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 (3,945 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."


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

— Eurogamer 10/10

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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. 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

Mac OS X
    • 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
75 of 82 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Sometimes, when watching a film or reading a novel, you feel a burn of emotion deep inside your chest. Something that affects you so profoundly that it moves beyond being just a form of media. It is internalized and remembered forever.

Braid is one of those things. But it isn't just an example of art in gaming, it's a game full of pure genius as well.

The game, at first, comes off as a platformer. There are relatively little instances of hardcore platforming in the game, and they usually only serve as a medium to allow you to interact with the puzzle that you're dealing with. Make no mistake, this is a puzzle game at heart.

The puzzles here are incredibly good, and very well scaled from level to level. The first two levels are relatively easy and will only take you a few minutes, the third is a bit harder, and the last puzzles will make you feel like your brain is deflated. The amount of time that you'll have to put into each puzzle may be debilitating for some, but the sheer joy and pleasure of solving one overcomes any sense of stress that staring at your screen racking your brain may cause. These aren't just run of the mill puzzles, either. There are a number that are, in my mind, some of the best puzzles that I've ever seen in a game.

The art direction is beautiful. The backgrounds are watercolor constructed, they're vibrant and bright, and dark and brooding. The soundtrack is perfectly placed and flooded with beautiful violin work. Each are augmented by an incredibly written preface that comes prior to starting each level. The story is written so broadly and so metaphorically that it can literally be translated to represent whatever the player would like it to. The ending represents one of the epic twists in video game history, and does so in game -- a puzzle in itself.

I literally cannot think of one thing that I dislike about this game. It could be longer, but length can't really be expected from a game that costs so little.

There is so much value stuffed into the 10ish hours that you'll spend playing this game, it's hard to put it into words any other way than just to spout off the cliche of "buy it and experience it yourself". It's an experience to be had, and it's one of the most artistically beautiful exhibits in gaming history that is guaranteed to affect you in a most profound way.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The True Time Manipulation Game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Braid, developed by Jonathan Blow, fuses elements of platformers and puzzle games alike. It revolutionizes traditional gameplay mechanics, by allowing the player to manipulate time within the world; a mechanic that not only augments the unique narrative structure of Braid, but differentiates the game from other platformers.

The player makes their way through the several worlds of Braid by manipulating time in order to collect puzzle pieces. Levels themselves are much like puzzles, as spatial reasoning is required in order to traverse each level and collect the required puzzle pieces to progress. The player is able to reverse time, manipulate key objects that are irreversible, and manipulate time through a time dilation ring. This gameplay mechanic augments the plotline of Braid, due to its unique narrative structure that bears resemblance to other narrative techniques used in media, such as the film Memento. Instead of jumping through (or on) obstacles, Braid’s gameplay encourages the player to think critically, much like other spatial reasoning games such as Portal. Although some of the levels of Braid are difficult to solve, it does not make the game any less accessible.

Braid is an exceptionally well done indie platformer, offering a unique experience that is bound to challenge its players. The narrative structure and game mechanics all contribute to the experience. However, the game does not offer much replay value (unless if you wish to complete a speedrun), and the soundtrack could have been an area to where the developer could have produced original content for the game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Its hard to describe this game without overusing the word "beautiful"; Braid is in my top 10 favourite games of all times and its definitely my favourite indie game.

Everything in the game seem to be an artwork: the music, the background, the puzzles, the storyline, sound effects, mechanics... its involving, gets you deep in the story if you try to follow it. Its challenging enough to get you thinking, but once you think, you get it. The puzzles are not long, everything you need to know is *there* (well, except for one single specific puzzle but that ain't a dealbreaker I assure you) and rarely rely on dexterity (unless you're interested in speed runs).

The story is fantastic and got me thinking a while, but there is a "k00l secret ending l33t for science" which I didn't find cool at all. Basically, the first immediate one is a love story and the second one... its more about work and science (no spoilers shall be given), really, and it ain't all that beautiful. That's my only complaint about the game: the regular ending leaves some things in the air that only make sense in the pr0-tröö-g4m3r secret one, but the regular ending sounded way more appealing to me, and I wish the developer would have exploited more the vanilla one.

