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 (3,175 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

Windows
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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
What if you could go back in time and undo a mistake?



Braid belongs on a list of top games of all time. It is a work of art.

If you have not played Braid yet, I would ask you to stop what you are doing right now and buy it.

Being a puzzle platformer, Braid has excellent and unique art, music, concept, and story. The simple platformer type works well on both PC and consoles.

My one critique is that the ending is somewhat unfulfiling in that the designer got all artsy-fartsy and left the meaning open to wild interpretation. Either he just didn't have a moral to tell at the end, or he went with the "bluster them with bulls**t" strategy, and I'm thinking it was the latter.

But, even if you don't care about the background story and getting all deep into the meaning of it all, the puzzles should entertain.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Braid is an interesting platformer which seems to be both homage to and parody of earlier platformers, and adds the extra dimension of being able to manipulate time in several different ways (not just rewind). The art is pretty and its story is a fairly raw exposure of the thoughts and feelings of the developer as you (and every other person) grapple with both wanting to move forward and turn back the clock in your life and in your relationships. Instead of distracting, this enhances the gameplay and gives you a rare connection with the developer beyond the mechanics of playing the game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I'd play this game again... and again... and again... and again... and again...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It's a wonderful puzzle game with bright environment design and fun mechanics of controling the time to solve the puzzles. However, it's never an easy puzzle game and it would take about 3-4 hours to finish this game. The plot reaches its climax during the last stage of "saving princess". Players can see that everything becomes different while time travels backward, presenting a totally different story that emphasizes on the truth behind the main character and the relationship between his wish and the time control ability.
The music is relaxing. The puzzle is fun. The most challenge part would be the speed run achievement. It's a terrific game which I would recommend for everyone to give it a try.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Okay game. Worth $2.50.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
gay title. okay game. gay game.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Tedious and boring, too much hype.
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
meh
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1 of 17 people (6%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Had to watch a lot of youtube videos so I can progress in the game. Not leisure game at all.
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2 of 27 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Meh
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20.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
very clever puzzles and an amazing ending
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Best puzzle-platformer I've ever played. It's not really an artistic statement though.
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Take a moment to imagine the perfect game, a game where if you make a mistake, instead of starting at the level begining, just going back in time and fixing it, as if it never happened. No risk of breaking the space time continum and ruining the enire world, just world breaking fun.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Very good. I watched myself become born. Just kidding, it's not actual time travel.
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
My favorite puzzle game by far (besides Portal, Antichamber, I guess I have too many favorites). It forced you to think outside the box, and also outside of reality and time itself. Using time manipulation to create unique and challenging puzzles is the key factor to why this game is so good. I liked it so much, it was the first game I ever completed completely. All the puzzle pieces have been aquired and put in place. It felt wonderful.
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Just buy it, you will not regret a single moment! The music and art work is top notch, the story line is fascinatingly strange, the thought that has been put into solving each level is perfect.
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Puzzle platform game where you can change the flow of time in various ways. The story is formed the better you do in levels, collecting puzzle peices to rescue a captured princess.
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12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I said last time in my Poker Night at the Inventory review that I was going to review more of the premium games I have in my Steam Library. For me, Poker Night was a very well done and the first premium game I had. So I bought more paid games after that and I got Braid for $2.75 during a sale and...well, I had mixed feelings. After revisiting it I can finally give my opinions on it, and man, do I have some problems with this game.
I will begin with the plot but I will make it vague so I won’t spoil anything. The protagonist Tim is looking for a princess he apparently had a close relationship to and he goes on a quest to rescue her. However the reason this story is so intriguing is the fact that before every set of levels there are storybooks lying around and you can read them. The stories are more like clues and they are very distant to boot. We find why the princess is missing and what Tim is actually like. But if you aren’t in the mood for a deep story, you can just skip them and have a simple rescue the lady plot.
And now on to the gameplay which I can safely classify as pretty damn good. The game is a side scrolling platformer with minor enemies there just because. I will admit that this game from the outside is very similar to Mario. You are after a princess, just like Mario. At the end of every world a grey dinosaur comes to Tim and says that the princess is in another castle, just like Mario. And this game is a 2-D platformer, just like Mario. But this is NOT the same as Mario. However, Braid’s Tim has a very sneaky trick under his belt. He’s a time thief. By pressing the SHIFT button (assuming you’re playing it on Steam), Tim will reverse time so your error will have never accrued. Died by an enemy? Reverse time and stomp on him. Miss a very important jump? Reverse time and try again. Want to manipulate the stage to solve a puzzle? Reverse time and press on. This is what makes Braid so different from other games because the time tinkering feature is so well implemented. This system makes puzzles clever and very creative. There are things like enemies to bounce on and locked door puzzles that use the time mechanic very well. On the other hand, you technically have no deaths, but trust me; soon I will tell you why this game is so hard.
The music in this game is totally awesome. I love the violin pieces so much and the small amount of piano is good, too.
However, the problems I have in the game start to arise in the puzzles. Every level has a few puzzle pieces to find and putting them all together will make a portrait. Holy ♥♥♥♥! These puzzle pieces become ♥♥♥♥ing annoying! All of the levels in the game are puzzle pieces either out of reach or requiring you do something really ♥♥♥♥ing specifically hard. It took me so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ long to find a few puzzle pieces in the FIRST WORLD! I hate, hate, hate the puzzles.
OK, so putting my personal rage aside, the puzzle pieces make up the game and while you might want to go through the game without searching for them, then the game has no purpose. Levels in platformers like Mario and Kirby are different because they are lengthy levels with some optional collectables that are yours should you go out of your way for them. In this game however, levels are a quarter the size of most Mario levels and the puzzle pieces are just there because you feel like it is a must to get them. Not going for the puzzle peices with shorten the game alot and even if you DIDN’T know you would have to get them, they would still be there in the level, bugging you and saying “C’mon! Try to get me!”
Look, I tried as hard as I could to NOT trash this game, but the problem is there are dozens of other 2-D platformers that I would consider to be of better quality. I will still say this game is worth your time, but unless you are a challenge craver or a Sherlock Holmes for puzzles, this is a game you’re better off liking if you get it as part of a sale. The $10 price tag (or more I’m not sure) might be worth it if you like hard games, but if you aren’t buy it during some kind of a sale.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Fantastic soundtrack, puzzles and artstyle. I could not follow the storyline, however I very much enjoyed the puzzles and would recommend the game on the strength of those alone.

Buy this game. If you like brainteasers, you will not be disappointed!
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This game is a work of art, period.

As such, the storyline has many interpretations and will be liked depending on one's taste. Like art, the storyline is not clear-cut with obvious meaning.

If you like puzzle platformers, this definitely fits the bill, but be forewarned that the cerebral aspects of the storyline will smack you upside the head like an angry ex.
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