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Braid [Online Game Code]

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Xbox 360
Everyone 10+
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • 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.
  • Enjoy 2D platforming action where you can never die and never lose. But you will always be challenged.
  • Travel through worlds, solving thought inducing puzzles by manipulating time: rewinding, creating parallel universes, setting up pockets of dilated time.
  • Experience Braid's painterly art style and lush organic soundtrack.
  • A nonlinear fiction links the various worlds and provides real-world metaphors for your time manipulations, creating "what-if" universes where consequences can be explored.
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  • Online Game Code: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B001LRQ8HU
  • Release Date: January 8, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,254 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Braid is a celebrated single player puzzle-platformer for play on the Xbox 360 gaming system. Drawn in a dreamlike painterly style, in the world of Braid the player manipulates the flow of time in strange and unusual ways to traverse the dangerous levels and solve puzzles in order to rescue an abducted princess. 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 and story, keeping you engaged from beginning to end. Originally only available only as a download through Xbox LIVE Arcade using Microsoft Points, Braid can now be yours via online game code. Players will still need both an Xbox 360 console connected to broadband Internet and an Xbox LIVE account game download for play.

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The backstory of Braid is a twist on the familiar platformer plot of a hero on a quest to rescue a princess from an unseen monster that has stolen her away. The game's hero is Tim. Bound to the princess, he is determined to find her, but a reoccurring theme of regret and an apparent need for reconciliation of mistakes made hint that things between them are not necessarily what they seem and that as in any relationship there are aspects of the bond between them that are hidden beneath the surface. The details of Tim's relationship to the princess are revealed in the gameplay text at the opening portal to each level and the puzzles solved throughout the game.

Time-based Gameplay
Although gameplay in Braid is organized along the lines of a standard platformer, with the player running jumping and climbing to avoid obstacles and enemies, the most important gameplay mechanic is the ability to reverse time at any moment, even after you have died. This makes gameplay simple in that you never have to replay a turn, just rewind the action, but also challenging in that in many instances the player must use these abilities to progress through certain parts of the game. Action takes place across several levels, organized into sections within rooms, each with a different time-based wrinkle in gameplay. These sections also contain a jigsaw puzzles integral to the story, the pieces of which are scattered throughout the level it is found in. Completion of puzzles opens up a final stage in each level, but the player can also proceed in the game and come back to puzzles as they choose.

Our hero Tim being chased by the savage bunnies of the Braid game world
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Key Game Features

  • Forgiving yet Challenging Gameplay - Braid is a 2D platforming 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.
Traditional 2D platforming in Braid
Traditional platforming action.
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Puzzle-solving in Braid
Rich puzzle-solving.
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Time reverse abilities during platforming in Braid
Time-based game mechanic.
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The dreamy aesthetic design of Braid animation
Aesthetic design.
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Single Player, HD (High Definition). Manipulate the flow of time. Rescue the Princess. Contemplate the world; save yourself. The full version of Braid allows you to visit all the worlds, and thus use all the time-manipulation powers. Perhaps you will find the Princess and rescue her. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any game I've ever played...in some ways April 17, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Some people use this game as the perfect example of how video games are art. I usually disagree with that statement, but having played Braid kind of opened my mind a little bit regarding the argument. Having played and beaten the game, you may think there is very little story or that it's a simple love story, however the story is so deep and layered that it is very difficult to uncover the entire story. Once you start trying to put the pieces of the story together, you realize their is much more going on than you thought. Much like a great film, there is a lot of interpretation in the story and requires thought of your own, instead of being simply presented the entire story. Their is also an epilogue which I thought was brilliant.

