Dec 6, 2012
Building a bridge seems like it would be a fairly easy task. In reality, it takes a lot of engineering to get all the stress points and anchors in the correct spots. If one of these things is out of place, the whole bridge collapse. I’ve always loved this video. The video shows how not taking into consideration every little aspect of the surrounding area can let mother nature easily destroy the creation.
Bridge Constructor is a great game tempt fate and make some bridges. The levels start off pretty simply. The first couple of bridges are pretty obvious and how they should be constructed. After that, it’s going to take a bit of imagination to use the allotted budget to place the pieces efficiently to construct a bridge able to hold a car or truck.
Once the bridges constructed, there is a task that needs to be run. The first few levels, there’s a choice of cars or trucks to run over the bridges. As the test is going on, the materials will change color to show the points on the bridge under more stress. Also, just by hitting the play button, the bridge will “settle”. This may show a bunch of immediate weaknesses in the design.(Read: the bridge will fall apart.) The bridge can be reworked over and over again. The materials can be used and then removed if the design doesn’t seem like it’ll work. As long as the overall cost of materials is not exceeded, the bridge to be built and tested over and over again before actually committing to it.
To build the bridge, it’s a matter of tapping in one of the white dots on the screen (anchor point) and dragging the finger to where the material being used should end. In the beginning, there is a slight blueprint like background to make the first build using wood a little easier. In later levels, different material such as cables and concrete are added. These materials let the bridges span over longer distances, but also require different anchor points.
Bridge Constructor seems easy in the beginning, but just a couple levels in the game starts to require quite a bit of thought and planning to make the bridge sturdy enough for cars or trucks to drive across it.