Fear the Walking Dead
AMC’s The Walking Dead has quite the legacy. From the comics to the small screen and to your home consoles and PC, TWD is/was a cultural phenomenon. Flash forward to 2021 and while things seem to be wrapping up for the original TV show, the spin-offs and videogames have begun to flood your living rooms. While Telltale Games saga will always hold a special place, how does TWD fair when paired up with one of the more consistent bridge-building titles? Let’s take a deeper look at Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead and see if it should be dispatched quickly or if it’s a worthy addition to your library.
A sound blueprint
If you’ve played any of the previous BC titles, you know what to expect. You are given some financial parameters to meet but ultimately, build a bridge that can withstand the traffic requirements… then move on. While fun and entertaining, the game eventually becomes repetitive as you grind through the brainteasing puzzles. When BC released their mashup with the much-beloved Valve hit Portal, BC truly began to come into its own.
With the merger of TWD’s universe, the devs have again stepped up to offer something unique that has the pieces to be a solid title. The main addition here is we are no longer just building bridges or ramps (as seen in other titles). Now, players are tasked with not only helping the survivors make it to safety (new and old faces make appearances) but you will also have to dispatch the hungry horde of undead walkers that are in hot pursuit. This involves using moveable objects in combination with simple machines and electrical systems. The resulting carnage is the high point of this title.
Visually, Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is fine
Never, has the game tried to stand out as an ultra-realistic title and with this entry the added ragdoll physics for the human and non-human NPC’s steal the show. Watching a concrete pipe cascade down angled ramps only to steamroll a horde is almost worth the price of admission alone. The cutscenes fit the source material and do a solid job replicating the feel of desperation felt by the characters. The level variety is nice. You may solve one puzzle outside before having to escape a warehouse that has been breached by a walker horde.
Audio-wise, again, it’s just fine
Most certainly Bridge Constructor has never been known for its sweeping soundscapes or an immersive soundtrack. What’s here works. To that end, nothing detracts from the experience either. During our time with it, the game was enjoyed more when played with an accompanying Spotify playlist.
The big question here remains, is it good? At $10/£7.99 Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is a fun title. That being said, if you have played any of the previous entries or its competitors and did not enjoy them this won’t change your mind. While adding new features does freshen up the formula the overall experience ends up feeling very much the same. That is neither good nor bad, the genre itself is rather niche but worth experiencing.
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Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Mobile
Release Date: 19/11/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Simulation, Puzzle, Strategy
Developer: ClockStone Software
Publisher: Headup Games
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop