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Game #834
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Portal    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Adventure   Multimedia novel

Rating: 9.08 (112 votes)

Portal box cover

Portal screenshot
Portal is a unique interactive novel that tells one of the best sci-fi stories ever. Returning from a failed hundred-year voyage to earth, you find that that everyone has mysteriously disappered. Then you discover HOMER, a biological computer that alone holds the link to the past and conduit to the future. Together, you and HOMER must discover the doorway to humanity before you're stranded forever. Puzzles (in the loosest sense) involve accessing various databases to uncover more information. Highly recommended, especially to sci-fi fans.

Update: The entire text of the game (and the novel that succeeded it) is now available on-line, thanks to Salim Fadhley and Rob Swigart himself who granted permission to distribute his great novel under the GPL license. Just follow the link below.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Rob Swigart
Developer: Activision
Publisher: Activision
Year: 1986
Software Copyright: Rob Swigart
Theme: Science Fiction
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Portal: on-line version of the novel, Scans of Manual and Map, Much longer retro review
If you like this game, try: Photopia, Shades of Grey, Circuit's Edge

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