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 (3,100 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."

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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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This game was beautiful. Great music, super addicting. Only about 4 hours of gameplay though.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great relaxing game. Very difficult puzzles. The game is just overall gorgeous.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
were intresting game, and it isn't that easy to complete, gives you a challenge.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Yeah, for the longest time I hated this game, but this is actually a brilliant puzzle platformer, one of the earliest of it's kind actually.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
8/10

An addictive puzzle and platform sidescroller, Braid does it all right. Great level design and masterfully timed puzzle challenges make this a great game with a compelling story that will leave you speechless. Highly recommended grab for 15 or less, but worth 20 if you don't find it cheaper.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Fantastic Indie with impeccable level design and a story that is opaque but has depth. On of the best Indie games ever released.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Such a beautiful game and also so clever. I haven't finished yet, but one of the many great things about Braid is that it gives you some freedom to explore and see the world(s) before knuckling down and solving puzzles.

And the puzzles are often a complete delight. There's a huge amount of satisfaction to be had from suddenly realising how to reach that previously unobtainable key or picture piece. And hey, if your platforming skills aren't quite up to getting there on the first try, you can always rewind time to do it again...

The game teaches you about the gameplay mechanics in marvellously inventive ways that make you want to discover the next trick. And then, when you pull yourself back from what you're doing for a moment, you'll be reminded again that the whole thing looks and sounds gorgeous.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Used 100% of my brain, die over and over. Now 0% left of my brain... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. ... ... .. .. .. .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ... .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ... .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ... .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ... .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ... .. . ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... ..... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ... .. ... ... .. .. .. . . .. . . . ... .... ... .. . .. . ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. .. ..... ... ..
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
THE PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE.
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Overly pretentious soundtrack/story/characters/art. Boring gameplay. Other platformers are more engaging than this one.

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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Overall a Decent game, Especially for the price, however the game does have it's flaws.

Pros:
-Interesting Art Style
-Smooth Controls
-Interesting Puzzle Concepts
Cons:
-To complete the story requires you to get all the puzzle peices,
some of which are best left to a guide to explain how you get them.
-Vsync was bugged the second time I loaded the game, It made the game play at ~24 fps

Regardless of flaws it is definitely a game worth playing, just Expect to look at a guide to actually
finish the game.
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8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Cool game with mind bending time mechanic, a classic
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10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This platformer puzzle time travel game is the BOMB.com. Boy, there are some levels you will get stuck on. PRessure on though. Well worth it. Fun. Fun. Fun.
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14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
A very surprising game : original gameplay, clever time-travel history and multiple reading levels. One of the best inde games.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Great indie platformer with time-twisting gameplay.
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4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
You're going the wrong way and you're pulling me with you.
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