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Braid is a puzzle game disguised as a 2D platformer. The player controls Tim during his search for a princess he has known and lost. Although the objective appears to be rather straightforward at first, the meaning and the motives become much more implicit and are interwoven with the mechanics during the course of the game. From the main hub, Tim can eventually access six worlds that consist of different areas. The start of each world reveals a part of Tim's background and emotions, rather than progressing a storyline. The second to the sixth world can be entirely explored without solving all the puzzles. Difficult situations can be ignored and revisited later. When all worlds have been completed, the first one becomes available and brings closure to the story.

The game's concept is entirely based on time manipulation. Tim cannot die permanently as the player can rewind time at any moment and usually for any length, even all the way back when an area was entered. While rewinding, the music is synchronized in a similar fashion. Rather than a gimmick, rewinding is an essential element to solve the puzzles. The different worlds give a spin to the mechanic by introducing clones as the player collaborates in a parallel reality with a past version of himself, time can be affected through the movement direction, and Tim can create a circular area to cause time dilation. Certain items, enemies, and parts of the scenery are immune to time manipulation or behave in a very different way. Puzzles require close examination of the environment and the behavior of different items and enemies. As such, the game is entirely about solving the puzzle theoretically by applying the game mechanics and then using trial and error to executive it and discover possible flaws in the proposed logic. This also brings limited replayability to the game.

A world is solved by collecting the puzzle pieces. These need to be arranged and eventually show a picture related to the game's story. There is no filler in the level design, meaning that every platform, item, or game element (except for a few enemies) has a specific purpose to solve a puzzle. Fast times can be tracked in a separate speedrun mode.

The later released Windows and Macintosh versions are identical but come with a level editor.


Braid Xbox 360 Tim's house is the hub to each of the worlds.
Braid Xbox 360 You can also fast-forward up to the point you started to rewind.
Braid Xbox 360 A reference to Donkey Kong.
Braid Xbox 360 Your basic power is the ability to rewind time.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ブレイド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Easy to play, hard to get Sciere (833205) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gaming since 198x Jan 09, 2009 5 out of 5 100
Giant Bomb Nov 25, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Defunct Games Aug 08, 2008 96 out of 100 96
GameSpot Aug 08, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Planet Xbox 360 Aug 21, 2008 9.3 out of 10 93
MS Xbox World Aug 24, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Vortex Aug, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Thunderbolt Games Aug 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Avid Gamer Sep 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Totally Gaming Network Aug 12, 2008 9 out of 10 90


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Recommended literature 10 Sciere (833205)
Sep 07, 2008


1001 Video Games

Braid appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Developer Jonathan Blow said he invested about $180,000 of his own money in a three year period to create the game.


In an interview with the website Joystiq on 25th September 2008 Jonathan Blow cites the musical influences that initially lived in the same emotional neighborhood as Braid: the album Horse Stories by Dirty Three, the music of Lisa Gerrard, and the soundtrack to Dead Man by Neil Young.


Many of Braid's levels appear to draw their names from various cultural sources: level 3.2 -- There and Back Again -- is from fictitious hobbit Bilbo Baggins' autobiographical account of his adventures in author J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, while level 3.4 -- The Ground Beneath Her Feet -- is named either after a book of the same name by author Salman Rushdie or the U2 song also inspired by the book. Level 3.6 -- Irreversible -- suspiciously shares a title with a French film told employing an unorthodox time flow, while levels 4.2 -- Jumpman -- and 6.6 -- Elevator Action -- are names of video games. (Level 6.7 -- In Another Castle -- is one of many nods this game plays to the great granddaddy of the platform genre, Super Mario Bros.)


  • GameShark
    • 2009 - Best Xbox Live Arcade Game
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – XBLA Game of the Year
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Overall Best Puzzle Game
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Puzzle Game
    • 2009 - Best PC Puzzle Game
Information also contributed by Big John WV and Sciere

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