REVIEW: The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is No Braid Copycat

The latest games news: There’s a fabulous Xbox Live Arcade game with stellar art and music, compelling gameplay about time manipulation, and no, it’s not Braid. Comparisons to 2008’s Xbox Live darling Braid are inevitable, but The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is no simple copycat.

Taking on some of the tropes of silent films, Winterbottom plays more like a bizarre comedy than the sort of tale of forgetting and regretting of Braid. P.B. Winterbottom is pie-thief extraordinaire, and the best at what he does, not to mention the only. One day, though, P.B. Winterbottom happens upon the Chronoberry Pie, which unsticks him from time.

Fans of Penny Arcade’s Catsby and Twisp or the silent film A Trip to the Moon (and the Smashing Pumpkins video it later inspired) will feel at home with the top hats and umbrellas, surrounded by machines of unknown function and jagged-handed clocks. Screenshots alone have had fans anticipating the game for some time. If there are top hats and umbrella-based violence, what else might there be? Shenanigans, fisticuffs, defenestration? Sadly, there is no defenestration. is updated several times each day with the latest console news and reviews.

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