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Parents Guide for
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Portal is largely a puzzle game rather than a shooter. The player is not equipped with a weapon, but only with a device which creates trans-spatial portals.

For the majority of the game, "deaths" caused by hazards is stated to be simulated for the purpose of educating the player how not to proceed, but it is later revealed that more sinister plans are in effect.

The player character may die by falling into map hazards, being vaporized by an energy ball, or killed by a robotic guard turret. None of these are graphic, but the screen does turn red.

When shot by a guard turret, blood splatter can be seen on the surrounding floors and walls. This is more or less the only reason why this game is rated T for Teen.

GLaDOS may attempt to kill the player with neurotoxin gas. It is easy to escape this however.

The player does bleed red blood when shot.

The player does have to destroy many robotic turrets during gameplay.

You can actually spawn in enemies from Half-Life 2 which do bleed red and green blood. However, this is only possible with cheat codes, and is not part of the main game.


Name calling (stupid,unlikeable)


The game contains a number of mildly frightening or intense scenes. These include falling from great heights, avoiding a crushing death from huge moving pistons etc. But the game is designed so that the player can escape these dangers.

The player is guided by an unseen artificial intelligence whose pleasant demeanor is slowly revealed to be sociopathic in nature.

A disturbing backstory is slowly revealed by hidden chambers with strange writing in them.

By the end of the game the player is emotionally tortured by the villain. This may require the player to destroy a faithful companion (a large metal cube) in order to progress.

GLaDOS's dialogue, while darkly humourous, is a little creepy and disturbing near the end when she begins to make more explicit threats. She sounds more and more insane as the game progresses.

Many of the environments you end up in have a very eerie feel.

Much of the game you feel that you are being followed, or watched.

None of this is as bad as it sounds.

Total Explicit Content: 9/50

Portal is a darker, more serious game than its successor. Appropriately, this game is rated T while the sequel is rated E10+. The T for Teen rating is mostly due to the blood stains present in this game. This game is appropriate for ages 11 and up.

Rated PG-13 For sci-fi action violence

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