Great platforming puzzler.
Braid is one of a few games that rose during the 'indie craze' next to games like Super meat boy, Bastion and Binding of Issac.
Story is deep. I was surprised that a puzzle game could have such a good story. You play as Tim, an individual who is looking for a princess who has unfortunately been captured by a monster. It's not a plot which openly tells you what is going on per se, rather there is quite a bit of ambiguity (especially the ending which is good), which leaves the player to reflect on what is actually going on. Many themes play out in the story including desire, regret and making up for mistakes.
Gameplay is great, burrowing elements from Mario. Each stage pits you on one end of the map, trying to reach the end on the other side. Stages are unique, with different puzzles and goals to reach in order to pass, such simply reaching the end, eliminate all foes, using keys to open doors etc. Similar to stars in Mario, each level has a selected amount of puzzle pieces to collect. Each, piece collected helps to complete a picture which provides some incites to the story. There are platforms you can reach by jumping on them. You can also defeat foes by jumping on them and avoid traps by jumping over them. The only enemies are giant head things which walk around and may jump to different platforms (which reminds me of Gumpas). There are also traps such as pitfalls, spikes and canons. You only have 1 life, so a single collision between a 'Gumpa' or trap will kill you instantly. Fortunately, death doesn't end the game, instead this is the part where you make the most of your 'Time control' power. Reminiscent of 'POP Sands of time', you have the ability to reverse the flow of time, sending Tim back before his current predicament. Besides using it to save your life you can also use it to solve puzzles, by stopping time to allow you to think of a plan or moving back objects to obtain items. Some puzzles may leave some guessing and frustrated, however with some patience they can be solved easily (or just use a guide).
Soundtrack is amazing. The music is very calm, with sorta 'Irish tune to it', and something you can listen to calm yourself (which especially helps with some of the puzzles). Sound effects are also good. there is no voice acting in the game, with the story told through text.
Graphics are excellent. The 2D-art style is vibrant and detailed. It is quite attractive and fits perfectly for the game.
Besides the main campaign, there is also 'speed-run' mode which is unlocked after beating the game. The mode tests how fast you can get through certain stages in the game.
If your looking for a good story and don't mind some platforming and puzzles, Braid will show you how brilliance can be formed in a simple indie game.