Parent reviews for Portal

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Common Sense says

age 12+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 161 reviews

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.
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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 9+

Testing begins...

This is one of the best puzzle games ever. GlaDoS is hilarious and it certainly gets your mind going. Just what some children need :) At some points yes, there is shooting. But that's not the main aim of the game. You use a portal gun to complete each chamber, whilst having a funny robot say random things to you. Or are they random? Honestly good fun and perfect for kids to try and get their heads around.
age 18+

A great puzzle game

This is an excellent puzzle game with good problem solving and a good "plot". GlaDos is a load of fun. There are areas with a notable amount of blood, which is why I think it should be rated Mature (those blasted turrets). It's not everywhere, just be warned because it comes after you get very comfortable.

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Too much violence
age 6+

Great puzzle game

Brain teasing puzzles absolute great game
age 7+

Challenging Puzzles To Help Focus Mind

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Easy to play/use
age 10+

Good humorous si-fi puzzle game!

All the people in the game are female, or female voiced, so it isn't mean to girls. There is minimal blood, when you get hit by a turret fire, but other than that it is a good game.

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Easy to play/use
age 11+

portal two is better.

It has violence and is very dark. but this game has puzzles and requires your mind

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+

If your child likes repeatedly getting hit by a turret, you might not want to give it to them...

turrets are robots that shoot you if you recover by hiding, and then come out again repeatedly, you get blood splatters on the wall like leonardo da vinci painted it himself when he was angry.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
age 13+

a review + a suggestion

Portal is an excellent puzzle game that I want my future kids to play. It really stretches your mind and has some amazing (albeit a tad bit dark) humor, which is why I recommend it for teenagers, who are reaching a point in their lives when they can understand when something is a little messed up and not take it as a norm. That being said, compared to the vast stretch of games out there, it is quite low on violence (you knock over robots and blow up the the evil Artificial Intelligence at the end by solving a puzzle). The "gun" itself only shoots portals that you walk through, and it represents the only "weapon" in the game. Minor violence and some mildly dark humor are the only issues that someone could possibly find wrong with this game, which are far outweighed by the benefits of a well-made puzzle. As far as its short length is concerned, go buy Portal 2, which is much longer and has a mode where they can play alongside, and work with, a friend. I was really surprised that this website doesn't recommend the game "Antichamber", which can be purchased on the computer from the website store.steampowered.com Antichamber is an incredible puzzle game that has stumped me pretty hard, and I'm a mathematician. It's a simple, yet wonderfully logical game for older teens who want a challenge. The only reason that I suggest it to that age group is simply because how difficult it is to complete it, but anyone would have fun wandering through this mind-bending fun house. Essentially, take the first-person shooter puzzle nature of Portal, and insert it into a game that is constructed to look and behave like an M.C. Escher painting using Alice in Wonderland logic, and you have Antichamber. It challenges you to look past the assumptions that we make based on spatial reasoning and figure out the logic of the room, rather than where an exit or goal should appear. One of the very first puzzles involves walking around a corner into a room to find two stair cases, one going up and the other going down. Upon choosing a stair case to traverse, you go up or down, turn a corner, and run into a another set of identical staircases. After choosing between several identical staircases in this manner, you realize that you are being sent back to the beginning of the same room each time, and that you must choose the one path that you haven't selected, which is to go back the way you came, and when you turn around to go back around the corner you find that room you came from has changed into a tight corner that makes you run around in circles of changing corner (almost as though the corner was a post in the middle of a room that changes as you walk around it), and then it spits you out onto an exit that takes you out of the puzzle and back to the beginning of the maze, which is what the game is... It's amazing. If you have a teen who eats through puzzle games like they're nothing, you should get them Antichamber. There's no violence, no dialogue (so no language), no sexual stuff, no money,... nothing bad to speak of, except that it's a devilishly inspiring and mind-blowing puzzle. Sorry to seem like I'm advertising, but I tried to find if you guys had even heard of this gem, but there's no review for it on your website, which is a shame.