Reviews for Portal
A puzzle masterpiecevipe_1 | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
Portal is a straight up masterpiece, a game that is the epitome of Valve's style and quality. The game is odd, fun, challenging and possibly the best short modern game made.
As a player you will start off in an odd research facility instructed to complete a series of tests, and from here the game takes off. Graphics are typical Source engine quality, the music and voice acting are excellent, and the game runs along without a hitch or bug. The style of gameplay, the Portal gun, etc. are hard to describe because no other game is like it. The game also pulls off telling a cool story without a single cutscene, narration, or anything other than in game characters.
While maybe this isn't for everyone, it's definitely a must try for everyone. The payoff is great, and it's unique playing an intellectual game that is also so fun.
Something different, but not for everyoneGmen | Jan. 8, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Portal was inspired by a game called Narbacular Drop, and Valve liked the project so much that they hired several people from the development team and this led to Portal reaching shelves as part of The Orange Box. Of course now you can buy it separately though digital distributors.
The game ended up revolutionising the first person shooter genre, proving that you don’t necessarily have to have guns in a game for it to be worth playing. It likely is one of the highlights and perhaps the surprise hit of the original Orange Box release.
Instead you have a portal gun, which is capable of firing two types of portal, one entry and another exit. You have to make it through increasingly difficult levels, all with obstacles and dangers to overcome, like turrets, and plenty of environmental hazards, whilst using companion cubes to help you along the way, like placing them on floor buttons and that sort of thing. The game is just one big puzzle after another, often relying on momentum to get where you need to go.
One of the highlights of the game is GLaDOS, the AI which is very much like SHODAN from the System Shock series, except instead of being outright misanthropic in nature, it very often says the most hilarious things, almost sporting a sense of humour.
One of the low points is the environments are very samey after a while. There's not a lot of colour variation. There isn't much variation in level design either. If you liked the interior decorating present in the Citadel parts of Half-Life 2 though, this will probably be right up your alley.
That and the game isn't particularly long either. It can be finished within a few hours.
If you're looking for a more scientific, intelligent approach to games, check out Portal. Half-Life 2 set the benchmark for FPS puzzling. Portal takes it to another level. Indeed, if you are a Half-Life fan, your collection wouldn't be complete without it, seeing as the story ties in with that of the HL series.
If however, you're looking for a typical FPS with guns, and people to use them on, you're going to find Portal to be a bit of an isolated experience.
One of the bestseekar1 | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all eekar1's reviews »
Well, if you search a good puzzle game, there you are! You will think, think, think and will have to be fast sometimes. The game is simple, light and original. I finished the game within 8 hours (had to see on youtube some parts of the game). The story is wonderful. Graphics are simple, smooth and laboratory-type. Good gameplay, no problems and as I always say, worthy buying it.
Fantastic3s00ky5meh | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all 3s00ky5meh's reviews »
There's something for everyone in this game. If you want challenging and fun puzzles, this game delivers. If you want good dialogue and humor, this game delivers. It even has a pretty enjoyable story! Plenty of praise has been given to this game, and with good reason.
PerfectVenhiem | Jan. 2, 2015 | See all Venhiem's reviews »
Ah, Portal. The game that started it all for Valve and for many PC games. This game is easy to recommend. It’s one of those ‘must play’ games.
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
Graphics: 8/10 -- Old, but nowhere near bad. The environment is perfectly honed to create a ‘test’ environment. The atmosphere is changed by the differing music, which is also awesome, made up of ambient sounds to perfectly suit the occasion.
Story: 10/10 -- The story is one of THE best I have ever seen in a game. There’s a lot going in the section, but saying anything would ruin it.
Execution: 10/10 – No bugs that I found, plenty of hidden items and secrets, no memory leak or anything. Perfect.
PS If you’re getting it, get the OST on Steam and listen to the song “Still Alive”. It’s very good.
So buy it. For the good of all of us (except the ones who are dead). All in all, 9.8/10
This game is like a cake: tastes great but doesn't last longMadDemon64 | Dec. 30, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Portal is a unique puzzle game where you need to use momentum, quick reflexes, and plenty of puzzle solving skills to navigate area after area.
You will run into lasers, turrets, acid, and fire in your attempts to escape. Along the way you will learn how to properly use weighted blocks, various pads, and your titular portal gun to navigate and wreak havoc on the automated systems monitoring and trying to kill you.
One of the biggest problems with the game is that it is very, very short. There are some additional areas that you can access from the main menu after beating the game, but these are short and will not tide you over for long.
Portal is a short but sweet game, with the emphasis on short. Expect a good game while you play it, just don’t expect to play it for long.
