Bridge Constructor Portal Review: A Fun & Charming Puzzle Game
- Name: Bridge Constructor Portal
- By: Headup Games & ClockStone Software
- Genre: Puzzle
- Price: $4.99
- Installed size: 164 mb
- Best played in short-medium sessions
- Minor bugs experienced
- Playable Offline: Yes
What is Bridge Constructor Portal?
Bridge Constructor Portal is the latest game in Clockstone Software’s series of physics based bridge construction games. As with other games in the series, players are tasked with building bridges from each level’s entrance to the exit. Bridges need to be sturdy enough to stand up to the forces of gravity and the weight of the vehicle that will roll over them.
Bridge Constructor Portal of course brings in Valve’s Portal franchise. The game is set in Aperture Laboratories, and players who are familiar with previous Portal games will quickly feel at home. The setting goes beyond just a coat of paint. The game features the voice of Aperture Labs’ AI GlaDOS as the game’s guide, and there are elements like turrets, lasers, propulsion and repulsion gels, and more. Of course it wouldn’t be a Portal themed game without portals. This being a Portal themed game, players will need to utilize pre-positioned portals in order to succeeded.
Bridge Constructor Portal is a fun puzzle game that doesn’t quite live up to the Portal name. It offers a lot of the same great gameplay that the Bridge Constructor series is known for while mixing in elements from the Portal franchise.
The game’s controls are, as always, well suited for touchscreen devices. Though players might need to zoom in from time to time in order to correctly position planks. The results of each build can be unpredictable but that’s rarely the game’s fault. In most cases unpredictable elements are a result of overlooking one small detail that could be the difference between a successful run and a test vehicle ending up in a pool of acid.
Bridge Constructor Portal has a few drawbacks. The first is one that many Portal fans will notice nearly right away. While the game attempts to capture the spirit of the Portal franchise, it comes up just a bit short. The game’s writing sometimes puts GlaDOS in the role of a genuinely helpful tutorial narrator, often ignoring the personality the character is known for. The game’s other major drawback is a lack of performance feedback. Players either pass or fail each level (either with a single vehicle or caravan). Though the amount of money used in each level is tracked, that amount is not linked to any persistent rating system or leaderboard. The game also depends a little bit too much on trial and error, with some elements needing a lot of precision to get right.
The issues the game has do not change the fact that it is a great puzzle game filled with interesting levels to play through. The game also lets players fail and experience the joy of watching their creation tumble to the ground (or into pools of acid). Those moments are few and far between on mobile, and they’re part of what makes games fun. While Bridge Constructor Portal does not perfectly capture the spirit or the degree of excellence that the Portal franchise is known for, it does more than enough to be a good game in its own right.