Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (16,684 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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"A first-person physics puzzler developed by Valve. Use a Portal Gun to navigate a series of tests as a human lab rat, guided by the friendly A.I. GLaDOS"

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December 8, 2014

Portal Update Released

We have released an update for Portal.
Changes in this update are:

  • Fixed missing video card configuration files causing lower than expected default settings when running the first time
  • Fixed bug with threads getting lower priority than expected causing performance issues on OSX and Linux
  • Fixed bad damage indicators if you changed resolution while playing

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About This Game

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
Helpful customer reviews
116 of 129 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Set in an old and abandoned Apple store from hell, Portal is the game that you think it's as easy as it sounds at first, but then realize you feel like an idiot for thinking that the levels are impossible when really you could clear them in a few minutes each. You're promised a cake from Valve's idea of if Shodan from System Shock 2 and HAL 9000 had a baby girl and almost die for it

the only con to this game is that it's too *&%^$(! short

15/10
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96 of 115 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Kinda short but worth the ten bucks I was gonna use on ramen and soda.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Short Verdict: A great puzzle game strongly based on spatial orientation, physics and some platforming. If you don't know it already, the basic premise is having a gun capable of shooting two portals, between which you can travel to solve puzzles. Portal is a classic and, as you'll see below, I can hardly say anything bad about it. You should at least try it (there's a demo available, or so it seems)!

Pros:
  • Smart puzzles, with great balance between pure thinking and skills (a bit too much on the skills side for my personal taste, but I wouldn't say it's a con)
  • Great atmosphere that builds up throughout the game
  • Fun side-quests, like finding radios and taking them to the right spot, and also putting down security cameras
  • Even has advanced levels and challenges for hardcore players

Cons:
  • Apart from Least Portals, I couldn't find challenges any fun, especially the Least Steps challenge.
  • Carrying objects around is slightly too clumsy. For instance, I'd like to be able to rotate what I'm carrying.

Bought on: Got it as a gift from Xsesis! Thanks a lot! It's been as cheap as US$ 1.99 (or R$ 3,99) on Steam. That's a steal! Definitely worth more.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Oh how i wish Valve would make more single player games there good at it

Don't get me wrog Valve's Mutiplayer games are just as good BUT REALLY VALVE IS AMAZING AT making single player games but sadly There will be no more games from valve single player or mutiplayer


But portal is a amazing game

9.9/10
Why 9.9 you might ask Because I really wanted that cake.


Oh and I became gay for a cube
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80 of 121 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
"It's like Skyrim with cakes"
10/10 - IGN

"Wow much cake such lie"
11/10 - GamerDoge


cakes/1337 would cake again
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
if you are reading this then you are late to the party now come we have plenty of cake
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Portal is a very interesting game, your given a gun, and your main goal is to complete all the tests chambers with that gun, without getting killed, therefore you will earn yourself cake The cake is a lie! . Portal has it's pros and cons, some of which are the concept is absoulutley...AMAZING! You will probably never see a game like this again, so it's best to get your hands on it. The music? There is none....just kidding, beat the game and you will find yourself one of the best songs you will ever hear. This game is actually kind of scary too, some of the sound effects and looks, can give you the spooks, and that's more in Portal 2 though, since it has creepy looks at the beginning, loud noises and all the goodies you could imagine. Here's the bad part, theres only about 3 hours of gameplay. If your looking to get all the achievements, it's right around 30 hours, and theres only like 12? 13? They're ridiculously hard. Some of them, requires you to move 2 steps. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU DO THAT? Yea, the achievements are hard. Second game? Theres 1 achievement thats tough, get 1 friend who's NEVER done co-op before, it can be tricky, but it's still worth it. Both games are filled with story. If there was a third one, I'd totally get it, without a hesitation.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Everything that you've heard about 'Portal' is true. Well, if you've heard nothing but great things about it, that is. Because this is easily one of the greatest puzzle games to ever be created. Hell, it may even be one of the greatest games created, period. It's like 'Half Life 2' but on crack! You thought crack was bad for you, didn't you? Well it turns out that crack is good when combined with elements of puzzle solving and first person shooters.

'Portal' may be short, but it's pretty damn cheap too. And when you take into consideration the difficulty of the added challenges after you've completed the story, it should take a decent amount of time to complete.

Nevertheless, it's refreshing to see a first person 'shooter' without bullets and if you haven't picked this game up that's something that you should probably be doing right about now.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
ENGLISH and Italian Review
Recensione Inglese ed ITALIANA


English:

Come on... You have Steam and you haven't played Portal yet?? You're crazy. You shouldn't even need reasons to buy it. But, if you insist... it's an ibrid shooterplatformpuzzlelogicsomething where the reasoning, the logic and the physic reign. Not enough? It's a nice and funny game. Not enough? At the end of the game they give you cake!

