Second of my blog posts promoting independent games is here and today we are doing some serious time alterations!
Huge budget platformers are a dying breed, but they were once flagships of gaming industry swimming in a sea of originality and amazing artworks (Another World, Oddworld - to name a few). Fortunately indie scene is still producing great platformers. It is the perfect genre for indie studios as it is "relatively" easy on resources and can achieve quite a success. Braid is one of those who have hit a jackpot.
First thing you will notice is the visual presentation. Braid is a work of art. If you have ever heard "painting in motion", this is one of the best examples. It is just pure hand drawn beauty. I am really amazed by the skill of its creator. Moreover this visual treat is served with the perfect soundtrack. It has classical feel about it which suits the artwork.
Braid is a puzzle platformer. It has a story, but it plays a minor role, because Braid is all about gameplay. The platforming part is pretty easy, there are no frustrating "features" like pixel precision jumps (oh, those were the days! ^^). The challenge is in puzzle elements.
In each level you are to get a few jigsaw puzzle pieces and walk/jump your way to the end. Finishing the level is pretty easy, but getting those puzzle pieces can be really hard.
Main gameplay element of Braid is time alteration and different stages are using different methods to achieve it. For example you are able to create your copy by going backwards in time and seeing yourself do the things you have already done. Some of the levels are based on the cooperation between you and "you". Others are using your movement for the control of time, when you go right (left) it is moving forward (backward). Or using a ring, which creates a "slow time" bubble. There are many ways time alteration is presented to you and clever level design is making them shine.
Some of the puzzles are really hard and if you can figure it out without a walkthrough, I tip my hat to you. Because I hate walkthroughs, I have not finished the game yet (although I have it for quite a few months ^^). Still I am getting closer at a steady pace.
Braid is a unique experience that will test your brain and feed your eyes with beauty. Google for the demo and enjoy! The full version is available on steam or sites like playgreenhouse.com for 15$ (for win and mac).
See you in the past! Or future!