Puzzles for all!SparkWave | Nov. 22, 2014 | See all SparkWave's reviews »
This innovative puzzle game creates an excitement for everyone in the family! The story line is fantastic and sets the mood of the game brilliantly. Portal is outstanding with a main character wielding a "Portal Gun" that doesn't annihilate anything, but creates an escape. Portal is a great game and overall is definitely recommended
Spectacular gameNucularS | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all NucularS's reviews »
Portal is simple, clever, charming, and sweet, with light homicidal humor. It will teach you to think with portals, and will never deliver on the promised cake. Prepare to apply physics and non-traditional thinking to solve puzzles and escape from an experimentation facility, but do not expect answers to creeping suspicions about a possible relation of Aperture and Black Mesa.
A instant classic with everyone!SharingIsMean | Oct. 19, 2014 | See all SharingIsMean's reviews »
This game is just overall pretty great! It's cool to the eye, trains your brain, and you'll even have a chuckle once in a while. The length of this game is often thought as short, but that didn't stop me from playing it tons. Better yet, this game is just 10 Dollars! So, go and pick this game up and I guarantee you'll have a great time.
Short, sweet, and almost perfectmidgetjacks | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »
Man, who could've seen this one coming? The tiny little puzzle game squeezed in among the heavy hitters of Half Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 became the star of the package and has endured while Half Life has withered away, and Team Fortress 2 has leaned in hard to embracing the insanity and hats. You start slow, as in any good puzzle game, and just keep ramping up. Nothing outstays its welcome, because by the time something is starting to grow stale, you're already on to the next thing. Sure, maybe the ending gameplay is just so-so, but it's still fun, start to finish.
Wow...darkhorse441 | Sept. 20, 2014 | See all darkhorse441's reviews »
What can be said about Portal that hasn't been said a thousand times; the gameplay is probably the most innovative of the generation, the story is engaging and witty, and the graphics are top-notch (for a 2007 game) and still hold up today. The only real compaint is the very short nature of the game; an average player could finish it in three hours, though I guarantee it will be some of the best moments you've ever spent gaming. Journey through one of the greatest and most original of Valve games, and get ready to play a game that defined this generation of gaming.
Brilliant GameImSoAw3some | Sept. 20, 2014 | See all ImSoAw3some's reviews »
Portal is definitely in my top 5 all time favorite games. This innovative first person puzzle platformer took a bold step with new mechanics and an engaging story. The puzzles are genius. They are challenging, yet not overly hard to where you'd ragequit. They feel rewarding to complete, and the main antagonist, GLaDOS, is a humorous robot who enjoys torturing you between your test chambers. I mean, what's better than fun puzzles and a psychotic robot? Get this game. It's an experience no gamer should be without. It is short, but well worth every penny. Advanced maps and challenges will keep you occupied for many hours after the main story.
Puzzle Geniusadboyum | Sept. 15, 2014 | See all adboyum's reviews »
This game is amazing for anyone who enjoys puzzles and likes a good laugh. Portal has perfectly mixed comedy with thought. The game is hilarious and will have you busting a gut while also hurting your brain with puzzle rooms that give you a great feeling when you're finally able to figure it out and advance to the next mind bending room. Gameplay is awesome, characters are awesome and it's just so different than anything else that's been made. Definitely recommend this game.
Haven't you played this already?LautaroCompleX | Aug. 25, 2014 | See all LautaroCompleX's reviews »
If the answer is no, then hurry up and get to it! This is one of the most iconic games in the history of both FPS and strategy. This is a fun game, intense, makes you think and reason a lot, and it also has an amazing backstory which gets to you straight away. It can be hard, but the fun is almost limitless. Also, the community is huge, so be a part of it, you know you want to.
Portal? You Mean The Greatest Puzzle Game In The Genre?kbullock | Aug. 21, 2014 | See all kbullock's reviews »
Portal. By now, everyone who has owned either an Xbox 360, PS3, or a Steam Account has either heard or played this game, and it lives up to the community's hype. As Chell, you must venture through the Aperture Science Laboratories and solve puzzles to advance through the facility. The game has you thinking with portals, giving you many options to do one single task. It's a game that makes you step back and think to yourself; "Ok, if I put this portal here, and the other one there, and jump from here, I should land over there safely."
A puzzle game with portalsBriansmsk8er | Aug. 17, 2014 | See all Briansmsk8er's reviews »
Portal is a first person puzzle platformer made by Valve in 2007. It is highly addictive and fun. It get's you to think outside the box, by using portals to solve puzzles. The graphics are what you would expect from Valve games as it uses the same Source engine. The soundtrack is fun and the music is interesting. The gameplay is awesome and once I started playing I didn't put it down until I finished the game. All in all it's a very good game and I enjoyed playing it.
