600826_3While there may be oodles of games based on all kinds of different physics gameplay elements, it seems like the one game type that is in severely short supply on the App Store is bridge/structure building games. Prior to this evening, the two main contenders were Moonlights [$1.99 / Free] and Tiki Towers [99¢ / Free]-- Both fantastic games that I'd recommend to any fan of the genre. However, Gameloft's newly released Bridge Odyssey [$2.99] also is a very welcome addition to the bridge building landscape.

It should be obvious by now, but the premise of Bridge Odyssey is to construct a bridge from one side of the level to the other, using a set number of pieces indicated on the top left corner of the screen. Your bridge must be strong enough to withstand the traffic of the gang of animals that you slowly pick up as you progress through the game, and for bonus points you can build your bridge so said animals collect golden eggs which are distributed throughout the levels much like bananas in Tiki Towers.

As you can see in the gameplay video, everything in the game is accomplished using simple drags and taps on the touch screen and you can zoom in and out using the familiar iPhone pinching gestures. I did have some issues with piece placement and you can see me fighting with the game in the video, but since nothing is real-time, these problems only serve as minor annoyances because you can just easily fix any piece that didn't wind up where you want it to by using the undo button.

With so few quality bridge builders on the App Store, Bridge Odyssey, Moonlights, and Tiki Towers are all worth owning. It's hard to say which is the best of the three, since they're all good in their own ways.

App Store Link: Bridge Odyssey, $2.99

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  • Phreakuency

    Come on... Elephants? Bridges? Balloons?

    Copied Sony's Elephunk much?

    This shit happens all too often on the App Store...

  • Phreakuency

    Come on... Elephants? Bridges? Balloons?

    Copied Sony's Elephunk much?

    This shit happens all too often on the App Store...

  • USAtoday

    What a rip off of Elefunk on PSN...this looks bland and hard to control, I'll stick to my PS3.

  • USAtoday

    What a rip off of Elefunk on PSN...this looks bland and hard to control, I'll stick to my PS3.

  • BeSD

    Looks like World Of Goo. And that one is also coming to iPhone. :)

    • Adams Immersive

      I really liked World of Goo on my Mac. Definitely keeping an eye on that one for iPhone.

  • BeSD

    Looks like World Of Goo. And that one is also coming to iPhone. :)

    • Adams Immersive

      I really liked World of Goo on my Mac. Definitely keeping an eye on that one for iPhone.

  • araczynski

    i really don't care that its a ripoff of anything.
    A) its 0.99 now (cheaper than whatever its copying on the PS3)
    B) line drawing just seems more 'fun' to me via a finger, rather than some console controller.

  • araczynski

    i really don't care that its a ripoff of anything.
    A) its 0.99 now (cheaper than whatever its copying on the PS3)
    B) line drawing just seems more 'fun' to me via a finger, rather than some console controller.

  • dave

    I have not seen the other games on your review
    bu i find this game charming

  • dave

    I have not seen the other games on your review
    bu i find this game charming