The Bridge...DEFEATED!!! I discovered this when it went on sale for $4, which is how I hear about a lot of things! A puzzle game influenced by the drawings of artist M.C. Escher (STOP! Hyperbolic Geometry TIME!) you control an unnamed protagonist as he makes his way through impossibly shaped mazes. It’s presented in a black and white sketch style accompanied by a beautifully haunting soundtrack, which only adds to the melancholic and macabre world you’re trapped in. The story comes in fragmented “diary entries”; so nothing is fully explained, leaving it open to interpretation. I like to think it’s the story of a man (or M.C. Escher himself) lost in his mind, desperately trying to find his true self. Just when he’s about to accomplish this by crossing the titular bridge, his world is destroyed, only for him to be dropped right back where he started. The game is an endless loop, much like Escher’s more well-known works. This solid and uniquely fascinating idea is flawed by some glitchy gameplay (the game crashed a few times and important objects would get stuck) and the collecting of wisps (which unlock a picture that changes nothing story-wise) can be extremely frustrating. One can only be found by falling through a tree, sideways, 13 TIMES! How am I supposed to figure that out without any kind of hint!? Still, this is such a fascinating play and at times can be hilariously morbid and bleak! If you like puzzles and being weirded out, THEN GET THIS NOW!!! We give this 3 out of 5 Chug-a-Lugs!
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