PortalBriansmsk8er | Aug. 13, 2014 | See all Briansmsk8er's reviews »
Portal is a fun first person puzzle platformer game. Released in 2007 by Valve and available through multiple platforms. The graphics are great, the soundtrack is awesome and the gameplay is fantastic. If you have not picked it up yet, I suggest you do.
One of the best games I've playedMarianoAlipi | July 29, 2014 | See all MarianoAlipi's reviews »
As the title says, this is one of the best games I've played. A very interesting puzzle game in the one you'll have to spend a lot of time thinking before shooting your portal gun. Interesting physics and story. Nice level design and enjoyable experience. A bit short, though.
Thinking with portalsluxcaeruleus | July 27, 2014 | See all luxcaeruleus's reviews »
Portal is a Puzzle First Person game. In it, you play as a test subject named Chell and you must navigate through Aperture Science's Test labs using a portal gun. It's a really fun puzzle game since you could pop up from one place to another. The mechanic is simple, you just point your gun on a wall, then shoot. Then shoot another portal to connect them both. The gameplay is simple and fun too. You need to finish a series of tests conducted by the company's overseer AI, GLaDoS. The story is surprisingly good and funny. It has it's funny moments since GLaDoS interacts with you throughout the game. It's also aligned with the universe of half-life 2 (Aperture is Black Mesa's rival company). If you love puzzle games with a great atmosphere, then I highly recommend this game!
Who says videogames don't make you think?reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »
Portal is an awesome game. Sure, it's short, but it's fun to play, and quite challenging. Portal's plot might not be one of the best ever made, but I still felt like getting to the end and see its outcome: You basically are a girl trapped in Aperture Science's test chambers, and there's an insane AI (GladOS) who makes you go through different tests. There are lots of jokes in the game, some of them are actually quite grim, yet funny. The main gameplay mechanics are physics. You have to solve puzzles using physics and portals. Some of them require a lot of thought, while some of them have really easy solutions that make you feel bad about yourself once you see how easy they were to get through. Portal's soundtrack, even though it's kind of hard to pay attention to, is quite good. And I think most player will remember the credits' song for quite a long time. Overall, I think this is a game everyone who hasn't tried it out should get as soon as possible, as well as its sequel.
Absolutely Brilliant884okeoJ | July 2, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »
Portal was initially presented as an appetizer in the Orange Box, and emerged as possibly the best game in the deal. The puzzles are well-made, creative, and, when you finally finish them, incredibly rewarding. The pitch-black humor presented by the main antagonist, GLaDOS, makes Portal one of the funniest games I have ever played.
The premise of the game is intriguing, putting you in the shoes of Chell, a test subject for the rogue robot. The rest of the game is a humor-filled and satisfying experience. While Portal is short, the quality makes it well worth it. Portal is an absolute must-play for anyone.
A Fun Puzzle Game by Valvealanmaz567 | June 29, 2014 | See all alanmaz567's reviews »
This game is pretty short as in 4 hours of gameplay short. The gameplay is very unique, short and fun, because you get to shoot portals. This game is 2.3 GB in size. The graphics are OK for a game that came out in 2007. The Requirements are low. There will be a Robot in the game named GLaDOS and he will guide you throughout the whole experience. The things GLaDOS says during certain moments are very dark yet funny. I would definitely recommend getting this game on a sale.
Short but very enjoyableRyuuSix | June 22, 2014 | See all RyuuSix's reviews »
This is one of the best puzzle games I ever played. The game makes pshysics fun to play for everyone and that's an achievement.
This game also reminds us that it is not necessary to have a gun with the purpose of killin for enjoying a first person game.
The only thing I don't like about this game is that it is very short. You can beat the main story in just two hours as long as you don't get stuck in one of the chambers. But atleast the Advance maps and the challengues are a good distraction.
If you don't care about lenght and want to have a great time, buy this game. You are going to love it.
Short but sweetmugaro | June 15, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »
Even if you've never played the game, everyone's heard "the cake is a lie" by now. Great, quotable dialogue, fun & varied gameplay, a unique take on the puzzle genre. The portal gun revolutionized a lot of things.
Give this game a try if you haven't, it's a can't miss for anyone.
A Spectacle Everyone Must Experience!!Oscillopsia | June 11, 2014 | See all Oscillopsia's reviews »
Can be frustrating at times but is a great game game for the price, and hey frustration is the name of the game for puzzle games. After learning the ropes, it isn't as hard! There is phenomenal voice acting from GLADOS, her dialogue is very humorous. The main story isn't very long, I finished it in just over an hour, but the challenge chambers will keep you playing way after the story is complete. I would recommend this game to anyone, I'd give 11/10 if i could, one of the best games I've ever experienced, and once you finish, have Portal 2 on hand, the fun doesn't stop here...
a funny puzzle gamemirta000 | May 20, 2014 | See all mirta000's reviews »
The game is very short. But that's probably the only downside of it. Most of the game feels like a tutorial - you're introduced to a mechanic, then you're asked to use the said mechanic in a complex puzzle.
