I finally gave into the hype and and downloaded this new XBLA game Braid.
It’s not that I was really avoiding it, I just had been overworked and hadn’t gotten around to checking the latest offerings.
So after seeing a billion and one articles on how uber awesome Braid is so I decided to give it a quick go.
I downloaded the game and decided to have a quick game before going to workâ€¦ around half way through the the first level my wife got up and wandered through. The first she says is â€œThis is Mario Brosâ€
I tell her in my patronising know all gamer voice, â€œNo it’s just that they have taken parts of Mario Bros in homage of the gameâ€â€¦ suitably impressed she sits back and watches me jump over some horizontally scrolling baddies, jump onto different platformsâ€¦ bounce on top of scrolling baddiesâ€¦ jump over the plumbers pipe with a plant coming out of it, avoid the baddie shot from a cannon and then walk past the flag at the castle and say hi to a dinosourâ€¦
â€¦ my wife then looks at meâ€¦ smiles in that â€œI’m rightâ€ sort of way and wandered off.
I have to admit, so far she is right. It’s a very pretty but blatantly copied version of Mario Brosâ€¦
When does a game stop being a blatant cheap copy of a game and rather becomes a homage to a game?
Think about it, if you take away those awesome oil like graphics would this game be getting anywhere near the reviews it is getting?
Hopefully today I will get to play the rest of the levels and change my mindâ€¦ but for now I am not impressed.
Last Updated: August 11, 2008