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 (1,371 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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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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July 17

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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

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    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
2.8 hrs on record
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!
Posted: September 24
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
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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Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I was expected a game about architecture. If you've played And Yet It Moved, this game is very similar.
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: September 29
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I know what you're thinking, "He just doesn't like it because it requires you to use your brain! All he wants to do is play COD all day!" Now let me tell you two things. One: I dont hate this game, and two: I really don't like COD. This game is beautiful in its graphics and is very appealing to the eye, its just that once you get into the actual gameplay, it is very slow and almost doesn't progress in difficulty or controls at all. "Its meant to be a simple game! Its a thinking game!" I completely understand that aspect, it's just that while The Bridge tells you to do its excellently designed puzzles, it does nothing to keep you wanting to do the next thing, the storyline is little to nothing and the game starts off with you as an old man trying to climb up a hill which is the most boring intro experiences ever. "Its called minimalism!" I hear you say. I get that completely but while it accomplishes that goal it gives you nothing to hold on to, nothing to make you want to come back for more. I am going to say I dont recommend this game but I am more so in the middle of yes or no, which Steam unfortunately doesn't give you an option to put.
I give it an overall 5/10.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
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.

Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Some people thinks this a Braid's copy. It is, many of the elements are copied from Braid. Like the artstyle and the rewinding mechanic.
But even though it's not really original, it's a good game on it's own right. The puzzles in this game are very clever and satisfying. And the mechanics itself is very interesting to explore.

TL;DR
Good, especially considering it's cheap price,
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
The Bridge is to puzzle games what Super Meat Boy is to platformers. It is brutally hard, unforgiving, but, at the same time, completely fair. Interested in reading more? Check out the full review here:

http://www.thecareandfeedingofnerds.com/2014/10/gias-games-bridge.html
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
An interesting puzzle game for those who like puzzle games. Mostly requires good orientation and understanding the mechanics of gravity.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
A weird little indie game with a unique style and gameplay. Worth playing if you want a good puzzler.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
The Bridge pushes the puzzle platformer genre even further with Escher-themed level design. The pencil artstyle, obtuse plot text (sometimes a bit too over the top), and the tinkering music all fit the theme well.

While there are a few timing and (seemingly) trial & error soltuions, The Bridge offers a unique world to explore and some very interesting puzzles. After Escher, where else can the puzzle platformer go?
Posted: September 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
greyscale, nice art, interesting environment...

I would only get this game if it were on sale. This is a puzzle game, not an action game. I also found that none of the elements included in this game were explained? When I was doing my first playthrough I had to look at guides come Chapter 4 because nothing was explained in enough detail?

This game is 2D, but it uses gravity and different weird dimensions to make a puzzle game. I enjoyed this game as a whole, but I would have preferred more instruction come to the later levels, as well as less "sensitive" solutions so that doing the solution correctly on the 2nd last puzzle of the game doesn't take an hour to work by chance.

Just my 2cents: there are better games, but this one has an interesting concept.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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!!!
Posted: October 9
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Interesting concept, great art, entrancing music. You alter gravity to walk around impossible MC Escher-type structures. However, the puzzles are just too annoying. Some of the mechanics of swapping from foreground to background of structures doesn't work as you intend, so I had to resort to a lot of random walking and switching and more switching rather than just reasoning it out, which I don't find quite as fun. I ended up quitting it and haven't picked it up again and don't intend to until my rage subsides.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
After putting about an hour and a half into this game, I hit a stand still. The first few areas were far too easy. I wanted to love this game forever, but it didn't feel like it presented much challenge. I wasn't compelled by the mechanics or the story to go on. Eventually I'll revisit it and have a different view but for now I can only see it collecting dust on the shelf.
Posted: September 30
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems like it very much wants to be Braid, and it's simply not good of a game, in either gameplay or experience. The game's biggest weakeness is that the normal game is too simple, but what seems like the "real" game, the mirror levels, is far too difficult. The normal games puzzles are fairly easy to figure out without too much difficult, but rarely feel as rewarding as a great puzzle game often does when solving a particularly good one. The mirror levels introduce such a level of execution difficulty that even when the solution is known, the execution level required makes the game very difficult. Not a good endorsement of a puzzle game, in my mind.

In the end, despite completing all the normal levels and multiple mirror levels, I simply can't say this game gave me the puzzles or the satisfaction I was looking for, even when it was challenging. Some great art and ideas, but the execution is lacking, and the cohesive whole is good, but never great. If you love puzzle games, pick this up on sale, and you'll find some good there...but if you're on the fence, make sure you don't expect this to be another Braid, and go in with your expectation set accordingly.
Posted: October 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Unfortunately the most interesting thing I found in The Bridge was the loading screen. The environment looks interesting at first, but the black and white quickly becomes dull and the sound effects do not help to dampen this. Solving the puzzles is more of a matter of rotating the world until you fall in the right direction rather than actually planning out a solution. I will admit that the rewind feature is very useful and well done, but other than that there is little to recommend about The Bridge.
Posted: September 24
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