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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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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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New Beta

January 20th, 2014

There is a new beta up that will hopefully fix crashes and other misc problems that people have been having.

To try it, pick "newbeta" from the betas tab. Then (for good measure) right-click on Braid, to a Delete Local Content, and install the new version.

Please let me know if this version works for you! If it does not cause any major problems I would like to move it to the main branch.

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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.

PC 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
185 of 209 people (89%) found this review helpful
147 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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41 of 57 people (72%) found this review helpful
217 products in account
30 reviews
10.9 hrs on record
First off, terrific sound track. If there's a soundtrack version buy it. The art style and animation is great, actually better than great. The story is good but it's kept a bit separate from the game play and you might have a question or two in the end (I think that was on purpose though, to create debate). Most puzzle are solvable with a few tough nuts but the ability to skip puzzles until later is nice. Often something in a later puzzle will give you a flash of realization about an earlier puzzle.
Not a particularly long game, unless you like speed runs, but for a few bucks it's worth seeing why there are so many indie puzzle-platformers right now.
Posted: December 5th, 2013
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50 of 81 people (62%) found this review helpful
261 products in account
72 reviews
14.5 hrs on record
Original gameplay, hard but rewarding puzzles, beautiful soundtrack and a twist in the end that will let you speechless.

SCORE: 99/100 (a little too short)
Posted: November 23rd, 2013
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
852 products in account
14 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
A damn good game, this one. Back when i was not so much into indie games, i saw "Indie Game: The Movie" which drove me to get this game. I did and played it and just loved it. The puzzles were really great and even a bit tough and they kept me thinking about how to get that puzzle piece even when i wasn't playing the game. I literally kept thinking most of the day. No game has ever done that to me before i think. And when i solved the puzzle somehow, i felt this great sense of achievement and it made me so happy. Even made me feel very intelligent :p . I fell in love with this game. Loved the concept, loved the gameplay, loved the puzzles. The story was a bit confusing for me but i liked it nonetheless. I even kept staring at the screen for a long time to figure out how i can solve the puzzle. And then i discovered .. stars. Could not figure out all of them, only 2 of em. So i had to see some guides but the effort it took to get the stars made it worth it. I would rate this game 10/10.
Posted: January 18th, 2014
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
34 products in account
4 reviews
9.8 hrs on record
Braid is one of those love it or hate it kind of games. It looks outstanding and the music is also very good but the gameplay and puzzles can be very hard on the brain. It feels great to solve one of the many puzzles but at the same time i feel it tries to be a little bit too clever for its own good at times. Apart from that it is well worth the price i payed for it on sale and its fun to jump into for a little time bending action every now and then. Be warned it will make your head hurt.
Posted: January 28th, 2014
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