Italiano:

Ma dai... Hai Steam e non hai ancora giocato a Portal?? Sei un pazzo. Non dovresti nemmeno aver bisogno di ragioni per comprarlo. Ma se proprio ne vuoi, è un ibrido shooterplatformpuzzlelogicqualcosa in cui il ragionamento, la logica e la fisica la fanno da padrona. Non basta? E' un gioco simpatico e divertente. Non basta? Alla fine del gioco ti danno una torta.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
A game I just finished roughly in about 2 - 3 hours (the difference being all the "figuring out" time), Portal is a game certainly worth owning.

This is from a person who blindly bought Portal 2 without any prior knowledge of its earlier surprise success or without the imagination necessary to fathom how "portal mechanics" in of itself, without any other additive, be a good game.
Though I enjoyed the pacing, character dynamics, and indirect indie movie-like world building in Portal 2 more, going back to see how it all began will help explain particular jokes and flesh out many of GlaDOS's warped programming. If there's one complaint about Portal it's that, yes, it's a bit short even if for $10 but it's not like you aren't gettiing your entertainment/experience value and its chock full of special features for further insight if that's your sorta thing (it is to me!)

One complaint that might not bother others but sorta bothered me - again because I'm comparing it to 2 instead of vice versa - is that the game wastes no time piling complexity at you versus in #2 how it could often blend world building and exploration more frequently. It's a case of tight budgeting vs. free property reign but I feel it should be addressed.

All in all, Portal again cements Valve's rep at never offering inept neurally challenged games. Believe the hype or challenge it, either way, playing any entry from the series will add something you'll cherish in your life.
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152 of 267 people (57%) found this review helpful
281 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Are you serious? This game has a 98% Overwhelmingly Positive reviews and you're looking at the negative comments? Stop wasting your time and get it already!
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
One of the Few games that manage to creep me out, even though it wasn't a Horror game... In Portal, you (Chell) have been ordered to complete Tests for your Garenteed, Safe, Exit by GLADoS. You feel so alone in the Test Chambers, although you have GLADoS speaking to you, (They feel like Old recordings..) you still have that alone feeling.. Until you meet the Companion Cube.. You'll see what I mean soon enough.. Apart from the Rattman Dens, and the Creepy Turrets.. This game is truly a Masterpiece!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
The Portal games were two of the games that I already owned on the xbox that I found worthy enough to purchase again on steam. Both games are quite wonderful, and are equally deserving of a playthrough.

Pros
+ The graphics are a bit dated in terms of newer games, but look wonderful for their age, and run smoothly on most machines. I will sacrifice top notch graphics for playability any day, and this game doesnt make you sacrifice either.
+ Voice acting is strong, clear, and adds another layer of awesome for this game.
+ The game is a puzzle platformer game with enough challenge to give your brain a workout, but not difficult enough to make you want to throw your laptop out of a window.
+ It has GLaDOS in the game. I put this under pro simply because her commentary throughout the game is hillarious.
+ The game has achievements. Pretty self explanatory.

Cons
- There is little replayability for this game, other than to hear GLaDOS speak.
- I experienced some crashes at inopportune times, but could not figure out if it was a hardware conflict, or something else.

Final Thoughts

All in all, this is one of the most fun games that I've ever played. The humor used within the game is right up my alley, and the game itself runs well and gives me enough of a challenge to feel satisfied after playing it. I do feel that most games this old aren't worth the full price on Steam, but this game is an exception- largely due to the amusement factor. I would rate this game an 8/10.
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48 of 80 people (60%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
The cake is a lie.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
I will be brief: I downloaded demo and played for 5 minutes. Then I removed it, went to the store and bought Portal 1-2 bundle. That same f'n day - 16 of July, 2011. The consequences: 50+ hours, all challenges done and the place earned in my digital heart for ever.

The first Portal is for sure shorter, has less story and features than the sequel. Though it has something... the mistery, the charm, the feel of menace, elegant sci-fi scent and terrific GLaDOS who hasn't went over the top yet. Valve, put your sorry Dota 2 down and please make games like this.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
One of the best first person games ever made in the history of video gaming. Amazing idea which was executed brilliantly. A completely different approach to puzzles which requires a lot of thinking and patience of course. Don't waste your time on walkthroughs. That's the beauty of this game. You might spend hours on some test chambers but trust me, this game's worth every second you spend on it. Puzzles have never been so fun.

10/10 will shoot portals again.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
funny fun and AMAZING. thats all of it
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Get it now press the "Add to Cart" button NOW!! or I'll fill your room with turrets
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
It may be short, but boy is it sweet. Portal is one of those rare, perfect games.

Playing through Portal, you'll be treated to delightfully subversive dark humor, which slowly gives way to a creepy, sinister atmosphere. The gameplay is rock-solid, too - challenging, but not unfair to the player. And without spoiling anything I can tell you that Portal has one of the best video game characters this side of 2000.

Long after you've finished it, this game will stick with you.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Pretty much the best game i've played in a while! It was really worth the $9.99!
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