Braid is a puzzle-platformer, drawn in a painterly style, where you can manipulate 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.
I don't give out very many 10/10 scores but this is one of the most well thought out, and most beautiful puzzle games that I have ever played. The challenges ramp up in difficulty at a nice steady pace, some of which become mind boggling. In fact, there was one in particular that, if I had not cheated and watched a video on youtube, I never would have beat the game. But along with that challenge comes the immense satisfaction when you finally figure out how to complete the puzzle. And the beautiful art style and music keep you entertained even when the puzzle makes you want to pull your hair out. Add in a somewhat cryptic story and some subtle (and not so subtle) references to pop culture, and you have a recipe for a great game. If for some reason you haven't already played Braid, buy it.
Highest Rated (9 agree) 10/10
It would be very difficult to adequately put into words how much I enjoyed Braid. It has, without a doubt, left a lasting impact on what I expect from indie games, raising my expectations to a level that only a handful of other games can possibly complete with. In terms of gameplay, Braid is original, refreshing and clever to the point where I was stuck for a good half hour in places and, I am ashamed to say, had to resort to a guide to finish certain levels. Some of the puzzles are fiendishly difficult…
Dec 23 2010 by Quogu