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.