Crossover games. They’re the Jetsons Meet The Flintstones version of interactive media. When you get two cool time-killing games like Bridge Constructor and Portal together to form their own game in the aptly titled Bridge Constructor Portal, one would expect awesome things to come from this. Right? I mean, how can you possibly screw this up? We got ourselves an Xbox One copy and decided to see if they did indeed screw it up.
If you haven’t caught onto the concept yet, you’re basically playing Portal inside the world of Bridge Constructor, or more specifically, the second has been designed to look like the first. You have the feeling of being in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and Aperture Laboratories, only you’re working on building a path for trucks to get from one side of the lab to the other while also using the portal system the company has developed. A combination of well-crafted platforms done under budget along with futuristic tech gives you a multitude of options ahead.
And that’s is about where the awesomeness to all this ends. After that, you’re left with the stunning realization that it’s still just Bridge Constructor, only with new mechanics thrown into the mix. The thin story that comes with the game is that you’re an Aperture employee trying to go up the company ladder by showing off your skills. Beyond that, it’s basically a challenge to build the most convoluted system of bridges you possibly can to solve the puzzle of getting the supplies from one end of the level to the other.
The real joy in the game is purely in the construction techniques, as the portal mechanics for you to destroy bridges after they’ve been put into use, or force them to serve secondary purposes after the primary one has been fulfilled. You can get insanely creative with what you’re given, to the point where if you plan it out correctly, you can have them go through multiple portals at a time just to mess with your characters and have some fun.But ultimately you do need to finish the level or you won’t move onto better challenges with better gear.
Bridge Constructor Portal is exactly what it sounds like and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. If you already love either series, getting this is a no-brainer. If you’re new to either and are curious, try out the original Bridge Constructor first and see if you dig that before getting this one, as the difference feels like going to high school bridge making and then graduating onto college courses in structural integrity.
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