremely choppy at points. It was somewhere down near 1 frame per 2 seconds while I was in freefall. That's just not acceptable, even for an indie game.

So overall if you're itching for a puzzle game and don't mind the lack of story, and can look past the game's other flaws, then you can pick up The Bridge and it will give you what you want for a few hours. But personally, I won't be coming back to it any time soon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
awesome
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I never really found the true meaning of this game. Who was that guy anyway? Why is there color at the end?

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. ~Oscar Wilde

7.5/10 It is a fairly quick game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Puzzles were not overly difficult while still requiring thought. Level design strongly resembles an Escher painting.
Although not overly long, I'm glad I played it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
math math math

Lets do math!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
One of the most beautifully artistic games I've played in a while. The environment and character design are simple yet thoughtful. The gameplay is solid and unique,. The puzzles are genuinely challenging while not hair-tearingly difficult. My only complaint is that it's somewhat lacking in story.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Well it's a really good game. I love puzzles but i never thought it was gonna be that diffucult. Col graphics but seriously it should have other characters i dont want to be a grandpa, well its stil a good game to buy
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
★★★★☆

Pros:
- Sense of relief and pride when your open a door
- There's plenty of chapters to the game for the games usual sale price to be an absolute steal
- Wonderful little puzzle game which can be a real challenge
- The game looks great and has simple yet effective controls
- Even when you play the mirrored chapters it brings in new mechanics making sure the game never becomes stale

Cons:
- It will take all your patience to try to get to grips with how the puzzles work and sometime you will need to take a fresh stance

Verdict: As said, the game can be tricky in places and gives very little away, yet The Bridge is my favourite puzzle game so far and is well worth any time you put in.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Cool and easygoing game. Easy to Start and Hard to Finish.... so it's keps you going for a while.
If you like puzzels this is a must have!!!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I wonder why called bridge? I never went to see one?

This game reminds me of time when i was hit by horsehooves in young time and my doctor gave me syringe with a killer of a pain. everything was a not so much funny. I was very depressed and my surroundings very much confused me so i never went out.
Today I say better no give to administry of culture and health because in my country this kind of a freedom of mind and controlling surrounding is said to be a bad.

Wish luck i like a game it is only for a smart!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Yes, I recommend absolutely this game. Although I don't finish it, and I have played 90 mins., I think is one of the best indies games that I've played. Above all, I love its images and the photography, generally. I need to emphasise in the images and the functioning too, because the result is fantastic. I love being thinking in mysteries, but I sometimes give them up because, in any moment, I get bored. Not in this game. I don't tired of it. I would to end the game as soon as possible. Thank you, The Bridge. You are a fantastic discovery.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Awesome puzzle game :).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Very nice little gameinvolving Escher's impossible 3D drawings and altering gravity. I sure hope this concept makes it into a big game.
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