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:

  • Installing the game;
  • Launching it up, navigating menus;
  • Playing;

What does not

No issues had been encountered so far.


What was not tested

Playing the game through.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

CPU: Intel Core Duo E6600 (2.4GHz) RAM: 4GB DDR2 1066 (PC2-8500) GPU: nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512Mb Drivers: nVIDIA Binary blob v.304.88 (from debian testing repos) Kernel: Stock from distro In order for game to work properly some libs from Direct X redist are required. As game installer install Direct X redist as a part of installation the game appeared to work "out of the box", i.e. it should be rated Platinum from user PoV. Keep in ming that it is known that the game don't work properly with the d3dx9_XX implementations as found in Wine 1.4.x. To get game controller proper support for my "Sven Combat Wireless" gamepad I had to use x360ce DirectInput->XInput wrapper. It is the same way I had been playing with this gamepad on Windows so it is not a Wine fault but rather a flaw in Windows API for gamepad support.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint Debian x86_64Aug 09 20131.4.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumAlexey Loukianov 
ShowFedora 14May 27 20121.5.5Yes Yes NoPlatinumAlexey Loukianov 
ShowUbuntu 11.04 "Natty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 09 20111.3.19Yes Yes NoGoldVanack Sabbadium 
ShowFreeBSD 8.1Mar 22 20111.3.15Yes Yes NoPlatinumIgor S. 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 09 20101.2.1Yes Yes NoPlatinuman 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.
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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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