From the creative mind behind The Adventures of Shuggy comes an exciting new retro-styled 2D platformer, a winner of Dream Build Play 2012 and a top 50 game of 2012 according to Game Informer. Grab the gateway guns and explore a huge lab filled with mysterious puzzles in this classic platforming adventure.
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Very Positive (140 reviews) - 94% of the 140 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 13, 2012

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“An inter-dimensional 8-bit masterpiece”
5/5 – Gamezebo

“a genuinely smart, incredibly challenging puzzle platformer, that’s just packed with ideas and extremely well executed”

“escapes from the shadow of its obvious inspiration with no small amount of ingenuity”
8/10 – Edge

“An inventive progression of the portal-shooting mechanic”
84% – Indie Game Mag

“Ruthlessly clever”
79% – PC Gamer

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About This Game

From the creative mind behind The Adventures of Shuggy comes an exciting new retro-styled 2D platformer, a winner of Dream Build Play 2012 and a top 50 game of 2012 according to Game Informer.

Grab the gateway guns and explore a huge lab filled with mysterious puzzles in this classic platforming adventure. Use gateway technology to leap from one place to another, change size to explore small passages or defeat large enemies, walk on walls and ceilings to reach new areas and even travel in time to work together with past echoes of yourself.

Move seamlessly between different areas of the vast labyrinthian map with no waiting for loading screens as you explore and discover new power ups. Use each of your new abilities to progress further, unlock shortcuts and find even more power ups. Can you escape?

Key Features

  • Travel across a room instantly using gateways.
  • Change size using the resizing gateway gun.
  • Interact with your past echoes using the time travel gateway gun.
  • Walk on walls and ceilings using the rotation gateway gun.
  • Sprawling open-world design.
  • Use Gateway's sophisticated help system to discover if you can solve a puzzle and even watch the solution played out in front of you.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB video RAM and at least Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Hard Drive: 44 MB HD space
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB video RAM and at least Shader Model 3.0
    • OpenGL: OpenGL 2.1 minimum and OpenGL 3.2 recommended
    • Hard Drive: 72 MB HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS or Fedora 17, fully updated
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB video RAM and at least Shader Model 3.0
    • OpenGL: OpenGL 2.1 minimum and OpenGL 3.2 recommended
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB HD space
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Very Positive (140 reviews)
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Binary Wolf
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 30
So you know how to think with portals? Now try thinking with time portals.
I originally expected this would be just a 2d portal demake, but it quickly shows itself to be much, much more. Almost all the puzzle elements are unique to this game, and they're quite challenging and fun.

  • Catchy music
  • Mind-bending puzzles
  • Tight controls
  • Workshop support

  • Story is really bland and predictable. Doesn't affect gameplay at all, but feels like a wasted opportunity.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: July 15
This game is absolutely worth playing if you like puzzle games and satisfying challenges.

Gateways is the story of a scientist trying to find his way around his own lab that has been commandeered by some alien life. At every step of the way he faces obstacles which he has to use his wits to overcome. Thankfully, you can find out if you are able to solve any given puzzle fairly easily so you know whether to go for it or give it up for the time being. With power ups such as those that allow you to jump higher, make yourself larger or smaller, and use copies of yourself to solve puzzles this game is jam packed with cool ideas. The game is challenging at times but brings a lot of satisfaction and is all around a lot of fun.

The one negative thing for me is that figuring out how to use the time power is hard to do, especially iinitially with little explanation of it. But if you can master it - and it does take time - it is wonderful.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: June 29
Very nice puzzle game. The puzzles are challenging (sometimes so much that I'm really grateful to the developer for including the purchasable solutions), the controls work fine and the art stile is not bad. What I don't like about it is that it depends heavily on upgrades, a ton of the areas are locked at the beginning and can only be reached as you slowly get the various guns and upgrades that allow you to solve the puzzles that lead to those areas. I bought this game because I assumed it would have been a 2d version of portal, and at the beginning it was. But portal's low skill floor was the thing that made it such an awesome game: you had one simple tool with 2 modes and you had to master them. As you progressed through the game the levels became more and more difficult, but the tools you had stayed the same, which allowed it to be a game with huge depth with very little complexity.
Something that this game is sadly not. But it's still enjoyable, for a few hours. At 0.99€ it's a no brainer.
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23.8 hrs
Posted: June 15
its like portal the flash game but not super ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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4.1 hrs
Posted: April 5
Very clever game. The difficulty curve of the puzzles keeps going up. I've never finished the game since the latter puzzles get *very* hard, but I would still definitely recommend it for the earlier ones.
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7.9 hrs
Posted: March 8
One of the greatest things about bundles is that you regularly get good games you didn't expect. Occasionally, you get a game that's absolutely amazing and, of course, you absolutely don't expect it. Enter Gateways, a puzzle platformer, where you guide a professor in his lab with a surprisingly complex topology. Someone's been interfering with his equipment, Monkoids are rampaging everywhere, and his most powerful tools are missing. Let's help him gather his stuff and get out of the lab!

