Portal Stories: Mel is a community made, free modification for Portal 2 based in the Portal universe. It tells the story of Mel, who meets a new personality core and faces an undiscovered threat to the Aperture facility.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (143 reviews) - 97% of the 143 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (7,844 reviews) - 95% of the 7,844 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 25, 2015

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June 25

Happy Birthday Mel! And more updates on our future!

Happy Birthday Mel!

It’s been two years already since we released Mel and the reception has been amazing! We’ve taken your feedback and implemented a whole variety of new features, such as story mode, new subtitles, Steam cloud saves and official avatars.

So what are we up to nowadays?
Since the release of Mel we’ve released Portal Stories: VR and in August last year we announced that we started work on a whole new game: “The YR-Initiative”.

During the last couple of months we have concluded that the initial timeframe we’ve set for ourself on the YR-Initiative wasn’t going to work out, and we have decided to temporarily halt development on the YR-Initiative whilst we focus on creating another, smaller (non-VR) game.

Introducing: The Captives.
The Captives is something completely different from what we’ve done before: it’s a top-down adventure game, with a strong focus on combat. We’ve been working on this in secret for a couple of weeks now, and we’re very happy with the progress so far. We hope to be able to release the game in the fourth quarter of 2017. We’ll talk more about The Captives sometime in the close future, so keep an eye out on our social media: Twitter and Facebook

A screenshot of the Captives in early production

So what does this mean for the YR-Initiative?
Our primary focus at the moment is on The Captives; then, once development on The Captives slows down towards its release, we’ll re-focus on the YR-Initiative. We still think the game is going to be awesome, and we’ll still release it, but it will be later than we originally planned.
We are however very pleased to announce that the YR-Initiative will have both a VR- as well as a non-VR version of the game. Both versions of the game are designed together, with separate user interfaces and controls for each version, to provide the optimal experience for both versions. So you’ll be able to play the YR-Initiative in VR, with your keyboard/mouse or with a game controller.

The YR Initiative has developed quite a bit since the last update

Once work has concluded on The Captives, we will continue development on the YR-Initiative.

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About This Game

Portal Stories: Mel is a community made, free modification for Portal 2 based in the Portal universe.
It tells the story of Mel, who meets a new personality core and faces an undiscovered threat to the Aperture facility.

1952, in the early years of Aperture: Science Innovators, Cave Johnson’s scientists experimented with whatever they wanted. Not everything worked as it should have though, but that wasn't going to get in the way of the progress of Science! Mel unfortunately took part in a faulty test called the Aperture: Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. When she finally wakes, there is a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility and a new device called the Aperture Handheld Portal Device, her mind races with questions. “Who is this imposter Cave Johnson?” “What happened to the facility and its staff?”

"What happened to me?"

Main Features
  • 22 levels, with an estimated gameplay time of ~6-10 hours
  • Custom Story with 350 separate in-game voicelines
  • Over an hour of custom music with the Free soundtrack included
  • Huge amount of custom assets
  • 27 steam achievements
  • Standalone mod (You do not need Portal 2 installed to play)
  • Free to Play (You must own Portal 2)
  • Logic based puzzles, not execution based puzzles


How do I play this game?
Go to the steam store page http://store.steampowered.com/app/317400/ and click the "Play Game" button.

Why is this game not available in ?
The translation for our mod has been done by volunteers only. For some of the languages we couldn't find people, or translations weren't ready for release.

I wanna help out with translating this mod into ?
Sent us an e-mail at support [at] portalstories [dot] com

What do I need to install Portal Stories: Mel?
You need to OWN a copy of Portal 2 on your Steam account in order to be able to play the mod.
You DO NOT need to have Portal 2 installed.

Are there plans for another Portal Stories?
No current plans, we just finished working on Mel!

This test is too hard! Help please!
Here's a youtube Playlist of the entire mod, it should help you solve your puzzle!

Where can I download the soundtrack?
The mod will be shipping with the soundtrack!
It's in Steam/steamapps/common/Portal Stories Mel/Soundtrack
We will be making it available on iTunes soon as well!

I wanna donate some money!
Due to licensing we cannot accept payments.
Instead, consider donating to a charity!
Extra Life: http://www.extra-life.org/
Child's play: http://childsplaycharity.org/

Can I use your music whilst doing a video on Portal Stories?
Yeah! Our music will be released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.
So, you can keep the music on whilst playing!

Get ready for an incredible adventure taking place in the gap between Portal 1 and Portal 2 with Portal Stories: Mel.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 8.1/Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • 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 or higher
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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