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!
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Very Positive (52 reviews) - 82% of the 52 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (2,169 reviews) - 76% of the 2,169 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 15, 2014

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Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative

 

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 Testing 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
  • Access to the Source Files used to create the Aperture Tag
  • 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).
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a Steam version of Portal 2 Installed
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TheKidsFoundTheGuillotine
10.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
This is a bit of an interesting game. That's because it's not a game. It's a paid-for mod. And it's one of mod quality. Where it doesn't feel like a game. There are all kinds of obvious corners cut and quality control issues throughout the game. Yet even with these problems, this game is worth it. The gameplay is good enough to make up for the fact that it's of mod quality. Plus, the quirkiness that is created thanks to the areas of poor quality helps to give it it's own feel. I can definitely say that I had as much fun playing this as I did playing Portal 2. If you're looking for Portal 3, this isn't it. It plays nothing like Portal, seeing as you can't control the portals, and the quality is clearly not on the level of a real Valve release. If you want Portal 3, check out the Portal 2 mod "Portal Stories: Mel." That being said, if you're looking for a unique take on Portal, or a unique take on Tag: TPoP, this is for you. If you're looking for a story continuation (albiet disjointed with the established lore), this is for you. If you're looking for a new 3D spacial puzzle game, this is for you. I reccommend this game ...*ahem*... I mean mod, with a rating of 8/10. Despite the low quality, the main mechanic makes it completely worth the purchase.
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TF2.Emp | [VRG] hoof | trade.tf
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
COVER EVERYTHING WITH REPULSION GEEEEEEELLLLLLLL

*bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**bounce**splash*
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f0x
26.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
It's alright. Nothing more.
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Atrus
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 20
Good enough for 99 cents, even though some of the maps relied too much on perfect reflexes. It was nice to play some more with gels, something that Portal 2 didn't do quite enough of. The story is... there. Portal Stories: Mel works certainly much better in that regard.
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BlutacianPineapple
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
Before I bought this, I was thinking : Yay, a Portal 2 mod! It must be awesome! I had just finished Portal Stories: Mel, so, looking back, I realise my expectations were very high, singe PSM is the best mod ever. To cut a long play session short: It's crap. I mean, yeah, sure it had pretty good tests and an exellent mechanism, the goo gun, at heart, but what I wanted was a story, a background to that story and basically just something to add to my timeline of Aperture. It gave me tests. The core you are under the observation of puts many many question in your mind, a perfect time to answer them I think to myself as I play. But are they? Nope. Not one. And the ending ( I wont actually tell you it) is fast, it's the scurry round crazy type (What? Whats heppenning? I've got to get out! No! It hasn't got good ye-) and you can see how it wasintended to be humorous, but it just ain't. Waste of money. You should get PS:M instead, it's free and the best ever mod.
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SnowyDude74 #RentalvMashups
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 19
As much as I love this mod, it has some flaws. Such as, how it costs money. Buy it, but don't feel proud you bought it.
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Noobygamer123
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 18
CONFUUUUUUSSSSSEEEEDDDD
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Kilorelv
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 16
Absolutely amazing!
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DreadPirateGillman
11.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Not quite as intuitive as Portal, and definitely not as puzzle oriented. Requires a bit more basic video game skill than Portal did, but it's a ton of fun and worth every penny.
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MegaHacker
10.7 hrs
Posted: August 15
TLDR:
Fun game but the level editor needs work

Full review :
Very fun game. It sticks true to the Valve experience. It is essencially Portal but without portal controls... I know, it doesn't make sense but stick with me.

Portal focuses on puzzle solving in situations with potentially lethal consequences.

The place is directed by a sentient AI and you are forced to solve puzzles for this AI for it to ultimately attempt to murder you.

However, you manage to escape and the AI allows you to leave.

This is essencially what happens in Aperture Tag.

I like how the end has two possible scenarios and I didn't figure out how to reach the second scenario ( I didn't even know about it ) until I watched a Youtube video on it.

I love the fact that you guys put in a level editor and a Steam workshop to enable for test chamber building and sharing but the editor needs some improvements.

