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36 Great Games Like Braid

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Braid and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Braid is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Switch or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/08/2008

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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)

Costs: Purchase cost

33 Hand Picked Video Games Like Braid

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Braid. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Braid, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

It Takes Two

Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly trap the clashing-couple in them. You and a friend...

Fez

Release Date: 13/04/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and iOS

Fez is a dimension based puzzle game where you, as a small character called Gomez, can rotate between four 2D views of the 3D world (as four sides around a cube-like space). This sounds confusing but actually develops into a mind-stretching and...

The Witness

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

Old Man's Journey

Release Date: 17/05/2017

Platforms: Android, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.

Celeste

Release Date: 23/01/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

This is a platform game that requires players to use jumping and climbing moves to ascend an increasingly challenging two-dimensional mountain. You play Madeline, who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, haunted by self-doubt at the task in hand. She presses on...

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Series)

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you...

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

Portal (Series)

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...

Superliminal

Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Superliminal is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size has changed. This enables you to progress through areas...

A Fold Apart

Release Date: 11/04/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

A Fold Apart is a puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance...

Psychonauts 2 (Series)

Release Date: 25/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Psychonauts 2 is a running, jumping and puzzle solving game where you play Raz who has psychic abilities that let him delve into the minds of others. In the game, you control Raz as he enters their mental worlds and uses other Psi-Powers (telekinesis,...

Baba is You

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

All Of You

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and iOS

All of You is a platform game where you can pause time and control the levels rather than the character. By rearranging the timing, order and orientation of the world you play in you can help the mother hen get her chicks back.

Kine

Release Date: 19/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Kine is a 3D puzzle game where you control three robot instruments: Roo, the accordion; Quat, the drum; and Euler, the trombone. To help them become a band, you solve puzzles that involve their different abilities in various ways.

Scribblenauts (Series)

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...

Temple of Sun and Moon (Dreams)

Release Date: 31/08/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Temple of Sun and Moon is a running and jumping game with a puzzle element. This is set in an ancient temple dedicated to the gods of the sun and the moon. Collect 25 coins to complete the game, however some coins are easier to get to than others, and...

Arise: A Simple Story

Release Date: 03/12/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Arise: A Simple Story is a narrative game about an old man living in a pre-agricultural tribe. He has just been cremated and as get travels to the next life, begins a pilgrimage of revisiting memories of his life.

Wunderling

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.

Reventure

Release Date: 04/06/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Reventure is a running, jumping and flying game. Or, that's what it looks like. In fact, it's a game about discovering ways to die. The goal isn't the usual rescue the princess. Instead, you're on a scavenger hunt to discover the 100 different ways to die.

Sir Lovelot

Release Date: 03/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Sir Lovelot is a running and jumping game where you play as a knight and travel room to room through a pixel fantasy world. You climb and swing, and jump across platforms, defeating monsters and saving princesses. Along with the retro visuals, Sir...

Cinco Paus

Release Date: 25/12/2017, updated in 2021

Platforms: iOS

Cinco Paus is a puzzle game where you try and get through 5 rooms picking up treasure as you go. What makes it unusual are the magic wands that help you do this. What appears to be a maze game turns out to be a challenge to discover the effects of each...

A Puzzle in Time (Dreams)

Release Date: 12/02/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

A Puzzle in Time is a puzzle game set in a laboratory. Your task is to escape the room and prove time travel is possible by solving puzzles set over four different years. Inspired by games like Portal and The Witness this short but challenging game has...

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Release Date: 23/10/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a running and jumping game where you can switch between two forms, and with that, two versions of the world. Each form has different platforming abilities so you need to juggle the two to complete levels and find every...

Mutant Mudds

Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...

Ten People Ten Colors

Release Date: 09/09/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Ten People Ten Colors is a puzzle game where you help walking figures get to the exit. It's unusual because you can only control the level's background colour. Using the colour wheel you can match the background to foreground elements, which makes them...

Timelie

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game played in a surreal world where a girl and a mysterious cat work together to escape a series of rooms patrolled by enemy robots. The novelty is that you can control and rewind time to help you solve each puzzle. This not...

YesterMorrow

Release Date: 05/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

YesterMorrow is running, jumping, climbing and collecting game where you play Yui, whose world has been destroyed and family kidnapped. To save them you journey through the four islands, forest, desert, ice, and clockwork, to collect "everlight" and...

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...

Filemechanism

Release Date: 15/12/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Filemechanism is a running and jumping puzzle game where you can take snapshots of the game with a camera that enables you to go back to that moment when you need to. This time-travel mechanism makes this an unusual puzzle as the game uses time to...

No Time to Explain

Release Date: 17/06/2015

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Wii U and Xbox One

No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.

One Person Story

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and close doors,...

Temporal Fuse (Dreams)

Release Date: 20/04/2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Temporal Fuse is a puzzle game where you explore a building to defuse bombs. You only have 30 seconds, but time only proceeds when you move. This forces you to think carefully about each step and interaction. You will die, but each time you have learned...

World Splitter

Release Date: 21/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

World Splitter is a platform puzzle game with a dual dimension challenge. In each level, you need to collect a series of characters and get to the exit. Sounds familiar, but adds a unique dimensional line that gives you access to two different versions...

3 Video Games Like Braid Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Braid. This includes games from the Platform and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

12 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Braid

If you like the sound of Braid but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Braid Accessibility Report.
 

Braid is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Braid in the following lists:

Independent Games Festival Awards

Independent Games Festival (IGF) was founded in 1998 to promote independent video game developers, and innovation in video games. It cultivates innovation and artistry in all forms of interactive media. This aims to uncover how games are rich, diverse, artistic, and culturally significant.

It chooses games in a series of categories: Grand Prize, Innovation, Visual Art, Audio, Design, Technical Excellence, Best Mobile Game and Audience Award. This list highlights the games that were nominated and/or won.
 

Be The Villain

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Great Single Developer Games

Video games are complicated. The era of a lone developer making a hit game in their bedrooms is long gone. Or is it? We have found a swath of amazing games that have been driven into existence by just one person.

These games often stand out because of their singular vision and focused scope. Although, as the discussion surrounding this list has uncovered, almost all games have some contribution from other people. Coding, designing, creating art, writing music, recording dialogue.

Still, these are games where there has been a single driving force (auteur) willing their creation into existence. This list aims to highlight these games not to hold up the ideal of solo development (which can lead to unhealthy work-life balance) but to uncover this deep pool of fascinating games with a singular vision.

As Lewis Procter tweeted, it's exciting to realise that "you can make a game without needing permission or support from a big company, and many great tools are readily available." But, as he continued, in reality "games are almost always at some level a collaborative effort."

The games we are including here are those that were created by a single person. Sometimes this is in a final form, sometimes a single developers vision was released and has subsequent versions that expands this with more people. This is our thank-you to all these tireless individuals who have created something singular and pure that we now enjoy.
 

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.

In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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