Bridge Constructor Playground offers people of all ages an introduction to the topic of “bridge building”. This game gives you the freedom to let your creative side run riot – nothing is impossible. Across 30 innovative levels you have to build bridges over deep valleys, canals or rivers.
User reviews: Mixed (66 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014
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Bridge Constructor Playground offers people of all ages an introduction to the topic of “bridge building”. This game gives you the freedom to let your creative side run riot – nothing is impossible. Across 30 innovative levels you have to build bridges over deep valleys, canals or rivers. Following this your bridges will be subjected to a stress test to see whether they can support the weight of the cars and/or trucks which drive across them.

In comparison to the #1 hit Bridge Constructor, Bridge Constructor Playground offers an even easier entry to the game including an extensive tutorial. With no fixed budget, and next to no limitations on building materials, there are almost no limits: you can build and construct to your heart’s desire. Here you are free to do as you please and let the time fly by with creative bridge building. Experienced players will enjoy the challenges of the new badge system: for every bridge there are 5 badges to be won for which you must fulfill certain requirements. For example, building a bridge that can carry no more than a certain load limit. All of this, paired with a bright and friendly look, makes Bridge Constructor Playground an exciting and also educational experience for the whole family, offering hours of gaming fun.

Key Features

  • 32 Levels
  • 5 Settings: City, Canyon, Beach, Mountains, Rolling hills
  • Survey map with unlocked worlds / levels
  • Extensive tutorial for easy entry to the game
  • New badge system for beginners and pros
  • 4 different building materials: wood, steel, steel cable, concrete piles
  • Percentages and colored visualization of building material’s stress loads
  • Two different stress levels: car and truck
  • High score per Level
  • Steam Achievements and Leaderboards

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1,8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 compatible with Shader Model 2.0
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6
    • Processor: 1,8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent (32bit or 64bit with ia32-libs installed)
    • Processor: 1,8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Additional Notes: Linux 64bit users need to have ia32-libs package installed (sudo apt get install ia32-libs)
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Bridge Constructor Playground is a little nice game about bridge building. It's not good like Bridge Constructor Medieval, but basically you can make the same innovations. The biggest lack: theres is not really a story. You just hop from island to island to build bridges across rivers or valleys. The variousity of landscapes is also very low.

There are three different goals: 1. build the cheapest bridge, 2. build a bridge that can handle the weight stress test at its best and 3. build a bridge with only allowed materials. Sometimes there is a limit of money or a certain number of elements you can use. Another goal is to make it safe for trucks. Btw forget about the cars. In the end just the trucks count.

So you play each level 2-3 times to fullfill all goals and then you will notice it's always the same. The bridges with less weight stress are always made out of concrete and cable. The cheapest bridges can be wooden but it mustn't be. And for the material bridges mostly steel and wood is allowed both. Yeah it's challenging but otherwise it can be boring.

Altogether playing this game was mediocre fun but it's OK. In the end there is that notorious facebook achievement which obviously doesn't work for everybody on the first try. That's a bit annoying.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
No, just no. It's another clone/direct port of a silly phone game. It's designed for mobile platforms (phones & small tablets). It's not a PC game. There's no real strategy, there's no real gameplay. It's a rather boring and useless waste of time. Great if you like that sort of thing, but I really don't. I picked it up as part of Humble, otherwise I wouldn't have it here.
Posted: October 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Never had so much fun in a game like i had while playing this. Buy it just for the lols.
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Finally a game where when you mash ESC repeatedly you will actually exit the game... bliss

But on a more serious not, only get this on sale, its a great game but im not so sure for the price... its fun and its chepish, but not cheap enough
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
7/10
Bridge Constructor Playground is a really wonderful game,in which you can design bridges of various structures.
Every time the problem was solved,I gained much pleasure.
It's strongly recommended that you have a try.

桥面只能水平,连接点都是绞结点。
来来去去都是那几种方法,玩到后面都睡着了。

缆只有一种粗细,而且桥墩位置不能自己定,悬索桥和梁式桥不好做。
经常不是斜拉就是超静定桁架,偶尔做个中承拱,反反复复的,玩到后面就越来越无聊了。
不过我喜欢桥崩掉一瞬间车冲下河的画面233
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I think the term 'Playground' in this installment is an indication to the 'difficulty' of it compared to the others in the series.

Unlike the others, this game has no limit when building a bridge which I think is a good feature, as it allows you to pass some of the harder levels, which otherwise will have you frustrated and stuck. The addition of badges in this game are fantastic as it gives you 5 separate goals to complete on each bridge, that you can do individually, giving a bit of replay-ability and problem solving for each bridge.

There is also a tension/weight meter at the top that displays in real time the pressure on your bridge, which I think is a great addition as it can give you better insight on how/what needs improved on your bridge, and by how much.