Improvement 1:
The doors cannot be rotated. This makes them essencially pointless as you are restricred in where you place them. This needs to be fixed

Improvement 2:
The curved ramps as seen in the story are not in the editor. Those were fun and IDK why you didn't put them in but you should put them in.

Improvement 3:
Rotating panels as seen in the story are not in the editor. You know, the ones that you have to rotate to be able to launch at them and bounce off of them. They should be in the editor.

Other than that, it is a brilliant game. Kudos
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
I honestly, trully think you should buy this game. Here's why:

The game isn't actually that short, 4 chapters that take about an hour each (Like 2 hours on the last one) And a ok story. The communtiy test chambers rock, you can use the paint gun, have auto portals, and more!

The hammer editing and the game looks beutiful (Most of the time) 1 Problem is for most of us we have to use a weird resolution, and the game usually crashes on start, (Takes FOREVER to fix) But besides that, I reccommend this game, it isn't to expensive (You could wait for a sale again) And play it! It took me about 4 hours to finish on my first playthrough, and speedrunner's still have it be an hour, this game isn't a month long, but it will last.

Final answer: Buy it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Aperture Tag, for lack of a better description, is a mod remake of the 2009 Digipen Institute of Technology student game Tag: The Power of Paint. The team that developed The Power of Paint were hired by Valve to work on Portal 2. Their concepts were introduced in Portal 2 as the repulsion gel and the propulsion gel. Aperture Tag utilizes the gels to create all new gameplay, reminiscent of The Power of Paint.

Gameplay wise, Aperture Tag works and has some very good puzzles. Even though the puzzles are pretty good, speedrunners managed to break them all. The music is fantastic, as it was created by Harry101UK, Christopher McEvoy, and Abarax. I never heard of the Abarax, but after I did some research, it turns out they do some really good music. The music is very similar if not identical to the stylings of Pink Floyd. Abarax is not a very popular band, so I fully encourage checking them out.

Even though Aperture Tag has some great elements and workshop support, there are some issues. Personally, I could never warm up to Nigel as I did with Wheatley. I think that’s partially due to the voice acting. There are also various elements that did not need to be there, or if the developer wanted them there, they could have been more prominent, like the Citranium.

Other than that, you really cannot go wrong with buying Aperture Tag, though I would tell you to wait till its 50% off or more. For a 2-3 hour campaign and plenty of workshop maps, Aperture Tag is a good addition to anyone who enjoyed Portal 2.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Good 3hr game, well worth the money if you'er looking for more Portal.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative. Good gameplay, fun game mechanics, fun puzzles, really feels like Portal, but, TERRIBLE voice acting. Seriously, Nigel is cringe-worthy. Please do something about this. It takes away so much from an otherwise good game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
326 of 344 people (95%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
Story:

+ Excellent Story Proccessing
+ 2 different endings
- Doesn't matches with Portal 2's story
- Aperture Science actually doesn't have A.L.S.S.E.R

Characters:

+ Nigel is your only friend
+ Nigel sometimes gives you really good advices
+ Nigel reflects its emotions perfectly
+ Nigel talks at unexpected moments (such as when you do something that you actually shouldn't do)
+ Good sense of humor
- Nigel doesn't have a backstory

Environment:

+ Old Aperture levels are amazing
+ At Test Chamber 3 (I think) you can see one of the darkest and biggest test shaft of all time
+ Excellent detailing
+ There are lots of alternative ways to solve puzzles
+ Behind the Scenes areas are really show you behind the scenes of Aperture universe
+ When you finish a test chamber, you have to use "transport tubes" (like Portal 2 testing apparatus transportation tubes) instead of standard elevators. And you'll see more behind the scenes areas while travelling in tube
+ Some levels don't require loading
+ You solve some old style puzzles in salt mine caves
- Some logical problems
- Cubemap, water reflection, and some visual problems (like lighting issues)
- Some textures repeating (and it's bad)

