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Braid - PC

by Mumbo Jumbo
Everyone 10+
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews) 90 / 100

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Platform: PC
  • It's a game so intellectually engaging that it actually makes you a better, more versatile thinker.
  • Got a 9.5 out of 10 on GameSpot
  • Casual Game of the Year!

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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B0030BFW18
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 10, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,233 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC

Manipulate flow of time as you help Tim journey to different worlds on a puzzle-solving expedition to save the princess! In each world, you'll discover new powers that allow you to impact the passing of time in different ways. In this beautifully rendered platofrm game, you must observe time's passage and use its strange characteristics to master each level.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best indy games I've ever played December 28, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Jonathan Blow (the creator) impresses in this puzzle masterpiece which revolves around time manipulation to collect puzzle pieces. Some of the challenges are quite difficult and require a fairly high degree of problem solving ability and creativity. This game really forces you to think hard at times and the analytical and problem solving skills are geared more toward a mature, intellectually developed audience (too difficult for young kids).

While I respect others' opinions, I discount the negative reviews that complained that you have to think too much in playing this game because I found the challenges to be the best part. If you want a mindless game this is the wrong genre. If you get stuck there are always walk-throughs on YouTube. It's also interesting to note that there's not always one unique solution to each problem.

This game boasts a vague but intriguing story line. Very impressive for an indy game.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
"Braid is a platform game in a painterly style that uses time manipulation to solve puzzles."

Move, climb, jump, and time-travel. The art is beautiful, and with the soundtrack, pulls you into fantasy world were everything is simple and beautiful and nothing is what it seems.

As you travel through more and more doors you must use some skill and a lot of wits to capture puzzle pieces. With the tenacity of a scientist you try new approaches, and repeat failures a hundred times until the truth unravels for you.

Parallel to your efforts, the story of Tim and the Princess unfolds, where Tim asks questions we all ask, and tries to achieve what we all want: understanding.

But so much is Uncertain. So much is subjective.

Braid is all about perspective, assumptions, and breaking the rules of both.


This game is amazing, beautiful, and emotional. Buy it, and play the demo while it's in the mail.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly made puzzle game May 21, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is loaded with mind-bending, rip-your-hair-out phenomenal puzzles, but you never get completely stuck, since you can simply walk from one end of a level to another and come back to try again at any time. Beautiful game art and music complete the atmosphere.

One of the few games where I actually felt smarter after playing it. Highly, highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Game! December 12, 2011
By M
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, this game's been out for a while now. I just purchased it based on the affordable price and free shipping. I wish I'd played this sooner. First off, the graphics in this game are beautiful. It's a side scroller with parallax scrolling similar to some of the "old school" video games. In fact, the graphics in this game remind me of an upgraded Amiga game. It seems inspired by the old Monty Python games for the Amiga - except with much better graphics and puzzles.

Some say this game is not "long" enough. To me, it seems like a very challenging puzzle game. Those who say it's not long enough, probably used a little online "help" to play through the game. Do yourself a favor and play through without cheating. From what I've seen of the game so far, it's clever, witty, creative, and challenging.

The watercolor effects are also very cool. The game may be a little dated but you'd never guess based on the graphics and game play. I'm very happy with this purchase! Thanks Amazon.com!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Game froze on the last level! June 10, 2013
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
I don't know if this is coding side or disk side but the game stops working when you reach the lady at the end level. Hopefully that doesn't ruin it for you.

I never found a way past....

The game itself is interesting but rather boring. It's lack of levels is only made up by the unique abilities and hard as heck levels. Seriously I have to look up videos to pass like 10 of the levels.

An interesting and definitely challenging game, but the break at the end ruined it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For $1.50? Pick this up! January 20, 2012
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Braid is, in a word, unique. It's got a little bit for everyone: terrific platforming elements, extremely difficult puzzles, unique abilities and power-ups for each level, enchanting graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, and a very symbolic story and ending that can be interpreted as an allegory for the atomic bomb. Braid is well worth your money. With the shipping, this will run you less than 6 dollars, and if you don't cheat and use a walkthrough to beat it, it will take the average player around 5 or 6 hours to beat the first time through. There isn't a lot of replayability with the exception of time trials, but that's never been my thing. All in all, Braid is one of my favorite puzzle games of all time, and I have to strongly recommend it. But, if you have a "Five Below" in your town, I'd check it out because I found my copy there for only $1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. December 7, 2011
By T-Flava
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, this is a review for the PS3 version of the game, which I bought for $3.75 after the Great PSN Crash of '011, when I had my free month of PlayStation Plus, and there was a tremendous discount for the game during that time. I heard it was interesting, so I dove in.

The tutorial (one screen) does not even mention the central aspect of the game itself, which is time manipulation. You can rewind time, and effectively never die. Most people will discover this after they get hit by an enemy or fall in a pit and the game just freezes. Mash buttons until something happens? Exactly!

What's interesting about this game is that you can see almost every level by walking through it; no need to pick up the puzzle pieces in the levels if you don't want to. Of course, this can be accomplished in about 15 minutes or less (taking into account two straightforward, nearly identical boss battles). Unfortunately, you won't be able to unlock the last level, and will wonder if you wasted your penny (what this game is going for on PC these days, apparently).

What makes this game brilliant, as I alluded to with my review title, is what happens when you try to collect all of the puzzle pieces. You begin to realize that not only did the game leave out the time manipulation concept in the tutorial, they left out everything about how the worlds work in general. Trust me, though, even if it seems that you can't get that puzzle piece in plain sight, you can; you just have to think WAY outside the box, in many cases.

The laws governing time change from world to world, also, so the developers may throw what appear to be identical levels at you in different worlds, but since time is different, so is the challenge.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
came with no instructions
Published 1 month ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best indie video game ever made
One of the greatest indie puzzle games (let alone, puzzles games in general) that I've ever played! The mechanics of each level changes, and you're always able to go back in time... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Files
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing this game was a great experience!
The puzzles are difficult and unique. The game play is very interesting. The graphics are beautiful (though simple). Read more
Published 9 months ago by NicNic8
5.0 out of 5 stars Goombas be mating with some lions, it's Puzzle Time!
In Braid, you play as Tim, a man on a quest to save the princess. Don’t be fooled by the simplistic set-up and familiar trappings of the platforming genre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jasor the Great
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Food
Although the game has a lovely aesthetic, the real appeal is the 'solve the puzzle' aspect. If you're looking for an action game, you'll be disappointed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. McNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars Braid, headache not included!
Good game. Although when you buy it, it should come with a bottle of pills to cure the headache the game will give you. some levels i felt were a little to hard. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Frijid
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
When I first ordered this product, I was expecting to receive a disc that allows me to undo mistakes in REAL life. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE DISC DOES. Read more
Published 17 months ago by modifidita
1.0 out of 5 stars A cross between Superman 64 and the original ET for Atari...
The graphics are good, but the levels are 99% bottomless pits with a bunch of stupid crap or floating things to jump on which get tiring very quickly. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick Wainio
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gameplay but WEIRD storyline
The puzzles in this game were sometimes quite challenging, which I REALLY LIKE! My daughter and I would take turns trying to figure out how to do them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars The only game I've never felt guilty about playing
This is a brilliantly original game. It's hard, though, and that's the point. A little manual dexterity is required, but the cruxes of every level are puzzles that must be solved... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David W. Kikuchi
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