Poly Bridge 2

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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If you dream it and build it, will it stay standing?

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models to be found in Poly Bridge 2.

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. 

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What 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.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAxolator June 28, 2020

Great fun if you understand the mechanics but can be frustrating if you don't

When the original Poly Bridge came out, I was hooked. This simple bridge-building game packed complexity and helped me learn much about engineering and problem-... Continue reading

What's it about?

POLY BRIDGE 2 is an open-world campaign or sandbox puzzle sim game that will give players the task of building a bridge with environment challenges (you have to build a bridge spanning water or canyons that's capable of supporting various vehicular weights) and a budget across 64 pre-build settings. But the game also allows players to dive into the sandbox to create their own bridge, level, or campaign before uploading and sharing that scenario -- which greatly expands the game's playability.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different bridges they have seen in their travels. What's the player's favorite bridge, and why? What has been the scariest bridge they have been on, and why?

  • What are some budgets that players are working with? Are these tied to allowances, or to income? What are some of the best ways to budget money?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Subjects: Math: money
    Science: engineering, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, problem solving, solving puzzles
  • Price: $14.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Dry Cactus
  • Release date: May 28, 2020
  • Genre: Simulation
  • Topics: STEM
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: June 13, 2020

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