Music:
+ Awesome soundtrack
+ Sounds and musics supports environment very well
+ You can feel lots of emotions while listening musics
+ Steam Soundtrack support (without payment)

Graphics:

+ This game builded on same Source Engine version as Portal 2 uses, so graphics actually same as Portal 2
+ Awasome fog and lighting effect
+ Deep environment feeling
+ Nigel looks so good
- Repeated, streched textures

Voice Acting:

+ Lots of people don't like voice actor of Nigel, but for me, its good
+ Nigel can reflect his emotions very well

Overall score: 91/100

Thank you for reading my review.
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1,766 of 2,171 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
After playing the game through to completion, I can tell you right now that this is not worth your time. The paint gun makes puzzles FAR too easy, especially when they begin recycling levels from portal 2 itself. The voice actor I'm sure tried his best, but it was not good, I'm sorry, making the personality core sound like a shoddily modded dimwit. Also, the core is never actually used as a core. It could have remained unrevealed for the entire game and it would have felt no different.

Gameplaywise, I spent a considerable amount of time shouting at the gun's physics. Some levels require you to move quickly spraying gel in front of you, but the physics-based gel BARELY MOVES FASTER THAN YOU DO - as a result, you have to KNOW something is there and spray it long before reaching it or the gel won't register as it lands at the same time you hit. Fail to know, and the level - there's one specific level I'm griping about - becomes a chore where you have to memorize every single thing and prepare for it long in advance - before you can even SEE it.
Other than that, the gel idea just felt too lazy. The whole game felt too lazy. I have seen more effort put into many workshop maps on portal 2 itself.

Would I complain normally? No. But this mod actually has the gall to CHARGE MONEY. And when so many mods are out there that are FREE for Half Life 2, Portal, so on so forth - hell, the entire GAME of team fortress 2 being free, this mod is NOT worth any money, period. It is unpolished, buggy, feels VERY lazy the entire way through, and has a terrible ending that leaves you thinking "That's it?". It tries many times to crack jokes also in relation to the Cave Johnson style in Portal 2, but the bad voice actor coupled with terrible, very obviously poorly scripted dialogue makes it simply an annoyance.

Now, on the other hand, the music is fantastic. A++. Someone give the composers an award. It's one of the only reasons the mod remains playable with all it's issues, lame recycled art style, lame concept, bad dialogue, bad voice actor, bad physics reliance, etc. The music was beyond fantastic and I hope they release it for purchase or download or something.

I was also very impressed with the audio system that utilized speakers to send out music, which rather than simply having some strange background music playing in a game gave a bit more of a sense of immersion, as you know the core is playing the music and that it was intended as part of the level, while also giving the developers a chance to toy with the music using dialogue from the core too.

The only other thing that impressed me was a single plot twist, but personally, I do not find it enough to justify paying for this when so many games that are entirely free can out-match it on all levels.

All in all? DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS. If they ever make it free, which they won't because they're probably getting a ton of cash right about now and don't frankly care, then it is worth it as an above-average mod. As a paid mod, which I can consider a full game? What else can I get for this price...

Well, you wait for a steam sale and literally every single game is as much or less than this mod...
The entirety of the tomb raider franchise is available, with each game costing the same or barely more than this mod...
Civilization 3 is cheaper, along with Binding of Issac, Plants vs Zombies, Half Life: Blue Shift...POSTAL...Half Life Opposing Force...Any of the sonic the hedgehog games (classic ones, which are great)... I'm just running through the list of games under $5 right now and finding ones I know are good. This mod at full price is $7.

DO. NOT. BUY. IT. As mentioned, if it's FREE, it's worth your time. If it's PAID, spend your money elsewhere. Do not support this new "money for mods" deal, because you know others will follow suit if this takes off.
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234 of 304 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
I wouldn't complain about this mod if it were free, but charging for it doesn't make sense. It's significantly lower quality than a lot of free mods (Time Machine and Mel for example) and feels uninspired like the creators weren't actually into Portal as a series. The more difficult puzzles, as other reviewers have said, are based more on fake difficulty like requiring timing or luck over actually figuring out complicated solutions.

