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Portal

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Your name is Chell and GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) is a computer AI that monitors, directs and misleads you in a kind of twisted experiment. You must rely on information from GLaDOS to survive as you navigate through a series of mostly doorless rooms using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device ("portal gun"). The portal gun creates two portal ends, both of which are simultaneously a potential entrance and exit. Objects, alive or otherwise, that travel through one end will exit the other at the same speed. Also, portals create a visual and physical connection between two different locations in 3D space. Their ends are restricted to planar surfaces, but if the portal ends are on nonparallel planes, bizarre twists in geometry and gravity can occur as you are immediately reoriented to be upright with respect to gravity after leaving a portal. You can pass through open portals at will, but barriers, known as "Material Emancipation Grids" or 'fizzlers' prevent you from carrying objects beyond them. Luckily certain objects, known as 'companion cubes' can be tossed through. Passage through these fields also closes any open portals, so it's important to look before you leap. It's your challenge to survive the hazards of the portals, including booby traps, hidden gun turrets and the treachery of GLaDOS in the search for eventual freedom.

Windows Vista/XP/2000 1.7 Ghz Processor [Pentium 4 Processor (3.0 Ghz or better) recommended] 512 MB RAM [1 GB RAM recommended] DirectX 8 level Graphics card [DirectX 9 level Graphics card recommended] DVD-ROM Drive/Mouse/Keyboard/Internet Connection

Portal is an action/puzzle video game from Valve, creators of Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike. The winner of over 40 awards, including 15 Game of the Year honors, it is one of the most original games on any platform in years and offers gamers hours of unique gameplay. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal 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 maneuver objects, and themselves, through space.

'Portal' game logo
The new physics of fun
Use the portal gun to create your path
Use the portal gun to create your path.
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Every portal has two ends
Every portal has two ends.
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Toss companion cubes through portals for use on the other side
Toss companion cubes through portals.
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The Story
Portal contains only two characters, the player-controlled Chell and GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), a computer AI that monitors, directs and misleads Chell in a kind of twisted experiment. It's not exactly a match made in heaven

Regardless, Chell must rely on information provided by GLaDOS to survive as she navigates through a series of mostly doorless rooms using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device ("portal gun"). The portal gun creates two portal ends, one orange and the other blue. Both are simultaneously a potential entrance and exit and objects, alive or otherwise, that travel through one end will exit the other at the same speed. In addition, portals create a visual and physical connection between two different locations in 3D space. Their ends are restricted to planar surfaces, but if the portal ends are on nonparallel planes, bizarre twists in geometry and gravity can occur as the player character is immediately reoriented to be upright with respect to gravity after leaving a portal. Chell can pass through open portals at will, but barriers, known as "Material Emancipation Grids" or 'fizzlers' prevent players from carrying objects beyond them. Luckily certain objects, known as 'companion cubes' can be tossed through. Once through these can then be used as the player wishes. Passage through these fields also closes any open portals, so it's important to look before you leap. It's Chell's challenge and yours to survive the hazards of the portals, including bobby traps, hidden gun turrets and the treachery of GLaDOS in the search for eventual freedom.

Features

  • Award-winning, innovative gameplay.
  • The first first-person puzzle action adventure game.
  • Two bonus games introduce new play challenges.
  • Support for level editing and mod creation - build your own Portal puzzles.
  • Hours of single player gaming.
  • Makes you feel smart!

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS:Windows Vista/XP/2000
Processor:1.7 Ghz ProcessorPentium 4 Processor (3.0 Ghz or better)
RAM:512 MB RAM1 GB RAM
Video Card:DirectX 8 level Graphics cardDirectX 9 level Graphics card
Other:DVD-ROM Drive/Mouse/Keyboard/Internet Connection
Features:
  • Award-winning, innovative gameplay
  • The first first-person puzzle action adventure game
  • Two bonus games introduce new play challenges
  • Support for level editing and mod creation - build your own Portal puzzles
  • Hours of single player gaming

Customer Reviews:

  • testchamber 18
    I love this game, but it's very difficult to play on a laptop computer. you really need to have a separate mouse and keyboard to play it, otherwise testchamber 18's second part (with the turrets) will really cause problems. it's near impossible to get out of the room without the mouse and keyboard.
    GLaDOS was very funny, and the turrets were adorable. I enjoyed this game greatly....more info
  • Portal Love
    Innovative gameplay, interesting puzzles, alright graphics and sound. The only thing that bothered a little was that it's a Steam game and thus requires Steam to be installed and runninng....more info
  • So secondary but so great
    This came with Half-Life 2 when I purchased it (The Orange Box) and I have to say that although it seems like someone made this for the devs to have some fun while making the other games - it is a blast and is worthy of standing on its own.

