Developer: Hothead Games
Release Date: November 12th, 2009
What I liked:
- The art style in the game is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The backgrounds look like they are moving impressionistic paintings.
- The game’s musics fits in prefectly with the art style.
- Speed runs with leaderboard support add replayability.
- The puzzles will really make you think… or go running to Gamefaqs.
What I disliked:
- The lack of tutorial or any real explanation of your characters abilities.
- There is no quick way to restart a stage.
- The game is a little on the short side.
I never thought I would have the opportunity to play this game. I don’t own a 360 and I don’t play games on my PC. I was more than delighted when I saw that Braid was coming to the PS3. For many this was the downloadable game of the year for 2008. I, for one, can now see why.
This game immediately catches you with its visual style. The lack of a jarring title screen might have to do with this. You could actually go through this entire game without looking at a menu. While the visuals are beautiful, the music is just as appealing. Whether it is a harp playing or some strings, it totally fits the look and feel of the level. As you progress through the worlds you will have a different ability to use, but you will never have all the abilities at your disposal. This gives each one a uniqueness that I was not expecting.
I went into the game cold, not knowing anything about the story. I wasn’t taken aback by it, nor was I disappointed. It comes off as arrogant to me for some reason, it must be the wording. There is a twist in the story so I won’t say anything more. The game also seems a little short for the $14.99 you are paying. But I do believe that it is still worth that after finishing the game, I only wish there was a little more.
The only reason I would not recommend this game to someone is if they already own it on 360 or PC. Once you know all the puzzles there is no real reason to play it again, unless you like to do speed runs. So if you don’t have a PC to game on or a 360, spend the cash and check this game out. I don’t think you will regret it.