First thing that makes the game great is humour. You see you're a test subject of an evil sarcastic robot named Glados. She is there trough out your full journey making comments. The second thing that drives this game is the portal mechanic that will make your head spin. Sometimes it just gets so confusing! The third and final reason of why this game is an absolute must have is its credits song. Now go and beat the game to listen to it!
No, seriously, this game did a lot of things right and you should listen to people here and get it!
Surpasses any human expectations!SASteve | May 17, 2014 | See all SASteve's reviews »
Portal is a game developed by Valve after feeling sorry about the long wait between Half Life 2’s episodes. The plot kicks off with you waking up and being ordered around, by a feminine robot voice, that could as well be your fussy mom, into solving puzzles and receiving cake. Considering the fact that we are on a site that sells games, I will try and keep this review spoiler-free as if that’s possible. Let’s face it, you’ve heard “The cake is a lie!” joke a billion times now, it’s like trying to hide the “arrow in the knee” dialogue line from Skyrim. One of the things I like about Portal, besides most things (everything) is the way they managed to combine storytelling without breaking up the gameplay. I always liked it when games did that because games should be more about involving the player. I am not against cut-scenes as long as they are not overdone, it is a game after all, not a 10 hour long movie. The gameplay is absolutely amazing, it revolves around, as you could probably figure out from the game’s title, shooting portals and solving puzzles. It’s unique and it’s just damn good from a gameplay standpoint, some might argue that is short (4 hours tops, if it’s the first time playing), but I’ve played this game many times after I finished it. The dialogue (or monologue) in this game is very dark and funny, it’s like a tragicomedy. The way that the robot voice, GLaDOS interacts with you it’s very interesting and the fact that it tries to behave like a human makes this game truly amazing. To sum this up, Portal is an unique puzzle game that contains dark humor and cake.
Puzzles making you think with portalsChosedone | May 1, 2014 | See all Chosedone's reviews »
There are TOO many puzzles games, but definitely Portal is the best for me. It has a interesting background history, and curious mechanics never seen before. The history progresses along the game in a way that makes you understand it near the end; something cool and hard to reach in games, cause it makes the player get caught by the history. Also, the puzzles are well designed to make you "think with portals" in many and original ways. It's a shame the game is a bit short but at least it's fun while it last... especially if they gonna gift you a cake at the end, c'mon, what's the worst that can happen? A sarcastic robot trying to kill you with poor excuses?
The cake is a lie!!!Zarek | April 28, 2014 | See all Zarek's reviews »
This is a videogame masterpiece...
It's simply amazing how from a simple idea, Valve made a wonderful and completely new kind of puzzle game. In fact, the gameplay is the first revolutionary thing. You have to put portals in several rooms to pass on the other sides of them, solving many puzzles. If the first are really easy to make the player comfortable with the gameplay idea, than the rooms will be even more difficult to pass. But the most innovative thing is that the puzzles are structured as a first person shooter. The graphics use the same engine of Half-life 2, resulting pretty and the environment as really good physics.
However, in my opinion what makes this game incredible is the plot; in fact it's full of little and interesting particulars, with some reference to Half-life saga. Also the always sarcastic speaking voice of GLaDOS makes the experience much better.
To sum up, Portal is a great game under every aspect, and its only problem is the longevity ( you can finish the game in a few hours).
Definitely worth a playAdmiralBay | April 23, 2014 | See all AdmiralBay's reviews »
Portal is one of my favorite games of all time. If you've never heard of Portal, it's a first person puzzle game with some shooter aspects, as you are given a gun that creates portals. The game has you play though experiments in using the portal gun to reach the door at the end to go to the next experiment. The gameplay is fantastic and the increasing difficulty along with the quality of the story mode will keep you playing until the end. The only problem is the end comes very fast. On my first play through, i beat the game in about three hours. However, you will more than likely want to play the story more than once, and the game includes bonus levels; levels that are far more difficult than the story ones, along with levels created by the community. Overall, i recommend you at least look into the game and consider playing it, even if you wait for a sale. You may not reach as many hours as some games will have, but the hours you spend on Portal will be some of the best ones you play in a game.
I hope you enjoyed my first review :)
An amazing gamePwnclub | April 16, 2014 | See all Pwnclub's reviews »
This, and its sequel, is probably my favorite game of all time. Portal is perfect. It really is. It was the first game to bring in the concept of a first-person shooter puzzle game, immediately making it extremely unique. The game nailed everything. The atmosphere is dark and is appropriate with the game. Ellen McClaine did a great job voice acting for the female sarcastic robot called GLaDOS. The puzzles were somewhat difficult, but VERY enjoyable to complete.
