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.
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Release Date: Apr 10, 2009

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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

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:
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Bryan LoneCoder - Legend of Luca
0.7 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Has a delightful ending.
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gaiaspiker
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
The feeling of Nes Mario mixed with puzzles and time reversal.
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Ann Thrax
15.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
Best puzzle game ever - if you don't play it, you're a loser.

10/10 would rewind time.
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Dancinlance
25.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
Is this review late? Well I'm doing it anyways. This game is amazing. The puzzles are some of the best (other than 1 or 2 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t puzzles) I've ever seen in ANY video game. And the story behind this game, the secret ending, you HAVE to look it up after you complete the game. This game is the posterboy of an amazing game, and living proof that video games can be art.
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johnarcher1998
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 18
The puzzles in this are some of the best I've found in any game. Only complaint is that the story seems like it was written by a pretentious teenager with a Tumblr account.
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Rock1m1
10.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
Braid is a platformer puzzle game. You play as a man called Tim as he traverses across various worlds to find his 'Princess'. The game uses the concept of bending time to create platforming paths for the players to collect pieces puzzles throughout the different worlds. Each world has a certain theme or a mechanic around which the puzzle is designed. The puzzles are very well made and will surely itch parts of your brain which may have gone untouched for far too long.

That is not all what Braid is all about. Underneath this gameplay, Braid tells a story. Players can solve the different worlds and their puzzles in order to piece them together to fit an overall picture of what happened between Tim and the Princess. I don't want to spoil the ending, however I just want to say it will surely turn some heads.

Braid is a perfect example on how gameplay can act as a powerful storytelling device which other media simply cannot replicate.
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Frau Gakidou
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 15
This game's puzzles are aggressively difficult by design, with no filler. Its painterly style and poetic exposition and great soundtrack make it a really beautiful game on all fronts. Though it is claimed the game takes inspiration from sands of time, it comes up with a whole array of particular time-bending mechanics that make it really unique and cool. So yeah, short and hard and pretty.
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Agathon Sire
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
Don't buy this game if you:
- don't like time manipulation (but who doesn't like time manipulation)
- don't like reading
- hate puzzles that are hard as steel balls (trust me, I first played this game back in 2010 and hated it so much because of the puzzles that it took me 6 years to convince myself to try it again)
- hate thinking about the ending for days, looking at game forums about how other players interpret it, then getting mindblown when you finally piece everything together

If you are not any of these, then hit that "Add to Cart" button and stop reading these reviews already!
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usgurshaan
10.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
This game legit kicks behinds, Specifically my behind, because I practically did only a fifth of it myself without a walkthrough, This'll probably seem like a casual, fun game. It isn't. Wait, I mean, it's fun, really fun, but it's not casual after all the mechanics are taught to you. The game holds your hand a bit and just leaves you there, perplexed at the very well made puzzles and great, painting-like art style and brilliant soundtrack, and molds the idea of manipulating time as if everything was in a VHS tape into easy to grasp yet difficult to master mechanics. And in order to actually finish the game without any guides you have to either be Jonathan Blow or a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ genius because only they can possibly know how to do some of these levels. I love this game and am currently trying to speedrun it but my memory refuses to give in and I pause and use the walkthrough quickly. Very hard but very fun and replayable. Want a puzzler that will stick to you forever with the best ending (or 'start') of any game out of the hundreds I have ever played? Shut up, yes you do, get the game and finish it through, it's one of the greatest games I've even heard of.
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rhythmicSmasher
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 8
Good game. Had fun even though some of the puzzles became headaches.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Braid is a platformer puzzle game. You play as a man called Tim as he traverses across various worlds to find his 'Princess'. The game uses the concept of bending time to create platforming paths for the players to collect pieces puzzles throughout the different worlds. Each world has a certain theme or a mechanic around which the puzzle is designed. The puzzles are very well made and will surely itch parts of your brain which may have gone untouched for far too long.

That is not all what Braid is all about. Underneath this gameplay, Braid tells a story. Players can solve the different worlds and their puzzles in order to piece them together to fit an overall picture of what happened between Tim and the Princess. I don't want to spoil the ending, however I just want to say it will surely turn some heads.

Braid is a perfect example on how gameplay can act as a powerful storytelling device which other media simply cannot replicate.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
A perfect puzzle game - original and clever and with great atmosphere. For me 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Has a delightful ending.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
+manipulate the flow of time
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199 of 229 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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116 of 133 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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68 of 75 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Braid
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Genre Tags: Puzzle-Platformer; 2D; Time-Warp
  • My Overall Grade: B+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 4-6 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Puzzle game aficionados

REVIEW
Braid is a short and sweet puzzle/platformer with an quasi-innovative time-manipulation aspect. The ability to rewind time not only allows for intriguing gameplay, but also provides a good way for there to be challenging puzzles without the game becoming unnecessarily frustrating. If you like puzzle/platformers, this should be high on your list of games to try.

