May 12, 2010

Portal Free from Steam Through May 24

To celebrate the launch of the Steam digital download service for Macintosh, Valve Software is giving away the second greatest game in the world. Both Windows and Mac Steam users can download Portal for free until May 24.

I know you're all Tomb Raider fans here, but if you haven't tried Portal yet, I highly recommend it. It's a little bit like TR in that rather than being a pure puzzle game, action game or platformer, it's more a hybrid of all three genres. But that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Chell - Portal's protagonistIn Portal, you play as Chell, the subject in an elaborate laboratory experiment. You're given a special device—a "portal gun"—that can create interconnected openings between flat surfaces. Early on, you learn to use these portals to teleport from one place to another. As the game progresses, portals also become conduits for transporting objects, redirecting weapon fire, etc. You must then make your way through test chambers of increasing complexity, using only the portal device to solve a variety of spatial and physics-based puzzles, avoid hazards, surmount obstacles and generally get from point A to point B…usually via points X, Y and Z. I found it super challenging and lots of fun.

For more info, including system requirements and the free download link, visit For a more detailed overview, check out Wikipedia's Portal page. Be warned, though, the plot summary contains spoilers.

Portal by Valve Software


  1. This is totally awesome. I've played the flash version and, of course, I've been told that the original game is much better. I'll be downloading it soon!

  2. Thanks for the heads-up Stella! So nice that someone (ahem) still considers us Mac Gamers! :)

  3. Thanks Stella! I watched someone play it before and was curious. Just downloaded it now.

  4. Thanks stella, I'll try that out

  5. Hey Stella, I'm xXApelaumXx from Tomb Runner.

    I've finished this game some time ago, and found it pretty fun! The advanced challenges are really tricky. Have you completed them? You'll have lots of trouble in the level with the machines who shoot if not.

  6. Hey, xXApelaumXx. Great to see you! I beat the original game on both PC and Xbox, but I haven't managed to get through all the advanced chambers in the "Still Alive" version. I did about 10 or 12 of them then got sidetracked by another game. Now I think I'll need to go back and replay the whole thing to get into the groove of it again.

    Portal 2 is coming out later this year. I can't tell you how psyched I am about that!