To put it simply, it's good, but not worth selling. Got tired of it fast even though I didn't pay for it myself.
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335 of 462 people (73%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2015
It's an insult to charge money for this mod, when larger, infinitely better mods (Portal Stories: Mel) are available for free. Further more, I found this mod frustrating more than anything else. On the last puzzle I tried I had to try a jump about 30 times before finally making it. I've played about a hundred different community levels for Portal 2, so I know my way around the game. When a puzzle is so finely tuned to doing an action within a few milliseconds in order to succeed, I find it more frustrating than fun. This mod was just frustration upon frustration, without a single element of actual fun. It's definitely not worth the money, and it became the first game I've actually requested a refund for.
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542 of 772 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
I played this for a few hours and it's buggy, incomplete, most of the puzzles require actually doing the objectives, you can typically just blue gel off a couple ledges and bounce yourself to the end. The main voice is identical to how it sounds in the second video if you want a preview; it doesn't really feel like I'm even in anything related to Aperture Science at all as far as aesthetic goes. You can download the same number of hours in content for essentially the same thing playing a wide number of the PeTI maps that over-use gel, especially any ones made in Hammer. Because of that, this really isn't worth the money. If you don't mess around and just do the puzzles, I imagine it's maybe 6 hours of gameplay. At $6.99 you're paying more than a dollar per hour of content.

Deal breakers
-Voice acting
-Writing/story & lack thereof
-Tests aren't blue-gel shortcut proofed
-Fizzler doesn't always disable your gel gun, which causes serious game-breaking issues
-More than an hour of hand-holding for puzzles, including portions where the VA gives you a turn-by-turn, literally, on one of the levels

Deal makers
-The map design is thoughtful: there are a few, albeit non-interactable, ratman lairs and such
-A good couple handfuls of the tests can't be bypassed completely with just blue gel, as far as I've playtested
-You can get like $1.00 back selling the Steam trading cards, while this is new, at least
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493 of 713 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
How disappointing.

At first I was really looking forward to this game as I enjoyed both Portal games a lot and coop in Portal 2 was great. The price is quite high for such a short game (and a mod at that) but I really thought it would be worth it. Oh how wrong I was.

I played just under three hours now, the first 30 minutes I spent adjusting the settings (who the ♥♥♥♥ uses a default resolution this low? - ♥♥♥♥ed up all my windows) and trying to play coop. The almost complete absence of coop maps was a pretty big letdown, the two maps that were working were awfully short. Also the host using the portal gun was somehow missing his weapon, I as player two was shown using the paint gun.

After that I decided to give the single-player campaign a try. The graphics are somewhat mediocre, not terribly bad but far from excellent (those fugly turrets, seriously).
Don't get me started on the voice acting. The original Portal games featured _amazing_ voice acting, some of the funniest ♥♥♥♥ I've ever heard in a video game. And then there's this crap. Some dude with a speech impediment trying to emulate GLaDOS and failing miserably. After roughly the third or fourth test chamber I seriously considered muting the game because it sucked so bad.
Gameplay. Well. I think the basic idea is pretty good as I quite enjoyed the chapters using gels in Portal 2 and most of the puzzles were quite enjoyable but ♥♥♥♥ that jumping. I HATE jumping puzzles in FPS games and for example in chamber 3 there's a rather small margin of error and I died quite a few times over the course of the game.
In my opinion the puzzles were somewhat unique although, having played through Portal 2 two or three times, a lot of elements were familiar and as such not terribly difficult.
Which brings me to my next complaint. It's ♥♥♥♥ing short. Not even close to the five or six hours mentioned elsewhere, two and a half at most. The story has little replayability and there's no multi-player content so that's it. Three hours, five bucks. Killing Floor is five bucks (on sale) and I have nearly 700 hours played there, just for comparison.
Also the end. Seriously guys. You think that's a proper ending? I won't post any spoilers here but I will say it's pathetic.

Bottom line: do not buy. At least not at this time, with an official coop campaign included it may be worth it.
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