Overall I think this is a nice addition to the series, albeit it seems quite shorter than the standard Bridge Constructor. If you are a fan of the series I would recommend the purchase or if you are new to it, I would suggest getting the bundle and playing this one first.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This is a game for all you thinker out there. Simple levels but also gets pretty challnging but if you experiment a bit you'll work it out. A fun game. Enjoy!
Posted: October 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Upsides:
- Actual learning value in the area of bridge engineering and understanding of mechanical and physical principles. Even if the physics engine is not flawless and the means are very limited, with the basics it offers it's still a lot of fun. Physics-based puzzles are more interesting than mere logic-based ones. It's more exciting to have that connection to real-life engineering, and it's fun to watch the result play out.
- Lots of freedom. Feels like there's not one single optimum solution. Being given several approaches in which to build a bridge (cheap, sturdy, materials-limited) further increases the range of possible ways to solve the problems.
- A good bit of creative opportunity apart from the challenges given.
- No handholding. It expects you to figure out the advanced building techniques on your own, but gives you scenarios and tasks that subtly nudge you in the right direction. So it's more like the whole game itself is the tutorial.

Downsides:
- Launcher doesn't save the graphics quality level.
- Steam leaderboards advertised, but they seem to be missing.
- Advertises an extensive tutorial. As mentioned above, that's really not the case. It's at best a moderate tutorial. (The fact is OK, the false description is not.)
- One achievement requires you to share a bridge on Facebook. You can manage to get it even if it fails if you keep trying, but this was almost enough for me to not play it.
- Quite a bit of randomness regarding the results involved, sometimes especially between play sessions. That makes it closer to reality I guess.
- Not enough musical variety.
- Only one setting for music on/off, nothing else sound-wise. But, I guess playing one's own music is the best option here.
- Element highlighing not perfect. It removes the one you're pointing at, but sometimes highlights a different one.

On a more personal note: I havent's played the regular Bridge Constructor, but I think I wouldn't like it. This is called "Playground" for a good reason. Outside of the context of the challenges that give you medals, the element of scarcity (limited building resources and such) is not present in this game, and I like that a lot. People tend to live what they train/prepare for, and I enjoy living abundance.
Posted: October 1
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
I'm not a fan. Game's more annoying than fun, you can lame your way through it and I'm not sure I've learned anything at all. Wouldn't spend money on this game, but I got it in the Humble Bundle.
Posted: October 1
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I got this free from a Humble Bundle. If I had paid money for this I would be incredibly sad, especially at a $10 price point directly from Steam.

First Impressions This looks like a bad iPad game written in Unity. Probably because it is.

Controls The entire UI is clearly based around a touch screen, with the cursor acting as a glorified finger. You can't adjust sound levels in the game, I had to adjust them in Windows mixer because it screams at you. You can enable/disable the horrible music with a button on the start screen, that is the extent of the options menu. There are only a couple keybindings, and none are really useful except for undo.

Further Play So after beating the Tutorial missions I wanted to try some of the harder ones. Nope, I have to replay the tutorial missions to get 25 "badges."

Badges Badges are horrible. It's literally impossible to accomplish all of them in one run, and for the two budget-based ones there are one, maybe two solutions for each. It's infuriating how low the budgets are set, you genuinely do have to do it EXACTLY like it wants you to otherwise you go over budget or load.

If this was a iPad/Android Tablet game it would be subpar. On a computer this is just horrible. And it's a ripoff of Bridge Project, which is vastly superior.
Posted: October 3
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
you can't build ramps in this game. It sucks. Making ramps was half the fun in the other bridge constructer.

there's also infinite money for some reason. This one is dull and boring. Why no ramps when the game before it had ramps
Posted: September 25
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Terrible game. Clunky graphics, the UI gets in the way of the game (you can't click on things that *appear* clickable because the UI arrows steal the click), it's a shoddy mobile game ported into a shoddy Steam game.

Humble Bundle is the only reason I own it, if you aren't getting it for free then hard pass.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
YOU GET TO BUILD BRIDGES
Posted: October 7
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
I'm glad I got this in a humblebundle otherwise I'd be ♥♥♥♥ed. This game is not worth anywhere near $10 it plays more like a $1 moble game.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
To get a very detailed overview of Bridge Constructor in general, please read my Bridge Constructor and Bridge Constructor Medieval reviews (they are essentially the same as far as core game and concept go).

Bridge Constructor Playground is better than Medieval, but worse than the original.

There you go. If you get it, get it in a bundle or for like a buck. Otherwise you will be dissapointed.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
You can find better things to spend your $10 on.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This feels a lot like West Point Bridge Designer.
Posted: October 8
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4.6 hrs on record
Pretty quick, Entry-level game into the Bridge Construction Genre. not requiring a good amount of skill, but preseverance and a little ingenuity.
Posted: September 26
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2.6 hrs on record
Fun like other bridge clones but easy as hell.
Posted: October 20
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2.1 hrs on record
I've got it from humble bundle, and i tried it. I love it!
U should play it for an hour, or maybe two, but i think it's ideal for little relaxing play. :)
(e.g. the music can be annoying after many minutes)

I think u shoud try it! :) (but 10€ is too expensive for it)
Posted: October 12
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