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Did you see “Indie Game: The Movie“? If not and you are interested in the world of gaming, stop reading this and go watch it :)
In this documentary, you follow 3 indie game developers going through the process of launching their games. One of those developers is Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid. The guy is considered “the philosopher” of the gaming industry and his game, Braid, on of the best indie games ever.
Braid is a platform and puzzle cross-platform game (I play it on my Mac, but you can also find Windows versions, XBox, PS3), a game that initially seems a clone of Mario Bros, but it is so much more than this.
You, basically, look for your princess in different worlds, jumping your way from room to room. The thing is, though, that the game is not as simple as it initially looks. It took me several hours and, in frustration, watching some YouTube walkthroughs to finally finish the first world. The thing is, the game is solvable all the time. If you cannot find the solution, you are not thinking the right way (not my words, but the developer’s).
If you love pixel art, Braid is a game where pixels look as great as they can ever look. The graphics in the game are perfect (every color, every move, every character is perfect in every way). And the soundtrack gives you the feeling of a triple-A title.
Finally, if you loved the Prince of Persia series and the fact that you could take back time, you will love Braid :)
Go, play the game, have fun. At the top of the article there’s a big sort of infograph I’ve “stolen” from their site, one that will explain the game a little bit better and give you some idea of what to expect (I bought the game cheaper in the Mac App Store and I think you can find good deals on Steam).
P.S.: the game made several million dollars, just saying.