Poly bridge 2

Developer Dry Cactus returns again to lớn ask players to lớn trust in the triangle with Poly Bridge 2. Our review.

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Bridge-building games are not a particularly new concept, even back when Poly Bridge first launched in the summer of 2016. That said, the game won favor with a sizable audience that was attracted khổng lồ its visual presentation and the ease of jumping in and out of play. Poly Bridge 2 now arrives during the weirdest summer in recent memory, aiming to take our minds off global uncertainty. While it retains the playful appeal of its predecessor, it does not feel like a proper evolution of the original idea và is often hampered by frustrating controls, an unhelpful UI, & little appeal for enthusiasts of actual bridges.

Spanning the gap

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The setup for Poly Bridge 2 could not be simpler. You must erect a structure capable of withstanding the Newtonian stresses of passing vehicles while avoiding obstacles such as boats, planes, and criminally negligent budgets. The game is divided into separate levels that present gaps that must be crossed using a predetermined allotment of cash & construction materials. As the levels progress, the scenarios grow in absurdity, up to & including launching people in cars over giant chasms.

Poly Bridge 2 uses a physics engine to determine the structural integrity of player designs, including their ability to lớn stand under their own weight, assist cars in reaching arbitrary points on a 2 chiều plane, & transforming lớn allow through traffic from the skies or water. The găng on building components such as wood, steel beams, or cabling is relayed to lớn the player with changing colors, where green denotes a lack of stress & red indicates imminent failure.

A degree in civil engineering

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The opening sequences of the game guide newcomers through lying down pavement and the most basic concepts behind bridge design. Using triangles to lớn provide strength is encouraged early và often, though it is never explained why this is the case through text or visuals. The first few levels are easy enough to lớn pass without much thought, but the lack of any meaningful tutorial for some building components or thiết kế concepts leads to lớn serious progression issues rather quickly.

An early hydraulic-powered drawbridge scenario simply shows the player where khổng lồ place hydraulic pistons and specific interaction points where they must be stretched to lớn pass the level, yet never takes the time khổng lồ describe what it is that the player is doing to the components or why they are placed in that particular slot.

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A Rolodex of flashcard tips is available at all times that offer next to lớn no helpful information, including a card with four picture examples of hydraulic bridge designs. Simply copying the example designs part-for-part và position-for-position fails lớn produce a functional structure và there is no feedback as to why something does or does not work. Cables are never explained at all, making the prospect of designing solid suspension bridges an incredibly daunting task. Sometimes you make guesses & can pass a level, but you don’t learn why the choices you made worked, setting you up for a bigger failure down the road. You can simply skip levels where you hit a roadblock, but doing this does not feel satisfying.

Interacting with the UI is still as cumbersome as it was in the first game. My chief complaint is with object interactions and camera panning being tied lớn the same mouse button. No matter how much I play, I am still continually dragging the viewport around when I want to be manipulating bridge components, compounding the previously mentioned frustrations.

Water under the bridge

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The presentation style of Poly Bridge 2 remains consistent with the first game. This is not a AAA title & was never meant to be. Simple low-poly designs and subdued colors are the name of the game here and do their job admirably. Watching those poor souls drive over a cliff to their deaths is almost always worth a slight chuckle and the trò chơi is light enough khổng lồ run on a calculator watch, making it a strong candidate for a quick pickup game for low-power laptops và the like.

The sound design is functional & unobtrusive, though I did grow to despise the background music. Repeatedly failing levels for hours and hearing the same repeating mid-tempo acoustic diddles nearly drove me to lớn insanity. The tunes would not be out of place in an early-childhood edutainment program & we’ve all heard similar stuff in other lighthearted indie fare, but it becomes a poor companion for the inevitable puzzle frustration that new players will encounter.

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There are still loads of things that Poly Bridge 2 does very well và will likely make it a solid pickup for the right audience. Each màn chơi has leaderboards that reward coming in under budget, which will greatly help replayability for competitive types. When you finish a puzzle, you also get to lớn see snapshots from others in the community who had successful designs, which can inspire you to re-tackle a cảm ứng span. Steam Workshop support will be a boon for the longevity of Poly Bridge 2, ensuring a steady flow of new content. The increasingly absurd scenarios go both ways, increasing the fun for those in search of wacky stuff & simultaneously turning off those who may be looking for a more sim-like experience.

Wrapping up construction

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How much a prospective buyer will enjoy Poly Bridge 2 will likely come down khổng lồ the type of sim they are looking for and a willingness to search for instruction outside the game. The first Poly Bridge had a strong community of fans who wrote excellent guides that explained concepts that the trò chơi failed to lớn teach. This will likely be the case for the sequel as well. Poly Bridge 2 is largely the same game as before, just with more things lớn do. Some of the rage-inducing physics bugs from the first game appear khổng lồ be corrected for the second go-around, which is appreciated. When you plop down $14.99 for this, you will be getting the foundation of a solid experience marred by a lack of meaningful explanations, frustrating input đầu vào issues, & psychosis-inducing soft rock. This will be a better game once the community goes khổng lồ work, but I’m not willing to lớn drive my truck over this bridge just yet. 5/10 snapping steel beams

This reviews is based on the PC Steam release. The trò chơi key was provided by the quảng cáo online for reviews consideration. Poly Bridge 2 is now available on Steam for $14.99.

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