The game mixes elements of puzzlers and platforming to form its identity. And there is a comfortable familiarity to the game which should feel inviting to most gamers. It starts off mostly focused on thinking-based puzzles and then a little while into the game there does start to be some platforming aspects sprinkled in, where your reaction time and precision abilities will be tested. But for the most part it's pretty mild and not that hard. Again, the time-manipulation also helps alleviate some of the difficulty of the platforming sections. It works out so a large majority of people should have an easy time enjoying Braid.

And as you progress through the game you will unlock different time-manipulation abilities which will need to be used properly to complete your quest. So the gameplay evolves throughout the campaign, keeping things fresh and keeping your mind active.

There isn't much of a story to be mentioned, but the game doesn't really need one. There is a strong influence of old school platformers (i.e.: the early Mario Bros. games). In that vein, there is a basic purpose to your actions, but no need for a sprawling narrative. Your quest in Braid is to traverse hostile lands to rescue a kidnapped princess, what else do you really need to know. Also, there isn’t that much of an immersive atmosphere either. The ambiance feels very nondescript and purely functional. However, none of this is a bad thing; Braid is simply a game that is focused on gameplay, purposefully minimizing the other distractive aspects.

And so I definitely recommend you check out Braid if you’re a fan of the puzzle/platformer genre and are looking for a new game that focuses on gameplay. Also if you are someone who loves a real challenge, the speed-run achievement can give you a nice "run for your money.”

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93 of 126 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2013
An intellectually stimulating combination of symbolic game design, brilliant visuals, an immersive soundtrack, and a post-modern story that will leave you pondering its implications for months. I consider this the best videogame ever made.
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69 of 92 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Braid is a platforming puzzle game which was released on Xbox Live initially in 2008 before later being ported onto PC in 2009. You play the character, Tim, as you attempt to rescue the princess from a monster (very cliche!).

Game play in Braid looks like a very generic puzzle platformer on face value, however with the addition of the special ability to manipulate time by rewinding and fast forwarding, you can find yourself in some very unique situations. The other gameplay elements are very much the same though, running, jumping and climbing around a standard platforming environment. Each level in the game adds a little bit of a change to the time bending ability which keeps things fresh each time you progress.

Braid is a very simple looking game; the graphics are standard two 2D style, however they do have a very pleasing charm to it. The art style within the game is just gorgeous to look at. The art work alone apparently took over a year to produce, and you can really tell a huge amount of heart and effort went into creating it.

The plot in Braid is very intriguing indeed. You are certainly in for a few twists and turns and very unpredictable outcomes throughout - I was personally in no way shape or form expecting the end of the game to end up how it did; and that is a nice change from a game since they can sometimes become very predictable. After finishing the game, you are able to find additional text that expand the story even further too.

The music used in Braid was selected by the developer himself, from licensed music, this was done to reduce the cost in the development stage. What I really liked about the music is that each tune has a different feel to it when you re-wind time in game; its a really small element, but it makes a huge difference to how you feel when playing.

I found Braid to be a difficult game; purely because I am the worst person possible when it comes to 1) Puzzles and 2) Platformers. Put the two together and it's just a mess. At times I had to resort to a trusty walkthrough to work it out, but for the majority of the time I was able to figure out each level on my own. Puzzle veterans may well find this game's puzzles to be easy, and still struggle on the platforming element to it!

Braid took me just over six hour to complete; this was purely a run through the story mode; there are a lot of Jigsaw pieces to find in the game which result in achievements, so will add a couple more hours of gameplay. Some of which are unobtainable at the first time of coming across them, so a little bit of replaying older levels is needed to collect them all. However I personally see no reason to replay the game only for the achievements. The story and gameplay 100% linear.

I had no technical problems whilst playing. Braid can be played at all resolutions up to 4k in windowed mode and full screen. A controller, as always with platformers is highly recommended to play but can also be played with keyboard.

To sum up, I am only going to Recommend Braid, simply because the two genres put together are my least favorite of all time, however take that with a pinch of salt because if you really enjoy puzzle/platformers, then this game is certainly for you and you need to pick it up, even at the full price of £6,99 this game is a steal!

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Braid isn't fun

wait, that's not what i meant to do

od ot tnaem i tahw ton s'taht, tiaw nuf t'nsi diarb




Braid IS fun
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