Information and Screenshots

People have been asking for more information about the game. So here’s a list of some of the most frequently-asked questions, along with answers.

What kind of game is Braid?

It’s a 2D puzzle platformer — a game in the mold of Super Mario Bros, but that is more about problem-solving and less about making tricky jumps. In this game, you do strange things to control the flow of time, and that helps you solve the puzzles. The story and setting are somewhat postmodern.

Can I see some screenshots?

Okay, here are some screenshots. Keep in mind that these contain some unfinished elements, but they give you a general feel for what the game will be like. All these shots are from World 2 — each game will have its own distinctive look, and we will post shots from other worlds as they become more complete.

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When is the release date? For what platforms?

We don’t know exactly when the game will be done, but the current target is “sometime in the first quarter of 2007”. The game is currently being developed for PCs running Windows, but ports to other operating systems and to game consoles are always being considered. In fact, depending on how publisher talks go, the initial launch platform could end up being a console. You just never know.

How much will the game cost?

This is not firmly decided, and probably won’t be for a while. If the launch platform is the PC, and the game is not being delivered over any specific download service, then the price is likely to be $20. If the platform is Xbox Live Arcade, Steam or something else like that, the price will be different (possibly less than $20).

Will there be a demo?

Yes, there will be a demo available on release day. It won’t be one of those time-locked demos that you see for a lot of indie and casual games (e.g. play for an hour then it stops the game). It will let you play for as long as you want to, but the demo will only contain some of the worlds and puzzles from the final game. (This will also help make the demo download smaller).

Can I beta test?

Sometime soon (perhaps around the end of January) we’ll start looking for a new round of beta testers. When that time comes, we will post an announcement on this site.

Who are the developers?

Design, programming and production tasks are done by Jonathan Blow. David Hellman does the world art and other cool visual materials like the Slamdance flier. Edmund McMillen does the character animations. A number of people, while not developers on the game, have helped out in various ways, like early playtesting, critique, and so on. You’ll see who they are in the credits.

Is the game expandable?

Shortly after the initial release, we hope to make the level editor available, so that players can make and distribute their own levels. Even though the game isn’t tile-based, we’ve designed the world art so that it’s modular and can be put together to make all kinds of new things.

15 thoughts on “Information and Screenshots”

  1. “Postmodern”? Uh-oh, you guys are pretentious, aren’t you?

    Cool looking game. At the very least I’ll be sure to check out the demo.

  2. Well, the “postmodern” part actually describes some specific aspects of the way the fiction is set up, that make it different from other fiction. So it’s not pretentious really.

    We’ll be sure to post updates when the demo is available!

  3. The art work looks beautiful from these screen shots, and the philosophical overtones you’re suggesting, considering Braid’s time-based storyline, sounds intriguing. The background looks like something from the impressionist period, verging on modernism in places. Unfortunately I’ll be travelling around the end of January, and returning in early March, but I’d still like to beta-test.

  4. The game is looking great. I had the opportunity to judge it in the IGF 2006 competition and loved the gameplay. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the final version’s release.

  5. Yes, well… as often happens in game development, the game was delayed. Mainly just to make sure it is high quality, but also for platform reasons (since we made that announcement, we signed with Xbox Live Arcade as the initial release platform, and making the game run well there takes some time). The current release date is, hopefully, 2-3 months from now.

  6. The presentation of your game is awesome, and the game mechanics is simply genius. However, I’m not buying it because I happen to hate puzzle games. They’re just so frustrating 🙁 I hope you do something different next time, and I hope that Braid will be successful enough for you to continue game development.

    Do you plan to release the game also on Playstation Network and/or Wiiware?

  7. Will Braid soon be published for another platform like PC/Windows Vista? Please please! I have no Xbox and will never ever have one but I think it would be a crime to not let the others play Braid. 🙂

  8. Just another vote for a Linux release. I haven’t run Windows in years and I’d love to see another native linux game–especially one so cool! If you need help with the port, I volunteer. I’m pretty good on Linux. Resume upon request;)

    Patrick

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