The ports that had no right to work

But were miraculously great regardless

Game: Portal

Format: Flash

Portal? In 2D? In Flash!? Yes, it happened, and yes, it was great. Fantastic even.

The Flash version of Portal doesn’t just prove that the medium can provide far more than generic point and click shooting galleries and delightfully messed up cartoons. No, the Flash version of Portal is all the evidence you need to show that 2D gaming is still capable of just as much cool stuff as 3D. In the hands of talented and devious games designers, that missing dimension doesn’t hinder things. In just creates a whole new set of challenges and possibilities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.
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