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  • Summary: Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where the player manipulates the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affectBraid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where the player manipulates the flow of time in strange and unusual ways. From a house in the city, journey to a series of worlds and solve puzzles to rescue an abducted princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, and it is time's strangeness that creates the puzzles. The time behaviors include: the ability to rewind, objects that are immune to being rewound, time that is tied to space, parallel realities, time dilation, and perhaps more. 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. Braid is a 2-D platform game where you can never die and never lose. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    100
    An unforgettable game experience that brings a set of various fantastic puzzles. Braid experiments with storytelling and playability itself succeeds on all fronts. [May 2009]
  2. Gentlemen, I think we’re looking at a masterpiece, in the same sense in which Portal is one too. A cerebral and pleasant experience, never frustrating without proper reward, never dull or monotonous.
  3. Manipulating time was never so challenging as in this masterpiece from Number None. Braid is a little gem carved in pure perfect gameplay, is so addictive that keeps you playing hour after hour. There aren't big flaws in this game, but Braid is a little bit short.
  4. PC Zone UK
    90
    Genuinely clever stuff. [July 2009, p.64]
  5. 360 gamers were frothing at the mouth for good reason: it’s an instant indie classic.
  6. 88
    In an age when many games feel like clones of one another or are designed to be easy to beat, Braid sticks to its guns and delivers a rewarding and memorable experience that's definitely worth checking out. It's like an invigorating breath of fresh air, and proof that a handful of independent developers can create games that raise the bar for others.
  7. It doesn’t just copy a certain plumber’s early adventures verbatim like so many before it – some of them excellent in their own right – did, but seeks to plant the seeds of growth that the genre has lacked for so many years in showing that, by imprinting its own identity on a well weathered template, incredible things can happen.

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 160
  1. Rileym
    Dec 17, 2009
    10
    This game is stunning, it creates challenges that out wit & out smart games such as portal. it creates challenges that are actually beautiful This game is stunning, it creates challenges that out wit & out smart games such as portal. it creates challenges that are actually beautiful (yep that's how i describe them, beautiful) and only few particular deranged people with no lives *cough* Fred X *cough* Seamus B *cough* don't understand or enjoy Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    If you like puzzle games, bright and simple, but with a twist "strange", this is it. It has a very good visual appeal, some of the mostIf you like puzzle games, bright and simple, but with a twist "strange", this is it. It has a very good visual appeal, some of the most difficult puzzles and interesting. With a striking and unusual history, different branches throughout the game. This is one of the few games that handles well the mechanics of the powers of time in an effective and fun. It's a great game, including achievements and Steam Cloud support (So you saved games remaining in the account). Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    10
    The game that started the Indie industry!
    This game is beautiful, it is a simple aesthetic for a 2D game but everything in it feels detailed,
    The game that started the Indie industry!
    This game is beautiful, it is a simple aesthetic for a 2D game but everything in it feels detailed, like a painting. The music of this game is amazing, and even if you hear it for a long time, it won't make you tired of it.
    It has so many creative puzzles, the difficulty is progressively building up to the later stages that will make you stop and think for a very long time. There are so many creative ways to mess with time.... Time in this game is EVERYTHING, from the story to the puzzles and items and everything else.
    Amazing!!!
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  4. Sep 24, 2010
    9
    A great game, plays without a single flaw. Why give it 9 then? Well it has not got a great story, and can get a bit confusing on your firstA great game, plays without a single flaw. Why give it 9 then? Well it has not got a great story, and can get a bit confusing on your first play through. It has great replay value, takes away all of the annoying niggles that are present in a lot of platformers and is practically just pure fun! Expand
  5. May 10, 2021
    9
    This game is a piece of art. The soundtrack, the background, the different levels of difficulty, everything is well tuned to achieve a reallyThis game is a piece of art. The soundtrack, the background, the different levels of difficulty, everything is well tuned to achieve a really original game with the seal of Jonathan Blow Expand
  6. Dec 24, 2013
    8
    In an age when many games feel like clones of one another or are designed to be easy to beat, Braid sticks to its guns and delivers aIn an age when many games feel like clones of one another or are designed to be easy to beat, Braid sticks to its guns and delivers a rewarding and memorable experience that's definitely worth checking out. It's like an invigorating breath of fresh air, and proof that a handful of independent developers can create games that raise the bar for others. Expand
  7. Jul 31, 2016
    0
    This game is just crap. Braid is the most overrated 'indie' game of all time. Cheap story, just like Mario Bros story trying to save princessThis game is just crap. Braid is the most overrated 'indie' game of all time. Cheap story, just like Mario Bros story trying to save princess inside a castle. LOL Expand

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