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17 Great Games Like Portal

These are hand-picked games similar to Portal. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Portal. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Portal, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of increasingly ingenious (and malicious) test chambers, you must use your gun to escape. It’s a mind-bending challenge, but the real interest is the darkening tone of GLaDOS, who seems bent on foiling your progress, and the signs of previous test subjects spotted behind the scenes. As GLaDOS’s dysfunction turns to straight-up sociopathy, you must take on challenges with her tormenting discouragement ringing in your ears. The isolation is heightened by the introduction of a lifeless companion cube, which mocks your friendless predicament.

Unfortunately, Portal is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Web Browser, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Costs: Purchase cost

Shady Part of Me

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @ShadyPartOfMe

Players: This is a single player game

Shady Part of Me is a narrative platform game where you play as a young girl and her shadow. You help her overcome emotional struggles through solving 2D and 3D puzzles. The game world is based within the young girl's dreams. The young girl is afraid of...

There Is No Game

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 06/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @ThereIsNoGame

Players: This is a single player game

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension is a comedic adventure with a strange twist. From the outset the game’s narrator insists that there is no game to play. As you inevitably ignore his instruction you go on a journey through silly and unexpected video...

Everything

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/03/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

This is an unusual game that simulates a world where you can become any object. It sounds strange and not much fun, but the enjoyment is in discovering how small or how big a thing you can become. From tiny atoms to whole planets and everything in between.

Luigi's Mansion 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

A Monsters Expedition

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @Draknek

Players: This is a single player game

A Monsters Expedition is a puzzle game where a monster finds creatures on an island and learns about the history of humanity. The puzzle is how to get from one island to the next.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 19/11/2007

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an action-adventure where you, treasure hunter Nathan Drake, follow in the footsteps of your ancestor Sir Francis Drake in search of El Dorado. You run, jump, fight, shoot, and explore a rich world that unfolds a film-like...

Baba is You

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

Retimed

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @StrayFawnStudio

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Retimed is a multiplayer shooting game where players can create a bubble that slows down time. This makes the usual frantic shooting and dodging more achievable as when you are in danger you have more time to get out of the way.

Braid

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

Hot Swap

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JoGribbin

Players: This is a single player game

Hop Swap is a platform game where you can flip gravity and jump through the ground. The sky becomes the ground and the ground becomes the sky. This simple premise is used to create a complex and weaving puzzle adventure where you journey through two...

Superliminal

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Superliminal is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size has changed. This enables you to progress through areas...

Death Squared

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/03/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.

The Swapper

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/05/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @FacePalmGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Swapper is a platform-adventure where you explore a damaged space station to collect orbs that open doors into other areas. Unusually, you can clone your character multiple times and then control it to help you solve puzzles and progress in various...

Observation

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Observation puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than human protagonist. Your limited view,...

A Fold Apart

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/04/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game

A puzzle game that explores the emotional rollercoaster of a long-distance relationship — in a world of folding paper. After career choices force them along separate paths, a Teacher and Architect vow to make their long-distance relationship work at...

Kolumno

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DevilishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @QubicGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...

Portal is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Portal in the following lists:

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 
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Kine

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PEGI Rating 3+ for KineESRB Rating EVERYONE for Kine
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Stormworks: Build and Rescue

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Pode

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PEGI Rating 3+ for PodeESRB Rating EVERYONE for Pode
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Roki

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PEGI Rating 12+ for RokiESRB Rating TEEN for Roki
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A Short Hike

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PEGI Rating 3+ for A Short HikeESRB Rating EVERYONE for A Short Hike
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Gris

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PEGI Rating 7+ for GrisESRB Rating EVERYONE for Gris

Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

Image 163 This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 

Play With Experts And Novices

We all have a different level of experience, ability and connection to video games. Finding a game to play with another person who has less (or more) expertise of playing can be a challenge.

This list is designed to help you find games to solve this. Some of these games, like Super Mario Odyssey or Spiritfarer, let one player help the other. Other games, like Kingdoms or Chariot let you work together to progress with enough time for one player to help the other. Then there are games, like Affordable Space Adventure or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where each player takes on a different role. Some games like [link game/Tick+Tock+A+Tale+For+Two Tick Tock A Tale For Two or Get Together let you play on separate devices and talk to each other to solve collaborative puzzles. Finally, there are single player games, like Detroit Become Human or Return of the Obra Dinn where one player can control things while the other makes suggestions.

Whether you are a parent playing with a gaming expert son or daughter, or a partner of someone who plays less or more games, these are a great place to find common ground.
 


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