A test subject wakes up in a scientific facility controlled by a sadistic artificial intelligence and must escape with the help of the only instrument she has--a gun that makes portals.
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Chell (as Alésia Glidewell)
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You wake to find yourself in a small, square, glass room containing a futuristic-looking tube-like bed, a toilet, and a table with a radio playing a tune on it alongside a mug and a clipboard with data on it. A timer is counting down from a minute just above the closed door leading out of the small room. A voice sounds from a speaker in the ceiling of the room. After some things are said, the voice becomes distorted for a second, sparks come out of the speaker, and the voice returns to normal. It counts down from five, synchronized with the timer above the door. At zero, the door opens, and you are released from your cell.... Written by mboharsik

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The development team was quite small and because of this the team utilized assets from the Half-Life universe. To avoid confusion the team decided to integrate the story of Portal into the Half-Life story. See more »

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At the end of the testing chambers, GLaDOS states that the equipment "can withstand temperatures of over 4000 degrees Kelvin," however, Kelvin is not measured in degrees, it's measured in Kelvins. See more »

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Curiosity Sphere: Hey, look at that thing. No, that other thing!
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Referenced in How It Should Have Ended: Super Mario Bros. (2011) See more »

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Still Alive
Written by Jonathan Coulton
Performed by Ellen McLain
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Short but Sweet as Cake
17 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Portal is one of the most fun experiences I've had in gaming. The plot is simple; Your name is Chell, you're being tested in a research zone named Aperture Laboratories. You're only contact is an Ai named GLaDOS. She gives you various hints on how to pass the chambers and provides a bit of backstory to the events that happened prior to the game. You get a portal gun early on in the game which will allow you to create easy ways to travel from one part of the room to the other. But they can only generate portals on solid concrete.

The chambers get progressively harder and all the while GLaDOS becomes more malicious in her comments. For completing all the trials your character is promised cake and grief counseling in the end. But GLaDOS' true intent is revealed almost too late and you must now fight to stay alive, find GLaDOS, and escape the test chamber.

Portal is a great puzzle game. The overall game won't take longer then 5 hours for most people but the gameplay is really fun and GLaDOS has some of the funniest and creepiest lines of any video game character. Some of the chambers can be pretty frustrating but once you figure out what to do, you'll have a lot of fun. This game challenges the mind and gives you a great sense of satisfaction when you've beaten the game. If you see Portal sitting on a shelf in the store or something, pick it up. It's an all around great experience.


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