Portal also somehow managed to get the length of the game right. Even though it is a mere 2 hours or less in length, I considered it to be the perfect time to end this perfect game. This game basically has no flaws and I absolutely adore it, as it has earned itself a sweet spot in my heart.
If you have not played this classic by Valve, GO BUY IT NOW. It is so worth your time and money.
Through the Looking GlassAkiMatti | March 31, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Portal shows a new side to fps games. Can this even be called fps? It would be more like a first person puzzle platformer aka fppp.
The player uses a portal gun which fires two different "doors" or "holes" in supportable surfaces that are connected like a wormhole through space. An AI will guide the player through different test rooms and quips against human intelligence. Soon enough, it becomes evident that there is also something else than testing going on in the facility...
The puzzles are not too tough but they are creative. Portal physics are fun to play with but it feels like the game doesn't get going until two thirds to the game and could indeed pressure the brain a bit more to my tastes.
Anyway, recommended to anyone.
An instant Classicipowers9000 | March 31, 2014 | See all ipowers9000's reviews »
I first played this game without any knowledge of the story, characters, or other details of the Half-Life universe. The way the story carefully unfolded itself through the lovingly crafted puzzles was an awesome thing to experience: it's clear that each test chamber was designed to confuse you just enough so that you feel like a genius when you solve it. I've played many puzzle games, some frustrating and others rewarding, but Portal pushes all of the the right buttons (no pun intended) and delivers an excellent cohesion of atmosphere and puzzle solving. Definitely give it a play if you like well-crafted puzzles!
An Impressive GameCriSilCart | March 1, 2014 | See all CriSilCart's reviews »
Portal has left my mouth open, amazed by the originality, creativity and innovation of this Valve´s project, the gameplay is moderate and invites the gamers to manage their actions cleverly and, somehow, to develop their mental skills with that powerful tool of physics. Is a clever game and is inspired by the Newton's first law, inertia. Is a very strange game, with a rare but and enveloping history, and also, a great achievement for Valve as a good game for the gamer's collection.
Discover a new side of the Half-Life universeNikorasuSan | Feb. 28, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »
Portal is one of the most interesting games Valve has released. It puts you in the shoes (or rather, Long Fall Boots) of Chell, a test subject in the mysterious Aperture Science laboratories, a rival company to Half-Life's Black Mesa.
In this game, you won't do a lot of fighting. Armed only with a Portal Gun, which you can use to make your way through the testing areas, you'll slowly uncover what happened to the facility, while GLaDOS, the AI controlling the testing, continually observes your every move.
The atmosphere is magnificent. From the clean Test Chambers, to the more messy 'backstage', it truly adds a feel of isolation to the game. Even GLaDOS' comments will make you feel somewhat nervous.
A great game, a bit too short, but nonetheless, great.
I Thought I Could...chataolauj | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
I thought I could love this game as much as other gamers love it, but it just didn't work out. It picked pretty good in the beginning, then it went downhill towards the middle of the game. I found myself board of puzzle solving every level. After playing this game, I figured out something that I've never really realized before when I was younger; I don't like solving things. Solving things just makes me frustrated all the time, especially puzzles. It's like a chore for me, and I didn't feel like doing chores by playing a game because games are supposed to be stress free for me, but apparently not Portal.
Good in theory, but didn't click with meGeorgeStorm | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »
Portal made quite a big wave when it first came out, due to it's innovative gameplay, giving the player a gun capable of firing two portals, with whatever then goes into one comes out of the other. It's a first person puzzle game really, making you utilise the portals to traverse of large gaps, past turrets, reach otherwise impossible to reach places and move objects about in order to trigger various switches and buttons.
In principle I think it's quite a cool game, however I struggled with it, enjoying it for a while, but after getting temporarily stuck on a certain section I just lost the desire to continue due to failing for the same reason several times in a row without seeing what I should have been doing instead, not knowing if my method was right but I just wasn't quite doing it well enough, or whether my whole method was incorrect.
The graphics aren't bad, displaying the environments in enough detail to keep most users happy, and the sound affects are good, with lots of humorous little quotes throughout. The controls are pretty standard for anyone who's played a FPS before, with movement feeling fluid and
A game that having since played Portal 2 (which I thoroughly enjoyed) I will probably come back to and give another go. Good in theory but for some reason didn't quite click with me.
