We’ve spoken before here on the site about our absolute adoration and appreciation for the puzzling genre. There’s just something about an app that forces itself into our brains, making us mull on it for hours before we crack the code.
Put simply, Cargo Bridge 2 is a delightful number with a lot of whimsy, but equally as much puzzling challenge. And if that’s something you can get into, then scroll down below the break for our full review!
Concept and Gameplay
If you couldn’t tell from the app’s title, Cargo Bridge 2 is really very concerned with building large bridges spanning a multitude of gaps. You’ll need to do this in order to carry various forms of cargo using any given number of worker men.
These worker men, it’s worth noting, make an hilarious noise when you fail, sending them plummeting to their deaths.
To avoid this kind of catastrophe, you’ll need to design bridges in the blueprint mode. You do this using an entire menagerie of tools and materials. Want to make a basic rope bridge because of that overhang? That’ll get the job done and then some! Or, are you more in the mood for a huge conglomeration of wood, explosives and fast-paced action?
It’s all up to you, and you’ll have to figure out the trick for each and every one of the game’s 20 levels. With each progression, you’ll be allotted more funds, which means bigger bridges with more at risk. And in our experience, the challenge only increases with your gains, making this a decent little puzzler to chew on, no matter how long you can afford to spend with it.
Design and Interface
We’ve played bridge building games before, and this one is easily on par with the pack, if not better in a lot of ways. At times we were a little put-off by some of the game’s construction controls: It’s hard to match up end-points precisely, but not quite bad enough to cause a problem.
However, there are a lot of small things to really love about this game. For instance, your worker men really do yell amusingly when they fall. The animations here are equally as whimsical, masking the raw challenge of this exciting puzzler under a thin layer of humor.
The game does cost three bucks in the iTunes App Store, but in our eyes, that’s a cheap price to pay for what you’re getting. We absolutely wish the game came with more levels, but the twenty included are perfect matches for just about any puzzler’s skill level. And with time, we’re sure more challenges will float down the wire in the form of updates.
All in all, Cargo Bridge 2 is an excellent puzzler, and a good one to consider if you’re looking for a fresh genre entry.
Cargo Bridge 2 requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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