Linux version of Braid

There’s a Linux version of Braid now; it’s available in the Humble Indie Bundle 2. Pay whatever you want for 5 games that all run on Windows, MacOS and Linux; pay more than the average and get 10 games! A big chunk of the money goes to charity (and you can choose what goes where!)

There’s only one day left in this promotion, so if it sounds interesting, head on over to the Humble Indie Bundle 2

Thanks to Ryan C. Gordon for doing the Linux port!

56 thoughts on “Linux version of Braid”

  1. The linux version has trouble if you try to play with dual monitors. A nice fix that Puppy Games has done for Revenge of the Titans is allowing passing a width, height, and starting x and starting y location for fullscreen play. Any chance we can see this implemented?

  2. Congratulations on the Linux version!

    A friend gifted me the Humble Bundle 2 for Christmas! Just finished DLing Braid and it has been a joy to play!

    I want to upload a screenie and recommend this beautiful game to my friends. Though I need help with taking Braid screen caps. I just get a black screen whenever I try to hit PrintScreen on my keyboard. Help?

  3. Thanks a million for the Linux version! Just got it for Christmas from a friend 😀

    Also, you were right about the walkthroughs. I got stuck in two levels and checked for a hint and when I got it felt terribly stupid and rotten. In fact, I think I’ll have to stop playing Braid for a few days, to forget about that incident, because it’s gnawing on me all the time when I play XD

    Hereby I swear I will never check out walkthroughs and cheats anymore! Sometimes maybe after I finish it, just to see if there’s hidden jems — but even in that case only very rarely.

    Oh, before I forget: I heard a few people complain that on Linux with an older Intel graphic card, they cannot play Braid. It works for me on my Intel GM45, but it’s worth checking out!

  4. I always get a black screen after start Braid. There is no error message except “socket(): Address family not supported by protocol”. I have tried options: -windowed, -half, -no_post, -language, -no_music, -vsync with no positive result. After several seconds Braid exits.
    I have got a Nvidia FX 5700LE card with Nvidia binary drivers 173.14.28, xserver 1.7.7. I do not know what to do in order to play Braid.

  5. Awesome game…just got the HiB. Know what would make it even better? .deb/.rpm packages. Maybe once you start selling the Linux version on its own? I hope you look into the Ubuntu Software Center as an option, in addition to your existing distribution.

  6. Thanks a lot for the Linux version ! Works like a charm !

    You should *definitely* ask to include it in the Ubuntu Software Center and sell it outside of the bundle. (with a demo so that people check if their hardware supports it)

    It’s great. There are people, like me, who do not use Windows nor any other gaming system and who are delighted to pay for great indie games :)

  7. Thank you so much for porting it to Linux and including it in the Humble Bundle. I’d wanted to play it for a long time. My wife got me the HB#2 for Christmas, and I have only good things to say about Braid (although I’m ashamed to say that I cheated for two puzzle pieces, and wish I hadn’t).

  8. I bought my humble pack 2 and i’m VERY VERY happy to have. In fact, i bought it because the games are linux native. And i’m more happy to see the average linux user paid more for them than the windows user.

    Waiting for the next pack because i’ll get it with no doubt. Thanks!

  9. how can i change language under steam on a mac?
    it shows up a window and i type “-language tchinese” in optional parameters box

    but it is still english in the game!
    thanks

  10. After start braid I get only black screen with mouse pointer. There is no error message except “socket(): Address family not supported by protocol”. After several seconds braid exits. I have tried -windowed, -half, -no_post, -no_music, -fpsXX, -width, -height, -vsync options with no positive result.
    Debian testing.
    Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 173.14.28
    xserver xorg 1.7.7
    Do you have any ideas how to run braid?

  11. Humble Bundle, namely Braid for Linux, was perfect timing.

    It’s been a bit over two years since I first played Braid (first Xbox LIVE Arcade game I ever dropped money on) and was reminiscing just how much I missed the game.

