Mario + Prince of Persia = meh

User Rating: 6.5 | Braid X360
The art style is nice, though it seems broken when it comes to the main character. The audio is unobtrusive but well done generally. The story is refreshingly different but ultimately the Undergraduate English Major equivalent of a high-school love poem. The gameplay is fairly tight for a 2d platformer with some interesting puzzles but I couldn't help being very disappointed by it's lack of any real innovation.

And I guess that's what gets me most. I read several respected sources touting the game as innovative and beautiful and see very little of either. Instead of the wondrous work of art I expected, I was greeted with flashbacks of Commander Keen. The use of enemies as trampolines was neat... the first time. Some of the puzzles were clever and actually enjoyable. The rest of the gameplay however was a grave disappointment. Add an extra 1 - 1.5 points if you actually Like Mario games... I do not.