Tech Informer

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Portal is Free on Steam

This is a treat. Valve is offering the original hit first-person puzzle game Portal for free, starting Friday and lasting until Sept. 20. You can grab your copy of Portal for Mac (or PC, if that’s what you’re into) on Steam. If you haven’t played Portal, it’s a terrific puzzle gaming experience that’s probably unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. If you have played it, it’s worth playing again.

I was late to the Portal party, having only played it for the first time last year, and despite being exposed to years of hype (the game originally came out in October 2007), it still managed to exceed my expectations. It’s funny, and challenging yet also accessible, so give it a shot even if you’re not usually much of a first-person gamer.

Each level in the game is a series of rooms from which you have to escape, using only your wits and handheld teleportation gun, which fires Portals that allow you to quickly traverse great distances in an instant. If you’re into maddening puzzle games like Unblock Me on the iPhone and iPad, you’ll be amazed at how well a similar concept translates to a game with first-person shooter mechanics. The game holds up surprisingly well despite being four years old now, too.


The Offender said...

Portal was a great game. Really thought outside the box with it. Waiting to get the sequel on the winter sale.

2shay said...

I've played this game before. Glad to know its free on steam. I'm gonna go DL it. +follow

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

That's within my price range.

Remish said...

Good thing you reminded me of it. After watching the trailer long time ago I though I should definitely get it, but I somehow completely forgot about it. Downloading it right now :)