A classic.TETfromLondon | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »
This game is easily one of the greatest puzzle games of all time, and if you don't already own it, there is very little reason not to buy it. The portal gun is immensely fun to use, and feels very fluid. The aesthetic of the game is also very nice, and still looks great today. The game also has a great sense of humour, with Glad0s making some great jokes, and she has a great voice actress too. Even though the game is extremely short, it has plenty of replay value. Honestly, the only major criticisms I can think of are to do with the fanbase, not the game itself. Honestly though, the whole 'the cake is a lie!' and 'Still Alive' crazes are pretty much over now, so it's not even much of an issue any more. So yes, you should definitely get it.
Now Your Thinking with Portals!Armed_Psycho | Jan. 11, 2014 | See all Armed_Psycho's reviews »
As a fan of unusual puzzle games I greatly enjoyed Portal. The gameplay alone is excellent; however, the dry, dark humor of the game really takes the cake. The puzzles utilize things such as inertia, problem solving, and gravity. The game itself, once released, was never intended to be so popular, spawning several memorable moments with your character, Chell, the ominous AI, GLADoS, and the lovable and always talkative, Companion Cube.
The delicious cakeNeonberry | Jan. 9, 2014 | See all Neonberry's reviews »
Portal is a mod to Half-Life 2 and is based on a very simple concept: you have a portal gun that can open two portals - you enter one and come out of the other. Now how this is made into one of the greatest games of the last decade? Well first of all it was highly innovative at its time - no-one though of this simple idea (and by definition great inventions are usually simple ideas no-one thought of before). It is full of great logical puzzles that WILL teach you to think with portals. And on top of all this there is a great storyline with a creepy but amusing antagonist that is like a neurotic HAL. Of course great experiences can not be describe too accurately so you will have to try it for yourself. Even if you are not the person who would normally go for puzzle games this one is a must try for everyone, if for nothing else than for being a gaming milestone.
Contender for The Perfect Gamegildorluthien | Jan. 7, 2014 | See all gildorluthien's reviews »
Good plot, some action, puzzles that once solved weren't as hard as you made them out to be...Portal is the game whose primary elements should be simulated on some level by every game. It's not for everyone but it's a game that anyone can play. Even my 10 year old loves to sit down with me and try to figure out the levels. There's some instant gratification by solving each level, but at the same time...it always feels like there should be more...and more...
Portal should be in everyone's library. It's a great game to use when introducing someone to the world of gaming. It's modern and classic at the same time. Not too hard, but not a easy afternoon session.
This game is is just WOW!haider786 | Jan. 5, 2014 | See all haider786's reviews »
This is an Amazing game. I like the engine they use. It is really fun and the graphics look mind blowing. I like the idea of the portal gun. It is a puzzle game which requires you to use your mind a little bit. Personally i am not very interested in this type of games but..... this one is different. It uses the idea of a portal gun which really makes it fun and interesting to play around with. I would recommend this to anybody to try out. Pick it up today and enjoy the amazing game. I also recommend Portal 2.
First Person Puzzlermulletov | Dec. 31, 2013 | See all mulletov's reviews »
It's amazing how this game seems to have grabbed an audience almost as large as that of the Half Life series. Considering this game was originally bundled as part of the Orange Box, it's now become its own franchise. And I can see why, I have never played a first person platformer puzzle game like this. It will make you think and twist your brain trying to figure out all the puzzles and tricks. It runs on the Source engine so the controls are precise just like you were playing Counterstrike. I think fans of games like Half Life and Left 4 Dead would definitely get a kick out of this. Although it's a puzzle game, you do have to be careful of turrets and bottomless pits that can kill you. I like the fact that it feels like it takes place in the Half Life universe as you could be playing a character that wouldn't feel out of place stepping out of a Half Life game. There is humor and the sound effects and graphics are similar to other Valve games. Check this one out and see if you can figure out all the puzzles without google.
Experiment Paid Offlachking | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »
Portal was an unexpected gem when it came out and surprised almost everyone. The concept seems so simple, but at the same time is ingenious: you simply shoot a portal and teleport out where you shoot the other. Puzzles make great use of this: you can fall and gain speed, and you can also drop objects such as companion cubes into the portal so that it comes out of the other one. The puzzles start easy but as you progress will become more difficult and will challenge your problem solving skills. Aside from the puzzles, the graphical style is great and makes effective use of the source engine.The game is also full of witty humour and hilarious lines from Glados which are really entertaining even though they are generally insults to you. Although overshadowed by the sequel, the original Portal still has much to offer if you haven't played it yet.