Gateways mixes the elements of many puzzle platformers - you can teleport via portals (of, well, Portal), you can manipulate time and your past selves (like PB Winterbottom), you can rotate gravity (like in many other games), and you can also change your size. All this combined together in a dual portal gun mechanic. Sounds like it would never work? Certainly. But defying all common sense, the creators of Gateways managed to create a mechanic that not only works but works wonderfully. With a bit of practice, that is. Growing from the portal mechanic, the entire control scheme and UI is very sleek, and the action is very well flowing, making it difficult to stop playing.

What about puzzles? First, it bears mentioning that the game plays in one huge, complex lab where further and further areas open as you solve puzzles. Some of these are quite easy (the difficulty curve is gentle up to a point), and later in the game some of them are really tough, and sometimes, though very rarely, a bit unfair. But I guess it's not a real puzzle game if you sometimes don't feel like bashing your controller into the screen :) However, the online help system is there to help you when you're stuck.

Presentation-wise, the game has excellent visual design paired with rather ugly, huge-pixel-style graphics. I'm not sure what's the reason behind this choice, but the game is absorbing enough to forgive this flaw. The music is also excellent.

Gateways is a really enjoyable puzzle platformer with more focus on the puzzles than the platforming. Recommended to everyone who likes the genre - it's tons of fun.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: March 6
Gateways starts off like 2d Portal and then advances to more with all sorts of different Portal-style guns, but for other things like time.

The game starts off pretty fun.. but its difficulty curve. Ugh.
This summed it up:

It goes from basic and fun with just enough challenge to keep it exciting.. to ♥♥♥♥ing tedious and ridiculously hard.

Now, since I last played it I heard it was patched to have an easier difficulty mode.
I might give it a go sometime, and if I find it much better then I'll re-post this review.

Until then, I can say it was a really neat game ruined by an overly extreme difficult curve.
It had a lot going for it. The visuals were cute and the music fit well. The gimmick was awesome and playing a Portal-style game in a 2d sidescrolling environment was awesome.
In fact, I enjoyed the time playing this game more than the actual Portal games.

Regardless of the difficulty I experienced, I think its worth giving a shot for sure.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: February 27
At first, Gateways looks like a clone of Portal minus the Z-axis. And for the first twenty or so minutes, that's basically what it turns out to be.

However, it isn't long until the game's true nature reveals itself. It's a cross between a metroidvania and a puzzler. The game takes place in a single massive level, and you're supposed to go from place to place gathering powerups that let you go to the next place. Those powerups are new puzzle tools you use to solve the puzzles blocking the way to the next powerup. It even has optional powerups, just like any good metroidvania.

It's put together quite well. There are help points for each puzzle that can first tell you (for a small cost*) if your current powerups are enough to solve the puzzle and, if so, can then show you (for a large cost*) how they are solved. That being said, the puzzles (at least thus far) have been trivially easy to solve. Maybe the tough ones are reserved for the end of the game. We'll see. At least it has a level editor and workshop support.

*These costs are paid with in-game pickups. I figure this is worth clarifying in this day and age of in-app purchases.
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8.6 hrs
Posted: February 25
Fun puzzle game. Would recommend to those who enjoy puzzle platformers like Fez.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: February 20
There have been a lot of clever puzzle gimmicks over the years. There were time clones in Braid and P.B. Winterbottom, rotating the world in And Yet It Moves (shame about the game), and portals in... well, Portal. Did you ever think about combining them? Because that's just what Gateways does, and it's even more mind-bending that you're expecting.

You play Ed, a brilliant, balding scientist whose sprawling lab has just been ransacked. To get to the bottom of whatever it is, you're going to need to retrieve his greatest inventions, the gateway guns. There are four in total, each granting you a remarkable power over space and time. You have your basic portal gun that lets you go in one end and pop out the other. Then there's a resizing gun that lays down a big portal and a little portal, making you bigger or smaller depending on which one you enter. There's a rotation gun that works like the portal gun except it maintains your orientation, essentially rotating the world around you. And there's a time gun that lets you loop over the same span of time over and over, creating clones of yourself. You'll also find a few additional tools, as well as bonus upgrades like higher jumps and more time loops.

As you locate the portal guns, you'll encounter all sorts of puzzles throughout Ed's rather open-form laboratory. Your map will helpfully point out the next key puzzle to tackle, but you can always go searching for side paths and bonus puzzles that you might be able to solve with your current abilities. Each puzzle is helpfully marked with a Help Point, where you can spend a few orbs (found in tricky spots all over the lab) to confirm whether or not you have the right tools to solve the puzzle, or a lot of orbs to view the solution and skip the puzzle. It's a clever system for avoiding frustration, especially if there are gateway guns you're having trouble coming to grips with.

