As someone who missed out on the first game, Poly Bridge 2 completely took me by surprise. What a great surprise this was though as I found my self pretty addicted to this fun puzzler. Getting a vehicle across the bridge sounds like a rather odd premise for a game, but it is one that works very, very well.
How to Download Poly Bridge 2
To download the game from Steam, click on the Download button located below this review. You can also download the Deluxe version of the game that contains the original soundtrack. The latter can be purchased separately as well.
The Game Review
The goal on paper sounds very, very simple. You need to help a vehicle get across the bridge with the bridge not falling apart or something else destroying it. This is a physics-based puzzle game and it can really test your creative limits and your ability to think outside of the box.
The way a level will work is that you have let’s just say a car and there is a gap and you need to build a bridge to get that car across. You have many different parts that you can use such as wood and metal in order to make a bridge so that the vehicle can pass safely to the other side. Getting to the other side is the main goal, if the bridge falls after that then it still counts as a win.
You may think that building a bridge is very easy, but it is way more challenging than you would think. You have to make sure it is structurally sound. I went into this wanting to make masterpieces of engineering, but that was not the case at all! I would just end up cobbling together something in the hopes that the car would make it across.
As you progress through the game things get tougher and tougher. What starts out as gaps for a vehicle to cross soon incorporate other vehicles, boats, planes, and more! This is where you really need to get creative. This will involve you using things like hydraulics to make sure a ship can pass underneath without smashing your bridge.
The real way to get through each level is by building your bridge under budget. You have a budget at the start of each level and the goal is to use pieces that will keep you under that budget. This is way easier said than done and thankfully if you go over budget you are not punished too much and can continue on.
You can also skip a level if it is giving you to much of a headache which I like. Another thing I like is the way if you are stuck on a level or if you need to stop playing. The game will save your progress on each level from the moment you left off. This is a feature that is way handier than you would think.
Most of what I experienced with Poly Bridge 2 especially on the more difficult levels was trial and error. The game has a couple of tutorials that I recommend you do just to get used to the controls. However, the hydraulics tutorial left me with more questions than it did answers in all honesty.
I came into Poly Bridge 2 without playing the first game and never felt lost at all. This is a really fun puzzle game that is sure to suck many hours of your life away. Building bridges is fun, watching vehicles manage to get to the other side is fun, and even when it all goes wrong and it comes crashing down it can be fun too. What I am saying is that this is a really FUN puzzle game so check it out.
- Tons of levels to try and complete
- Making bridges is a lot of fun
- I liked how you had to build stuff like moving bridges and even ramps
- I like the simple visual style of the game
- The way the game keeps your progress saved is very handy
- I do wish the hydraulics tutorial explained things better
- Some might get frustrated with the trial and error aspect