Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative is a Portal 2 Mod. It's time to think with Gels! The Portal-Gun is gone, but the testing must go on! Grab the Paint-Gun Device and solve brand new test chambers in ways you've never solved them before!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,055 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 15, 2014

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Community-Made Mod

This community-made mod requires that you have Portal 2 installed prior to running this game.

Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative

 

Recommended By Curators

"Aperture Tag offers relatively engaging and interesting new paint mechanics with rather lackluster storylines and characters."
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Reviews

“If you're like me, when you played Portal 2, you covered every room in as much bouncy gel as possible. Well now it's a whole lot easier, and you can color coordinate the walls with orange gel.”
Kotaku

“A surprising and fresh revival of Portal 2’s familiar puzzle elements.”
Jeep Barnett

“It looks great, it plays well, and it lasts 2-3 hours, giving it good value for money.”
ValveTime

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About This Game

Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Initiative is a community-made mod for Portal 2, inspired by TAG! The Power of Paint. The familiar Portal 2 gels are now contained within the Aperture Science Paint Gun Device and it's your job to test it out!

Featuring a new personality-core and an original story with 27 polished levels; the mod offers an exciting and fun experience in varied and interesting new locations throughout Aperture Science.

Introducing gels as the core gameplay mechanic completely changes the way you solve puzzles, explore, and survive all the challenges thrown at you!

Key Features

  • New Gameplay Mechanics for Portal 2
  • 27 Original Maps and a Full Campaign
  • A New Character with Original Voice-Acting
  • In-Game Level Editor
  • Single-Player and Co-op Workshop Integration with Source Instances to create your own Paint Gun Maps
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Full Developer Commentary
  • Completely original Soundtrack by Abarax, Harry101UK, and Christopher McEvoy

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 1GB XP / 2 Vista GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher).
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a Steam version of Portal 2 Installed
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.6.7 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a Steam version of Portal 2 Installed
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
The good: well executed concept, with maps that give you a real challenge and a thrilling soundtrack.
The bad: some mechanics are not explained clearly and may take a while to understand properly.
The ugly: some overlooked bugs and rare save-corrupting crashes.
Overall: 4/5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A nice mod. And I didn't find the voice acting to be NEARLY as bad as lots of people have said. It's not bad at all.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game is one of the most fun games based off a great game. Portal 2, everyone who plays it, loves it. Unless they hate puzzles and thinking. Anyways, Aperture Tag. Its time to think with Gels. The Gels from Portal 2 are now in your hands and ready to fire. Solving more puzzles and finding the secret areas in the levels. Can you find Ratman's Hideout? Can you find the secret song in area 3 (metal version of Still Alive)? Any one who plays this game and is not happy, download the communities maps. So much potential in a short game, and it has it all. You also have the ability to add Crushers to your own maps. Good luck Test Subjects.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's hard to overstate how great this game was.
Before I bought it, I read many reviews, some of which were saying how everything about this game is awful, but some of which were saying this is a good game and worth your money. So I said, "Alright, I'll give it a chance, and hopefully it won't suck," and it was indeed above any expectations.

The main story is about as long as the original Portal, which is still short, but nowhere near as short as some people have said, and there's also single and multiplayer Workshop maps.
There is only one new mechanic, but it does change the gameplay very dramatically, and in my opinion the developers have made very good use of it, with fun and increasingly challenging maps that have different puzzles from those in Portal (2).
The narrator, I can understand why some people may find him annoying, but I like him. If you slightly lower your expectations from GLaDOS, he's pretty cool. He has a sort of theme going on that I would rather not spoil.
There isn't too much of a plot, but, again, it's fine.

I highly recommend this game.

(One last thing, you can tell quite a few of the more negative reviews are bulls♥♥t, because some people only have two or three hours of game on their account, which would never be enough to beat it.)


TL:DR
You can literally paint a ray of light. 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I only have one complaint theres no choose save only load last so everytime the game saves me were i constaly die i have to redo the chapter only complaint other then that love it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Fun puzzles, albeit simplistic most of the time. The voice acting and writing is terrible though. I wish you could turn it off.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Impersonation
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Takes one of my favorite games of all time, and adds gel guns? Get. Me. To. The. Hospital. NOW.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
It's definitely worth the price. I tought the gels would make the puzzles easier, but when I played the game I was surprised: It' might be more difficult than the original portal.
If you're a fan of portal, buy it, you wont regret

+The story is good, unfortunately the backstory is missing
+Congratulations for the voicework, before I've bought it I read some reviews that was saying the voice acting was bad. The voice acting is really good (perhaps the voice is a little thin) but it fells like portal, the robot dialoging "with you" all the time
+Funny events in the game
+Easter eggs and secrets
+Alternative endings
+fun fun fun
+I haven't found any major bug, or something that will disturb the gamplay, I think its very polished
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Great game definetley worth 7 bucks
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Amazing storyline, great soundtrack and Portal humour included! :D Really loved the new-but-old style.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game is called
Dont jugde non-real reviewers. Trust IGN and stuff.
But Seorusly guys, whats with all the hate?
Some of the best gameplay mocaninics ever,
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What NO! Im not thumbs upping COD over this!
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Be right back.


Okay, sorry.
Person who plays COD to much.
Anyway, testing with gels makes it so fu-
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OMG, Let me write one more thing!
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10/10 Play it!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Its a Fun Game I Like it a lot i Just cant stop Playing it why its so Fun c: So if you get it Hope you have Fun To
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
A really nice mod! A must have for every portal fan.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
The game is not as good as Portal 2, but not Valve was making it.
There is sadly one character, but well made and voice perfectly fits.
The levels can be hard. I mostly enjoyed the speedrun levels like the one that starts the "Stage" chapter.
I hope Valve makes crossover with this and normal Portal 2, and maybe TWTM.
About portals, there are sadly little amount of them.
About it being "overpriced", it is not. It's well made game with PeTI, but sadly not Co-oP (like 1 type of gel for person).
The character you play is, unfortunately, without backstory OR EVEN A STORY. This is the biggest fault.
8.5/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
this game's rad and makes you feel smart when you solve the puzzles
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Alright. Let's play Aperture TAG!

--1 hour later--

This game. This. Freakin. Game. For all those who had a lot of fun in 1960's and 70's Aperture in the original Portal 2, this is the game for you. Expanding on the Repulsion and Propulsion gels from the underground labyrinth known as Test Shaft 09, this freakishly fast-paced DLC/mod is a perfect step forwards in testing with Gels. Also, if you found those chambers in Portal 2 difficult, this mod also has a series of introductory courses to help you get used to them.

All in all, a very well designed game with an amazing soundtrack and killer physics.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I really like this game because it takes the Portal 'formula' and expands on it. There are a TON of high-speed action scenes, particularly the 'escape' puzzle. The only thing it doesn't do well is that it has no oculus rift support, though that would probably make me throw up. On my computer. Yuck.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Awesome, very few bugs!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
2 chapter is good. Very good.
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