TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead’ – Touch Arcade

Its no surprise that the Bridge Constructor series has endured and flourished for the better part of a decade now. Theres something inherently fun about building bridges while taking into account the various effects of gravity and physics. Its also satisfying knowing there are a multitude of viable ways to build bridges, and so the Bridge Constructor games are like these awesome puzzle games where every puzzle has a personalized answer crafted by you. Yes, building bridges is great, and its all I ever thought Id want out of the Bridge Constructor series. What I didnt anticipate was how a heavy dose of tactical gameplay could complement the physics-based puzzling so well, but thats just what has happened with Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead, the most unlikely of chocolate-and-peanut-butter situations Ive ever encountered.

So how does the world of The Walking Dead, and specifically AMCs television series, fit into the world of Bridge Constructor? In a number of interesting ways, it turns out. You play multiple characters from the show who are constantly on the move and searching for new resources while also being constantly pursued by the walking dead. Each level is its own little scenario where your goal can be getting your crew safely from one point to another, killing a certain number of zombies, or both. You do this by yes, building bridges, but also by utilizing each characters unique skill sets and any number of different objects and variables in each level.

These can be things like triggering a giant barrel to roll down and crush a bunch of zombies, throwing a creepy talking doll to lure zombies to it and then crushing them with a giant shipping container, shooting weapons, hitting switches, and more. Basically at various points in a level will be these action spots" where you can issue a number of commands to each character. When a character reaches that spot in the level theyll perform the actions in the order youve issued them. By harnessing the powers of your crew of characters AND your bridge building abilities, youll make your way through all sorts of creative and complex scenarios, and to be honest I cant imagine going back and playing a regular Bridge Constructor game after having this layer of tactical gameplay injected into the formula.

My one criticism towards Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is that controls can be a bit finicky on a smaller iPhone screen, as Ive frequently grabbed the wrong anchor point on a bridge or moved something where I didnt mean to because my fingertip was blocking the screen. You do get used to these quirks though, and any mistake you make is just a simple tap away from being undone anyway, so its never more than a mild annoyance. Ill also say that there is A LOT more to learn and keep track of compared to other Bridge Constructor games due to all the new tactical elements that have been added, though its hard to call that a negative. Its really what makes this entry in the series so fantastic as it has reinvented itself while making great use of an awesome IP like The Walking Dead. If youre a fan of Bridge Constructor or The Walking Dead, or both, or NEITHER (Ive never even seen a single episode of TWD) then youll find plenty to love in this new entry.

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