The story consists of a sometimes-opaque progression of words, images, and puzzles that seem laden with hidden meaning, but whether you find its lessons insightful or pretentious, there's no denying that the memorable finale is a tour de force of mirrored causality and mercilessly tweaked perceptions. That it appears inside such an intricately crafted whole just cements Braid's status as an absorbing triumph of thoughtful design. The only downside? Microsoft's foolish decision to charge $15 instead of the usual $10. We understand why that'll keep many of you away, and while it is too expensive, Braid is absolutely a game you shouldn't miss.