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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Overwhelmingly Positive (699 reviews) - 97% of the 699 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (25,193 reviews) - 98% of the 25,193 user reviews for this game are positive.
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"

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
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PieGuy Gaming
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Fun game. It makes you think. Its funny. Not best game though. 92/100
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The Seasaw Squadrum
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Speechless. Just speechless> 100/10
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RainbowCheezburger
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Turned off by the length and the price, it's called The Orange Box.
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ThaeVish
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I adore everything!!!

Just play it, stop waiting around!
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Dynamic_
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
A complete mind-bender, Portal fills in the gray area between puzzle games and first-person shooters. Portal can and will be entertaining for hours upon hours on end. The story while overall fairly short is very intriguing and is a blast if you want to get into it.

Game rating: 98/100

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ToGrhgoroFtiari
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
i want to use portal gun to ♥♥♥♥ myself
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TimeTwiddler
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The cake is real! Or is it..
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Amiyah
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This is my all time favorite game. The puzzles are very well made and the comedy is flawless to me. Truely a wonderful game.
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EnderDoge420ワウ!
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
if you like puzzles this will be even more fun,even if you don't like puzzles you will still like it
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NeonJean
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
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Razonix
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
When I've gained the Orange Box for present I was mostly interested in Team Fortress 2. Either way, that Portal game caught my attention so I decided to test it before all the other options. I don't regret one bit, although it's a somewhat short game it's extremely fun. I've tried some of the challenges but I think that I don't have enough patience to go after all the available achievements. Besides that, it also raises a really important life question: Is the cake actually a lie? See it for yourself.
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Max Payne
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Good game. But only a day i complete this game
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andries1990
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Fun and fast puzzle game.

Liked: evil robot commentary, puzzles

Dislike: the game is not long enough! (Portal 2, here I come!)
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[G.a.K.] PooTis Fartware
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Last time I checked, the cake is truthful. It also exploded because the molecular volatility is exploding through the roof, and even 0.01 volts of electricity can send the cake flying in 948,723 ways, at least 5 into your mouth. Scientific Gibberish is the way to go if you want to confuse people.
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Fire Flame Gamer
( 76.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
If you love teleportation to get to places, this game is for you
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Andreas444
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Short but nice game.
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Lizard Wizard
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
THE CAKE IS A LIE
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cyxdefly
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great Gam1!1
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Jay The Bearded
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Fun game, gets you strategizing even though this game is yeeears old it's good. The only complaint I have is the storyline is too short!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
After completing the game over four times, and doing the majority of things in Portal, I think I’m ready to review the game. So, Portal is a puzzle-platform game, developed by Valve, and as you cleverly-observed from the title ‘Portal’ there are… Portals, to help you pass each test chamber (best synopsis ever). Thus, I shall just jump straight into the review, which has been split into ‘different sections’ before giving my overall score and final opinions.

Story

The game has quite a simplistic story – the protagonist (Chell) has to navigate through a total of nineteen test-chambers with her Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or simply the ‘portal gun’. She is essentially a lab-rat for GLaDOS, who is an artificial intelligence that would guide and monitor the player. I won’t say any more than that, as it does get quite interesting by the end of the game. When I played through the game for the first time, it took me about three to four hours to complete with that time getting shorter and shorter as I knew how to get through each level, but there was never a point where I felt I paid far too much for the game, and I felt that the game’s length suited the value.

Gameplay

Obviously, throughout this game you use portals. At the start, you can shoot blue portals before obtaining the ability to shoot orange portals as well. This concept was clearly reused by the game ‘Narbacular Drop’; I believe the people who made that game also joined Valve in making Portal. This idea was interesting enough on its own, for a short game, but they added a few more mechanics such as the Weighted Companion Cube coming into play, or the usage of speed benefitting you in quite a few puzzles. And I liked how Portal applies physics to each of its puzzles, thus making each solution seem more logical (well as logical as portals existing anyway). Of course, it’s nowhere near as in-depth as a handful of gameplay mechanics that has been introduced in the game’s sequel – Portal 2, yet because of the game’s length and style, it holds on its own and I never felt bored by the simple gameplay.

Replayability

After completing the game, there are further options to lengthen your gameplay-time such as attempting the Advanced Maps, which are quite challenging and they are pretty much just harder versions of existing maps you’ve already done in the original game. There’s also Portal Challenges which involves you trying to beat a puzzle with the least amount of portals, least amount of steps or the fastest time possible (however as of yet, I haven’t tried this option). But aside of trying to claim achievements, finding Easter eggs, finding different ways to do the same puzzle or attempting speed-runs of the game (I managed to complete the game at around 2.1 hours on my last attempt), there is very little reason to actually run through the game beyond a second, or even third time. Yet, even then, I still feel like this game is worth your money and your play-time may reach five-seven hours, if you disregard achievement-hunting or other activities within the game.

