Portal

Game review by Dwight Odelius, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Innovative puzzler with first-person action.

Windows 2008

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 157 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Phenomenal puzzle game series!

GLaDOS, the robotic antagonist of the game, is THE best video-game antagonist! Her hilariously snarky dialogue makes playing through the puzzles in this game so motivating and fun! Who doesn't love a video-game villain that makes you laugh so hard? The general franchise is fantastic with lovable characters and aspects as well as memorable dialogue that sparked famous memes in the community. The only content in the game that I wouldn't say is for young kids is the slight bits of blood that can be seen on the floors and walls after the player gets shot by turrets. However, there's even less blood in the 2nd game. That's as far as violence gets. You only destroy enemies by dropping them through portals or incinerators which isn't graphic at all. Language and other visual content in the game is clean.
age 11+

Puzzles, humor, and some small blood just make sure you help them understand things some thinking required

I have played this game through its entirety the turret section of this game can be a bit bloody as the main character is hit over and over again by these thing dropping blood on the ground. There are sections in the game where if you fall into the green water full of neurotoxin your character dies and you have to start over. Guiding your child through some of the levels will challenge their mind skills as they solve room after room until the very end. GlaDOS the main story villian of the story is trying her best to make the player feel insignificant as she makes quippy remarks to the player as the game goes on showing that she is not just an artificial intelligence but a true artificial intelligence. If you are on the orange box for consoles i highly recommend observing them as the other titles in the orange box is not meant for children. Common sense reported somethings to talk to your children which is helpful to make them understand. With children as 9 they migh not notice the quippy remarks to the player but they might understand the other things i have mentioned and not understanding the premise of the story.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release date: April 9, 2008
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: T
  • Last updated: June 28, 2017

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