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 (687 reviews) - 97% of the 687 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (25,221 reviews) - 98% of the 25,221 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.

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    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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Johnny Gat
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Vital testing aperatus destryoed.
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Greenblend
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
A childhood favorite.
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minhauF
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Old but gold!
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8-Bit Txchniques | trade.tf
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I was promised cake.


The Cake is a Lie.
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Phoenix
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 5
This is a different kind of puzzle game that challenges you to see things differently. It will forever be in my top 10 games of all time, and a wonderfully fun experience.
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SeamusOlarry
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
If you enjoy puzzles, you need to play this game. Even if you don't enjoy puzzles, you probably should play this game. It's just that good. I thought it was a strange concept when I first heard about it. "So it's a FPS, but I don't shoot bullets at bad guys? It's a platformer? That sounds stupid!" But I tried it and was floored! I couldn't stop playing it! It's great for developing problem solving skills, and it's funny.
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ParkerThisIs
( 98.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Legitimately one of the best games ever made. Tight level design, excellent story, funny dialogue, inventive gameplay, clever puzzles, excellent pace, etc. Every night, I shed a tear for the people who have yet to play this game.
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CaPTAINbUTTcHEEKS
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This game is amazing. To make it simple, I put it in a pros and cons list.

Pros:
Smooth gameplay
Amazing story
Could be run on a potato
Fun

Cons:
You haven't bought it yet.

There! I made it so simple GLaDOS could understand.
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Maillake
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
A real classic which needs to be played!






#TheCakeIsn'tALie
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Hexinvir
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This seriously might just be my favourite game of all time, certainly high on the list. It is such a well made game, in terms of both the design, and the execution. The puzzles are fun, interesting and engaging, the honour is very well done, witty and sarcastic, and it is just a fantastic game. If you are AT ALL on the fence about buying this game, I cannot recommend this game enough, it simply is a must play.
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Dragon Lord Buwaro
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Fun, but short if you're quick on your feet. Doesn't change the amusement factor in the least. Also worth mentioning that you can definately grab this and portal 2, it will be worthwhile.
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Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Great game, buy it, no regrets.
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Glitchex64
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I enjoy puzzle games, so I bought Portal expecting some puzzles, and that's exactly what i got. It really makes you think, and challenges your brain to solve complicated problems. There's 19 main levels, a long escape level, and an ending boss fight. It only takes a few hours to complete, but it's worth your money. The game isn't just a puzzle game, though. It has an interesting storyline, too. The ending of the game makes you wonder, "Well, what happens next?" I bought both Portal and Portal 2 in a bundle, expecting that I would want to play the second game too, and I was right! Lots of people play only Portal 2 and not Portal, but I would highly reccomend playing Portal before even opening Portal 2. Fantastic game!
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srglamboo
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
this game has great narration with many jokes, the puzzles are really good and it is deffinately worth your money espessially when the game is on a sale. it is a great game just buy it and see for yourself!
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Knight
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This is a very good puzzle game with portals.
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Aggression > Depression
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very nice game
The story is short but awesome.
I played portal 2 before this one and i gotta say that it was really nuce to hear a non sarcastic/mean glados, not that i didn't like Glados from portal 2, i really did, but i thoght it was fun to hear a nice Glados.
Overall 8/10 Cakes
THE CAKE WAS A LIE (old meme but gold meme)
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spoodermun
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
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Tai Lopez
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
The cake is not a lie. If yu don't have it buy it. Everyone should have played Portal.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) 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
24.1 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
2 people 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Short but nice game.
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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
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
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
One of the best games I have played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Portal is a fun but challenging game with loads of levels.
The game has quite good graphics and is a awesome sci-fi strategy game.
Even though portal 2 is out already, portal 1 is just as fun and exciting.
The game is based on a person who is a test subject in a gigantic lab with robots and the portal gun which creates portals.
This game is only single player but still fun.
I do recommend this game for all sci-fi strategy lovers.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Yes awsome game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Price / hour: 2,2€

It's a great game, but like negative reviews say, it's short. But it's part of the story, so I think this shouldn't be left out.

Pros:
- Story, likely like intro for Portal 2
- The idea; unique, this game brought so much, without this we wouldn't have Portal 2 and therefore not fanart, fan vids, fan mods to other games etc.
- It's one of the greatest puzzle games, little bit easy but it's good
- Speedrunning, see the speedrun vids, this game is pretty decent for it.
- Color theme is beautiful, there's so few games with only white, brings the unique exprience this way as well.

Cons:
- Short

Conclusion: Only one con, but shouldn't be ignored. I recommended to buy in sales / bundle, you can see the price / hour.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Loved this game! If you like puzzles, play it!
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