Overall

This is a relatively shorter review, than to my first one, which suits the relatively shorter game (despite twenty hours of playtime) but honestly, this game must be acknowledged for its gameplay, its humour as well as its difficulty – as I have to say that the last four to six test-chambers do a good job of challenging you initially and there were fond moments, where I stopped and thought “Oh!!! That’s how you… …damn.”, after wasting length proportion dying and head-scratching. I can honestly say that this game was a memorable experience for me, when I first bought it a couple of months ago, and it is as fun and enjoyable as it is now, with me now having fond memories of many different sections within this game. I must recommend this game to all, as this is a great game with many great qualities and almost no flaws aside of length (which is not even a major problem for me). Therefore, I’m giving the game an 8/10 and I would highly recommend people to buy it whether you are ok with the price, or whether you wish to buy the Portal Bundle on sale (Portal 1 + 2) for a relatively cheap price, it’s up to you. Thanks for reading my review!

My Scoreboard

1/10 ---> 4/10 – Not worth it.

5/10 ---> 6/10 – Below Average/Mediocre.

7/10 – Above Average.

8/10 – Great.

9/10 ---> 10/10 – Outstanding + Must Own.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
The pros: very well made game, original idea, the environment is pretty nice too,... But the best pro of all is that the AI voice is simply hilarious XD.

(SPOILERSSS) I quote: There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn't come, because you murdered him. All your other friends couldn't come either, because you don't have any other friends. Because of how unlikeable you are. It says so here in your personnel file: unlikeable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikeable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. "Shall not be mourned." That's exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you were adopted. So that's funny too.

F**k, just for the monologue of the AI, I'd play this game again a thousand times =P.


The only con: too short ! I finished the game in 3 hours (bonus maps excluded), I want more ! =D.

Every steam library should own this game (get Portal 2 as well if you can). ^.^

I'll finish by saying... the cake is not a lie !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
At the time this review is being written, the game is now around 8 and a half years old, and still looks STUNNING! The storyline, in my opinion, is fantastic, and there are plenty of fan theories about it that can be found by a simple Google search. The price des this game justice. The testchambers are put together in progressive difficulty, and the escape is one of my best moments on gaming, although I do play mostly simulators, so there may be better ones.
You need logic in this game, think outside the box, but not too far outside the box. I'd also take the things GLaDOS says with a pinch of salt, maily because she is very sarcastic. Need more persuasion, read the other 24, 516 positive reviews. Just BUY IT! NOW! IT'S MANDATORY!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Get this,. and then get Portal 2 as well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Buy it, play it. You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Short but nice game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
you can put holes in walls just like my dad of the steps.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Still one of my favorite games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Very different to what I usually play but still very enjoyable
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Portal is the game that taught us that first-person perspective isn't only for blasting zombies.
Portal is the reason it has become basically impossible to have a conversation involving cake.
Portal is the inspiration for hundred of mods, spinoffs, imitations, and evolutions.

If you haven't played Portal, you're not only missing out on an excellent game, but also a sizable chunk of modern culture. It's the video-game equivalent of not having watched A New Hope, The Princess Bride, or Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Portal is a first-person, physics-based puzzler in which the player is guided through a series of test chambers by a snarky, disembodied voice. The main gameplay mechanic involves the portal gun, which allows the player to create a wormhole between any two points, provided that she has line of sight to them, and that they're covered with specially treated portal surface. Test chambers require the player to manipulate various combinations of buttons and switches to advance, and creative use of portals is generally necessary in order to do so.

While this description alone may not be selling you, the things that really make Portal shine are the attention to detail, the fantastic level design and the superb writing, which combine to transform what could have been a spectacularly dull game into a cult sensation and the seed of an entire genre.

Go play Portal! For Science! And cake!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
efsane oyun kaç defa bitirdim emin değilim ama her defasında aynı keyfi aldım
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Geralt of rivia hate this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Wonderful puzzle game with the perfect level of difficulty. The main story does a good job of teaching you everything you need, while still challenging you. If the story ends up too easy, they have bonus levels that will (I've yet to beat them all) - remakes of the levels with time limits, step limits, or other strange changes (like making the floor kill you).

Mostly, we all love GLaDOS.

If you like puzzle games and haven't played this yet, there is something wrong with you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Pros:
+ puzzles that are fun, challenging and unique
+ GLaDOS is the best part of the story mode
+ end credits song is great!
+ runs perfect on PC
+ the game came out in 2007 and the graphics are pretty good
+ lots of challenge
+ it has CAKE!

Cons:
- short story mode, too short...
- not much replayability
- the time trail and step challenges are a NIGHTMARE!

I recommend this game. If you don't like puzzles this might change your mind, the puzzles are actually good for the most part.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
While short as (insert bad lennyish joke here), ze pure density of fun is higher than the cancer that is the game's community.
11/11: It's alright.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Amazing game. A very original idea, beautifly crafted and fun puzzles that will keep you entretained.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
A very fun, but rather short classic by Valve that anyone and everyone should play.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
The cake is NOT a lie... well, it's old, but still tastaes just as good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
One of the best games I have played
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