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Braid - Irreversible by Scifer Braid - Irreversible by Scifer
This pic started out as a simple bit of fanart, but it grew into something much more monstrously colourful when I discovered a new watercolour-style technique with my photoshop brush.

For those who are unfamiliar with the indi game Braid - Think Super Mario meets Prince of Persia, all done in a beautiful oil-pastel style. Here's a trailer I dug up from youtube -

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It's probably the best game I've played this year. Better than Left 4 Dead. Yeah, you heard me. Localized time travel > Zombies. :jawdrop:

I found the puzzles in Braid absolutely mind-boggling at first. After a while they became a bit repetitive, but were still entertaining enough to keep me guessing. And the ending ... oh God the ending ... It's an open ending, but ... Oh God.

Possibly what makes this game so epic is that if you're very clever in the ending sequence, you CAN get the princess ... but you create a reverse-paradox and destroy the universe in the process. O_o But don't worry. You can survive to tell the tale. :3

I wont reveal too much about it, but I'd HIGHLY reccomend you all go out and get Braid. It's on Steam and it's pretty cheap. Until then, I'm afraid your princess is in another castle. ;p

Braid and Characters are Number None studios
Dis picshur is Me, dammit.

EDIT - I've seen several people on DA use this picture as stock, when I have specifically specified that I would like EXPLICIT PERMISSION before it's use. Please contact me before you use it. Thanks.
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sockeye1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Crazy awesome.
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trickytreater Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best. Game. Ever.
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DJ129 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Am I the only one who couldn't stop thinking of that song "If I Could Turn Back Time" while I was playing this game? I mean there are a lot of similarities to the lyrics. Weird coincidence or not it's still a great, if not a little frustrating, game.
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ultimamarx12 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE this picture! Recently I've gotten into Braid and it's amazing story very well done! :D
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devPeter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh ohh i played that!
(till my brother deleted it)
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Skarecrow85 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Beautiful colour work right there! I can hear my eyes sighing with pleasure.
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Jayplay17 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Sweeeeet artwork man. I am in awe of the meaning that is hidden in this game.
At first I was so confused and thought that I was dumb due to the fact that I couldn't not understand the text from the books.
Although I forced myself to read them, I never could piece them together.

The ending made me search for the true meaning of Braid.
And I'm in shock of what meaning this game truly holds.
I hope I get to see more games like these in my life.
Braid I will keep forever. Forever.
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Talik13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Photographer
That was an amazing game with so many different hidden meanings and alternate endings that explain it all. What a game, what a picture :)
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Dowitz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Hahahaha the dinosaur in the background, that caught my attention right away. Amazing work!
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JustArandomProfile Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
You've heard this a lot, but your pic really captures the real essence and story of Braid. I feel like that when I look at it, the closer that Tim gets to the "Princess" the more the world goes up in flames due to what she really is ;D. It's as if the monsters are trying to stop him and the dinosaur is trying to warn him to not go any further. Very well done
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Volfegan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the same, Braid is a great game with a awesome concept of time manipulation. The history is also amazing.
Your paint really captures the game ideals: the escaping princess, Tim's world collapsing as he realizes he is the one to be blame.
Great work!
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Airrisa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I just recently found this game and I've been extremely addicted. I gotta say, your picture captures the essence of this game perfectly. ^^ I love how you drew the flames and the buildings, and Tim's desperate look...it all ties together so nicely. Also that rabbit, I love how you drew it. I both hated and loved those guys in the game...so terrifying yet so cute. D:
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Scifer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Glad you like!
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GrDreamer Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
YEAH!!!Flower-bunnys!!!

Really cool! ive just started playing the game and its awesome! :D
Congratz!
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liptov Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Hello. I have made a wallpaper using this image as a stock, properly crediting your work.
The wallpaper is here.

Hope you like it!
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Scifer Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Hi there. Thanks for the proper credit and link back to my page. :)

I'm currently pursuing an artist who has traced this image and the work of another artist to create this picture - [link]

Spot the traced bits. :P

So yeah, standby on that one. And if you can get the message out to all the fans of the game, I'd be most grateful, as I am doing the same. :)
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VeryHungyPizzlyBear Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
oh noo! The dinosaur's on fire!

