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Braids is a simple but deep ragdoll fighting game, for one or two players.

It's on Kongregate now, with high scores and statistics! Try it: [link]

I've polished up the presentation and finally added music to Braids, but I will probably not be working on this one anymore. Instead, I'm focusing on Braids NEON: [link]

But please feel free to leave comments and suggestions if you have any.

Updates for February 2008:
- added alerts for damage and combos
- adjusted recoil and slow motion

Updates for December 2007:
- added ropes to title screen
- improved tutorial instructions
- perfect mouse out detection
- added back button to menus

Updates for March 2007:
- finished music system
- made music react to action
- recorded and added melody
- improved help and tutorial
- improved AI learning
- all of legs now invincible

For some historical background, read these threads:
- on Stick Page Portal - [link]
- on Newgrounds - [link]
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aeryn1207 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i literally did nothing'and the cpu lost
ilurus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i wish i could record this because when i beat the computer i was like dance dance dance everybody dance now!!dance dance dance 
InvaderPucca Featured By Owner May 31, 2014   Digital Artist
I made up my own story between the 2. :P

Blue(me) actually wants to help Red with fighting

But I keep on beating him because he flies at my feet and hands. >:U

Oh well. >u< Still a nice game.
moku123 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
0-red 1-blue... XD
Kelson10 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
oh my god i can't stop playing it i love it
axcho Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Haha, glad someone still likes this old game. ;)
fuasydash Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
ahh, axcho. your flashes are top-notch.

lol, i just dealt 82 damage in 1 hit. and i don't know how!!!
axcho Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008

With any luck, my future flashes should be even top-notch-er - there's a lot still for me to improve on. Glad you like it though. :D
dragonwing1312 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
AceTrainerMegaron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
How does the second player play?
axcho Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
One player uses the mouse and mouse button, the other uses the arrow keys and space bar.
zcollvee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007   Interface Designer
Can I add this game on my site too?
axcho Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Sure. Just don't try to claim credit for making it. A link back to my page might be nice too.
zcollvee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007   Interface Designer
I have put a braids contest on the nu forums
ShinigamiTaisen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
love this game. FAVED!! great job :highfive:
Iwantyourhair Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
Fun - not something I would spend my day with, but fun.
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006

Though if you want to spend your whole day with it, get a friend to play against and put on some music. Try it sometime. :p
Wan-Yie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
I like it how they move ^-^
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
I'm glad that you noticed. The physics and character design is probably what I spent most time on, to get the motion right.

I was hoping that people would appreciate the simplicity of the graphics because it makes the motion more clear, but that doesn't seem to be the case. :hmm:
Wan-Yie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
(lol, late reply sorry)

your welcome xD
lupusk9 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Kulor Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
I heard about this on the forums, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Honestly, I's pretty good. I don't know if it's supposed to feel like your character is swimming or not, but I'd prefer a more floaty feel myself, the way they jerk around can be a bit hard to control. I like the simplistic gameplay, I picked it up in no time, so props for that.
Graphics could be fleshed out, but I don't think it deserved anywhere near a blam on NG for that. In fact, fleshed out with stages and different levels, along with tougher enemies that would progressively show more direct control over their limbs, I think this could be a great, challenging game.
Nicely done!
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
Hmmm, I didn't really expect that anyone would read my post on GameDev, but I'm glad you found it.

If you've been using the keyboard, try using the mouse (the blue player) if you would like a smoother feel to the controls.

It's nice to hear that some people do understand the controls - are you a game designer? Maybe it's easier for game designers to pick up. :p Or if you play a lot of musical instruments or do martial arts or something.

I keep hearing a lot about adding levels and backgrounds and such, so I'm trying to think of how to do that. But I'm not too familiar with level design. For the enemies, I wouldn't change their control scheme to directly control their limbs, but I could try to make them able to block and take advantage of openings the way an experienced player can with these controls.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Kulor Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
I was actually using the mouse controls, and it moved smoothly, but kinda jerked if you're swimming and make a stroke to change directions. Using the keyboard controls felt a bit smoother to me, actually; they still shot towards opposite edges of the screen for seemingly no reason, but the jerking around was either not there or not as apparent. As far as adding stages, the battlefield should be larger for one, with the camera zooming out/in, sorta like Super Smash Bros. That gives you more room to work with...but even then, I'd keep it simple, like just having a giant block in the center for one level, or cup-shaped things around in another. See Combat for the 2600 for an example of what I think would make decent levels for a game like think. Heh, maybe it is easier for game designers to pick up...haven't done anything professionally, or even finished anything really, but I do come up with stuff, document it and that whole spiel.
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
Hmm. I guess I'm not completely satisfied with the controls as they are now, so I'll be experimenting with them some more. I'm not sure why you would shoot to one side of the screen or another though, unless you bounced off your opponent... Is that what happened?

About the larger battlefield, that's what Ragdoll Masters does, and I could do that, though my original intention was for this to be a simple project. :p

Once I add music, I'll probably be working on some other more conventional projects with ragdoll physics, where hopefully I'll get some practice doing larger levels and collision detection for platforms and such - maybe I should take a look at the Metanet tutorials.

I may eventually return to this project, or more likely start over and make the epic ragdoll fighting RPG that everyone seems to be asking for...
axcho Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
Yeah, I kind of picked that up at the NG thread: [link]

I just wrote a long response at the end about what I realized.

About the colors, I actually have showed it to some art people, like someone who has worked as an art director on commercial games, and they liked it a lot. :/ But I have some other -flashier- versions that are much more popular with the NG audience. Check my Scraps.

Well, once I start experimenting with the controls again and try to come up with an actually helpful, structured tutorial, it would be great to get some of your feedback. I'll let you know. :)

IvoryDrive Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
alright, well if you want my honest opinion, then it's hard as hell to control. I don't understand how to flip my guy or anything to do damage, or even if that's what I'm supposed to be doing.

the colors are weird, unorganized and don't really make sense. if I were you, I'd get with an art guy and have him do the graphics and you program.

I'd have to understand exactly how the program worked, I'd have some more suggestions for you. we can talk over aim some time if you want to turn it into something that armorgames would sponsor.
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