By on August 11, 2003

After brutalizing the Dismount guy last Friday, I found another great physics simulation game this weekend with slightly more constructive goals.

Pontifex 2 is another accurate physics sim, but this time you’re building bridges instead of tossing people down stairs. Each level gives you a new river or canyon and the materials to build a bridge across it. You then get to build the bridge and test it under load.

Sound boring? It isn’t. The beauty is that there’s no right answer. Even after you’ve solved a level, you can go back and try to figure out a way to do the job using fewer materials. There are a couple of sites on the web that post record scores for each level and new levels to try.

They’ve got a fairly nice demo, but it’s mostly the easiest levels, and most are trivial to solve. I was hooked enough to buy the full version (only $20), and stayed addicted all weekend. I’ve discovered that our highways are much safer because I didn’t decide to go into engineering. Any other good physics sims like these that we should know about?



  1. I thought that Putt Putt thing was addictive, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this. Once you’ve built the bridge, it’s funt o go back and try to build it again, cheaper. Great, great app.

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