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Braid is a puzzle game set in the guise of a 2D platformer. If you are even vaguely familiar with classic Super Mario, then you will recognize all sorts of references to monsters, levels, and themes from those games. However, Braid's central mechanic is the ability to "rewind time", which lets you, among other things, undo mistakes that you might make, whether that be accidentally walking into an enemy or jumping into a pit full of spikes. As such, you can't really "die", and you can easily experiment without fear of failure. As you progress through the game, new mechanics (which all are based on manipulating time) are gradually introduced.
The main objective of this game is to collect various "puzzle pieces", and these form the core of the puzzle aspect of the game. To obtain these pieces, you will have to think about how you use the time-based mechanics to reach those pieces. By the end of the game, some of the puzzles are quite challenging, but because of the time-rewind mechanic, you can easily experiment with many different ideas without any downtime.
The art and music in the game are both wonderful. They compliment each other very nicely, and the music also interacts well with the time-rewind mechanic. The story of the game is actually quite mysterious, but I really shouldn't say anything more about that.Read more ›
My one complaint is that, despite being expensive for a PSN title (most games are in the $5 to $10 range; this is $15) is it really, really short. If you're good at puzzles, it should not take you more than a day or two to finish the game. Having said that, there is a little replay value -- the full-game speed run is not easy, and collecting all the stars is quite challenging if you don't use a walkthrough for them (and not that easy, even if you do)
It's an excellent game though, and if the extra $5 that you will spend (over other PSN titles) doesn't matter to you, it's worth it. It is definitely not "just another game".
First of all, the "rewind time" mechanic, which occurs in several variations (depending on game stage), is pure genius. The puzzles will bend your brain, especially when you start to grapple with objects and enemies that operate in their own timeline. I give kudos to the design team: many levels are challenging, and some require real thought to figure out, but I was never frustrated by a lack of a clue what to do next or undue difficulty at the jumping-and-dodging aspects. In fact, the rewind button came to feel so natural, that I was conscious of its absence in other games. To me, that's a gameplay mechanic done right.
However, Braid's gameplay alone isn't why I find it brilliant. The gameplay takes the standard "save the princess" story and does something completely *different* with it. Something more grown-up. In fact, the game doesn't really have a story in any conventional sense, but more of a multilayered meta-story, revealed in floating snippets of text that appear on the between-levels screens. At first glance, the "plot" appears to be about a relationship that has gotten derailed in some way, with the nature of time being the dominant theme, but as the game progresses, we learn that there are other connections...
The colorful hand-painted visuals compliment the creative design and ambiguous emotional content quite well. A collection of jigsaw puzzles that become wall murals depict enigmatic scenes, with some apparent connection to the in-game prose. Like the story, it's not exactly clear what they're all about, but they add to the haunting, evocative vibe of it all. The music is pleasingly warm and acoustic.Read more ›
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FULL CONFESSION: I played about halfway through this game without cheating, then used a walkthrough on and off for the second half. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Caraculiambro
"Oh my God! No way!!"
That was more or less what I was blurting out at the conclusion of Braid. This game is truly a gem. Read more
This is one of the most creative puzzle games to date. It makes you really think. Once you figure out all the puzzles, however, there isn't much incentive to go back to replay the... Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by Ban V. Tran
This is one of the best games I have downloaded from PSN, they have started having weekly sales & I suggest you check out the PSN store as right now this game is... Read more
Mind-eye coordination, curiosity and some sense of humor are what it takes to successfully travel Braid because that's the kind of journey Braid is. Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by Cthulhu
Buy it now while its 7.49 cuz its kinda not worth 15 bucks. unless u look at it like this. u pay 11.00 dollars to go to a 2 hr. movie. Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by Donald L. Knight
I was surprised how much I liked this game. I normally pass on 2-D platformers (not even a big fan of Mario Brothers) but this game was great because it plays like a big puzzle. Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by John L
This game has been given a lot of praise for it's difficult puzzles. Most of them are OK, but some of them are pretty much impossible to figure out on your own. Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by ravl13