In case you missed the news, Portal will be free for the Mac and PC until May 24th on Steam. Since so many people are playing this great game for the first time, we thought it’d be fun to highlight some of our favorite add-ons for the first-person puzzler.
Portal: Prelude is more than a mappack. The unofficial prequel features more hours of gameplay than the original Portal, tons of new challenges, and over 400 lines of speech with both English and French subtitles.
According to the game’s creators, “Its story revolves around the pre-GlaDOS epoch, even before she was plugged in. At this time, test subjects were monitored by real Aperture Science employees, whose work was tedious, lengthy and repetitive.” It’s a brilliant idea for a premise that helps explain why Aperture Science needed GlaDOS to watch over test subjects in the original.
Above: Once you’ve beaten Portal, Portal: Prelude should be the next item on your list of games to play
When Portal was first announced, self-proclaimed Valve fanboys Hen Mazolski and Ido Tal couldn’t wait to play the game. In fact, they were so excited that they started work on a 2D Flash version of Portal before it even released. It turned out that their 2D take on Valve’s game was incredibly fun. Since then, the browser-based game has won various awards.
The team’s next project was a popular mappack with the 40 levels featured in Portal: The Flash Version. Some of the new content in the Xbox LIVE arcade game Portal: Still Alive was based on the levels featured in this fan-made mappack.
Above: Portal: The Flash version. If you’ve never played it, check it out
Above: Portal: The Flash Version Mappack gives you lots of extra portals to play with. It includes all 40 levels from the Flash version
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May 17, 2010
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