A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Designed primarily for entertaining, but players are tasked with building a bridge within a budget while using physics to create a structure that takes elevation and weight-bearing and stress points into consideration. This may not seem overly obvious, but players will be using economic and physics skills during the game.
Solving problems is the underscored element of Poly Bridge 2. Players will learn value of perseverance in continually building bridge until a functional structure is created.
Ease of Play
While there is a tutorial, players will find the base concepts easy to grasp. This is not to say it's an easy game: It can be quite challenging.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poly Bridge 2 is a downloadable puzzle simulation game for Windows PCs. The gameplay challenges players to build bridges within budget restrictions while engineering creative and imaginative structures that will fit a varied range of parameters. The vehicles using the bridges come in different sizes and weights, and the materials can be cheaper (which won't bear weight as well) or more expensive (which will challenge budget constraints). There are several ways to play: The game campaigns have four settings with 16 scenarios each. The workshop allows players to share campaigns and levels, as well as to design their own bridges while setting the parameters for construction. There's a Sandbox mode that basically allows players to create levels and use imagination and creativity. Players can share campaigns, but there's no player interaction, nor is there any inappropriate content to be found in the game.
Is It Any Good?
The player's imagination, and a budget, are the only limits to creativity. Poly Bridge 2 is a brain-tickling puzzle simulation that ranks players' efforts and has some decent replay value (can you build a bridge quickly, and then can you do it better and cheaper next time?). The graphical elements aren't realistic, but they are colorful and bright, while the soundtrack is soothing. The only real downfall of this title is that it's essentially the same thing over and over from one level to the next.
Sure, there are different levels and campaigns, but as players ease into level construction, they'll learn tips and tricks that can be applied throughout the campaign scenarios. Similarly, there's no ramp-up for the difficulty of the game. You may go from a bridge that is a straight line to one where the starting point is higher than the destination point. This can be a touch frustrating, but with perseverance, even the most challenging levels can be solved. This game is perhaps best played in smaller time increments, but Poly Bridge 2 presents a challenge and a sense of accomplishment when your fully constructed bridge passes its tests.
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