Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where you can manipulate the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,084 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 10, 2009

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"One of the best puzzle-platformers ever. Great game and much deeper than it's 'time rewind' gimmick would have you believe on first glance."

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June 26

Updates

We've been updating the Braid executable on Steam recently and will continue to do so in the near future. We're not adding anything to the game or changing the gameplay in any way; the updates are just about fixing problems running the game for people whose operating system / driver / hardware config is causing problems.

The biggest things we've done are:

* Add a launcher in Windows which will help you set options easily. If you have a mysterious crash, you might try running in windowed mode, for example.

* Enabled Steam's crash reporting, which will help us see what kinds of problems are out there in the world and how widespread they are. (This feature of Steam did not exist when Braid was launched).

It appears that some people are still having crashes even after the update. Usually these crashes are related to graphics drivers, so we always encourage people to try updating their drivers. Apart from that we'll be looking at the newly-instituted error reports and seeing what we can improve.

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"...beautiful, entertaining, and inspiring."

— Eurogamer 10/10

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About This Game

Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where you can manipulate the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, and it is time's strangeness that creates the puzzles. The time behaviors include: the ability to rewind, objects that are immune to being rewound, time that is tied to space, parallel realities, time dilation, and perhaps more.
Braid treats your time and attention as precious; there is no filler in this game. Every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world.
Key features:
  • Newly added Steam Cloud support
    Save your in-progress game to the cloud, then play where you left off from on any Steam connected computer.
  • Forgiving yet challenging gameplay:
    Braid is a 2-D platform game where you can never die and never lose. Despite this, Braid is challenging — but the challenge is about solving puzzles, rather than forcing you to replay tricky jumps.
  • Rich puzzle environment:
    Travel through a series of worlds searching for puzzle pieces, then solving puzzles by manipulating time: rewinding, creating parallel universes, setting up pockets of dilated time. The gameplay feels fresh and new; the puzzles are meant to inspire new ways of thinking.
  • Aesthetic design:
    A painterly art style and lush, organic soundtrack complement the unique gameplay.
  • Nonlinear story:
    A nonlinear fiction links the various worlds and provides real-world metaphors for your time manipulations; in turn, your time manipulations are projections of the real-world themes into playful "what-if" universes where consequences can be explored.
  • Nonlinear gameplay:
    The game doesn't force you to solve puzzles in order to proceed. If you can't figure something out, just play onward and return to that puzzle later.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 768 MB or more
    • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more
    • Video Card: Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Controller Support: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller for Windows
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac 1.0 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon(TM) 9500 or better, NVIDIA GeForce(TM) FX 5900 or better, Intel GMA 950 or better
    • Hard Drive: 185 MB free space
    • Other Requirements:
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
This game was beautiful. Great music, super addicting. Only about 4 hours of gameplay though.
Posted: October 19
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Braid is a puzzle-platformer with a twist: the ability to manipulate time, which is used in various ways to advance through the nicely designed levels. I suppose the best way to describe it is „Super Mario meets Prince Of Persia“, which is a great concept.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Let me start out by saying that I am terrible at platformers and normally dislike the genre in general. Except for Braid. Although the story is a bit of a forced-metaphor the level design, artwork, and mechanics are all mindblowingly amazing.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Beautiful artwork, beautiful soundtrack, devious puzzles, and one of the greatest uses of mechanics as metaphor in the game's final moments.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
The game that put Indie games on the map. It took Mario elements, but gave it an awesome twist with the rewind function. Good puzzler and could keep you entertain for hours.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Great relaxing game. Very difficult puzzles. The game is just overall gorgeous.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Overly pretentious soundtrack/story/characters/art. Boring gameplay. Other platformers are more engaging than this one.

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Posted: October 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
This game is beautiful and the puzzles are amazingly complex. They oftentimes require a very advanced move that may not even be viewed as possible at first. The art style keeps you going, and the level design makes it so that you can skip the hard puzzles and not get puzzle pieces but it will allow you to move on to the next area easily. This allows a hard puzzle not to ruin the game for you. However, if you're not ready for the challenge then the game may be a frustrating showcase of puzzles you are too unintelligent to solve.
Posted: October 9
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4.2 hrs on record
This game is truly amazing. The mechanics are simple, but subtle variations are introduced as you play. These keep it fresh for the entire duration of play. The length is just right, as is the difficulty. The story is exceptional: I cannot believe how much depth was packed into so simple a game. Probably the best Indie game I have played so far, and it puts most AAA games to shame.
Posted: September 24
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7.5 hrs on record
One of the most amazing games that I have ever played.
This was THE game that got me into playing indie games.

It's beautiful, poetic, challenging, fun, and unlike any other game out there.

There's not much else to say that hasn't probably been said already.

Play this game.

11/10
Posted: September 25
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2.4 hrs on record
A wonderful puzzle game that involves messing with time. While reversing or speeding up time seems like it wouldn't do anything, there are green objects which are unaffected, which is how you figure out the puzzles, which range from easy to walkthrough-level.level-hguorhtklaw ot ysae morf egnar hcihw ,selzzup eht tuo erugif uoy si hcihw ,detceffanu era hcihw stcejbo neerg era ereht ,gnihtyna od t'ndluow ti ekil smees emit pu gnideeps ro gnisrever elihw .emit htiw gnissem sevlovni taht emag lufrednow A
Posted: October 18
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3.9 hrs on record
One of the best puzzle games of all time.
Posted: October 17
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5.5 hrs on record
Good puzzle game with a great twist.
Posted: October 16
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7.0 hrs on record
THE PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.
Posted: October 16
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5.9 hrs on record
A true classic. Everything fits perfectly: artwork, soundtrack, gameplay, story... And it offers a really hard challenge if you aim to get all the stars!
Posted: October 15
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5.7 hrs on record
were intresting game, and it isn't that easy to complete, gives you a challenge.
Posted: October 17
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14.4 hrs on record
A very surprising game : original gameplay, clever time-travel history and multiple reading levels. One of the best inde games.
Posted: October 6
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4.1 hrs on record
Great indie platformer with time-twisting gameplay.
Posted: October 7
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6.3 hrs on record
One big metaphor for one big bang.
Posted: October 9
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0.6 hrs on record
Wierd, sad, and just plan fun. Makes me feel like I'm playing a Doctor who, the early years.
Posted: October 9
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