There are thousands of video games out there; some classics, some obscure, and others new to me and maybe new to you too. I’m going to take a little time to highlight what’s great about games that I love and want to share; games that are worth your time, along with some tips to get you started.
Braid came out in 2008 and over that time has been near the top of every “Greatest Games of All Time” written by journalists. Oh jeez, now I’m doing that. Whatever, Braid is good.
It’s a simple platformer and is a good introduction to gaming if you’re not much of a gamer. It’s a puzzle sort of game where it is impossible to die. You play as Tim who can manipulate time on a quest to rescue a princess from a monster. You travel through a series of levels each with a different gimmick such as time only moving forward when you walk to the right and moving backwards when you walk left or time not impacting anything that is green.
Without getting into spoilers, that’s about all I can tell you because Braid is layered as all get out. It’s chock full of puzzles (some literal puzzles), poetic writing, references to the Manhattan Project, and offers a fair challenge without forcing the player to rely solely on reflexes. The art style is amazing, and the music is fantastic.
A quick tip to get you started:
There is one puzzle that I think is a little unfair. The first puzzle (a literal puzzle) in the game you can interact with in level 2, you can move the puzzle around but the table in the puzzle you can jump on in the game to get the last piece. It’s not intuitive at all and can be a severe roadblock as it’s in the first level of the game and none of the other puzzles act like this.
Check out Chris's previous "Games Worth Playing" article here.