Braid is a true statement of quality vs quantity. A great game that is over too fast.
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Cons: Extremely short, with little incentive to replay once completely finished; Music can get a bit grating with the constant time-manipulation
Support XBLA games like this. You can stop reading there and go purchase this game now. Although too short in the end, Braid never misses a beat otherwise from gameplay to art-style, even to plot.
Braid's basic plot harkens to the old Mario platformers, where you, Tim, must cross terrain to rescue the princess (the game even makes clever references to classic Mario games throughout). However, the story is mostly told through books that you read before each world. These books express on a much deeper emotional level the struggles of Tim and the princess and their relationship.
And then there's the ending which is absolutely incredible and one of the most masterful moments in storytelling in video games. In an XBLA game. The story also runs deeper if you care to analyze the ending, and suffice to say, you don't want to spoil this plot for yourself.
To get to the ending of course, you must traverse each level, collecting puzzle pieces along the way. However, make no mistakes, Braid is a puzzler, not a platformer. Besides normal platforming techniques, Tim has the ability to rewind time.
This may not sound like much (redo what you already did, big whoops. Prince of Persia did that), however, once you add in objects that aren't affected by rewinding time, and a new twist to each level (one level, for instance moves time forward by moving to the right, and backwards by moving to the left), the game becomes very tricky quickly.
Besides unique abilities for each level, the art style also changes a bit (one level for instance is bright and sunny, while another is snowy, and yet another has a darker twisted feeling), however, it remains consistently high quality. The characters and objects in the game have very simple designs with bold features and colors, while the backgrounds have more subtle effects that never distract you from your goal. In short, it works. The design comes together beautifully.
Music is a bit of a sketchier area, however. Make no mistakes, the music is pretty mild, and fits the tone of the game, but with the constant rewinding and fastforwarding, it can quickly get annoying. However, it's still a pretty mild point, and I can only honestly remember getting annoyed by it a few times.
However, the games biggest flaw is that it is short, even if you try and collect all the puzzle pieces. And seeing as it's a puzzle game, it also doesn't have much replayability once you know the solutions. Secret stars and a time-attack mode try to correct this flaw, but they don't do much to help it in the long run.
Luckily Braid is only $15, which eases this problem, and makes it easily recommendable to everyone who wants something new and unique. Please buy this game people, we need more games with this quality and care.