Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead and Ironcast are free on the Epic Store, and I'm weirdly intrigued


Free PC games from July 8–15

Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead and Ironcast are this week’s free-to-keep PC games from the Epic Games Store, and you know what? I’m not going to skip ’em.

Lately, I’ve found it all too easy to not even bother redeeming some of these freebies, which is an odd sensation — there’s “Sure, I might play this game one day, might as well,” and then there’s “Nope, it’ll never happen.” I like my ever-growing digital game hoard as much as the next person, but I have my limits on claiming stuff for the sake of it.

On the surface, it’s easy to point and chuckle at the premise of a bridge-building Walking Dead game given the IP’s track record in the gaming space, but as someone who played and ending up liking Bridge Constructor Portal, I’m not only okay with this mishmashed puzzle game, I’m fully open to it. Daryl is less of a draw than the building simulation.

That said, the consensus seems to be that Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead is a lesser experience than the more building-focused and charismatic Portal spin-off, so I’ll keep my expectations in check. With resources to manage, I can sense some looming frustration.

As for Ironcast, my thoughts are pretty limited other than to say that Victorian steampunk walkers and gem-matching gameplay are a neat combo. Dreadbit is going for the Puzzle Quest crowd, albeit with more randomization and roguelite hooks to contend with.

Worth dabbling in? I know some of you have played it and probably have advice.

Looking ahead to next week, the Epic Games Store will hand out Obduction (from the makers of Myst) and Offworld Trading Company (for RTS-loving economists). Solid.