Regarding the gameplay, it has platformer elements but most of the game is puzzle solving using different methods of altering time. This can be really fun and challenging, but sometimes finding a way to obtain a puzzle piece can seem nearly impossible. Some puzzles remind me of a great magic trick where you think there is literally no way that it can be done, yet you find out it is possible and sometimes much simpler than you expect. In a way that is good, but overall I found many puzzles (especially some of the later ones) to be quite impossible to figure out on my own and became frustrated. I ended up resorting to watching videos of others online to figure out some of the puzzles (Shame on me). It is the level of difficulty to figuring out some of these puzzles that made me not fully enjoy the game at times and why I give the game 4 stars out of 5.

Overall, I do recommend this game to someone who is open-minded and is great at puzzle games and doesn't mind looking for the story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art April 8, 2009
By hoos30
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Braid is one of the top three games available on Xbox Live Arcade. While it LOOKS like a platformer, it is actually a time bending puzzle game that will challenge and entertain you every step of the way. As an added bonus, the gameplay reveals a multi-layered story which can lead to some insightful, if not down right philosophical discussion, if you so choose. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Challenge April 14, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's always refreshing to get a brand new game that is so enjoyable. This game looks and sounds beautiful, and will stimulate your mind in a unique way. The price is slightly higher than the average XBLA game, but don't let that stop you. This game is worth it.

The level design is very clever, and you (the player) have to be even more clever in figuring it out. Spend the extra time figuring it out on your own and the reward is even greater. The game starts out simple enough but quickly becomes surprisingly clever and unique. So if you are looking for a unique experience that is both exciting and relaxing, do not hesitate and get this game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Twisted in Time July 13, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great game for those interested in wrapping their heads around a fresh new variety of puzzle. The game progresses and slowly adds layers of complexity to your ability to manipulate time. Rewinding time is not always the answer. You'll probably have to play each level a few times to get all of the collectibles to fully complete the game. Recommended for older audiences, kids might get bored easily, as you cannot simply run through the game. Definitely worth the price, I got a few hours out of this and a few days racking my brain on some of the more complicated, yet simple levels. Like most puzzles, once you figure it out it seems obvious, however there are many solutions that are easy to figure out, but hard to execute, very frustrating, but satisfying when completed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Game of the Year May 26, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What a little gem in the rough...

Braid is a fantastic game. It's near impossible to sum up how this puzzle platformer works, but with time manipulation, a compeling story and heart warming visual, it's as good as it gets.

Plus Amazon's direct code download was easy. It was very fast (had my code within minutes) and it was a better option than spending my existing XBL Points on my XBox. Anything that saves me getting another point card is great.

Everyone should play this game at some point in their gaming life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the very definition of a killer app April 8, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What is a killer app? An app that is so strong and valuable that it drives users and usage to a platform. By this definition, Braid is absolutely a killer app. [UPDATE: Well, it was a killer app for the Xbox 360 in 2009. Now you can play Braid on a wide variety of platforms.]

I'm a lifelong gamer. In fact, I'm a borderline game system collector. (I finally managed to part with most older systems, but I still have my beloved Dreamcast and even my Atari 800 cluttering my garage shelves.) Plus, many of my friends urged me to get an Xbox 360. Despite all this, I was not convinced. The Xbox 360 had serious hardware issues at launch (which now appear to be resolved), and there just weren't any games that demanded such a hefty platform investment.

Braid changed the equation.

Two gaming friends insisted that I give Braid a chance. In fact, they sat me down and forced a controller into my hands, and they watched -- for two hours, because I coldn't put it down. The next day, I spent $600 on equipment (the best Xbox 360 system with all the bells and whistles), just so I could continue playing this $15 game. Braid is *that* good. And I've introduced other friends to Braid and they, too, ran out to buy the console.

Normally, I spend review space describing the game, especially for off-the-beaten-tracks titles like this, but I won't do so in this case. I had the rare opportunity to experience a masterpiece cold, with no spoilers, and I really appreciated it. So instead, I will merely say this. If you enjoy puzzle games or platformers, if you enjoy games with intriguing and unique mental challenges, games that require more thought and less button mashing, if you enjoy beautiful artwork, both audio and video, you will definitely enjoy this game.
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