[Nintendo Switch] Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead Review
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead mixes the franchises on Nintendo Switch. Does it work? Find out in our Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead review!
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead from Headup Games and ClockStone Software mixes both franchises to give us something that certainly feels different. This is not the first time that the Bridge Constructor series has gotten a crossover with an unlikely franchise since a couple of years ago, we got Bridge Constructor: Portal, which was a very fun take on the Bridge Constructor formula. How does Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead stand out from other releases in the physics-based series? Let’s find out!
As is the case for other Bridge Constructor releases, this is a physics-based game in which, as the name suggests, you’ll have to build bridges that can withstand the overall weight of the vehicles and living – and undead – that will be traveling over them. This crossover, in particular, is with AMC’s The Walking Dead, so if you’re a fan of the show, then you’re going to see some familiar faces – Daryl, Michonne, and Eugene – during your time playing Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead on Nintendo’s console.
You’ll be joining a group of survivors in the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead, fighting the good fight against the undead. The walkers are just as deadly as ever, so you’ll need to use your withs – and the items available to you in each stage – to try and lure them away from the paths that you want the vehicles to take. Because of this, Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead has a bit of a strategy element to it since you’ll not only be building bridges that can withstand the stress but also fight off the walkers by moving objects, setting up traps, and using powerful explosives to thin their numbers.
The game starts with a story sequence in which the reality of The Walking Dead is summarized in a very compact way: people started to die, they then come back to life and attack everyone, systems collapse, and the people that remain alive end up having to scavenge for food and supplies as they try to keep the walkers at bay. It’s only a couple of minutes long, and then you’re instantly sent into the first level with one simple goal to complete: lead the walkers over the bridge.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead can be played either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode, or if you’re enjoying this one on a Nintendo Switch Lite. You’ll move the cursor around the screen with the left analog stick, removing elements with the B button, adding new structures to complete the required objectives. Once you think that all paths are set just right, you can press the R button to make walkers do their thing.
Along with building roads and bridges, setting up traps, and using the items at your disposal, you can also control some characters directly by issuing commands to them. Tell one to move towards a machine to release a big metal container on top of a group of walkers as another character lures them into position, acting as bait. Walkers are lured to sound, so why not make the most of this by, say, throwing a noisy doll in one direction while one of your characters runs in the other one. Just be sure you don’t forget to set some sections as roads so that your characters can walk over them instead of falling down to their death!
And then, there are hero characters. Heroes are special characters who can battle against enemies with melee attacks, as long as they have enough stamina for it. If their stamina runs out, then they will end up being overwhelmed by the remaining enemies – walker breakfast! Heroes won’t be able to fight when they’re climbing, stumbling, or lying on the floor, nor can they attack behind them, so do keep this in mind as well!
If you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% a game, then you’ll need to pay attention to how you build your structures in each level. Every stage will have a set requirement for how many resources you can use in order to obtain the badge for that particular scenario. You’ll need to keep in mind that you’ll also have to complete the additional objectives in each level, such as making sure the characters are alive and well by the end of it or killing X number of walkers in that level with traps or weapons.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is an unexpected mashup that works thanks to what each franchise brings to the table. If you’re a fan of the Bridge Constructor series, then this one is for you. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, then this one is for you since it offers a new take on the stories you know and love. Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is out on Nintendo Switch with a $9.99 asking price, and it’s one you should check out.
This Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Headup Games.