Bridgy Jones, a physics puzzler developed by Grow App and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Using a handful of provided materials, you’ll need to construct makeshift bridges to allow your train to cross gaps in the line safely.
Bridgy Jones Pros:
- Interesting cartoon aesthetic and quirky humor
- Upbeat soundtrack
- Intuitive tap and drag controls
- Lots of ways to solve each level; multiple objectives to complete
- GameCenter integration for leaderboards and dozens of achievements to earn
Bridgy Jones Cons:
- Making connections can be a little cumbersome; big reliance on trial-and-error
- Campaign is relatively short
Bridgy Jones provides 32 levels whereby you’ll need to place sections of track and support them using wooden planks, ropes, and concrete blocks. Your structure must hold up under the weight of a locomotive and train cars that you control to reach the goal. There are red anchor points to attach your materials to for additional strength. Each level offers additional challenges, such as collecting an item along the way, reaching the end will all cargo boxes in tow, and racking up a certain number of points. Each level has 4 such objectives, with each one earning you a coin for successful completion. They need not all be finished in a single run, so there is some decent replay value added. Gameplay is divided into two phases, the construction phase and the implementation phase. During construction, you select which of the materials you want to use from the lower right corner, then drag your finger from one point on the screen to another to place it. Holding your finger at one end point and dragging allows you to adjust length and position of an item. There is an undo button in the lower left, which can be held to bring up a start over option. You can also wipe out a number of elements at once by holding your finger on a separate button in the lower left corner and swiping across the items you wish to eliminate with a different finger. It can all be a little clumsy at first, but it’s not too difficult to get the hang off before long. There is even a helpful magnification section in the upper left corner that gives you an up-close look at what you are currently doing.
The implementation phase is where the rubber hits the road, or in this case, the metal hits the tracks. Your train appears on-screen and you are given left and right arrows to control its direction and speed. Go too fast and you might obliterate your work and send your train into a chasm. Go too slow and the weight of your train might lead to the same result. Jerk forward and cargo boxes might spill off the back. Of course, your structure might just fall apart from shoddy design before you even get the chance. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong, but there is so much that can go right. Perhaps your design is sound, allowing you not only to back across the track to pick up another car, but to cross over the new track again without so much as a buckle or groan. Maybe you are a daredevil who builds a short ramp and intends to send your locomotive careening through the sky to the finish line. Either way, experimenting and bending the rules is a great deal of fun and adds a lot to the game.
Graphically, Bridgy Jones has sort of a crude cartoon style that feels familiar and unique at the same time. We dig the prospector vibe and like the look of the levels. Each seems to offer something new and different, such as having to push a boulder off the track and into a body of water to raise the water level and allow the floating track to rise to match the land-based track. The cut scenes are a little odd, but the gameplay itself is fun. The physics are challenging, yet pretty accurate. The soundtrack is cute, while the character voices are intentionally garbled and don’t really add anything to the experience. Controls are pretty simple to come to grips with, and we found that the magnification area helped a lot to see what was happening under our fingers. Replay value is pretty good, though the 32 levels can be completed relatively quickly. There are 8 additional bonus levels to unlock. We’re already looking forward to seeing what kind of content may be added in updates. GameCenter provides a number of leaderboards and achievements to earn, as well. A universal app for $0.99, Bridgy Jones is a solid 4-Dimple offering.
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