Portal is simply one of the most revolutionary games ever made. When the game came out as part of The Orange Box compilation in 2007, everyone was more interested in the critically acclaimed first-person shooters than on the inventive puzzler, but after playing Portal, everyone was hooked with its unique concept. That said, there aren’t as many titles similar to Valve’s first-person puzzler and the few games that are similar, are mindless clones that try to replicate its main characteristics. Below, you’ll find a few titles that share some similarities with Portal, but take into account that these titles also make use of some unique elements that sets them apart from Valve’s puzzler.
5. Magrunner: Dark Pulse (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Magrunner is definitely one of the most similar games to Portal. Instead of making use of a portal gun, Magrunner features the Magtech glove, an object that let’s you power Magtech objects with charges. Basically, this means that objects with the same charge attract each other and objects with different charge repel each other. So you interact with cubes, platforms, catapults and robotic dogs. One of the most appealing parts of Magrunner, is that the game is set in a cyberpunk world with H.P. Lovecraft elements.
4. Antichamber (PC)
The Portal series is challenging, but challenge isn’t its main focus. Antichamber, on the other hand, is one of the most mind-bending puzzles ever made and that’s a huge part of its charm. In a way, Antichamber encourages you to use logic, but the logic you apply is unique to the game, so this means you constantly need to think creatively and outside the box. Although Antichamber has an unconventional weapon you can use to solve some of its puzzles, the brainteasers aren’t as simple and fast-paced as the ones in Portal.
3. Q.U.B.E. (PC, Mac, iOS, Wii U, PlayStation 3)
As its name suggests, Q.U.B.E. (or Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion) let’s you solve puzzles using cubes. The main character is trapped in white room with colored cubes, so you need to figure out how to use your glowing gloves to manipulate said cubes and find a way out. As you make progress and proceed to new rooms, the levels become more and more challenging and new kinds of cubes appear.
2. The Ball (PC)
The Ball has one of the most descriptive titles to grace a video game, since you manipulate a gigantic ball to solve puzzles. In The Ball, you explore environments from a first-person perspective and the games focuses heavily on puzzles. The premise is simple enough, a giant ball is in a cavern and you must figure out a way to get it out of there to make progress, but that doesn’t make it any less gripping.
1. Quantum Conundrum (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
In Quantum Conundrum, you assume the role of a young man whose uncle has disappeared and needs rescuing. To accomplish such task, you need to make use of a new invention called Interdimensional Shift Device (or IDS) which will allow you to shift between dimensions and solve puzzles. By the way, the game was directed by Kim Swift, who worked at Valve as a lead designer on a game called Portal, which explains a lot.