If you like achievement hunting there isn't much challenge in this one here, except for the speed run achievement, which might need some practice but its not overfrustrating.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Excellent puzzle platformer with plenty of "ah-ha!" moments, wrapped in a pleasant but curious environment which plays with one's visual and auditory senses. Coupled with this is an interesting "undo" mechanic, ensuring one never stays dead for long and inevitably discovers that (gladly) the princess is in another castle.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
A very nice little indie platformer. Includes some interesting game mechanics like slowing/rewinding/fast-forwarding of time. Some puzzles are quite tricky but still enjoyable. Great music and very beautiful graphics. If you grab it on sale, you'll get a very good game for a very small price. No co-op or any MP action, but it's ok. I almost forgot: "The Princess IS NOT IN THIS CASTLE!"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Braid is really tough. The writting and level design are really worth bearing through it though. Itts a puzzle playformer that involves worlds with different rules. Establishing what those rules are is a nightmare by itself. Trying to figure out the solutions and actually pulling those solutions of then become your next hurdles. This game isn't for everyone, but i think everyone should at least experience this level of creativity. At worst case watch a lets play or read a guide if you are stuck. Doing that will probably kill it though.
Note - If you are visually impared you can still play this game. The story is told mostly through writting, but it isn't too tiny, and there aren't that many lines to read. At worst case you can screenshot the bits of story. Another difficulty you might come accross involves identifying things that glow in a particular color. This is related to the physics of each world you encounter, so you may need to pay extra attention, especially with yellow glows cos the enemies in the game are mainly that color.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Braid is a fun game that is fairly quick, but not too short that it's a blur. I had a lot of fun with it. The puzzles are pretty difficult, but I managed to figure most of them out! I'd recommend it if you like Puzzle platformers!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
One of the most inspiring game of the generation. Smart and deep gameplay beautifully entangled with the subtle plot, in a way you can't guess which one has come first. It has quickly become a master example of videogames as art and will be probably remembered as a milestone for a long time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Absolutely fantastic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Jonathan Blow was begging for positive comments (which he DOES deserve for this game).
So there. ♥♥♥♥ing play it.
Best thing you will do all weekend.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I love everything in this game--the graphics, the music, the sfx, the time control elements, the challenging and genius puzzles, the hidden easter eggs, the homage to Super Mario Bros, the story--everything. I played through a friend's copy of it, then I bought it on Steam to play it a second time.

If I had to pick a game to convince someone that video games can be a quality form of art, I would pick this one.

Also, I can play this on my lower to mid range laptop, while I can't play FEZ with my laptop.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
If every gaming news source and their dog are to be believed, Braid is a flawless masterpiece of a puzzle platformer that shows exactly what indie game developers should all strive to create. I don’t know of any other game I have ever gone into with such high expectations with equally high cynicism.
While I think it’s a beautiful work of art, I don’t think Braid can live up to the enshrinement the community generally places it in. The platforming is tight and precise, the time manipulation mechanics are really well designed, the art is undeniably some of the best gaming has to offer and the writing really connected with me at times in a way not many games ever could. In the end though, it is just another indie puzzle platformer. It’s a majestically fantastic puzzle platformer with the polish and care you don’t often see many designers put into games, but it’s still an indie puzzle platformer.
I think Braid is wonderful, and if you’re into the genre this is a great piece to add to your collection. However, this awe inspiring masterpiece that everyone describes seems to be more of a case of reviews following a hype train rather than the product actually being perfect.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
A solid puzzle game with a nice, juicy time travel mechanic.

Overall a very calm and contemplative experience that is somewhat rare to find at this level of quality and polish.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Am amazing game, both from gaming and SW engineering point of view. Some of the mechanics are reminiscent of that "Chronotron" Flash game, and the last puzzles may be annoying for some, but overall it is quite challenging. The only thing I didn't like is the price VS length of the game. Buy it when it is on sale, because it is definitely not worth USD 10 with a play time of roughly 2 hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
There are VERY few things that I would rate with a perfect score because to me, a perfect score means that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it; no flaws whatsoever, and there are ALWAYS flaws in a game, book, movie, etc., however minor they may be.

That being said, I rate this game 10/10. Every single aspect—from the gorgeous soundtrack to the beautiful art and aesthetics to the masterful gameplay to the mind-warping puzzles to the heart-wrenching story—was perfectly executed, and what's more: they all tied into each other. The art, music, and even the very game mechanics themselves all tied in to the telling of the story. In fact, the story is incomplete without them.

And if you can reach the ending (I say "if" because the puzzles gradually increase in difficulty until accomplishing each one is such a daunting task that completing one leaves you with a profound sense of accomplishment that will have you jumping for joy), you will experience one of the most shocking plot twists in your life. And the best part is: the twist is told in puzzle format, through the game itself. No words involved.

And once you put all the pieces together, and read through the eye-opening epilogue, you'll find another plot twist, as if one wasn't enough. And then, one last time, days later when your mind still swirls about the lasting impression of Braid, you'll say to yourself, "Oh, it wasn't about THAT, it was about THIS!"

SUMMARY: If you're the kind of person who can appreciate art in video games—or if you're looking for a challenging puzzle game—purchase Braid. It will be one of the best buys you've ever made.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Short but brilliant! An immersive game full of exceedingly clever time puzzles. If you haven't played, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I feel like I must make a review after playign for nearly 10 minutes or so. I know already I will fall in love with this game, solely because of the fact I can reverse time. Insanely amazing, more games need to have interesting mechanics like this, than another graphically beautiful shooter with no gameplay.
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