An good puzzle gamegforcesa | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »
One of my favorite puzzle games of all time.You play is Chell, a test subject made for testing out puzzles and getting GladOS angry.The game is short,you can complete it in about an hour or less.The puzzles from the beginning are easy and they get more and more harder as you get to the end of the game.If you are a fan of Valve you have probably played this more than once but if you're not i suggest you get this game it is worth the 10 bucks
The cake is a liekalil | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
Considering what it is (a free add a pack), Portal surprising, refreshing and very inspirational. Introduces new concepts and new puzzles constantly, and has a tremendously original game mechanics, based on the use of portals and a few elements (like boxes) that make each room into a stimulating new intelligence test. It is a little short, but it can not be repeated or stop amazing, partly due to the presence of GLaDOS, the great villain of the game. And Portal is that, besides being a puzzle game, tells a disturbing story in the best way there is: by me to be the player himself who experience it firsthand.
Refreshing, original, daring and brilliant in concept and execution. It was just getting too short.
Perfection in every aspectdaraya79 | Dec. 19, 2013 | See all daraya79's reviews »
Everything has it's own place in the world. Portal's place is in every steam library. This is just "must have" title. Based on Source Engine with great physics, graphics and story Portal is placed at the top of all puzzle games ever made. It gives a lot of fun and entertainment, also teaching You another point of view at perspective and space. After 6 years, it is still very popular and that's the best proof of it's greatness. If You still don't have it, don't hesitate to empty Your wallet for Portal... ...or maybe there is a whole in Your wallet and Your money are already on the other side?
A whole new meaning to puzzlesdrakso | Dec. 18, 2013 | See all drakso's reviews »
I would recommend this game to any person that play video games and likes to try something new. The game is... sort of a puzzle game with a very unique mechanic. As you imagine it has something to do with portals. Portals are the main mechanic in the game and with them you must try and solve various puzzles. Physics also apply to the portal jumping so you must think outside of the box on some puzzles. The controls are very easy and simple and the game is very well optimized. The graphics are reasonable and the sounds are very well done. The story that the game follows is great and it will shock you at some points. If you don't already own this, buy it. You wont regret it.
Puzzle (And Everything Else) Perfectionbwrussell | Dec. 12, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
What is there to say about Portal that hasn't already been said? It's truly one of the most perfect games ever created. Perfect is not a word I use lightly and this very well may be the only time I use to describe a game. There is nothing wasted here, there is no fat, fluff, or padding and every aspect has been honed to a razor edge.
The controls are intuitive and innovative, something you don't often see in first person puzzle games. The humor and wit is the right mix of dark and subtle and is aimed and timed with perfection. The puzzles and puzzle progression is spot on. Things will get challenging but not impossible or frustrating. The entire premise of the puzzles is unique which often is the challenge and really will have you thinking with portals, as the tag line suggests, by the end. The plot and environment will leave you with fond memories, beckoning for another playthrough. One thing of note is the voiceless protagonist. Often player characters of this sort are cited as being empty shells for the player to fill but in what I can only describe as a coup, this doesn't feel like the case with Chell. It really feels like the stoic silence is how she would react. I can't say entirely how they pulled it off but partly the brilliant writing for the antagonist is responsible.
I could go on but if you haven't played this game and you're still reading at this point you've already wasted time you should have been playing this game.
Great Puzzle Game!BigEarsCross | Dec. 8, 2013 | See all BigEarsCross's reviews »
From my countless hours playing this game on Steam I can say with no hesitation that this game is by far the best first party title that Valve has ever made (apart from the Half Life series). Compared to Portal 2 this game is more about thinking outside the box while Portal 2 was more figuring out what to do with the tools you were given. If i had to rate this game I would give it a 8/10 because even though the game is great there are some technical glitches i had went through with this game some which had to do with SLI while others where just drivers nothing that cant be fixed.
Still aliveDemilisz | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
Portal was, and still is, an awesome game. It is enough to say that to this day only one game is a better first person puzzle - Portal 2. Armed only with Portal Gun, waepon that create two portals linked together, you are suppose to complete a series of rooms, each one being a challenge on itself. While it started as easy task, it gets only harder and more interesting later on. And our only company is faithful Companion Cube and unforgettable voice of GlaDOS, super AI. GlaDOS herself is enough to recommend this game. And cake, don't forget a cake.
cake and stuffgwynplaine | Dec. 5, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »
If you missed this, you missed a piece of gaming culture. It's a game with a novel gameplay mechanic - the portal gun - and embeds it into the Source Engine. It plays like the jumping puzzles from Half life, which are not that hard. There are advanced levels too for gamers looking for more than a challenge.
But it's so much more than a simple puzzle game because of the polish that Valve puts into its games. From the humor in the script, the inanimate sidekick, to the song at the end, the game dug itself into many people's brains.
I can think of a few games today that rely on references and old internet memes for its humor. Games like Guacamelee and Borderlands take old memes and ride on other people's jokes for laughs. Portal - think of all the fanart and catchphrases from that game. It was a big part of internet culture in the late 2000s. It's still very enjoyable so get it. It's not too late to catch up.
