Braid Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy 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 who 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Narrative and Platform.

 

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

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

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 12+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times.

Assistance

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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