E3 2008: Braid Impressions

We got tangled up in this creative puzzle game for Xbox Live Arcade.

Few games on display at E3 2008 will win awards; one game already has. Braid won the Game Innovation award at the 2006 Independent Games Festival, and it looked ready to win some more when we saw it on display. Developed by Jonathan Blow, Braid is a quirky side-scrolling puzzle game starring an uncanny protagonist who is using his time-control abilities to correct an error he made in the past and presumably rescue his girlfriend, owner of the eponymous braid.

The first thing you'll notice when you see Braid is the quality of the visuals; this game is like a playable watercolor painting. The environments swim with luscious color and rippling light, creating a wonderfully imaginative setting. We saw the protagonist, a creepy, eager-looking little fellow, engage in several normal activities; he ran and jumped on enemy heads, and he road on clouds belched from the mouth of a cannon. But one thing we never saw him do was die. That's because there's no death in Braid; if you die you simply rewind time until you're alive again.

But that doesn't mean Braid will be easy, no. True to its name, it will be woven out of extremely complex puzzles that will push your thumbs and your brain to their limits. This game will be completely dedicated to making you think and will challenge the limits of puzzle convention. If you're looking for instant gratification, Braid will probably not satisfy any crack-rat, headshot twitch urges. But if you want a game to beat and galvanize your brain, Braid may be just the thing when it hits Xbox Live Arcade this summer.

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28 comments
toadman682000
toadman682000

Epic game, one of the best ending twists of all time.

dreamie99
dreamie99

I really hate old school games.

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aygol
aygol

One of the best games of all time.

Seaweedopm
Seaweedopm

When I had first taken a peek at the screenshots I thought I'd never touch it. In the XBLM this game Braid looked cool from the name so I'd try it and was immediately pissed... it was that dumb game. Well I played for a sec and was like, wtf... this is weird. Not at all what I thought. I haven't purchased it but you really can not get a feel of what this game offers without playing the trial.

tyzwain
tyzwain

Looks promising, but won an award in 2006? Thats kinda old...

leofiregod
leofiregod

this looks like something my grandmother would like :lol:

shinian
shinian

On the stage demo it looked ok. Nothing more or less. Personaly I think it will be a waste of MS points.

ognen
ognen

I was interested for this game from the first day I've heard of it. It should be cool.

gmax
gmax

Sounds interesting. Maybe have to take a look at a demo...

flarisek
flarisek

'Rode' on clouds, not "road"

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

This game looked awesome on the live stage show, I want to try it.

polsci1503
polsci1503

from what I've seen so far, gamers are really going to like this one.

grambyte
grambyte

Can't wait to check this out myself. Don't mind a challenge every now and then.

mariohughes87
mariohughes87

looks like a promising quirky platformer. Love the art style and the time manipulation