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Portal and Minecraft have a lot in common. Both were born out of indie success stories; both are first-person explore-'em-ups whose look makes a virtue of simplicity; both inspire cult-like devotion guaranteed to create a conversational black hole if mentioned in the wrong company. So it's only fitting that the can-do bedroom-coder spirit that fuels both titles should now produce a mash-up of the two.
Extreme PortalCraft opens a blue portal in the original Portal, creates an orange portal within Minecraft, and drops all the key elements of the former into the latter while nobody's looking. The central technology doesn't suffer a bit from being downgraded into Minecraft's 8-bit aesthetic, while sounds and gravity mechanics are pretty spot-on. There's also a whole new batch of testing chambers within the two-part single-player adventure: installation files for Part One can be downloaded here, with the tougher (or, ahem, more “extreme”) Part Two found here. Minecraft/Portal fans, what do you think?
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