Bangai-O Spirits is really terrible.
You could say Too Human has cornered the market on the cyber-Norse motif.
…check out Sophitia and Ivy. Heh heh. Heh. Heh. Watch what happens when she jumps. Heh heh.
Braid is an absolutely brilliant game and quite possibly a work of genius. I don’t like it one bit.
This is old-school gaming, a boys’ pursuit, geared to fast reflexes and a strident disregard for ninny concerns like narrative and atmosphere.
The only surprising moment is when the player takes control of an abominable snowman who has trundled down from the Himalayas to mercilessly pummel some Chinese soldiers. After that, fighting a three-headed dragon is kind of anticlimactic.
Think of it as a dungeon hack for the Homeland Security era.