Vancouver – Mac gamers rejoice! You too can now manipulate the flow of time and rescue the Princess. Hothead Games proudly announced today the release of the Mac version of Jonathan Blow’s Braid on the Greenhouse indie digital distribution platform. Available for worldwide download at only $14.95, today’s launch of Braid represents the one of the first in a unique collaboration between Hothead and other top-notch independent developers to bring their award-winning titles to new gaming platforms.
Explore the human condition and manipulate time in the lush, painterly world of Braid, a puzzle-platformer that takes you from a house in the city on a journey through a series of worlds to solve puzzles and rescue the princess. In each world, you have a different power to affect the way time behaves, including the ability to rewind, create parallel realities and utilize time dilation. There is no filler in this game; every puzzle shows you something new and interesting about the game world.
• Puzzle-rich environment. Travel through a series of worlds searching for puzzle pieces and solving puzzles by manipulating time: rewinding, creating parallel universes and setting up pockets of dilated time. The gameplay is always fresh and new and the puzzles inspire new ways of thinking.
• Aesthetic design. A painterly art style and lush, organic soundtrack complement the unique gameplay.
• Non-linear story. A nonlinear fiction links the various worlds and provides real-world metaphors for your time manipulations; act out real-world themes at your own pace, exploring playful “what if” universes.
In addition to winning the Independent Games Festival award in 2006 during its design, Braid was selected by GameSpot for their 2008 awards in “Best Original Downloadable Console Game”, “Best Platformer”, and “Best Licensed Music”, and by Official Xbox Magazine for their 2008 awards of “XBox Live Arcade Game of the Year”, “Best Soundtrack”, and “Best Ending” and one of their “Indisputably Incredible Runners-ups to Game of the Year”. Braid was awarded the “Casual Game of the Year” at the 12th Annual Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Awards, and was nominated for five Xbox Live Arcade 2008 awards, winning one award in the category of “Best Innovation”.
Braid has been rated “E 10+” for Everyone 10 and older by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for all platforms.