    A great concept and the Half-Life 2 engine allows for some real fun in physics while making your mind work through problem solving. Some solutions you have a bit of time to figure out and others are in the - on the fly or you die category.

    Fun Fun Fun is the best way to put it when it comes to this game. ...more info
  • An great game for teens if M games are a no-go
    This game is part of the computer game pack, The Orange Box. The Orange Box has 5 games: 3 individual games and 2 expansion packs. The 3 games are Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. The Expansion packs are Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2, both sequels of Half-Life 2. All of these games, with the exception of Portal are rated M. Portal is rated T. If you are buying Orange Box for the only game you think is appropriate for you kid, don't. Buy Portal separately. It will save you around 17 bucks. And you are still getting an awesome game...more info
  • This game reminds me of the Cube movie...
    You find yourself stuck in a maze. The way you must combine skills and ideas to design your own path is a blast. This is so much more fun than a blood-and-gore FPS.

    This is a 5 star game, but it left me wanting more, meaning there didn't seem to be quite enough there. I love the extra stuff you find after the last official level. I found myself nervously creeping (and portaling) around, exploring and anticipating a new challenge at every corner. I can't wait for Portal 2.

    Any chance of bringing the Porta: Still Alive (currently only on XBOX) to PC? Please?...more info
  • The Cake is a Lie.
    Please note that we have added a consequence for failure.

    Due to a required test protocol, we will not monitor the next chamber, you will be entirely on your own. Good Luck.

    As part of a required test protocol, our previous statement suggesting that we would not monitor this chamber was an outright fabrication.

    The Enrichment Center promises to always provide a safe testing environment. In dangerous testing environments, the Enrichment Center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you. Try to avoid it.

    This next test is impossible, make no attempt to solve it.

    The Enrichment Center is committed to the well being of all participants. Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test. Thank you for helping us help you help us all.

    Please lie down and assume the party escort submission position.

    Uh oh. Somebody cut the cake. I told them to wait for you, but they cut it anyway. There is still some left, though, if you hurry back.
    ...more info
  • Great game!
    Portal is simply amazing. The characters, although really, there are only two (unless you count the companion cube =P) are very well thought out and really interesting, you'll get pulled into the story and won't want to stop until you figure out what is what. (And even by the end, there's still loose ends that make you really want more). Great game, great story, let's just hope to death that there's a SEQUEL!...more info
  • Superb game! Here is why you should buy it.
    It is fabulously executed, and incorporates a surprisingly captivating plot for it's simplicity. As the trailers say: you really "Start thinking with portals!" You will be walking around your house, or the library or any building and begin to plan out a portal route to your destination =-D It also has very cute and catchy additions to keep you entertained while solving the puzzles such as the quirky, humorous, mono-toned voice which guides you through the "test."

    The price is right, and the quality is excellent. Just be prepared for a shorter game since it more of an appetizer to Half-Life 2, or rather a dessert since it came out afterward....more info
  • Subject Name Here
    Portal is one of the most imaginative, unique, and fun games I've ever
    played! It does a great job of messing with your senses and going beyond your expectations. The puzzles are great. I've never played anything like this. Great game!...more info
  • Alert!!!! Steam required
    This is the second game I have purchased with Steam online install and I hate it. Both games have the Valve logo so I should have known. It would have been nice to know before I spent [...] bucks. Why include this feature is the[..]??? Unless you plan to play online, save your money....more info
  • BEST GAME EVER
    This is by far the most satisfying fun game ever! you will enjoy it. enough said...more info
  • Wonderful Game
    Portal is one of my favorite games. The story mode is very fun to play through. The puzzles are all at just the right level of difficulty. They are not to easy but can be solved if you try hard enough. Many other reviewers have complained that the game is to short, and the story mode is. However, there are countless online communities where people can submit fun and challenging Portal maps to download and play. Because of these people, Portal is an almost limitless game. Also, there are many challenge levels that are built into the game. This includes fun challenges such as, "least steps", "least time" and "least portals", I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys puzzles or just wants to try a new type of gaming experience. Do not worry about the game being to short as long as you can download the many many Portal maps that are available for free online.

    The cake is a lie. ...more info