A must have for any gamer.Thousandforms | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all Thousandforms's reviews »
It simply is a must have for any gamer, although the storyline is not extremely long it is a thoroughly good and well thought out one. very witty, challenging, and above all- freaking cool.
It was just a great implication of a simple idea that I've always imagined being a programming nightmare? - who knows maybe it wasn't hard, but it was well worth it.
If you haven't got either, than buy this one first - just for the storyline fun of it all. then make sure you buy the other one :D!
No spoilers but I really did appreciate when I thought the game would end- but didn't ;)
One of the finest games I've played.
Amazing Classic Gameeightbit | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all eightbit's reviews »
This is one of the first few games I played on PC. Its the game that got me into PC gaming. First of all, the story is a memorable one. You play as someone testing out the new portal gun by solving a bunch of puzzles. The gameplay is very fun and could get challenging at some times but the one downfall i could think of in this amazing game is that the game is too short, other than that i highly recommend this game!
Great puzzle adventurelok0812 | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
Portal was an experiment game to see if people would like this kind of genre, and people did enjoy the game but the game was sadly too short. As the player, you are tasked to control a Portal Gun that can shoot 2 portals, one for entrance and one for an exit. Then you placed in these chambers and are tasked to get from Point A to Point B. Along the way, there will be different types of obstacles, hostiles, and puzzles that you need to figure out how to get past with the Portal Gun. The game only have a single player campaign but a great campaign to play. Overall, a must get for anyone who enjoy a great puzzle game.
Perfect Puzzle GameTPCGorillaMunch | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »
Portal is a first person game in which you wield the portal gun. This gun allows you to create portals which are connected. Using the portal gun (and sometimes the companion cube) you must complete various puzzles and challenges, some of which are quite difficult. The main story isn't huge but it is very enjoyable. The game is quite humourous, with plenty of funny moments. There are advanced challenges for after you complete the story, which do live up to there name, they are not at all easy. Overall a great game I would recommend as using the portal gun is awesome.
One of the best games ive playedPh8360 | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all Ph8360's reviews »
A lot of the time, once a sequel is released you can skip the original game. This has historically been especially true of puzzle games. Portal does not follow this trend. While the second game adds many inarguably awesome features, Portal in and of itself still provides an extremely solid gameplay experience, with interesting and thought provoking puzzles. Most significantly, this game has one of the most compelling and interestingly presented stories I have ever experienced in a videogame. The first time I played Portal I finished it in a single sitting. That isn’t because it’s a short game (though it isn’t the longest), rather because the excellent storytelling made it impossible for me to leave the game. If you like puzzle games, get this. If you like games with incredible storytelling, this is the game you need.
Essential Puzzle Gamingvideopower77 | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all videopower77's reviews »
When the Orange Box released back in 2007, one of the most talked about titles was this little known game called Portal that Valve made. It's incredibly funny, clever, and a whole lot of fun.
It also has some of the best difficulty progression in a game I've seen. It eases you in and sure enough, you'll be solving crazy puzzles without an insane amount of struggle. It's main fault is that it is short but what a fun ride it is. Highly recommended for all gamers, even those who don't really like puzzles ( like me)
Talk about classics!Bytrine | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
This is a fantastic puzzle game that will get you hooked. Essentially what you're trying to do is complete various puzzles using two portal creators. One for creating them to go through, the other to teleport you to another section of a place. It gets immensely difficult and is a welcoming challenge for a player who likes to outwit a game. It's very charming and thrilling. However, there isn't really a story, notable characters, dialogue, or anything else but the completion of levels.
Is there something wrong with me?beltmatt_usa | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all beltmatt_usa's reviews »
First let me start by saying I am not normally into FPS style games. I like puzzles and I like stories. This game has a great story, but there must be something wrong with me because I did not like the puzzles. It isn't because they were over complex or that they were too easy (they were not too easy by the way) I just didn't find myself enjoying it as much as I felt I would. I like the story in the game, and the game play wasn't bad for a keyboard mouse game, but I do prefer to game with a controller. Maybe my hopes were too high when I started this? Overall if you get this game half off on GMG, it is worth it- but I wouldn't pay full price looking back.
An amazing platform puzzlerNigee | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Nigee's reviews »
The game feels much like Half Life 2 in terms of controls, but rather than shoot aliens with a grav gun, you open portals. The puzzles start off simple enough, introducing obstacles and mechanics, but once it starts combining all the mechanics things start getting challenging. You are joined by a sadistic robot who has some separation anxiety, as well as a glorious companion, but for the most part you are on your own to find out just how to get the cake.