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Bridge Constructor Portal review for PS4, Xbox One, Switch


Platform: PS4
Also On: PC, Xbox One, Switch
Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: Headup Games/ClockStone
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: No
ESRB: E

On first hearing, Bridge Constructor Portal sounds sort of like a cursed monkey paw kind of deal. It’s as if someone, somewhere, wished for another Portal, and the response was, “Sure, but…”

The reality, thankfully, isn’t quite as bad as you might expect.

I mean, to be clear, it’s no substitute for Portal 3. It has some Portal-related elements, like GLaDOS’ snarky menace, the original game’s colour scheme, sentry drones, and, er, portals. But on the whole, this is more a reskinned version of Bridge Constructor than anything remotely like another entry in the Portal series.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, in and of itself. The original Bridge Constructor was a fine game. Not an all-time classic or anything, but still an enjoyable way to pass the time.

The same goes for Bridge Constructor Portal. If you go in expecting (or hoping, or wanting) another Portal, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you go in expecting more Bridge Constructor, it totally does the job. You still have to figure out how to get a convoy from Point A to Point B, and you still have a variety of construction materials at your disposal to help you pull that off. The addition of portals adds a nice twist, throwing in a much heavier emphasis on physics and momentum than the previous game had.

But for the most part, Bridge Constructor Portal is Bridge Constructor II in all but name. As I said, it’s a poor substitute for another actual Portal game, but if you just want a casual building game that you can drop in and out of, with the added bonus of a nice sense of humour, this will more than do the job.

Headup Games provided us with a Bridge Constructor Portal PS4 code for review purposes.

Grade: B