PC Release of the game Braid.
Game is also available on Steam.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4.1

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Test Results

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What works

Pretty much everything.

I've been using Steam version of the game to do the tests and it seems to run pretty well in you happen to install and run it under clean Wine prefix. Messing with some wined3d-related registry entries like changing "AlwaysOffscreen" to "enabled" or forcing game into using builtin d3dx9_*.dll could render the game into unplayable state but it's just the usual "shoot yourself in the foot" problem.

Game requires native d3dx9_36.dll (actually d3dx9_39.dll but Wine's builtin implementation of this lib forwards almost all calls to d3dx9_36.dll so one could easily use native version of any among these) to run. For Steam version of the game this library gets auto-installed as the part of DirectX redist installation - Steam client would proceed with automated install on the first attempt to run the game inside the given Wine prefix.

What does not

There's a minor bug with one having to press both shift keys to move a puzzle piece. This bug is not essential as (a) it's easier to use mouse for solving puzzles and (b) it's not a big deal to hold one shift key and briefly press and release another one to pick a puzzle piece.


What was not tested

Everything was tested, I had played the whole game through - it's not that long really.

Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Giving it "Platinum" rating as Steam auto-install required native DLLs so it is "works perfectly out of the box" situation from the users perspective. System specs: AMD FX 8120 CPU @3.1GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, GeForce GTX 550 Ti GPU with 1GB VRAM, nVIDIA Binary Driver v.275.09.07, linux kernel (it is kernel 3.1.10 which had been rebranded by Fedora devs to version

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint Debian x86_64Aug 09 20131.4.1Yes Yes PlatinumAlexey Loukianov 
CurrentFedora 14May 27 20121.5.5Yes Yes PlatinumAlexey Loukianov 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20111.3.19Yes Yes GoldVanack Sabbadium 
ShowFreeBSD 8.1Mar 22 20111.3.15Yes Yes PlatinumIgor S. 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 09 20101.2.1Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
19226 Braid: Both Shift keys needed to move puzzle pieces NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Important info for test results posters
Thank you very much for wishing to spend some time on improving AppDB. I have to warn you that general AppDB policies forbid (a) accepting test results for patched Wine versions and (b) forbid accepting results obtained from PoL-driven Wine installations, only "vanilla" unpatched Wine or Wine that had came by default with your distro are considered to be valid. I'm really sorry for that, but it is the way it currently is. For more details feel free to read discussion on wine-devel mailing list that held place around the 16th of May, 2012. Aside from the requirements above your test results should comply with some simple rules to be accepted:
  • Please, test an application under fresh clean wineprefix;
  • Include exact specs of the computer you had tested an app on (CPU, GPU, amount of RAM and VRAM) in the "Extra Comments" section of the report;
  • Specify versions of essential software components, most notably: is your system 32bit or 64bit, what is the version of the GPU display driver you use and what is the version of the OS kernel;
  • Include detailed information on the native dll overrides you had to use in order to get the game working. If you had installed dlls yourself - include complete information on the sources of dlls and the exact steps you took to install them.
Thank you in advance!
General info about playing Braid under Wine
This game is known to run exceptionally well (i.e. at "Platinum" level) under Wine as long as (a) native d3dx9_36.dll is used and (b) you use closed-source GPU drivers provided by GPU chipset vendor (assuming that you use a card based on nVIDIA or ATI/AMD GPU). There might be problems like low FPS, incorrect rendering or game crashes in case you use OSS drivers. Recent versions of OSS driver for Intel GPUs are known to perform sufficiently well, while nouveau or radeon open source drivers might cause troubles.

Steam version of the game auto-installs DirectX redist for you when your try to start the game up for the first time in a new Wine prefix. Retail game version also comes with bundled DirectX redist and it usually install it into the prefix as a part of the game setup process.

Installing DirectX is essential as the game fails to work properly (and crashes to desktop) in case Wine's built-in d3dx9_36.dll implementation is being used (as of Wine 1.5.5; it might get fixed in future Wine versions). In case you happen to find yourself in a situation when the game crashes soon after start up - most probably it could be "fixed" by installing native d3dx9_36.dll into the Wine prefix. One of the easiest ways to do it is to use "winetricks" script (google about what is it, from where could it be downloaded and how to properly install and use it) by executing "winetricks d3dx9_36" in the terminal window. Be sure to export correct path to your Wine prefix in case non-standard one being used (i.e. run «export WINEPREFIX=<full path to Wine prefix you use>» prior to invoking winetricks).


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