    It came out of no where, filled its own magical universe, and ended. Thanks for it. I haven’t played a game on par since. More games need to let less be more by allowing our minds to simply wander in the space, wanting more.

  12. Have you tried installing the proprietary nVidia drivers? I think in Debian Squeeze you can use the ‘sgfxi’ tool for an automated install (otherwise you have to manually install the drivers, block the free drivers from loading, load the proprietary drivers module on boot, etc). After that, check if you have direct rendering with ‘glxinfo|grep direct’. On top of that, it may be that you have S3 texture compression (S3TC for short) disabled, you can use the ‘driconf’ utility to enable it, if I’m not mistaken.

    MrBogus, that is a network connection error, it could be due to an outdated client trying to connect to an IPv6 address, for instance, or a hundred other things. I have no idea why Braid gives it, since it shouldn’t be establishing any connection to any server at all, it should run perfectly off-line (and does so in my computer).

  13. Hello, it’s been a great fun playing Braid on Linux, thanks for porting this masterpiece! I have two technical questions. which tool did you use to make the Linux Braid installer? That was slick! And how did you fool the system to use the shared libraries you have sent with the game, instead of searching them at /usr/local/lib?

  14. I have a GeForce FX5700VE with the official nVidia drivers.

    The Braid Linux version doesn’t even start but the Braid Windows versions under Wine is quite playable.

    Paradoxical, isn’t it? :(

  15. I have to revoke my prior statement. Braid does indeed work with a NVS 140M on ubuntu 10.10. An updated version of braid from the humble bundle page did the trick. :)

  16. Will i am playing braid via steam and wine on linux. my fist question is how to force a certain resolution i tried -w -width … that all did not work.

    The other is: I have payed once for the game on steam – Will the linux version be available for steam users? the galcon fusion people offered a key on steam so that the game could be downloaded on their page using the key.

  17. Hi,

    the Humble indie bundle has finished. So right now, where can I buy the Linux version? I think at this moment, nowhere?

  18. Jonathan, we want to play the Linux version of Braid, and we are willing to pay for it. But since the bundle finished, it is not available anywhere. This situation does not have any sense.

  19. Sadly i must second Wouters question. The Humble Bundle is “closed”, what ever that might mean. And sadly i get absolutely horrible FPS under Wine so how do i get Linux native Braid now?
    Seems like a great game though… if i could just get it to run smooth…

  20. Hey guys, we will have a public release for Linux available probably at some point this year, but we are waiting on something else to happen to make that work well. More news as it happens.

  21. Maybe you should try distribution in Ubuntu App Store. Canonical need games, you need money, that must be a success.

  22. Jonathan, thanks so much for the update!!

    What sort of timeframe is “some point” or the “something else”?

    Is it within the coming weeks? Around E3 (i.e., waiting months)? During Q3-4 (i.e., waiting until our brains rot out and a single huge, sad, tear falls from our collective eyes…)?

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s been 10 days since the above, which is clearly a point later in the year, and I’m sure many somethings have happened, so I’m ready to go today!!

    :-)

  23. Thank you (and Ryan) for the Linux version of Braid! I got it in the HIB2 sale and have been enjoying it on a machine with an i965 (alas a i945 machine is too weak to handle the shaders).

  24. Hi,
    I’m curious to buy this game since I’ve read many good reviews about it.
    I just would like to know, if I buy it and install it on my desktop,
    will I be able to download it as well on my other 2 laptops? Or I’ll have to pay
    for each installations?

  25. I’ve bought the humble bundle every time and I’m a FULL TIME GNU/Linux user. Thanks very much for porting your game to GNU/Linux!

    Here’s a new twist: I have Steam for Linux (native) installed on my computer and I’ve activated my Braid steam key on there… Any chance you’ll be putting the Linux version of Braid into the Steam for Linux category any time soon?

    Cheers and Thanks for your efforts!

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