Portal

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Windows box.

Portal is a first-person shooter puzzle game developed and published by Valve for Windows on 2007-10-10, and later ported to Macintosh, Linux, and Android. The game was followed up with a sequel, Portal 2. In the game, you control Chell, a test subject at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center who is being monitored as she performs various logic puzzles involving a new technology of portal teleportation. As you progress, the puzzles become more difficult, but it also becomes clear that the people testing you don't mind if you're killed in the process!

I had heard about Portal shortly after it became popular, but I wasn't that interested in the game because I assumed it was one of those puzzle games that starts interesting, but quickly becomes tedious because the puzzles exist in a vacuum. Even after a couple friends suggested it, I didn't bother. I don't remember when I got it, or if it was a gift or I bought it, but I played it and fell in love with it!

Status

I own Portal on Steam and have beaten it as well as the expert levels and got 9/15 achievements.

Review

  • Overall: 9/10
  • Best Version: Windows

Good

  • The game's art style is really great.
  • It's very challenging without ever becoming obnoxious. Though a lot of the puzzles seem impossible at first glance, when you methodically pull them apart, they become solvable.
  • GLaDOS is a wonderful character; hilarious and oh so intimidating.
  • The game's voice acting is great.
  • The twist is quite shocking and really makes the story interesting.
  • The turrets are very creepy.
  • I like the addition of the expert levels.
  • The designer's commentary is a wonderful addition.
  • The hidden caches of Rattman really add to the ambiance of the game.
  • The ending is pretty sweet, with great music.

Bad

  • There is very little to complain about in this game. The only thing that kind of bugged me was how the loading sequence was always in an elevator between each level. But, if that's the worst I can say about the game, you know it's pretty solid.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Box Art

All regions use this box art. Although I like how the artist modified typical signage to be about portals, it doesn't really convey what the game is about. Still, it's striking enough to cause people to want to pick it up and see what it's about.

Documentation

Fan Art

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