• Portal
89
Based on 17 scores, 22 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    13
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Portal technology is pure mind-bending delight.
  • Sublimely witty writing.
  • Brilliant song accompanies end credits.

Cons:

  • The story was a little too short for my liking.
  • I finished the game in just over an hour and thirty minutes.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Techworld on

In 2007, Portal took many people by surprise. Included in The Orange Box, most gamers were more familiar with the Team Fortress and Half Life franchises than the quirky puzzle game. But after numerous awards and nearly universal acclaim, Portal has...

By GameSpot on 90

With delightfully unique gameplay and fantastically witty writing, Portal is a huge success....

By Cheat Code Central on 90

Initially released last fall, The Orange Box was a smorgasbord of delight for gamers seeking to gorge on a medley of exciting first person titles wrapped in a neat little package. Those still considering whether or not to get their hands on the whole...

By IT Reviews on

Forget Sudoku, Freecell, Chess and Reversi. If you want a true mind challenge that will shape up those little grey cells and make you laugh fit to burst while feeling a constant adrenaline rush of suppressed menace, this has to be the game for you....

By Gameplay Monthly on

EA First off, Im not reviewing The Orange Box because its a collection compiled for marketing and consumer purposes, and just about every gaming website is reviewing it from that perspective, playing the individual game experiences off each other...

By Gear Diary on

Portal is just another reason to believe that the kind folks over at Valve have not lost their touch in creating new and unique video games. Enter Aperture, a company trying to get government funding. The player is a test subject, used to try out a...

By Geek.com on

One of the the aspects of Half Life 2 that sets it apart from all the other FPS games are the physics puzzles. The game does a great job of leveraging its physics engine so that rather than just non-stop running and shooting there is the occasional...

By Tech2 on 80

With Team Fortress 2 (TF2) and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (HL2:EP2) packed into the Orange Box, most people who bought the pack won’t even bother with Portal until they’ve had their share of the other two first. If you’re one of...

By VideoGamer on 90

It hurts your brain, Brilliant audio work, Genius level designs, We wanted...

By Gamervision on 90

Name: PortalGenre: Puzzle/First Person Shooter Platform: PC, Xbox360 (Reviewed on PC)The crowning achievement of the Orange Box is the game Portal. Portal is a puzzle/first-person-shooter hybrid that believes that people want something different.The...

By Destructoid on 90

This is just one of the new games available in The Orange Box. Don't forget to read our reviews of Episode Two and Team Fortress 2, and keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming console reviews.] It's no big secret that I've been eagerly...

By AtomicGamer on 94

Out this week is The Orange Box, a new package of games from Valve Software that includes the classic first person shooter Half-Life 2, its two "episodic" mini-sequels, a long-awaited multiplayer shooter called Team Fortress 2, and finally, the focus...

By GameSpy on 90

Editors Note: This is a spoiler-free review. Also, this is one of three separate GameSpy.com reviews for titles included in The Orange Box package, as PC versions are being sold separately via Valves Steam digital download service. For more, see...

By 1Up on 94

VIDEO: Head over to our videos page to check out all Portal footage!The firstborn commercial child of game design-school grads (and obvious beneficiary of Valve's godfathering), Portal was to be a value-added bonus, a puzzle anthology played from...

By IGN Gear on 82

When students from DigiPen showed off their project Narbacular Drop to a room full of Valve personell, they probably didnt expect that they would not only be hired, but given a budget to expand that idea into something as special as we see with...

By Games Radar on 90

Oct 9, 2007You're probably here to read about Portal, Valve's first-person puzzle game about opening rifts in space to cross uncrossable obstacle courses. It's designed around one simple but mind-expanding idea: you can shoot a hole in any...

By ImpulseGamer on 92

Rohan AnchanClassification: M15+9.2Portal is one of those rare, beautiful, amazing experiences in gaming that come along only once in a blue moon, and pass by you thrice as quickly as they come. Yes, this game is short. Very short. Even if you’re...

International Review By Les Numériques on 80

Bien qu'il propose une aventure très courte, Portal apporte une telle fraîcheur qu'il est bien difficile de ne pas le conseiller à quiconque apprécie de se torturer les méninges. Ce jeu est presque un passage obligé...

International Review By I Am Gamer on 90

Wo andere Leute Pistolen und Schrotflinten benutzen, da verwendet die süße Chell die Portalgun. Dieses Gerät tut genau das, was man vermutet: es verschießt Portale. Im Aperture Science Enrichment Center geht es rund, denn eine...

International Review By PC for Alla on 90

Flykt. Med hjälp av portaler ska du ta dig från start till mål på banorna genom att passera hinder och faror av olika slag. En mycket oväntad och positiv överraskning i The Orange Box som släpptes i höstas var Portal, ett spel som var extremt...