Bridge Constructor

Common Sense Media says

Uninspired building game gets old quickly.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Beyond a short introduction explaining why all the bridges were destroyed on the islands of Camatuga, there is no narrative. But kids exploring this game will get the message that building in fun.

Positive role models

There aren't any characters.

Ease of play

Easy point-and-click controls and decent introductory tutorials make it accessible, but levels quickly become challenging.

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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Creates some privacy and safety concerns. There are opportunities for social media interaction in the game (posting scores to Facebook, for example) as well as opportunities to interact with other players through the Steam community (forums, leaderboards). None of these are required, however.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bridge Constructor is a safe, fun, and engaging way to solve physics-based puzzles. However, they also should know that there are numerous other bridge-building games that may better foster physics knowledge if that's the goal.

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What's it about?

The island nation of Camatuga has recently experienced a devastating hurricane that has destroyed all the island's bridges. Drawing on building and engineering techniques, kids fix the bridges using different types of building materials from wood and concrete to wire cable. Each bridge is tested by vehicles that drive across. If successful, they reach the other side; if not, the bridge collapses. Players receive different badges for completing specific tasks and also must remain under budget to be successful.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTOR is a simple physics game that has been done many times before, sometimes better, sometimes worse. Not overly fun or dynamic, this game offers very few building tools and is not incredibly inventive or varied in its challenges. Kids may lose interest, and, without good instruction on how to build, it's easy to rely on trial and error rather than good analytical thinking.

Families can talk about...

  • Families could discuss alternate strategies to solving each level.

  • Families also could discuss how the problems in Bridge Constructor could translate outside of the game.

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:$9.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Headup Games
Release date:October 16, 2013
Genre:Puzzle

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