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 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.
Downloadable content is effectively changing the gaming industry. Because developers can now upload their games directly to an online store like Xbox Live Marketplace or PSN, small, obscure games can bypass the bargain bins at Gamestop and actually get some attention. Braid is one of the first games to make me yell “Thank God for downloadable games!!” If it wasn’t for XBL, this avante garde, literary mind-trip of a game would never have been made. At its core, Braid is a simple, 2-D platformer. You play as Tim who is off in search of his Princess. To find her you must find puzzle pieces located in each of the main worlds. After collecting the pieces, you can put together portraits that not only reveal abstract images of Tim’s life, but unlock the final level.... Read Review