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Braid Review

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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story about relationships and forgiveness.

This gameplay mechanic evolves over the different levels to mind-bending extremes. It's the sort of challenge that is frustrating until you solve it, but then really satisfying.

The time travel game-play is integrated into its story. You play a man searching for a princess, with whom his relationship has become fractured and complex through things he has done and regrets.

As you complete the six worlds you complete paintings that allude to the overarching story. While the game doesn't neatly resolve on any particular topic, it's an allegory that touches on themes of forgiveness, desire, and frustration. "What if you could learn from your mistakes and undo the consequences?" it asks.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete. Because of the puzzling nature of the game, it's possible to get stuck at times and this requires more time to complete the game -- or possibly to consult a guide.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Braid usually costs £6.79 to £7.99.
 

Braid

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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