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 (1,914 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013

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“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
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
tl;dr -> Played this game on acid, and now I keep trying to tilt the world and see everything as an M.C. Escher painting. 11/10 life perspective changing.

If you like puzzle platformers, tilting the game world around, and M.C. Escher artstyle, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are very nice - everything is hand-drawn in black-and-white. The details in the scenery are good and varied enough to keep things interesting. The music is decent, but I quickly muted it in favor of my own.

Controls are simple and easy to learn - much of your playthrough will involve rotating the game world left or right. There is a brief tutorial and large tip popups are provided when necessary (like when you die). The learning curve is minimal to moderate depending on your experience with platform puzzlers. I found most of the level solutions to be fairly intuitive and solvable through a bit of trial-and-error.

Gameplay involves you trying to reach a door to the next level. To get there, you will have to navigate through the level, most likely rotating the world in different ways to assist you. The door may sometimes be locked, forcing you to first obtain a key. As you progress through the game, new elements are added to keep you on your toes. Without wanting to spoil any surprises, some of the first additions include a ball that instantly kills you on touch and a vortex that will keep anything that touches it suspended . You have the ability to reverse time as far back as you wish to correct any mistakes. Some levels require a light touch - you may have to slowly rotate the world to get things where you need them to be.

Inspired by M.C. Escher's artstyle, physically-impossible level layouts require a lot of world manipulation in order to navigate to the exit. For example, you may have to do a complete 360 of the world to manoeuvre your character through several flights of stairs/ledges. The store page screenshots can give you good indications of what type of levels to expect.

Overall, the game is a fantastic puzzle platformer with a nice mechanic and a great artstyle. If you are interested in the genre, then definitely check it out.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I disagree with some of the other top reviews. It is not an absent minded puzzler, you really have to focus if you want to get through all the levels and enjoy it. Slow controls and giving you little introduction to the various mechanics are the game's way of trying to tell you that you should sit back and plan what you are about to do, rather than dicking about until something seems to click (Which is permitted by many games, and therefore is tempting, but will ultimately be frustrating and unsatisfying in this one). Like the mathematics this game's story hints at, if you do not pay attention you'll miss something, and it only takes missing one thing to be stumped completely. Once you get into your focus-groove, though, you'll understand the appeal. If you don't know what I mean by that last sentence, then this game is probably not for you, so get it for free or cheap if you get it at all.

TLDR: It's a very good game, but different.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
A solid puzzler with a good difficulty curve.

The earlier levels can be solved by manipulating without much thinking but the challenges get progressively harder until you have to sit up and plan a good number of steps ahead of your actions. This is especially true with some of the achievements and mirror levels.

That said, nothing in the game ever feels impossible.

My one gripe is the addition of hidden collectables. They are few in number, most of them aren't hard to pick up, and the game actually does have hints to find them. I'm just not a fan as they force you to think in a way disconnected from the rest of the game to interpret the hints. Luckily, there are concise guides on Steam for those (like me) without the patience for a puzzle in a puzzle.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
One of the best puzzle games I've ever played. This game is simple yet highly complex and can give you many hours of gameplay if you go after all the achievements. What I liked most about this game was the difficulty curve. Most puzzle games I've played are ridiculously easy and don't pull you in. The Bridge starts off this way but provides some genuinely challenging sections as you progress. The mechanics in this game are interesting enough that even non puzzle game fans would probably enjoy this. Not a strong story line and the character doesn't pull you in as much as other puzzle games on this level (like Machinarium) but still definitely worth playing. Personally I would not pay $9.99 for this game... rather wait for it to go on sale.

8/10

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This is one of the most amazing games I've never see in my life: the graphics are absolutely beautiful (only Black and White and it still amazing), the gameplay is incredibly original and the music is very immersive.

This is not a game, this is an experience.
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