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 (32 reviews) - 81% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (1,982 reviews) - 75% of the 1,982 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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Very Positive (32 reviews)
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CipherCraft618
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
A slightly challenging, fun game, that plays around with a simple but great new idea. Definitely worth the money.
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Msalinas2877
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
One of the best mods what i played
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Die_a_Lot
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
An amazing game. Buy it. You definitely regret it if you don't.
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☀ Pokolgép
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
A lot harder then the original game itself in my opinion. Gameplay takes about 2-3 hours (1 hour if you manage to keep them solving really fast)

In my opinion it's a bit untested/not polished perfectly because i managed to skip atleast 1 if not more levels by jumping really high and getting on top of platforms that you are probably not supposed to get on...

For the full price it's an alright "game" but if you can get it while it's on sale then it's a great deal especially if you are a fan of the series!
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Tylord678
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
YOU SAID IT WAS FOR MAC! WHEN I OPEN THE GAME IT CRASHES AFTER THE LOGOS! I WANT A REFUND! MABY BEFORE YOU SAY THE GAME'S FOR MAC, HOW ABOUT YOU SEE IF IT IS!
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Tazzy
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Fun game takes 6 to 10 hours to complete depending on how good you are. I speedrun portal 2 so it took about 3 hours for me. Also has a easy to use editor to make maps and puzzles! 8/10!
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AbsoluteVacuum
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Music, plot, gameplay, maps, tasks... All is perfect. 1o/1o
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Janos Biro
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Great Portal 2 mod that allows you to use a gel gun. Very creative design. Not much of a great story or funny narrator, but still very good.
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Gamer#1
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
when "Watch Paint Dry" came out on steam I wanted it immediately. The day I got more money added to my account, it got removed. Perfect Alternative 4/1
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FLÄISUM
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
In the words of jacksepticeye,
BOING-EEEEEEEEE
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Qyndryx
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This is an awesome mod! I really enjoyed playing it, even though I have not finished the game yet! The campaign is just really, really fun. The concept is awesome and I am surprised Valve never batted this game mechanic. I think Valve should adopt it into one of their games. I think it would be an awesome game! Could you just imagine this in VR?!

The community test chambers are really fun to play around in. I have played several of them and I am willing to play a lot more of them. I have created one and I am also willing to create a lot more of them since they are really fun to make. I got quite a few visitors on my first test chamber so I am intrigued to find out how others would react to some of my other test chambers.

I recommend playing both of the Portal games before playing this (even though you require Portal 2 to play this) so you get a little bit of insight as to what everything is in this game. Such as the level theme.

Other than that I can only recommend this game or mod (whatever you wish to call it.)! It is awesome!
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schorak597
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
this game needs to get fix
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rafal.mo11
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
The mode is good, i just cannot find anyone online to play with at all
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The Fifth Horseman
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
If you enjoyed Portal 2, Aperture Tag is largely more of the same, but replacing the portal gun with a gel dispenser, lending itself to a rather different approach to the puzzles - including a few recycled from the original.

It's... okay, I guess. The story is barely there, and the gameplay lacks some of Portal's wow factor, but overall I found the game quite enjoyable.
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Bassmatrix
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Pretty uniteresting and not really enjoyable.
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atlantike
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Not bad, playing only with gels changes the game but nothing tremendous. The story lacks some originality and the gameplay can be tricky if you have not a good habit of Portal (2). Only for fans.
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The Ocelord
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
It's like Portal 2 but with "paint guns", 10/10.
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austinthegamer12
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
i do not reccomend this game because everytime i start it up and try to play it always says portal2.exe has stopped working
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ProperWumbo
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
A fun mod for portal 2.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
It's like Portal 2 but with "paint guns", 10/10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
If you enjoyed Portal 2, Aperture Tag is largely more of the same, but replacing the portal gun with a gel dispenser, lending itself to a rather different approach to the puzzles - including a few recycled from the original.

