Braid Review: Void

Braid is completely devoid of any remarkableness lacking any purpose compared to the plethora of other Xbox Live Arcade games. Instead, it presents an unmovable inspiration and innovation to games. Braid offers so much more than any other Live game has to offer. This offbeat puzzle-platform adventure really makes your brain feel like it just ran a mile. You play as Tim, dressed in a black suit and red tie who is off to search for the Princess, abducted by a horrible creature. The story, is told in books that unfold in such a way that you are left with the feeling you played something truly unique.

Braid takes place in fairy tale worlds, each one playing in a unique fascinating and challenging fashion. At first glance Braid may seem like your standard platformer game, but much like the story it evolves into something truly masterful. Thanks to Tim’s “gift” the power to rewind time with the X button, the simple platformer game is cunningly transformed into a game that truly is not afraid to test the player’s wit and determination. Each of the different worlds features a different variation of Tim’s time warping ability. This comes in handy when faced with the many different dangers in Tim’s journey to save his princess. Though many of the solutions to each puzzle piece can really aggravate your brain, the self-gratification of completing the game and seeing the outcome of Tim’s tale is a great experience. In respect of Braid’s puzzle-platforming design, we have been asked not to say anymore regarding this title at this point.

The only real downsides to Braid come in only two forms. First, being the length completing the full game will only take a few hours, and even less if you choose to ignore some of the harder puzzles. Second has to do with the fact that this is the most expensive Xbox Live Arcade at $15 MSRP, each of which can be accounted for with gameplay, but still a steep price. Braid does a lot of things right. But most of all it does enough to exceed expectations and offers an engrossing, unique, masterful gaming experience that should not be missed.

David Jeffers is a former writer for WhatIfGaming and one of the most prominent writers you will find out there. He loves anime, and everything video games and loves chances to discover new and interesting worlds in the interactivity from the games we play today, given that the game does a good job of doing that of course.

39 Comments

  1. Dude David. This is an amazing review. thanks. first paragraph made me go wah!??!? lol! 😀

  2. Great review

  3. fun

  4. Bravo and must buy

  5. thx

  6. REALLy cool review. major fan

  7. 😀

  8. Another home run for david j. from WiG

  9. Nice man

  10. was curious about this. Seemed like pure hype. But definite buy now

  11. thanks again

  12. Sweeeet!

  13. BRAID IT IS : D

  14. Love the reviews David. Keep them coming

  15. Are you also doing Too Human or is Usman doing that? Excited on a review for that. I want Too human bad.

  16. W00t.

  17. More more more

  18. MOREEEE

  19. Awesome 😀

  20. Sweet rev

  21. I thought it had it’s flaws too. THANK YOU for being the ONLY reviewer to notice that.

  22. Good review

  23. Ace +

  24. As for more, yeah. Give more reviews to us David 😀

  25. I like his style, but I definitely know Too Human is either going to be Usman/Tyler and Rich, or David and Rich or Tyler and Rich. One or the other

  26. Profiles for the fuc#ing win. Omg

  27. Love WhatIfGAMING as ALWAYS

  28. Would love to see more reviews on XBLA. Some titles in particular I mean. Really iffy about Geo wars 2!

  29. Thanks again David.

  30. :)

  31. Sweet reviews

  32. Keep them coming

  33. Much love

  34. To all I mean 😀

  35. I definitely concur.

  36. Really amazing review David

  37. braid is #8 greatest xbox360 game according to metacritic apparently not bad for a xbla game lol

  38. Don’t do it!

  39. Glad to see the game appreciated for it also deeply moved me with it’s abstract story. Even though I find it pretty unsettling in the complete ending (in a good, deep way). Thanks for giving it your time and mentality. I found for the extra $5 it was far more worthy than any $60 game I’ve bought in the last few years. Next I want pure fun though… Left 4 Dead here I come.

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