Flow Free: Bridges Cheats And Tips
We've got everything you need to beat this intensely tricky puzzler.
Flow Free addicts will be ecstatic to learn that a new version of the game, Flow Free: Bridges was released on the App Store last Thursday. It offers a fantastic twist on the traditional gameplay, and is well worth a dollar of any puzzle fanatic's money as we noted in our review earlier today.
For newcomers to the series it might all seem a bit intimidating though, so we've put together all of our top hints and tips for the game. A lot of the core gameplay is carried over into this new edition, so we've also included our guide to the original game.
How does the bridge mechanic work in Flow Free: Bridges?
You still need to cover all of the grid space and join up every node in this new edition, but you now also now need to navigate the bridge featured on each level. One of the lines you draw must pass through the bridge vertically, while another needs to go through it vertically before they both finish up at their destination points.
Which two lines need to pass through the bridge tile?
As in the first game, if a pair of nodes are very close together then you can almost always join them up directly and not worry about the bridge. Once you're left with nodes placed further apart, they're far more likely to be candidates for passing over the bridge tile.
How do I complete a level in Flow Free: Bridges?
There are four criteria for succeeding at a level. First of all, you need to join together dots of the same color in one continuous line. Second, they mustn't overlap at any point. Third, you can't leave a single piece of the grid uncovered. Finally, two of the lines must pass through the bridge that now features on each level.
Which dots should I start connecting together?
It's pretty easy to complete the early, small grids but you'll likely need a basic strategy when you starting getting onto the 9x9s and above. First of all, look for the dots that are within three spaces of each other and draw them together. This is usually the first hint you'll get.
Next, take a look at any dots that are both far apart and resting on the very edges of the grid. This is a sure-fire clue that you need to draw a big line around the edge of the board to join them together. Look for pairs of different colored dots in these positions. It can often be another big clue that you need to create concentric circles of lines on the grid.
I have a lot of grid space left over, what should I do?
First of all, just get all of the pipes connected together without any conflicts. Then take a look at all of the space that's left over. From here, you can redraw your lines to snake around the empty grid space, filling it up as much as possible before finishing off at the second dot.
I have one grid piece left over. What should I do?
In the later levels, you'll very often find that you can bring all the dots together perfectly, avoid any overlaps, but there's just one or two grid spaces left over. Don't panic! Take a look at the lines you've drawn that are in the immediate vicinity of the blank tile. It's often possible to make just a couple of line tweaks to get everything covered.
How should I tackle the bigger levels?
It's actually easier to work from the inside and then work your way out in many of the larger levels. Keeping in mind all of the advice above, concentrate on getting all the pipelines together without obstructing anything, then work backwards to fill in the space.
Where can I get more levels from?
As you work your way through the game, extra level packs will gradually be unlocked. They get very tricky, very quickly though, so make sure you complete every level in a pack before moving on to a bigger, bolder grid size!
How does the Timed mode work?
The Timed mode is strictly for bragging rights and allows you to to dictate a period of time and a grid size. You need to solve as many of the puzzles you're presented with as possible, before the timer you've set runs out.