I love this game. Epic. Never touched the princess though
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RollinStar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
This game...looks simply trippy.

And, of course, time-travel wins, any day of the week!
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MrGoldfang Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
i love this draw thanks for sharing!
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:iconscifer:
Scifer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Thank you! You're most welcome. ;D
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iNimrod Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
This is awesome.

I feel bad for the dinosaur though. :(
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Scifer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Plainclothes Barney the Dinosaur is but a stepping stone in this game.

Shed a tear for him later. :'(
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's nice to see Braid getting some love. I adore this game to pieces :heart:

As for the pic itself, very clever idea with the star. It is kinda what he's doing isn't it? Keep reaching Tim :XD:

I still don't know what's up with the dinosaurs, but the expression on yours is golden. Same for the squished goomba :D
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Scifer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Heehee! Glad you like. :D

Well, Tim is looking for secret stars as well as puzzle pieces. And all of the stars put together make a constellation outside the house on the title screen. I've provided a little clue as to what this creates is in my piccie. ;3

As for the dinosaur, he's the guy that shows up when you get to the castle at the end of every level. Would have thought you'd recognize him. xD
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I already knew all that, just, why dinosaurs? What's their significance? Why do they look like stuffed animals? Are they expies of Yoshi, to go with the Mario theme? Just to screw with us all? :XD:

The constellation is Andromeda by the way.
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Scifer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Well, if you look at the Princess's bedroom in the end sequence, you see a bunch of stuffed toys, which are all the monsters you've been battling throughout the game. and one of them is the dinosaur. xD
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, but in a game where EVERYTHING has some significance, that doesn't seem like a good enough answer you know? And if she has all the enemies as stuffed animals, why don't the bunnies and goombas you've been stomping look like stuffed animals too? Why only the dinosaurs?

I'm probably overthinking things, but I think you're supposed to for a game like this :XD:
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TheDevilFromHavan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
The Dinosaurs expression is priceless. I love the way this turned out, all the little details such as the ring on the stars hand to the foot print on the Goomba.
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Charons-keeper Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Perfect title
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, you managed to grasp the game's visual style perfectly! :)
Seems like Tim is on some sort of "final escape run", with the castle and everything being in flames like that.

Beautifull. :+fav: :nod:
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Scifer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Heheh! Glad you like bud. Thanks for the fav'n'comment! :3

:highfive:
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Dugwin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student Photographer
Everything about this, and the game itself, is simply amazing. And you're right, the ending is absolutely insane. I love it so much. Wonderful job!
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Cardboard-Eyes Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student Artist
This totally represents braid in every way. That game was genius.
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Kl0ckW0Rk Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
the ending REALLY made me re-think the entire game! especially that ending sequence. and to thids drawing bravo, scifer BRAVO! the fire effect is amazing the detail is great and the dinosaur is ledgendary XD FAV!
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KiGenIDrawStuff Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Awesome, need to get this game. This looks like a great cover for the game.
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Shulky Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow this is amazing! I love the background!
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Nascituruss Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
This is my best game ever :)))
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ergosumkaryvah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Writer
Wow...great fanart! I love how you included that evil bastard rabbit in there, too. :D
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dafter-punk Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
The ending for this game hurt my head. But now that I've read about it and what it means, it makes perfect sense.

Great artwork :D
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UltraTheHedgetoaster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Where did you read about it?
I'd be interested in unraveling the game's plot myself. ^^;
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dafter-punk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Various sources, really, eg. Youtube, Wikipedia and a few forums I came across. The true meaning of it all is pretty dark, if you ask me. ^^
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mroctagonapus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
awesome
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isaiahk9 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Hey, that looks great.
Would you mind if I use it in a game I'm making?
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:iconscifer:
Scifer Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I think it's already a game bud. xD
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isaiahk9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Yeah, but I'm using the sprites and in-game resources in my game. As such, your painting would be wonderful as the introductory screen to my game (which looks suspiciously like Braid).
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:iconscifer:
Scifer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Heh. As long as I get a plug in the description and my name in the credits, sure thing! ;p
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NyankoS Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Very well done, fav <3
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:iconscifer:
Scifer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Thanks! :D
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NyankoS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
you're welcome! ^-^
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Omiyage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
nice drawing, i loved the game =)

its actually about a bomb did you know?
[link]
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