Quick introduction: I’m Matthias, the creative director behind the brand new one Bridge Builder: The Walking Dead Game, the newest version in the famous Bridge Constructor series. Some of you may have noticed that we went a little crazy with our previous title Bridge Constructor Portal (now available with Xbox Game Pass) based on Valve’s lover portal. This time we go one step further.
Bridge Constructor has always been a premium casual puzzles brand, focused on the challenges of building bridges with a range of materials and testing them under various weight loads. If you build successfully, your cars, trucks, or trains will do it. However, on the way to that successful moment, the whole thing will crumble many times – and watching it all collapse is a huge part of the fun, and probably one of the main reasons the genre is popular with gamers and content creators alike.
We started in 2012 Bridge builders a traditional approach to the genre. Now we’ve tried to give it a new aspect with each sequel that follows: There was the sandpit BC playground with badges for various challenges followed by BC Middle Ages
Our question has always been where we will take the brand next and how we can explore and cross borders. We have already started to expand the concept of “bridges” BC stuntsHere, the players mainly built jump ramps and loops so that the vehicles could perform daring stunts. We liked the dynamic aspect, so Dieter from Headup ventured out and asked: Could we combine the physics-based gameplay from? Bridge builders with the equation “entry velocity equals exit velocity” from the portal Games? Bingo! Bridge Constructor Portal was quite unexpected for most, but turned out to be a great success. Now the idea was: what if we create a game in the tradition of Lemmings and The crazy machines but use zombies instead of small rodents? Since the guys from Headup are big fans of the Walking Dead brand, the idea was spontaneously passed on to AMC. And strangely enough, we got a deal together.
That brings us straight to the subject of the brain: the biggest challenge in development was to keep the balance between a complex and resource-intensive physics system and the number of units we could simulate in a level. One of LemmingsThe big draw was the sheer mass of tiny sprites on the screen, but that was before Ragdolls and the implementation of real-time physics. This was quite a game design challenge. We decided to reduce the number of hikers a bit in order to offer more diverse puzzles, including the use of mobile environment objects to develop deadly traps for the zombies. Still, the command element of Lemmings It still seemed sexy, so we implemented it the other way around: in our game, you can give commands to the protagonists while enjoying what is known internally as the “Lemmings glee effect” on the walkers.
Balancing all three things – the physics system, characters from the show, and puzzle designs – took its time, so we extended the originally planned development period by a few months. As a result, the game’s release date now coincides with the launch of the next generation of consoles, and that is something we are particularly proud of Bridge Builder: The Walking Dead is going to be one of the really new games on these great platforms. This is a new area for us as Bridge Constructor has always been more of a mobile and PC brand, and we’re excited to see how the first mover console audience will react to the game.
Bridge Builder: The Walking Dead
Experience the fun of killing WALKERS with the power of your brain! Prepare for the ultimate mashup experience! Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead combines the legendary and challenging puzzle gameplay of Bridge Constructor ™ with the post-apocalyptic zombie universe of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Join a group of survivors as they battle hordes of undead wanderers and a hostile human community. Build bridges and other structures through desolate landscapes and destroyed structures. Team up with fan favorite characters like Daryl, Michonne and Eugene and create a safe passage for legendary vehicles from the series. Use moving objects, explosives, and bait to your advantage as you lure hikers into deadly traps and get your survivors to safety. Enjoy the physics-based frenzy and ragdoll animations as hikers succumb to the forces of gravity.