Valve’s Portal and the sequel to that game has been a tremendous success with a ton of gamers loving the games with all their hearts and screaming “THE CAKE IS A LIE!” like there’s no tomorrow, but let’s face it, Portal 1 was a excellent but short game that ended far to quickly and even though Portal 2 was longer and had some replay value with the co-op mode among other things, the fact remains the same, all good things come to an end. So what should you play if you played and loved Portal and want a new game to sink your teeth in? In this list I will show you some suggestions of games that are similar to Portal in one way or another. A heads up though, the games on this list are good puzzle games but I’m afraid they’re not exactly the same as Portal, these are just games I think a Portal fan would enjoy and it’s up to you to decide if the games on the list is something for you.
Square Enix’s Quantum Conundrum is a puzzle game hugely influenced by Portal which is no wonder because the game is actually made by the lead designer of Portal, Kim Swift. Just as Portal this game is shown in a first-person perspective and a lot of the gameplay will be familiar if you’re already Portal fan. I would say that the world and gameplay is more geared to a younger audience with this game but that doesn’t mean that adults can enjoy it. The goal of the game is to reach the exit of each stage and in order to do it you have to complete challenging puzzle that require you to manipulate material in different dimensions, might sound complicated but it’s really not, check out the trailer if you want to see more from this game.
The game is available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
The Ball is a first person adventure puzzle game where you take the role as a Indiana Jones type of characters in a steam punk world that needs to survive a huge amount of traps and dangerous monsters & demon, and the only tool/weapon you have at your disposal is the ball, which is a huge metal ball that you can control with a gun looking controller, use the ball to kill monster, disable traps, open doors and solve puzzles with. This adventurous game is around 8 hours long and comes at a very low price over at Steam. Recommended game if you want a puzzle game filled with action and adventure that fast paced and tricky for the brain department.
If you’re still not convinced about the game or just confused about my explanation you should check out the trailer for The ball down below and you’ll understand the concept of the game pretty fast as soon as you see some gameplay.
Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light
The next game on the list is sort of a wild card, and I actually snagged the idea to have this on the list from a forum post where they discussed games similar to Portal. This game isn’t played in a first person view instead this game is played with a view up in the sky looking down on your character(s). So why is this game on the list? First off it’s a great adventure game with a ton of great puzzles to solve, but that’s not the best part, the best part of the game is the local co-op mode where you can play two players on one screen (with controllers) one take the role as Lara Croft and the other player plays The Guardian of Light, each of the players have their own set of special unique abilities, and you need to work together in order to solve a bunch of puzzles and tricky situation, so if you love the co-op from Portal 2 as much as I do I’m sure you’ll enjoy this game too. Oh and if you’re not fond of the Tomb Raider/Lara Croft series, don’t worry, this game is nothing like the other games.
(If you’re looking for more co-op games on Steam I suggest you check out my other post where I show you how to find all the best co-op games on Steam.)
Next game on the list might look like a rip-off at first glance but it’s defiantly not, the looks of Q.U.B.E might resemble Portal but it’s defiantly it’s own game with it’s own gameplay and style. Just like in Portal you enter different rooms with puzzles you need to solve in order to proceed, all the puzzles are about changing and manipulating the different colored cubes that you find in each of the puzzle rooms, for example if you press a red cube it will raise up or to the sides,blue cubes works like a bouncy trampoline if you jump on them. As more and more colored cubes with other functions enters the rooms the puzzles gets harder and harder, with more variables to consider. Q.U.B.E is a physics-based puzzle game that will make your brain work on over time (at least it did for me)
Available for PC right now, and in the future it will be available for a bunch of other platforms also, PSN, iOS, Wii U (in 2014)
That’s everything I got on this list, I’m always up for suggestion if you have any of your own, so post your suggestions on game in the comment section at the bottom and I’ll have a look at it and I might put it on the list. Thanks for check it this tiny list out and make sure to like and share this list if you enjoyed it!