Parents' Guide to

Portal 2

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inventive and enjoyable spatial puzzler with mild violence.

Game Mac , PlayStation 3 , Windows , Xbox 360 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 9+

Great game!... Except for two small things

don't get me wrong on this it is a amazing game and i enjoyed it so much! 1. There are certain parts of the game which can be scary for example there is one easter egg where if you find this secret room you hear creepy cackles and... thats it just that. there are plenty of things like this if you look hard enough but if your kids can handle this type of stuff i think they will be fine. but if they are sensitive i would recommend sitting next to them while they play or just play it yourself first. 2. there is minor language such as one use of bastard which is muttered and about three or four uses of bloody and a couple of what the hell's also one scene they used flipping for comedy purposes this is what he says "well if she see's me and about 2,000 flipping dead corpses i'm toast she will fry my circuits so please keep quite about this" but overall its a great game with a good message about using your brain instead of just killing everything in site i would recommend this game for ages 9 and up!
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (226 ):

If you liked Portal -- the relatively short experiment bundled with Valve's Half-Life 2: The Orange Box -- then you'll love Portal 2. As with the first game, players navigate dangerous environments using a portal gun, which shoots two connected time-space portals through which you (and objects) can travel. Momentum is maintained; therefore, you'll need to assess each situation differently -- often with a "trial and error" approach. You'll use these portals to redirect energy tractor beams, test your skills on "faith plates" that propel you through the air, and experiment with surface gels (such as a repulsion gel that allows Chell to jump from platform to platform). You'll also use special cubes, air currents, and other items to stay alive and unravel more of the story.

Once you finish the single-player game you can tackle a co-op mode with an online friend, which features a new story, characters, and maps. Truly, Portal 2 is a highly enjoyable first-person puzzler with a healthy dose of humor and sci-fi to keep you glued to the screen for many hours on end.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , PlayStation 3 , Windows , Xbox 360
  • Subjects: Math : estimation, geometry, measurement, Science : gravity, momentum, motion
  • Skills: Creativity : brainstorming, developing novel solutions, imagination, Collaboration : cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork, Thinking & Reasoning : deduction, hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release date: April 19, 2011
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Topics: STEM
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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