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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Braid (2008) is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story about relationships and forgiveness.

This gameplay mechanic evolves over the different levels to mind-bending extremes. It's the sort of challenge that is frustrating until you solve it, but then really satisfying.

The time travel game-play is integrated into its story. You play a man searching for a princess, with whom his relationship has become fractured and complex through things he has done and regrets.

As you complete the six worlds you complete paintings that allude to the overarching story. While the game doesn't neatly resolve on any particular topic, it's an allegory that touches on themes of forgiveness, desire, and frustration. "What if you could learn from your mistakes and undo the consequences?" it asks.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Braid 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Platform game with Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete. Because of the puzzling nature of the game, it's possible to get stuck at times and this requires more time to complete the game -- or possibly to consult a guide.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.

CostsCosts

Braid usually costs £0 to £17.99. 

Braid

XBox Store Xbox One £6.75
Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
App Store iOS £9.99

Braid, Anniversary Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £14.99
XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
Android Store Android Free
App Store iOS Free Free

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This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/08/2008, updated in 2024

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS5, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Narrative

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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