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 (3,851 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
57 of 63 people (90%) 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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
One of the most acclaimed puzzle-platformers, Braid led the first generation of mainstream indie games. Its level and puzzle design are nearly flawless as they instruct the player in each world's time altering mechanics while also providing compelling challenge. Most of Braid can be played non linearly, so if you get stuck you can try another level and maybe later come back with new ideas to the one you left. It's still beatiful though it has aged a bit. I'd appreciate a hint system but I respect Jonathan Blow not wanting to compromise his design vision. The story has multiple layers of meaning though you'll have to finish the game to see the whole picture understand it in restropect.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
What if you could go back in time and undo a mistake?

What if you are the 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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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
My review of Braid will be based on 4 categories: Performance, Gameplay, Graphics, and Story. As a summary, Braid is a very beautiful platformer which deconstructs the norms and standards of what is perceived as a videogame. It's a very simple game with simple mechanics and a simple premise but a memorable one nonetheless.

Recommended for:
  • Casual players
  • People who like implied and indirect storytelling

Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: It's an indie game which caters to all.
Why you won't: Your toaster of a PC can't even play this game. That's a very bad situation to be in my good man.

Performance shouldn't really be surprising, this being an indie game and all. Just like the other indies out there, it just provides the basic of the basics and the necessary components to run the game. Performance on a FX-6300 processor, R9 270 GPU, and 8GB of RAM in a 1080p resolution yields a constant 60 FPS which can drop down to 30 FPS in some very specific areas because of a weird performance issue with the game.

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No bugs or crashes experienced during playthroughs but be wary that no game is bug-free. If by chance you encounter some bugs or crashes in your playthroughs, you can visit this link for potential fixes and solutions.

Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: Gameplay that is very similar to the Mario series but with a time manipulation mechanic.
Why you won't Purists of Mario might get a little angry over the fact that it looks very identical to Super Mario Bros. albeit in different skins. The creator has a very strong defense about that though and you'll know why he did it when you finish the game to the end.

Braid takes Mario's platforming and adds neat mechanics of it's own. What's amazing about this game is that it starts on the get go. No start menu, no tutorials screen, it just starts the game in a blazing inferno of a city and you're on your own from there. Tim, the silent protagonist, has the power to turn back time or move it forward though doing either affects him as well. Turning back time enables Tim to rewind the events prior to him making a mistake or his own death. For the sake of the story, the game has no game over screen and the only thing the player can do is to rewind time and try again. Moving time forward has little to no use on the first levels but becomes a crucial part of the game in the later worlds.

Tim basically moves through worlds with different settings and different time situations. For example: there are worlds where time moves backward so the player has to use Tim's time manipulation powers in reverse too. Sometimes you even have to map out your route and turn back time so you can pass the obstacle that's blocking you. There's another world where time only moves forward if you move forward. The worlds are just so well designed and well integrated into the time mechanics that it tops even the highest rated platformers out there in terms of level design.

The creator's choice of music for the game is amazing. There's happy feeling sounds and moody somber music, haunting compositions and heart pounding pieces. The BGM is well integrated into the levels and it's a joy to listen to it. Though licensed, the game itself wouldn't be as beautiful without the variety of music and the sounds itself tells a story of their own.

Puzzle pieces and stars litter the game as collectibles which reveal Tim's hidden past and future. Another one of the game's feature where the story is fleshed out through gameplay.

Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: A unique watercolor-style world where everything has that magical touch to it.
Why you won't: You prefer 3D models bashing at each other with the butts of their rifles inside destructible environments with unnecessary explosions all day long.

Braid has got one of the most unique art styles in the industry today. The combination of the colorful and varied backgrounds with post processing and particle effects is very pleasing to the eyes. Pair that with the amazing music that you can definitely hum to and you've got one hell of an experience.

Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: A combination of implied and indirect storytelling with a very unique but surprising ending.
Why you won't: You prefer direct storytelling because you have no time to decode and understand the underlying message.

The first time that you start Braid, you are greeted by a burning city and a constellation. From there on, you go to the central hub of different worlds which you can access via different doors inside a house. Each time you enter a world, you are welcomed by a line of books explaining Tim's connection with the "princess" and how they came to be. Braid's apporach to storytelling leans heavily on philosophical and moral themes rather than the fantastical one that's expected of platformers. The game blends storytelling and gameplay very well because of well placed visual cues, tone and mood of the music and environment, with the help of the implied backstory through the use of time manipulation.

And there you have it. Braid is a well done indie platformer that's visually pleasing to the eyes, beautiful sounding to the ears, and an atom bomb for your brain. Truly an experience for the senses.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Braid is another one of those great mixed genres platform/puzzle. The puzzles are most based on timing or time. Sometimes you can clone yourself, sometimes you can slow time down and other times you can make time go in reverse or forward. This is very well implemented in the puzzle solving portion of this game and this makes it one of the best of its kind. A memorable game that will go down in history.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
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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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This game was beautiful. Great music, super addicting. Only about 4 hours of gameplay though.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Overall a Decent game, Especially for the price, however the game does have it's flaws.

-Interesting Art Style
-Smooth Controls
-Interesting Puzzle Concepts
-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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
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2 of 2 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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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
22.9 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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