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  • Summary: The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasinglyThe Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. It is Isaac Newton meets M. C. Escher. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor while venturing through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and designed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph. Expand
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  1. Nov 16, 2017
    80
    The Bridge feels right on the Switch hardware, specifically in handheld mode. The atmospheric music, mind-boggling physics mechanics and abstract visual style all amalgamate together to produce one of the best Puzzle games currently available on the platform. With the games' improbable extra challenges and post-game levels, It's sure to keep you going back for quite some time. Providing you don't go insane first.
  2. Sep 18, 2017
    80
    The Bridge is a solid puzzle game that encourages you to look at the world from a new perspective. Though the game was easily completed in a couple of sittings, the difficulty increase and length felt right. A sequel would be welcome.
  3. Sep 3, 2017
    70
    An endearing combination of influences from art and science makes The Bridge a valuable addition to the Nintendo Switch library, especially if you've never played it before. Sometimes bogged down by showing off its aesthetic strengths at the sacrifice of fully exploring the puzzle ideas and mechanics, The Bridge does suffer slightly due to slow controls and a story/ character that deserves a little more nuance to back up its ambitious and academic influences. What it does do, however, is reward players' patience, calculation and observation with moments that rival some of the best in the genre. A genuinely interesting and challenging experience that, despite a few small flaws, will stretch mental as well as physical muscles.
  4. 70
    If you’re looking for a thought provoking experience, whether it’s to enjoy the artistic level design or to deduce the lore that's presented in the story, then you will enjoy The Bridge. It will take a couple of hours to complete the initial 24 puzzles of the main story and, not surprisingly, the final 24 puzzles are a more challenging mirror copy with an alternate ending. My brain got a workout plotting courses on 2-dimensional paths that don’t exist in the 3-dimensional world but the reality warping experience was worth it.
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  1. Oct 16, 2017
    10
    I fount this a very challenging and interesting puzzle game. It was quite cool to change your perspective and thinking to solve the differentI fount this a very challenging and interesting puzzle game. It was quite cool to change your perspective and thinking to solve the different puzzles. I bought it for vacations and think my money was well spend. Not like other games I bought recently..... Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    7
    Very nice aesthetic graphics and music

    It is hard to guess the function of the items in the game, and the physics, there is no explanation
    Very nice aesthetic graphics and music

    It is hard to guess the function of the items in the game, and the physics, there is no explanation for how the items work (curtain, hole, etc)
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  3. Jan 10, 2020
    5
    The MC Escher-esque artwork in The Bridge is very pretty, and the idea of setting a puzzle game inside his drawings is awesome, so it's aThe MC Escher-esque artwork in The Bridge is very pretty, and the idea of setting a puzzle game inside his drawings is awesome, so it's a shame that playing The Bridge can be so soporific and unrewarding. The game suffers from absurdly long loading screens, the protagonist ambles everywhere at an infuriatingly leisurely pace, and the screen rotation mechanic is incredibly slow. There is a time-reversal mechanic that you use to fix death like in Braid, but it also feels slow.

    Puzzles start out promising, but get confusing once the game starts introducing complicated new mechanics without sufficiently explaining them (e.g. getting behind a curtain allows you to alter the direction of gravity for certain objects in the level or... something?). Puzzles are made very hard and frustrating by the slowness of everything. There is possibly some sort of story going on, but it wasn't clear what it is.

    Playing this game is comparable to looking through a book of Escher drawings with an elderly relative who insists on talking at length about the pictures on every page before they finally turn to the next one. You get what they're talking about, and you like the artwork, but after a while you just want them to get on with it. A slow and frustrating experience, although the art is very nice.
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  4. Mar 12, 2020
    4
    With a dull mechanic that doesn't reward its immense difficulty, what is at first a stimulating idea becomes monotonous.
  5. May 24, 2019
    3
    This game is short, tedious and boring. There are a lot of better games with better design, music and story. This is just not great. TheThis game is short, tedious and boring. There are a lot of better games with better design, music and story. This is just not great. The controls are super slow and are a pain. The funny thing is that the puzzles are not rewarding in any way so there is no reason to keep coming back and playing it.

    My suggestion, there are better puzzlers out there. Period.
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  6. Nov 18, 2018
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm really angry with the maker of this game. What's the most important thing for a good puzzle game? The rules are clear and understandable. This game changes its rules mid-game. You died many times in the earlier levels by getting sucket into the vortex? Guess what, later the vortex will not kill you, but you need to get sucked into it to progress. You turn the world with L and R and move with the d-pad. Guess again. Later the control scheme does not apply anymore, now your character moves on its own. Objects in the foreground seem to be solid right? Wrong. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't and you can only know by trying. The challenges are unfair because the rules keep secretly changing. Maybe for that reason, the puzzles are not satisfying either, it is lots of trial and error and thinking will not help much. The result: the game is just not fun. Best avoid it. Expand