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.
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Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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December 8, 2014

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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

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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
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93 of 100 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Portal is definitely a one-of-a-kind. It's quirky at best, but it also remains clever, resolute and perfectly presented to those with a quick-wit and a scientific explanation for including physics in a well-thought out and intelligent game, all with a touch of dark humour.

You awaken in the deserted Enrichment Center of Aperture Laboratories; a fictional science research corporation, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Known for the creation of the handheld portal gun, as well as the heavy rivalry the complex has between the Black Mesa Research Facility. (The scientific complex focused in Half-Life. Half-Life and Portal both share the same universe.) in Portal, you play as the silent protagonist, Chell, from a first-person perspective as you are challenged to navigate through a series of cryptic chambers, all the while being accompanied by the voice of the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System (GlaDOS for short.) which the sociopathic robot subsequently reveals the rest of the plot to the player, through various and long-winded narration throughout the game.

What strikes me most surprised is this game's ingenius concept and profound knowledge of linear momentum and physics. Your only weapon in the game, if you can call it a weapon, is the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device. It's main and only ability is to create two distinct portals, an orange and blue portal, which both create a visual and physical connection between two different locations in three-dimensional space. Keep in mind that neither portal are both an entrance or an exit; all objects that travel through one portal will exit through the other. This unique concept will soon be taken to the test, as you explore, solve and escape through 19 mind-wrecking chambers. And what is this reward you get for all this mind-wrecking work? Why it's none other than cake!

While on the subject of sweet chocolate butter-milk frosting, assembled with maraschino cherries on top, this all turns out to be a crude lie, and you're sent to be burnt to a crisp by GlaDOS. As you narrowly escape death, you navigate through the many things that Aperture Laboratories would have wanted to keep as a secret to the rest of the world. You soon (or later, as this game has a way of messing with your head.) find yourself exploring the air vents, the sewers of the facility, as well as the abandoned, deserted offices of those who mysteriously left, along with empty food supplies and crude drawings that uncovers a much darker history of the Laboratories.

But you're not alone in this deranged prison of a laboratory, your square-buddy (and probably only buddy) known as the Companion Cube, will accompany you throughout a few of these chambers, as it has a handful of most needed traits; involving you using it as an extra step for those hard-to-reach places, using it as a shield against deadly lazer spheres and deflecting them into switch mechanisms, and even going as so far to hold out weight-activated button switches. Sadly, with every chamber completed thanks to your Companion Cube, you will have to eventually abandon it and leave it for trash, in the Emergency Intelligence Incinerator. What a true friend to the end!

When cracking down to the lifespan of this game's story, it's actually pretty short. But, with each new chamber you progress through as well as the differculty beginning to rise at a much faster pace, the longer the chambers will begin to mess with your head and could leave you stuck for a good couple of hours, stumped. I'm guilty to say that I even needed a walkthrough to deal with a couple of these cryptic and twisted chambers. But then again, that really ruined the experience for me a little, considering I like to figure things out much more independently. So, if you can unwrap things around your mind quick and efficiently, you may experience the amazement and ingenuity for yourself. I'm pretty jealous in fact!

This game is a massive recommendation for me, the scientific aspect of portal and three-dimensional space used in this game is best described as baffling. Valve must have been truly blessed to ever release this game, as it touched the hearts of kids, adults and professional scientists alike.
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
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Graphics:
+ coherent test-labor optics
+ chic portal effects
+ atmospheric lighting
- sterile, unadorned levels

Atmosphere:
+ insane computer voice
+ great mix of humor and anxiety
+ weird references to fellow sufferers

Sound:
+ funny computer announcements
+ funny credits song
+ brilliant English speaker

Balance:
+ completely logical puzzles
+ no time pressure
+ perfect learning curve

Level Design:
+ intricate and yet logical levels
+ alternative solutions
+ ever-increasing challenge

Physics:
+ believable gravity
+ consistent implementation of the portal concept
+ items behave realistically
+ physics

Weapons & Extras:
+ brilliant portal gun
+ amiable automatic firing devices
- to a few different level modules

Story:
+ linkage with the half-life 2 universe
+ the end is not the end
+ great finale

Game Size:
+ archievements
+ comment Mode
+ difficult levels for professionals
+ time and portal challenges
- solo playtime around 4 hours

Multiplayer: no multiplayer

Yes, Portal is incredibly short. Nevertheless, it is one of the most impressive games of late. Not because it was a technical milestone, on the contrary. It dispenses with the general technology arms race and focuses entirely on its core: logical thinking and black humor. So get rid of, and buy portal. End of story.

Score: 91 / 100
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69 of 76 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Excellent, unique, creative, and amusing. It's both challenging enough puzzles to be interesting, and short enough to not be tedious. Just like this review.
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77 of 92 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Heres a challenging puzzle for you: name one thing wrong with Portal.
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61 of 70 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 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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47 of 59 people (80%) 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 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
13.4 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 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Portal 1 is art. From the puzzles to the action, the game never fails to keep gamers happy. Though short, it is fun, innovative and creative. 10/10.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
I finally completed Portal. I dont really know why it took me so many years to play this game, but i dont regret buying it.
Great storyline and very interesting puzzles that create something that blows your mind. I definitely gonna start its sequel soon, but i totally going to finish this one more time. Definitely worth buying.

10/10
24 hours on record.
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96 of 165 people (58%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
Portal is a unique and mind-bending experience that I am so grateful to have the chance to play. There aren't many people who don't know this game or haven't played it. If you haven't already got this game I urge you to get your card out and buy it straight away. It's a one of a kind and with the sequel being even more astonishing it is definetly worth the money. From the iconic ending, which has one of the most catchiest songs I have ever listened to, to the briliant and hilarious dialogue. It is simply a masterpiece!

However, there are times where it can feel a tiny bit repetitive and a bit too hard for most average people like me. But it will never stop you from wanting more and it will never stop you from having a briliant experience.

9.5/10
Truly one of the greatest games I have ever played.
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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.8 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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36 of 61 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
The cake is a lie.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Portal. Great Game. Unlike me to say only a few words, but just WOW. I recommened this game to everyone on Earth.

-Raymond K. Turcotte
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
A truly unique experience (and I should know; I played this on the Xbox 360 at one point). More of a puzzle game than a first-person shooter, you use the portal gun to solve puzzles and find the exit for each testchamber. It introduced some innovative gameplay and one of the most memorable (and hilarious) villains in gaming.
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