Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Braid deserves success for being bold, original, and brilliant. Get it as soon as you can. [Jan 2010, p.83]
  2. It's an experience every gamer should enjoy, and is a game cut from the same cloth as BioShock and Portal, erasing videogame norms and reimagining the way we look at the medium. It does things with gaming that are usually reserved for novels and films, while also adding elements that would be impossible in any other form. It’s is a game that makes you think about your own life as much as it does about gaming.
  3. I was initially pretty skeptical about Braid, and it took me some time to get past the game's severe melancholy. I eventually found the game's story and the way it plays against the gameplay to be academically interesting, and the game's final payoff is terrific, but it's the ingenuity of the mechanics that makes Braid so engaging.
  4. One of the most innovative games in years, of the highest quality and unique nature, Braid is a game you can’t miss. Already a must have for PC and Xbox 360 users, Braid deserves a space on your Playstation 3 hard drive.
  5. Braid is a true masterpiece, something which will be regarded as a milestone in gaming not for any great technical feats but for the fact that it showed us that, even though not all games may comfortably fall under the classification, some can truly be regarded as art.
  6. Braid is the real deal: an innovative, creative, brilliant bit of near-solo games making that I can only hope is a sign of things to come.
  7. A moving story, serene visuals, and brilliant puzzles make Braid an adventure that you absolutely should experience.
  8. Sometimes touted as overestimated, Braid hasn't aged at all. It is such a recommendable game for PlayStation 3 users as it was for the others systems at the time, and hasn't lost its freshness and originality.
  9. 93
    A brilliant title. [Issue#188, p.87]
  10. Complex and beautiful, one of the best puzzle games of all time. [Feb 2010, p.84]
  11. It's equally confusing and brilliant. [Feb 2010, p.106]
  12. Braid is a rare gem in the gaming world. It combines a wonderful audiovisual presentation, a philosophical story and ingenious puzzle gameplay into a brilliant gaming experience. If one game would deserve it to be called art, Braid would be that one game.
  13. Braid is a fantastic gaming experience that PS3 owners have missed out of for far too long. It's depth is only surpassed by the engaging puzzles.
  14. One of the most original puzzle platformers in years, Braid is an engrossing experience from start to finish.
  15. 88
    Braid has turned out a fine game, going for the puzzling aspect more than the platforming. Manipulating time creates a never-before-seen experience and the unique audio-visual style adds to that. Take into consideration that no hints are provided and that some levels are real brain-breakers, making this a game for the patient puzzler.
  16. Braid is a great game that will force you to flex your mental muscle; in a way, it’s similar to something like echochrome, simply because you have to “bend” your mind into a certain shape before you can fully comprehend the skewed setting and premise.
  17. 87
    Braid is a Xbox 360 game that has found its way to the European PlayStation 3 gamers. It’s a little bit too late, but it is still a game that you have to play. It’s got a challenging gameplay set-up and is at the same time exciting, funny and addictive. A very good platform game with time elements and great puzzles.
  18. 85
    Despite the short length and somewhat limited replay value, Braid's artistic vision and intelligent design is more than enough reason to download the game right away. Jonathan Blow's notoriety in the indie landscape is well deserved.
  19. Despite the occasionally high frustration levels of Braid, the game is cleverly designed and often very rewarding.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 149 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    Slightly gimmicky. Graphics aren't very good. I thought this was a flash game I played for free 4 years ago. I wouldn't pay money for this. As far as puzzlers or platformers I've played games that are more focused and more challenging than this. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    A fantastic 2D platform puzzle game that is quite unique. The puzzles are by far the best part of the game. Very challenging at times but not insurmountable. I found them to be intelligently thought through with some lateral and creative thinking required. I understand that for some people these kinds of challenges are simply not enjoyable. If that's you, then you should pass on this game. The artsy style and approach are merely an added bonus but make the game an enjoyable and quirky place to spend your time. As other reviewers have pointed out, it is a little short. I do not believe that this detracts from the value for money the game provides but instead shows its ability to leave you wanting more, much like Portal. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2013
    Braid is a masterpiece with ingenious gameplay mechanics and puzzles. If you are looking for a game that will challenge your mind, then look no further. This is one of the most brutal thinking games ever made. Thankfully, the rest of the game is top notch as well. Every part of the game fits together wonderfully to create an amazingly poetic experience. The controls are precise and intentional...and the puzzles are some of the most tough, original and creative mind benders I've ever experienced. What really exemplifies the experience is the satisfaction you feel when everything finally clicks in your brain and you conquer the puzzle. The game's pace is also excellent with a gradual incline of difficulty with absolutely no filler. The puzzles range from very easy to very difficult. The great selection of music also really adds to the experience. The classical pieces really help to soothe your brain as you attempt to conquer each one. Braid's difficulty and sense of achievement is akin to Dark Souls in the fact that you will feel strong camaraderie, pride and empathy to others who have experienced the journey of Braid. Braid isn't simply a game that can be explained in words, it's a journey that must be taken. Only then, can one understand the sense of joy and satisfaction one gets from this game. I'll admit I was very skeptical to this game. On the surface, it looked like a cheap knockoff of Mario. I was so skeptical that I actually only played it recently after reading negative comments towards the game's creator in a gaming article. I was intrigued by the controversial nature surrounding the game and its creator. Some were hailing it as one of the best games ever while bashing the game's creator. I decided I wanted to get some perspective on this issue and checked out some interviews of Johnathan Blow and the movie Indie Game: The Movie. The movie shed light on the difficulty, time and stress involved to create these games. I finally decided to check out Braid to see what the big deal was. Little did I know I was in for a big surprise that would change my whole attitude about Braid and its creator. Full Review »