It's... okay, I guess. The story is barely there, and the gameplay lacks some of Portal's wow factor, but overall I found the game quite enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Its extremly hard when you get into it, but you get used to it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I received this game as a gift. It's very innovative, and it really makes me think. I love games like that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
when "Watch Paint Dry" came out on steam I wanted it immediately. The day I got more money added to my account, it got removed. Perfect Alternative 4/1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Not bad, playing only with gels changes the game but nothing tremendous. The story lacks some originality and the gameplay can be tricky if you have not a good habit of Portal (2). Only for fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
A lot harder then the original game itself in my opinion. Gameplay takes about 2-3 hours (1 hour if you manage to keep them solving really fast)

In my opinion it's a bit untested/not polished perfectly because i managed to skip atleast 1 if not more levels by jumping really high and getting on top of platforms that you are probably not supposed to get on...

For the full price it's an alright "game" but if you can get it while it's on sale then it's a great deal especially if you are a fan of the series!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The mode is good, i just cannot find anyone online to play with at all
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
I get it, the creators really liked Portal and Half-Life series, but my god this game is so unpolished.

I managed to get out of bounds 6 times, completely skip 2 puzzles, and skip 4 complete sections in puzzles.

The only limiting factors i bumped into were artificial difficulty and the worst level design i have seen in an FPS puzzle recently.

+Soundtrack is great thought.

Edit: i have 6 hours played but 4 of them were AFK, i opened the game and left the room. 2.4 hours to beat the campaign
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I feel like the biggest complaint is that this is an average-quality mod with a price tag to it, as opposed to several mods of very high caliber without any dollar sign attached. I actually like Nigel's voice actor (as opposed to the other negative reviews). However, the ability to solve some puzzles in very unorthodox and unintended ways, 'fake' difficulty (timing and precision being off in the slightest can kill you in some puzzles), and the fact that you can break out of the map because the walls aren't high enough in some places are really unnappealing. Unlike most other single player mods, story is severely lacking in this one, only really banking on Nigel's quips and your paranoia that he might pull a GLADOS. The co-op tag is a total fluke, by the way. There's no co-op.

Update: Found the alternative ending. It isn't much different from the previous one, really, (assuming you follow the path they expect you to take) just a change of scenery. That little extra effort for nothing new.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
First off, this is a great idea for a mod, but I believe that it wasn't executed properly. It focuses heavily on testing rather than the story, and the story isn't that good at all anyway. This mod needs more exposition. I bought it and I conclude that it should not be worth the $4.99, this mod should be free as there are other mods out there that are much better and are free. Its fun if you're looking for the mechanics at least. Everything else is lackluster.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Aperture Tag: The game that recreates Portal 2 where, instead of portals being the main focus, you use gels.
The gels you can use at any given time are controlled by a new type of fizzler (Typically, green enables one or both gels, and purple disables both)

I suppose I should start with the story...
There is none. Aperture Tag does not have a specified timeline holder in the Portal universe, you are simply another test subject. However, you are not alone. Another personality core is introduced at the beginning of the game - Nigel. Unlike GLaDOS, Nigel doesn't have anything against you, and is more passive. He provides some speech between test chambers and instructions in other places, but that's about it.

The puzzles.
Most of the tests in the game have a decent design. All elements from Portal 2 make a comeback - Emancipation grids, excursion funnels, light bridges, even portals. Some tests, however, are either overly complicated or poorly created in a way that the gels can be exploited for shortcuts.

The escape.
When I first walked into the ALSSER room, I had no idea there was a 2nd door. I also did not know I would need to run anywhere, because I pressed one of the buttons before Nigel could even mention it. So for a good 30 seconds after I pushed the 2nd button, I was not aware of my objective at all, until I finally realized there was an opening that looked like it required propulsion gel. Even afterwards, the sequence requires some trial and error (Unless you just want to give up with that button). Most of the escape wasn't difficult at all, but on some occasions running up the long 45 degree angle wall, I lose momentum for no reason and can't make it to the next faith plate.


