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 (502 reviews) - 97% of the 502 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (25,995 reviews) - 98% of the 25,995 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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Overwhelmingly Positive (502 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (25,995 reviews)
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theroccofacciobene
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Truly a piece of art. Great way to completely flip the FPS genre. 10/10
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Lego John D Gamer
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
--------------------------------------------[Jason's...Honest review!]--------------------------------------------------------
Hey guys this is a review of Portal 1!Or just Portal..Or Portal..2..now that Portal story Mel is out....anyways!This game has interesting puzzles and really makes you think unlike 2012-2016 games just make you tap your left trigger and right then scream happily-Wait what?This can make you do that on Console..?*Page flip noises*...*Ahem*Anyways in 2008-ish this was time of the century...and uhh..*Faded*Why is there a smudge here?A brownie?Seriously?*Proper*There..for?This game makes you go:'Wow mum!Buy me this!'And the price is only..7.46 pounds?(10$)Uhm..anyways this game has fun commands that let you noclip...and...*Page rustling*and...let's you-{SPOILER CENSORE}-so that's cool?Any ways..in the end...this is a really fun game where you can spawn Half-Life NPCs and weapons..for some odd reason but same engine.
-------------------------------------------[In the end rating:...8/10!!]--------------------------------------------------------
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MicroMistake ^^
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Bought during the summer sale and im really happy i did was an awesome game i played throu in about 3 hrs. will probably buy the 2nd game in the series based on how much i loved this one. Reconmended.
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thwomp chap
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a great game. My only complaint is that this game is too short.
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[FuG] Mr. Nobody
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A very classic first-person puzzle game that everyone needs to buy.
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Browncoats85
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
This game is incredible and a ton of fun. It is so much better on PC than on consoles
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XcodemanX01
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I have seen this game release and get crazy good feedback but i just thought it wouldn't be the game for me. During this years summer sale though i thought though why not its really cheap it wont hurt, and the only thing i regret is not geting it sooner it is so much fun, the puzzles are amazing, story is incredible,and cant wait to start the second game.
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Armaniac
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Very original. Mind opening.
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kviki gric
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The game is great,but no reason to pay 9,99€ for a 3 hour game.Worth it only on sales in my opinion.
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JakeOmega
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A classic. Funny, good puzzles. Portal is a simple, clean, solid puzzle game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
83 of 88 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Portal
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Genre Tags: Innovative; Puzzle; Sci-Fi; Action; Funny
  • My Overall Grade: A+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 2-3 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Novelty seekers; Casual gamers

REVIEW
Portal is an amazing experience. In terms of video games: it is the very definition of short & sweet. There are many people out there overly concerned with the length of games, and I believe Portal is an excellent example of why one shouldn’t immediately scoff at a short game due to prejudices. Sometimes 3 hours of perfection is better than 20 hours of mediocrity. Sit down, immerse yourself, and just play through the game in one sitting as you would if watching a movie. It is worth it.

I say this because I believe this is a game best enjoyed in one sitting. There are no lulls or down points, and every second of the game is riveting and purposeful. The whole experience is so genuinely entertaining and the pacing is so perfectly on point that I think it is designed to be played like this. In this way, I see the length of the game as a strength and not a weakness… but maybe I’m just crazy.

But what is it that makes the game so genuinely entertaining in the first place? Everything… and then some. The concept is innovative, the puzzles are intuitive and interesting, the atmosphere is captivating, and the dialogue is hilarious and flawless. And when all of these facets come together in the finished product, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. And a game is created that transcends opinions: it is undeniably great.

Honestly, I respect everyone’s right to their own taste in video games; but if you don’t enjoy Portal, I would dutifully suggest you consider finding a new hobby. I would find it very hard to understand how anyone could possibly not enjoy this game if they consider themselves a “gamer.”

If you haven’t yet had the luxury of experiencing Portal, then I envy you. Stop thinking about it and just go for it.

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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
There is no other game for me personally, that I would consider perfect, other than Portal.

There is literally NOTHING flawed in the game, nothing at all I can think of.
The pacing is impeccable, with the correct timing on music and ambient playback with the story.
It covers all types of pacing with music and ambience in gameplay, from the slow and depressing downward spiral of thinking you may never escape (Self Esteem Fund from the OST), to the fast paced finale music of the game. The game made me go through so many emotions all in the expanse of my first time playing around 3 hours.

