In 2009, an indie game called Braid was released on PSN. Back then, indie games didn’t get the same kind of attention as the big, mainstream console releases. But those who played it marveled about its creative design and stunning visuals. The game earned unanimous praise and several awards. Though the plot was about a man saving a princess, the story gradually evolved into something far more tragic and haunting. The game combined classic platforming mechanics with time travel powers; in order to get through obstacles and reach the end of a level, you had to reverse the flow of time itself, causing enemies, objects, and everything else to rewind accordingly. The graphics made the levels resemble massive, living paintings.
Its soundtrack was also praised; in a game where puzzling was required, the low-key, relaxing instrumentals were perfect. It’s also worth noting that, due to the brevity of the adventure – it’s beatable in 45 minutes – the soundtrack playlist is longer than the game itself. In the end, Braid became a modern classic and influenced several games after it.
If you want more Braid, you can find the full OST here.
Good gaming, good music.