RIDDLE ME THIS
Following Braid’s launch, Blow began an earnest campaign to discourage players from using guides to solve its puzzles. His anxious advice was logical: when played with a guide, Braid lacks challenge. Moreover, the game is finished quickly. Like a crossword, the entirety of the game’s appeal is in its solving. To encourage players to take the harder route, Blow created an ‘official walkthrough’ document for public download. When opened, the guide’s advice to players was curt and simple: work through the puzzles at your pace. Despite his best efforts, YouTube provided easy support for anybody who became stuck on a particular conundrum.