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Yeah Portal!

Developed by Valve and published in 2007, Portal has become the stuff of legend. It not only provided us with one of the most-used phrases in video game history (“The cake is a lie!”) but also helped millions of gamers improve their spatial awareness, reasoning, and even self-confidence.

Portal is a first-person platforming and puzzle game that offers a series of increasingly difficult puzzles, along with some truly excellent writing, voice acting and humor. Players are given a “portal gun” that creates linked portals on demand, offering a way to traverse difficult terrain and vast distances.

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