I’m a big fan of the Bridge Constructor games. After reading the glowing review of the recently released Bridge Constructor Portal, I just had to have it. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, I’m told that Bridge Constructor Stunts is getting a PS4 release just a few short weeks later. It’s like I got shat on by eagle. What luck!
Bridge Constructor Stunts isn’t a true-to-form Bridge Constructor game. Instead, much like the Portal spin-off, Stunts takes the familiar bridge building formula and tweaks it ever so slightly. In this case, you’re a stuntman!
Stunts has the familiar bridge building gameplay that you’d find in the original game, but the big twist here is that you’re not just building bridges. No, you’re building ramps for your vehicle to launch off. Oh, and you’re the driver. In Stunts you’re actually in control of the vehicle. You’ll choose when to accelerate, slow down, and even do flips as you hurl through the air. That means no more blaming the game for being a shit if you don’t make it from one side to the other…
But does this deviation off-course work? Yes, for the most part. You’re still sticking to the traditional gameplay, but now you’re a little more involved. There’s still challenges to do, levels to beat, and so on. There’s little reason to play through the levels again unless you’re a hardcore trophy nut, so I guess that’s the game’s biggest flaw? Well, isn’t that every puzzle game’s biggest flaw? Think about that for a moment while you ponder into the night sky.
Controls wise, Stunts is perfectly serviceable. The usual building mechanics are in play and, thankfully, they’re not very complicated at all. The addition of car controls could have brought about some problems, but it doesn’t. They’re simple enough with you only needing to use two buttons to speed up and slow down. There’s a challenge in there for those who’re looking to pull off the biggest stunts with multiple flips; you’ll need to find the sweet spot and time your flips right.
It’s obviously a quick port from mobile to console, but that doesn’t mean the game suffers for it. Controls are easy to use, the menus are easy to navigate, and the graphics are just as simple yet pleasing. You’re not going to send your PS4’s cooling fan into overload, but it still looks really nice.
The only negative I can really see with Stunts is that it’s a little on the short side. There’s 33 levels to play through. That might seem like plenty, but you need to remember that the first handful of levels are basically mini-tutorials to get you familiar with the game’s mechanics. Once you’ve beaten the levels, all of which assign you a rating, you can go through them again to pick up the collectables, achieve the maximum ratings, and sweep up any trophies you’re missing out on. That being said, it’s just not as fun going through the same levels again, at least not for me. Once I managed to beat a tricky level, the last thing I thought was “yeah, I’m going to go back to this one and try to beat my best score. It only took me 20 minutes to barely scrape by this time, but I’m sure I’ll do better on a second run”. Not happening. Not for this idiot.
Bridge Constructor Stunts PS4 Review
Overall - Very Good - 7.9/10
Bridge Constructor Stunts is a cheap and cheerful puzzle game. It follows on from the original and twists the gameplay a bit by getting you, the player, more involved. For the most part it works flawlessly and is a decent little head scratcher. Just know that it’ll only keep you scratching your nogging for a few hours at most.
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Reviewed using PS4 Slim.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)