The puzzles start out as good introductions to your fantastic powers, and grow steadily into reasonable challenges. After a few hours, you'll probably have a solid command of each gateway gun, and be wondering why there are still puzzles you can't quite work out. And then you find the power that lets you use all the guns simultaneously, and the difficulty curve launches into space. Honestly, just dealing with a handful of time loops or working out a rotation maze taxed my brain to the limit. Combining them overwhelmed me to a degree I didn't think was possible anymore. You'll be using time portals to send your tiny past self to hold a switch while your giant future self reflects a laser through a right-angled portal into another switch so your present self has a few seconds to slip through a gate... or at least that's what's expected of you.

Gateways is pretty much everything you could ask for in a puzzle platformer, taken to almost comical extremes. It looks good, sounds good, has plenty of puzzle gimmicks, items to collect, secrets to find, and enemies to squash (in strangely bloody fashion, too). But it's going to challenge you in ways other games don't, and it will keep pushing until you've fully mastered every aspect of your powers. I reached a point where it got to be too much for me, a level of complexity far beyond Braid or Portal or anything that inspired it. If you're seeking that challenge, don't pass this one up, and even if you aren't it might be worth a try.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Really solid metroidvania with portalesque mechanics... might seem like a rip-off but its really done so well and transfered so naturally to 2D that its a game that deserves to be played by any platformer enthusiast that likes their action mixed in with a heavy dose of puzzle solving.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
You will hear a lot that this is mix of puzzle platformer and Portal, with an indie taste. But the game is original, and fun. Very simple mechanics but yet good puzzles presented to the player not too difficult, some require more thought than others and its really nice when you figure out on your own how to do it. But fear not, if you get stuck you can obtain the solutions right in the game and you can move on to clear the next level/puzzle. Lacking a bit of better sound effects and music, but those are still adequate to the game.


Portuguese translation:

Você vai ler bastante que esse jogo é uma mistura de quebra-cabeça em plataforma e Portal, com um jeito indie. Mas o jogo é original e divertido. Envolve mecânica bem simples, mas os quebra-cabeças são interessantes mas geralmente nada complexo, alguns necessitando de mais tempo e experimentação para dar certo e é bem legal quando você descobre por conta própria. Mas não tem problema se você empacar em alguma parte porque você pode obter a solução de dentro do jogo mesmo. Os efeitos sonoros e músicas tem pouca variabilidade mas do jeito que estão se encaixam bem com o jogo.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
This game really does surprise you. It comes off as "portal, but in 2D, and minus the sense of humor." And well, it kind of is, but it does so much more. The puzzles get progressively harder and more complex as you get different guns, and the last sequence of puzzles before the end is kind of just completely brain-melting. There's a surprisingly high execution factor in some cases, as well. And this is only the normal difficulty. I've not played the game's "hard" mode but I doubt I'd be able to complete it if I did. The graphics are kind of ugly though, all things considered, but that's a minor knock against it.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Gateways is the game Quantum Conondrum should have been: A fun, clever game that takes Portal-thinking to the next level thanks to the new portal types. A must buy for any Portal fan.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2013
A brilliant little metroidvania puzzler in the vein of portal. The story is mediocre, but this is a gem of gameplay.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Easily the best 2D puzzle platformer I've ever played.

Given the game-mechanics, it's impossible not to compare this game to (the puzzles in) Portal 2. The lack of a third-dimension makes the portal-only puzzles much easier than in Portal 2. However, Gateways also adds several game-mechanics not found in Portal 2, such as the ability to change gravity or travel backwards in time. The new mechanics are introduced continuously throughout the game, keeping the puzzles fresh and interesting. Additionally, they ensure the puzzles are challenging even to Portal-veterans.

My only complaint about the game is that it's so short (~4 hours of gameplay). However, when that's my only complaint about your puzzle-game, you're in very good shape, especially for only $5.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2013
Awesome game! At first it's simply Portal in 2D, but then there are "gateways" of size change, time travel and gravity change; at the same time you can use a flashlight and a mirror to activate light sensors. Quite a brainf...

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Have you ever played Portal? Did you like it? And have you ever wondered how would it look in 2D, with pixelarty cartoony graphics and with other portals like resizing ones? Wonder no more and try this logical platformer game. The puzzles aren't totally easy and will make you scratch your head from time to time. The rooms are vast and there's a lot to discover. I really like this game's take on Portal ideas and mechanics and I recommend it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
This game puzzles will melt your mind, It's NOT a Portal 2D. There's much more depth in game mechanics, altough there's almost no storyline.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2013
Portal in 2D? More like Portal on steroids!
The fact that this kind of games are constantly compared to Portal may be unfair, but it's rather unavoidable, given the presence of a precese of what's basicly 2D version of the portal gun.
As one of four different kinds of portal guns. The most mind bending of these has to be the one that created portals in time, altough the gravity changing one comes as a close second.
All in all, the game is a solid puzzle platformer with a heavy emphasis on puzzles, later of which could take me up to an hour just to solve one. The pixel graphics may be a bit too pixely for some, but overall the presentation holds up, as does the user interface. Mostly. Juggling the extra tools can be a bit of an hassle sometimes and you'll hope there would be an easier way to set the portals up as you reach the point were you're just tweaking your solutions.
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