Bridgy Jones – Building Steam Powered Enjoyment

4.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Blends puzzle and action nicely | Smooth controls | Great to build bridge and then drive train

Could use more levels | A bit too familiar to similar games


Trains can’t steam ahead without bridges, and it’s up to you to supply the bridge in the new game Bridgy Jones. It’s a bridge building physics puzzler where each level provides a gap filled layout that the train needs to cross. At your disposal is railroad track, wood planks, rope, and concrete blocks, and you need to build a structure stable enough for the weighty train to crossover. What makes it truly different than other games of this ilk, is that you get to control the train as it crosses the bridge. That means you adjust the speed in an attempt to help out your bridge layout, if it isn’t the most structurally sound.
The game does a great job of inviting anyone in to play, and will keep you completely engaged to continue to chug along. The entire mechanic is simply tap and drag to position the pieces exactly where you want. There’s also a neat feature that offers a magnifying glass in the upper left to automatically show the end of a piece to help you connect to parts. You don’t need to be a structural engineer to build these bridges, and even rudimentary compositions of a diamond shaped wood connections can get the job done. Once you think your structure is ready, you can press the play button to test its stability, and re-edit right away if necessary. It’s quite a brain teasing puzzle experience to support the track properly, and then you can dive into the action sequence. All of it is powered by an outstanding physics engine that quite accurately shows construction pieces deteriorate based on the layout, environment, and weight and force of the train.

Piloting the train couldn’t be easier with two buttons in the bottom right, and skilled driving can make up for shoddy construction work. Part of the enjoyment of the game is watching the train crash in failed attempts, so there’s always something to appreciate. There are 32 levels in total as you choo-choo through woodlands, caves, and mountain ranges. Each one offers a unique challenge as you have to deal with picking up extra cars, paying tools and passing over the same sequence again, and building suspension bridges. bridgy_jones1 The developers have done a great job of building in extra incentive to replay levels beyond the three star scoring system. There are four objectives per level, and in some cases you will need to build different bridges to complete certain objectives. If you do complete all of the objectives for every four levels, you also unlock special bonus stages with distance challenges. The only real drawbacks are that it is relatively familiar, and it would be nice to see more levels.

Bridgy Jones ($0.99, Universal) offers a captivating take on the bridge building game to deliver such an inviting challenge that combines puzzle and action of building bridges and piloting trains over those bridges. Bridggy Jones is a should buy for your next puzzle infatuation.


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