At the end of each world, there's a brown dinosaur who tells you that the princess is in another castle. I get the Mario reference, but is the brown dinosaur a reference to something else or is it a character original to Braid?

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    Hum. According to tig.wikia.com/wiki/Braid , Braid is influenced by a Commodore 64 game called Dino Eggs, but I can't find enough screenshots of this game (not a good keyword) to tell if there's a brown dinosaur in it. – Qiaochu Yuan Aug 8 '11 at 20:15
  • There is a dinosaur in Dino eggs, but it doesn't seem the same to me: youtube.com/watch?v=FpoTwHAVd7w – j0ker5 Aug 9 '11 at 12:00
  • It was actually an Apple II game ported to the C64. We had only a greenscreen at the time, so I couldn't say from experience whether or not there was brown anything in the game. – Dave DuPlantis Aug 9 '11 at 14:08

Although David Hellman did most of the art for Braid, Edmund McMillen did some early character designs including the dinosaur[1]. You'll recognize Edmund's style from other gaming.SE favorites such as Super Meat Boy and the Binding of Isaac.

You can see the squat, tie-wearing style for Tim was kept from Edmund's early drawings, though David mentions that he redid the face for Tim. You can see variations on the Braid dino from Edmund here. Edmund didn't mention any specific inspirations from other sources[2]; he's just a plush dino and one of his original creations for Braid.

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  • Great, thanks! This looks like about as complete an answer as I could hope for. – Qiaochu Yuan Mar 12 '12 at 22:32
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    I WANT THOSE DINOS AS PLUSHIES! – Alex Mar 12 '12 at 23:02
  • Congrats on successfully answering the highest voted unanswered question on the site! – Ben Brocka Apr 14 '12 at 23:23
  • @BenBrocka It called to me, so I asked around. Wasn't that hard to get a definitive answer from the source :) – authenticgeek Apr 15 '12 at 1:02
  • Gotta love indie devs :) – Ben Brocka Apr 15 '12 at 2:50

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