The game is UNBELIEVABLY clever, yet doesn't need to break the fourth wall to do that, which is incredibly impressive.
The game's humour is absolutely timeless, it is old as hell (9 years from this review point), and yet the jokes are still brilliant. witty, and dark. There are almost NO games that do it on the same caliber of Portal, hell, not even Portal 2 could live up to this godly creation.
The puzzles are beautifully made, completely fair (no fidgety rubbish) and once again, timeless in the sense of enjoyment.

Visually, you might think this game is nothing to write home about, but to me, once again the game shows how age will NEVER affect this game. NEVER. simplistic visuals will always be timeless, intricate wank in videogames will ensure it stays contemporary.

I think I play through Portal 1 at least once a year. The game is short, and scales next to nothing in comparison to other games, but unlike those said games, which take hours upon hours of your life, portal will only take an hour or two. But it stays with you for life, and allows you to experience true perfection in a videogame.
I generally hate analogies for this kind of stuff, but if you can think of some other medium with a perfect technicality and timelessness to it (think of Citizen Kane or something), then Portal is that kind of game.
I think most people in the year 2016 will have played this by now, but sometimes you just gotta pour your heart out for something you cherish a bunch.

Valve may not be the greatest company, but some small dev team in there brought us absolute perfection, and I thank them for this experience with complete content.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I hate to admit it,
but the companion cube is my best friend.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Short and sweet. I would also reccomend portal 2 as steam sales are just around the corner and it would complete the story.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Portal * 9/10

I need a companion Cube.

Portal looks like a First-Person Puzzle Game with the good old Half-Life 2 Source Engine, but it's more than that. We're Chell, a girl used as guinea pig forced to do tests for an artificial intelligence called GLaDos with a portal gun inside this gigantic and apparently deserted structure named Aperture Science Labs. The puzzles you will be prompted to solve involve the use of the portal gun, a gun that shoots two linking portals on specific typologies of walls and, you must complete every test where you might have to push a button, drop cubes, make huge leaps with the help of the portals and a clever use of physics and gravity.

Seems simple and effective but what's so special in this game? Well, besides the clever puzzles you can't ignore the ourageously and funny GLaDos, with her sarcastic comments and black humour that will keep on encouraging you in doing tests for her while at the same time insulting you. Exhilarating.

The interesting fact is the minimalistic story behind the game. Portal is set in the same "universe" of Half-Life 2, but the time is not specified. Anyways it's interesting to notice the small clues around the maps, the small hints and stories told by GLaDos to understand a little what's going on, why are we here and what happened to the Aperture Science Labs.

Unfortunately a very big problem of the game is it's length, it just take less than a fistful hours to fully complete it, but believe me it's really worth it.

+++PROs+++
  • PORTAL. Very innovative and creative puzzles. I love the portal gun and it's being used in every possible way pushing the player to make a very attentive use with the aid of physics.
  • GLaDos. Her artificial sarcasm alone is definitely a reason good enough to play.
---CONs---
  • LENGHT. It's Short. Very short... Too Short
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I just have to say this...

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This was a triumph!
I'm making a note here:
Huge success!

It's hard to overstate
my satisfaction.

Aperture Science:
We do what we must
because we can
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.

But there's no sense crying
over every mistake.
You just keep on trying
'til you run out of cake.
And the science gets done.
And you make a neat gun
for the people who are
still alive.

I'm not even angry...
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart,
and killed me.

And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you!

Now, these points of data
make a beautiful line.
And we're out of beta.
We're releasing on time!
So I'm GLaD I got burned!
Think of all the things we learned!
for the people who are
still alive.

Go ahead and leave me...
I think I'd prefer to stay inside...
Maybe you'll find someone else
to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa?
That was a joke. Ha Ha. Fat Chance!

Anyway this cake is great!
It's so delicious and moist!

Look at me: still talking
when there's science to do!
When I look out there,
it makes me glad I'm not you.

I've experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are
still alive.
And believe me I am
still alive.
I'm doing science and I'm
still alive.
I feel fantastic and I'm
still alive.
While you're dying I'll be
still alive.
And when you're dead I will be
still alive

Still alive.

Still alive.

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Please Valve!! I'm still waiting for the movie!! Or portal 3... Who knows :3 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This review article analyzes the tone and design of the excellent single-player campaigns in Portal and Portal 2, concluding that the original Portal is the stronger title.

[. . .] I think it’s fairly trivial to say that Portal is a significant and influential franchise. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the original Portal is such a cohesive, nearly flawless gaming experience that it should be remembered alongside the other highest-tier encapsulations of solid game design and execution. [. . .]

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This IS PC gaming here, if you dont have this, buy it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Amazing!! This game is worth it and also has a nice story! I love the rattmann dens and the ending!! Soo fun!! I will rate it 11/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
1/10 - Not enough cake
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