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Bridgy Jones

Bridge Eraser

Bridgy Jones turns life-or-death engineering into a trail-and-error affair.

By Adam Volk • July 22, 2013

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There’s an old tradition among civil engineers in which ceremonial rings are forged out of the metal of collapsed bridges – a constant reminder that one miscalculation can spell disaster. That’s a lesson that might equally be applied to Bridgy Jones, a quirky little physics-based puzzle builder that’s also filled with its share of bridge-based carnage. In the game, you take on the role of Bridgy, a grizzled train conductor who rides the rails along with his faithful yet mentally deficient pooch.

Your goal in each stage is to build a set of train tracks that take you and your locomotive from one side to the other. To ensure your train stays on the tracks, you’ll build your bridge with support beams, ropes, anchor points, and the like. You can construct your bridge anyway you’d like, be it a marvel of engineering or a slapdash construction. Once you’re satisfied with your bridge, you can take control of the train itself. This too requires finesse, not to mention trial and error, as the early drafts of your rickety bridges inevitably give out and send you tumbling into the abyss.

The game quickly gathers steam, becoming increasingly difficult. Before long, you’re building larger and more hazardous bridges over chasms, rivers, and more complex terrain—this as your cargo requirements become more onerous. A variety of optional challenges in each stage also offer a little more incentive for would-be conductors looking to get their train on. The result is an excellent blend of puzzle solving and construction. Put a ring on it.

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7 Responses to “Bridge Eraser”

  1. His_Space_Holiness says:

    And I assume that your high scores are collected in Bridgy Jones’ diary.

    Badum… no, that doesn’t even deserve a rimshot. Never mind.

    • Chum Joely says:

      Aah, go drive a long train off a short bridge, vile punster.

      • Merve says:

        “The game quickly gathers steam, becoming increasingly difficult.”

        You can’t stop it, man. The pun threads have gotten so big that they’ve made their way into the articles themselves.

  2. DrFlimFlam says:

    Sounds like an interesting Trials/Bad Piggies mashup. I could go for that.

    • Raging Bear says:

      Or a bit like Elefunk, which has a very similar premise (build a bridge for the elephant to cross). I got about three levels into that before reaching the point where absolutely every permutation of the bridge I built failed instantly, and then started to wonder how the hell anyone without a structural engineering Ph.D. was meant to advance. I stay away from bridge-themed games now.