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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.
Release Date: Apr 10, 2009
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Updates

June 26th, 2014

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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New AMD beta driver fixes crashes on high-end AMD GPUs

March 19th, 2014

If you have been having problems on AMD cards running Braid, this driver is likely to fix the problem:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx

Over time this fix should make its way into the non-beta driver.

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Reviews

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

— Eurogamer 10/10

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About the 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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
107 of 139 people (77%) found this review helpful
331 products in account
64 reviews
4.4 hrs on record
"Braid is a masterpiece"
said everyone ever
Posted: April 12th, 2014
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
181 products in account
4 reviews
31.6 hrs on record
Heres my gushing Braid review that I've been meaning to do for a while. quick summary: buy this game 10/10

Braid is my favourite platform game of all time. There are longer and more difficult games out there, but this is the most complete and potent game I have played in 30 years of doing not much else.

The mechanics and story mingle to create a game which is as deep as you are willing to go. I still sit there staring at the home screen thinking about what this game is really saying.

Even a straight run through with no pause to consider the meaning of the game will give you some of the most technically accomplished puzzles ever put out. There isnt a platformer I can name as diverse as Braid, with each world possesing its own set of rules and opportunities for toying with time. It has made me sit back and clap myself for completing the puzzle. Self congratulating moments are earned in this game but it really does make you feel smarter than you are. Clever, clever game.

The twist will truly mess with your head. As for replayability, after completing the game you can search out for impossibly hidden stars which are sometimes just as hard to reach even once they're located. They alter the final stage piece by piece, allowing for some time bending tricks which unlock a secret ending if you attempt to do something which would seemingly break the game. This in itself gives new answers and new questions to the player.

Braid tests your execution and understanding of your environment. The more you can develop these, the better the game gets. 10/10
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
330 products in account
41 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
A short, sweet puzzle-platformer with an innovative time-warp aspect. The time warp not only allows for innovative puzzles, but also provides a good way to have some challenging puzzles without any needless frustration
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
185 products in account
10 reviews
18.8 hrs on record
It's mindblowing for a side-scroller. It cames to prove my motto: good graphics don't make good games. Furthermore, don't judge a book by it's cover and the smallest flasks holds the bestest perfumes and all the cliché catchphrases.

At first sight, this game seems to be just "one more of the same", but if you are the kind of person who gets thrilled by a good story (yes, it's a side-scroller with story), a little plot twist and written narrative elements, jump in. You won't regret it.

Besides the story, it has innovative puzzles that you must solve using some "tools" like a "flash forward" and "rewind" features. You could read some books at the final of each stage, knowing more and more about the game's story.

In short, it's hard to praise and explain how this game is good without spoil all the fun.
Posted: June 23rd, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
124 products in account
15 reviews
14.7 hrs on record
Go back in time, and try again. And again. And once more. Get puzzle pieces and solve the mystery. Is that all? Nope. Once you decipher the real meaning behind the game, your heart will race after getting the one last star. Good mechanics, good controls, easy to play with both keyboard and controller. Its 2D paint-like graphics and soft music will give you a good time.
Posted: May 28th, 2014
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189 of 216 people (88%) found this review helpful
148 products in account
12 reviews
12.2 hrs on record
Braid is... Not For Everyone

The time twisting, puzzle platformer is brilliantly made, fantastically designed but a killer on the brain. The introduction to the game drip feeds you the information you are required to complete it, and its all down to you to apply the knowledge you have been given.

Now this is where opinions will divide; I enjoyed the challenge and that inspired me to push on. You could argue this game is actually really boring, I would disagree, but essentially it is advanced jumping with time elements. The story is strong, the character is great, albeit eccentrically odd, and the mechanics are near flawless. If you are a naysayer, play this in chunks and it'll win you round.

I think compared to other indie titles this game is perfectly priced at £5 - £10. If you don't enjoy the art style, then anything below that and you have got a steal and its worth a shot.

Notes
Steam Achievements, No Trading Cards, Full Controller Support.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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