The ending. (It's an obvious reference to Portal, so I won't spoiler-censor it)
I walked into the last test, saw the elevated platform path line in the distance, and immediately knew what was going to happen. And hell, was I disappointed. However, an alternate ending exists where you can close the pit and instead be sent up an elevator to the surface... or so you'd think. Yeah, both endings are not only incredibly anti-climactic, but they result in your death. Just look at Portal Stories: Mel. The ending to that game is actually reasonable, but here it's just "Alright, that concludes the tests. Now testing protocol states that I have to kill you."

The verdict.
Aperture Tag is a decent game overall, if you have some spare money sitting in your Steam wallet and you're bored. The tests are unique, the solutions are clever, and honestly, who doesn't love coating the entire interior of a room with gel? The voice acting isn't terrible, but just one character is a little underwhelming. Personally, I'd wait until this game is on a discount to purchase. Even though the paint gun opens new possibilities, at the end of the day, I'd much rather be thinking with portals instead.

7.8 / 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
It's a good mod, but it has some tricky timing/platforming parts, where you'll die many times over. If you only want puzzles, avoid this game. The game is not that long (3 hours) and the voice over isn't the best. Some of the solutions to the puzzles involve a novel idea, so that's cool.

Recommended if you want more after Portal 2 and Portal Stories: Mel, and if you're not allergic to timing and platforming.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Nice fanmade game, takes advantage of the gels from Portal 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
This game is very fun, and im not just saying this because im a fan of portal games. It presents almost entirely new gameplay mechanics and a new perspective on multiplayer games, as the co-op requires the cooperation of 2 players and understanding of the games gel mechanics and gun along with the portal gun of the earlier games. The only promblem I've had is an occasional missing texture.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This is a great game, the only thing wrong is that they did not include a boss fight 9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
A unique type of mod from others in the Portal series, Aperture Tag forces you to put down your portal gun in exchange for a new type of handheld device capable of shooting the mobility gels which are featured in Portal 2. The few early puzzles I have solved are easy to figure out but difficult to execute due to the game's mechanics. Small but significant things such as the gun spraying gel lower than I aim, as well as extremely precise jumps which cause me to fall into acid on almost every attempt, essentially make the game an unplayable experience. I paid good money for this game and am so far impressed with its gameplay mechanics and story, but until I can complete a level without making a proper jump only to fall a few inches short of the platform I am supposed to land on, I won't be able to play and/or recommend this game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Childs play, mostly easiest Portal mod i've been played, i want my refund of R$ 3,14 now!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
The mod lacks polish in some very frustrating ways;
Dialogue needs work (writing, not necessarily audio)
Level design needed tweaking (might have suffered from the playtesters being too familiar with the solutions - ledges a little too far away, textures not lending to intuitive game flow/discovery, etc.)

I probably would have more to say if I bothered to play it longer, but I couldn't justify spending more time on a sub-par product.

I do not recommend spending money on this mod.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Now i personal enjoyed the game because of its interesting new way to solve puzzels and it takes place in the best science facility in the world, aperture science (even better then Black Mesa)

cons:
-Not much of a storyline
-it costs yet there is better mods for portal 2 out their that won't cost you a sent
-its hard, REALLY HARD.
-you can only get ONE soda at the end :(
-there is no CAKE!!!

pros:
-interesting new way to solve puzzels
-steam workshop (not that many active users but there is still some stuff)
-good voice acting
-nigal makes a rude comment by saying: "you have the bladder of a pregant woman"

In all its a decent game but its still lacks things that other portal 2 mods have mastered. If you are a big portal fan like i am you'il probably like it and if your the 7 year old that bought portal and says "im the best at puzzels games i have portal 2" but never opened it, well it might be hard for you young boy so stick to minecraft.


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