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Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.
The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.
Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.
Different type of puzzlerShaide | May 10, 2015 | See all Shaide's reviews »
This game is mind blowing. Seriously, I'm not even that far and my brain is hurting. This is a puzzle game unlike others before it. The idea is to make your way from point A, to point B. However to do this, you use a gun which can open up a "Portal", which is basically a hole ripped in space leading to different locations of the room. Often times you can pop out of a portal, just in time to see yourself running in. The idea is simple, but the rooms get progressively difficult, and no matter how good at puzzles you are, there is going to be occasions that require you to sit and ponder while you wear your thinking cap. A must own for those who like to push their minds to the limit.
The younger brother of the greatest 3D puzzle game!Ho0pz4sho | May 6, 2015 | See all Ho0pz4sho's reviews »
A masterpiece itself, the first installment of the Portal series comes with awesome graphics and a never-before-seen idea for puzzles: the use of a portal gun that creates 2 types of portals, allowing you to complete the puzzles in the most fun and amazing way I've ever see. Taking into consideration that the game offers only single-player, 8-9 hours of gameplay for completing the game 100% + extras is quite good. The fact of the matter is, the story is so great, that you will probably end up completing the game without even noticing that time flies so fast!
The cake...Obsessor | May 2, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
...is a lie. By now, probably every gamer knows these words. Portal is short, fun. and somewhat challenging. It's a 3D FPP puzzle/platformer with a crazy story, and even crazier arch enemy. I've finished the game in less than 3 hours. There are challenge maps and hard mode though, so if you find the game too easy, you can try those, and it's bound to give you some challenge. Portal is a very good game, one of those "must play" ones.
Great puzzle platformerhoward195 | April 17, 2015 | See all howard195's reviews »
I played this through with keyboard and mouse. Due to this, some techniques like the long jump became unnecessarily difficult. I definitely recommend a game pad. I made it through most of the challenges without having to check a guide. Usually, it just comes down to your timing and speed. The dialogue from the AI is great, as is the song at the end. Beyond the main game, There are many challenges and modes. You can even play with friends. Definitely a thinking game, not always for the impatient gamer. While it is first person, you're not going to be slaying robots left and right.
Amazing...If You Like Puzzlesfaerie241 | March 9, 2015 | See all faerie241's reviews »
I love puzzle games with all my heart, but I am aware that not everyone does. That's how everyone reading my portal review should look at this game. If you are a fan at looking at a room with no easily visible solutions and forcing something to work in order to progress, then Portal will be perfect for you. If, however, all you want to do is move through the game quickly in order to get to the next plot point, then you may want to move on. This game gives you the feeling of what it must be like to be a lab rat endlessly running mazes for mad scientists using the portal gun, a "weapon" of sorts that allows you to make portals that will allow you to walk from one room to another It's a really fun concept that will leave you scratching your head more than once while trying to perfect portal placement. The one negative to this game is its length. It's only a 4 hour playthrough, and a good portion of this game is actually a tutorial that teaches you the basics of portal placement. That said, however, there are a lot of recreated harder versions of the levels found in the story that will allow you to really flex your puzzle-solving muscle. In conclusion, if you like puzzles a lot, then you should definitely play this game