When I was younger I wanted to be an engineer. Not the engineer that drives a train, but an engineer that builds things. One of my early desires—before the math and physics got in the way of my chosen career—was to design and build a bridge.
Instead, I got into a career of computers, probably saving taxpayers a lot of money. Thanks to my love of Macs and PCs—and Bridge Construction Set—I can relive my lost career, and not cause any damage when my bridge falls into the river.
My Bridge Over The River Why?
BCS lets you build a bridge (actually, many different kinds of bridges) in a game-like atmosphere.
Start with a budget, and work your way through 40 different levels. Construct a suspension bridge, a drawbridge, almost any kind of bridge—multi-level train and automobile bridges.
Use basic bridge building materials, including cables, hydraulics, and put them all together using dozens of 3D objects. BCS even lets you create additional levels. To be fair, building your own bridge, even on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux PC, isn’t as easy as it looks.
The tools are crude and require some study to figure out. But make no mistake, you’re in charge. You determine the type of bridge, materials, and design. The end result, after about a dozen levels, can be remarkable.
Once you’ve created a masterpiece, your design can be tested with any variety of methods, including big heavy trucks, trains and loaded cars, even automobiles. Just be prepared for some casualties.
Let your imagination run wild. Bridge Construction Set gives you room to dream, and room to fail. The first dozen attempts I made to construct a train-worthy bridge resulted in an even dozen unnatural disasters.
Bridge Construction Set isn’t a digital tinker toy for would-be engineers. But it’s also not a construction set with 21st century 3D aspirations.
Truly, BCS looks like something that ran on your Mac back in 1996. It’s crude, but it works.
BCS comes with a healthy manual that starts with Bridge Building Basics, takes you to Advanced Building Techniques.
There’s a quick stop over on How To Build Drawbridges, and finishes up with instructions on How To Create Custom Levels. Yes, BCS is a game, crude looking, not very pretty—but highly instructive. And, destructive.