Hey you. Yes you, guy over there sitting at the computer. Are you bored with all of those Triple-A titles that the gaming industry is pushing on you? Are you tired of 1080p graphics and next gen story telling? Then do I have the game for you. Look no further than Poly Bridge, the over the top bridge-building simulator by Dry Cactus that allows you to create just the most ridiculous bridges ever known to man in order to get some guy on a moped over a body of water. In short, it is a beautiful waste of time.
In Poly Bridge you will be starting of on a 2-D plane and using wood, steel, cable, and hydraulic pistons to get a vehicle from one side of a body of water to the other. Things like weight placement, support and budget come into play as you try to stop the vehicles from taking a dive into the water below. Later on you have to account for things like incoming ships and make stunt jumps for stuntmen.
After a brief tutorial on how the physics function in the game you are thrown to the wolves. And by thrown to the wolves I really mean thrown to the wolves. There are multiple ways to accomplish each level. Your bridge only has to be able to support the weight of the vehicle that is going to travel on it and not go over a certain amount of money. Smaller vehicles mean that your bridge don’t need to be that reinforced. This game taught me how to cut corners and still get the job done really quickly.
One of the best parts about this game is that it has no consequences. You build a bridge that doesn’t work, just tear it down and try again. You can’t fail the level, and you can only progress by building a bridge that works. This type of gameplay promotes creativity and free thinking. I found myself tying to me the most outlandish bridges at the budget given to me. Using every penny to make my creation truly marvelous.
This bridge building simulator is not without its flaws however, and my problem with Poly Bridge lies somewhere in the games design. The game has the habit of just throwing in incredibly hard levels in at random. The difficultly doesn’t seem to scale, more like vibrate up and down. Also, if you are stuck on a level, or just don’t something absolutely wrong, the game doesn’t even hint at what the problem could be. I’m not one for hand holding in my video games, but for a game like this it would have been nice to be able to receive little hints if you wanted them. Some of the level are straight up punishing if you don’t have a clue what you are doing.
All in all, Poly Bridge is a great time. You will be surprised what creations you are able to come up with. It is well worth the $11.99 on Steam right now. I would recommend this game for those who have a huge imagination or children. This is the type of game that would keep them entertained for hours on end.
Fun yet challenging
Gameplay - 8/10
Controls - 10/10
Design - 8/10
+ Art style is fun
+ Gameplay is addicting
- Levels can be too punishing
- Difficulty is random