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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, unique, and strange game
Braid is one of the strangest games I've played. Although in actuality a fiendish puzzle game, superficially it looks like a 2D platform game, emulating moves, characters and levels from the likes of Mario, albeit a platform game which - with beautiful hand drawn graphics, stunning visual effects, thoughtful storyline, and haunting music - feels like a proper work of...
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by N. Blake

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2.0 out of 5 stars Braid
I was very disappointed in this game as I've found it impossible to get past the very early levels. Being keyboard only as well made it really difficult. I had no problem at all with the seller who dispatched the item very quickly and securely.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, unique, and strange game, 1 Mar 2011
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N. Blake (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Braid (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Braid is one of the strangest games I've played. Although in actuality a fiendish puzzle game, superficially it looks like a 2D platform game, emulating moves, characters and levels from the likes of Mario, albeit a platform game which - with beautiful hand drawn graphics, stunning visual effects, thoughtful storyline, and haunting music - feels like a proper work of art.

The object of Braid is to collect jigsaw puzzle pieces, but these tend to be placed in areas which upon first glance seem impossible to get to. The worlds are also inhabited by little shuffling hedgehog creatures which increase your jump height if you bounce on them, deadly venus flytrap plants, moving platforms, cannons which shoot bombs, and a lot of locked gates which require keys to open them up. These Mario-esque tropes aren't designed to test your platforming skills, however, as a negotiable path to the jigsaw pieces is never immediately accessible. This is a puzzle game much more than it is a skill based platform game, so anyone who - like me - is a bit rubbish at skill based computer games need not hesitate in playing Braid. It's impossible to make a mistake or die, because if you do, you simply rewind time and try again. And again. And again. And again...

The cleverness and main puzzle elements of Braid stems from this manipulation of time. In the first few levels, rewinding time (by simply hitting the SHIFT key for as long as you want) merely helps you try again if you've died, or misjudged a jump. But then you come across other elements within the world which are resistent to time being rewound, letting you carefully sync their movement to help you reach that next platform. Or else there are the levels which go forward in time as you move to the right, and backwards as you move to the left. Or those where, once you rewind time, a shadow of you performs all the moves you had previously made, and you have to figure out how you can use this to your advantage.

And it's tricky! Unfortunately, there is no sense of a skill curve in this game, meaning that the first few puzzles seem impossible. Fortunately, you can walk through rooms ignoring the puzzles until you find one you think you can do. Often solving a later puzzle gives you the inspiration to return to previous rooms and get the puzzle pieces there. Reaching other puzzles seem nigh on impossible, because there is little information on the ever-changing rules of the time manipulation; I had to resort to a walkthrough several times, only to think, "but how was I supposed to KNOW it worked like that now?!" Maybe better minds than mine can figure it out, but it's a shame that there isn't a more progressive difficulty system in place, especially considering the creator's hatred for players to use walkthroughs!

Once you get into the groove of Braid, however, there is such a feeling of satisfaction in solving the puzzles. It's an immensely addictive game because it is so playable and beautiful to be a part of, and although the story is a secondary bolt on towards what makes the game so amazing to play, a twist in the final level feels immensely emotional and satisfying as an ending reveal. Brilliant stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Smart and a credit to the Indie Games Industry., 5 Oct 2013
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Jonathan Blows me away with this game. The game mechanics are extrordinary and are used to perfection the way time is used to complete the puzzles is something I've never seen before and is the main foundation to to the game.

The art style is beautiful and gives a fresh face to most generic art styles within platform games. Just buy it.
Whenever I get stuck I just think to myself "Time solves everything"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braid Review, 24 Oct 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Braid (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
When I describe braid as a 2D side-scrolling platformer where you play a small, big headed guy, looking for a princess in a castle and have to travel through multiple fantasy worlds jumping on cute walking heads and avoiding carnivorous plants in tubes, you may think "Mario clone". But that's so wrong. Braid revolves around its unique time mechanic as you attempt to solve the puzzles in each world and is so much more than a mere Mario-esque platformer.

You are Tim, a guy looking for his lost love. Beyond that there's very little story. Some detached sections of text tell you the basics, though not clearly, at the beginning of each world but it doesn't really matter, this is a game about its mechanics and feel. The stellar last level does contain a brilliant revelation in a moment of clarity before the confusing epilogue, but that's it really.

Like I said this is about its gameplay. From your house hub you can enter five worlds, each containing roughly five or six levels and each unlocking as you complete the previous. The first introduces you to the basics, only using the time-rewind to avert death. The subsequent worlds introduce new powers, different coloured objects that act differently in conjunction with rewinding time, a ring that slows time in a small area and a mind bending world where walking left turns back time and brings enemies back. As well as just getting to the castle at the end of each realm you are trying to collect puzzle pieces. These can be made into pictures that, when complete, fix a section of the route to the final level. This is where the real challenge lies as gathering some is incredibly devious and often deceptively simple. This also adds a great replay value as there is continued satisfaction in succeeding and also in that I can't remember all the solutions so it's like coming to it fresh. Making this all gloriously fun are the simple controls avoiding any frustration.

Tying the package up nicely is its beautiful presentation. This game proudly wears the artsy game label with its enchanting worlds. Every world has a distinct look with stunning painted backdrops, elaborately detailed foregrounds and wonderful animations for Tim and the enemies. The music in Braid is also very memorable, beautiful melodies creating a relaxed atmosphere, thumping drums in boss fights and even a classic lullaby. It's easy to get lost in the music. I did.

The Final Word: Gloriously simple and mind-bending, a delight to look at and listen to that has a wide and lasting appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Braid, 8 Mar 2014
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I was very disappointed in this game as I've found it impossible to get past the very early levels. Being keyboard only as well made it really difficult. I had no problem at all with the seller who dispatched the item very quickly and securely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braid PC Game, 30 Nov 2010
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This is a brilliant game it is one of those games that from when you start playing the game it is very hard to put it down.I would recommend this game to any body who likes a challenge It just a same that there is not more games like this. First class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-play platformer, 1 July 2014
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A puzzle-platformer featuring a very nice artwork and soundtrack, where you control Tim, a man searching for a princess who was kidnapped. Apart of running and jumping around, you can reverse time for any long you want; even up to the start of a level.

This is the control which you'll utilise to solve many of the game's puzzles, sometimes in truly unique ways; for example (spoiler alert), in some levels, as soon as you reverse time you will encounter multiple realities and you'll have to use the alter-Tim to solve the puzzle.

If you even remotely like platform games, you have to play it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good game, 30 Jun 2014
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great platform game quite difficult
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ottimo, 13 April 2013
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Era quello che mi aspettavo.
Pagato il giusto e di grande qualità.
Ottimo sotto tutti i punti di vista.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games ever, 9 Jan 2013
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Many people say Braid is considered art, play it to see why. The only drawback of this version is the avanquest software that comes with it (possible not to install or register but still a bit annoying). It is really cheap for what it offers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersive..., 4 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Braid (PC CD) (CD-ROM)
Beautiful graphics, and soundtrack. Well worth playing
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