In 2007, first-person shooters flooded the video game industry. However, after Valve released its experimental puzzle game, Portal, the industry changed. The overwhelming success of Portal and its sequel, Portal 2, caused a slew of other companies to develop similar puzzle games. Each game would try to encapsulate the humor and puzzles that made the Portal series great. Here are 11 brilliant puzzle games for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation that is sure to please every Portal lover.

An iconic Portal 2 game puzzle.
Screenshot of an iconic and difficult puzzle from the Portal 2 game on PC
Credit: Valve

Q.U.B.E 2

Price: $24.99

Available On: Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

Q.U.B.E. 2 uses a unique glove. You use it to control objects. This is unlike the puzzles in Portal games.
Q.U.B.E. 2 uses a glove to control various objects.
Credit: Toxic Games

Q.U.B.E. 2 is probably the most polished game on this list. It builds upon the first game beautifully. The mood of this puzzle game is less comedic than the Portal series because you don’t interact with other characters. That makes sense, though, because the story takes place within a mysterious alien spacecraft.

Q.U.B.E. 2 has many unique mechanics. One of these is a glove that can control the behaviors of objects. With each color of the object, there is a unique behavior. This leads to some interesting and downright fun experiences. Q.U.B.E. 2 is the perfect game for anybody who loved the puzzles in the original Portal series.

Portal Stories: Mel

Price: Free

Available On: Steam

Screenshot of the pzzle game Portal Stories: Mel. The puzzle game is a mod of Portal 2.
Portal Stories: Mel uses almost identical puzzle mechanics to the original games.
Credit: Prism Studios

Portal Stories: Mel is a puzzle game that was an absolute shoo-in for this list. Portal Stories: Mel introduces a fresh story. This story follows Mel, who wakes up years after the destruction of GLaDOS. You must play through various test chambers to escape. As a mod of Portal 2, it has an identical puzzle style to the original Portal games. The game also introduces new characters. Portal Stories: Mel perfectly recreates the overall experience of the original Portal series.

The Talos Principle

Price: $39.99

Available On: Steam

The Talos Principle is a game where you do puzzles as an android, unlike Portal. In this game, you complete puzzles that resemble those of Portal.
In The Talos Principle you move around objects as you would in reality… kinda.
Credit: Croteam

The Talos Principle is by far my favorite game on this list. You play as an android whose purpose is to solve puzzles for your creator. As you progress, however, the game gets very philosophical. The puzzle and game mechanics are entirely different from those of Portal’s. However, they maintain the same feel. If you enjoyed the puzzles of the original Portal games, The Talos Principle will blow you away.

Gravitas

Price: Free

Available On: Steam

Gravitas is a free and short puzzle game in the style of Portal 2. It feels just like the Portal games' puzzles.
Gravitas allows the player to manipulate gravity to complete the stages.
Credit: Galaxy Shark Studios

For those who are looking for a shorter game or working on a budget, Gravitas is perfect. The game begins with you entering an art facility. You meet the quirky and socially awkward robot artist. The game brings you through his museum, where you play various puzzles in the style of Portal. You must complete each stage by manipulating gravity. Oh yeah, and the entire facility is collapsing.

Antichamber

Price: $19.99

Available On: Steam

Antichamber is the most unique puzzle game like Portal. It is a game that any Portal lover would enjoy.
In Antichamber, you must gain control over various colored blocks with unique behaviors.
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Antichamber’s puzzles resemble the Portal games only in style. It has entirely unique graphics and gameplay. However, the game features no plot. Instead, developer Alexander Bruce focused on perfecting the lessons and art within the game. In the absence of a plot, the rest of the mind-bending elements are more than enough to keep the game interesting.

Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut

Price: $9.99

Available On: Steam, PS3, PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One

Q.U.B.E. has less polish than its sequel. It has time trials and glitches, though. Which is iconic of the original Portal game's puzzles.
Q.U.B.E. has similar mechanics to its sequel.
Credit: Toxic Games

The original Q.U.B.E. game is very similar to the sequel, obviously. It features the same style with less polish. There is a plot, as you must try to escape a mysterious cube with no memory. However, it isolates you for most of the game. It has a time trial mode and a lot of achievements and glitches, which were my favorite parts of the original Portal. If you’re like me, you’ll love this game.

ChromaGun

Price: $12.99

Available On: Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

The Chromagun game has very simple puzzles, similar to Portal.
ChromaGun features simple challenges using paint to move worker droids.
Credit: Pixel Maniacs

ChromaGun crosses off all the boxes for what makes an enjoyable Portal game: simple puzzle mechanics and increasingly challenging rooms. You play as a test subject who is testing out the new ChromaGun. However, there is not much development throughout the game. You just use paint from the gun to move the worker droids. Be careful, though- it’s easy to break an entire level with a few wrong moves. Regardless, the similarity of this game’s puzzles to the Portal series is undeniable.

The Turing Test

Price: $19.99

Available On: Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One

The Turing Test takes everything great about the Portal Games and puzzles. It just puts them in a new context.
The Turing Test takes many puzzle elements from other games like Portal.
Credit: Bulkhead Interactive

The Turing Test doesn’t have too many unique elements. It borrows many puzzle styles from other games like Portal. What sets it apart, however, is the plot. You play as a scientist on one of Jupiter’s moons. You solve puzzles in order to discover what happened to a missing crew. It definitely doesn’t feel like a Portal game, but the puzzles and plot are enough to keep any player interested.

The Stanley Parable

Price: $14.99

Available On: Steam

The Stanley Parable feels a lot like most Portal games, just without the puzzles.
The Stanley Parable has much more open-ended puzzles.
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The Stanley Parable is a fun, joyfully confusing jaunt. It has the exact feeling and polish of the Portal games, but without puzzles. You play as an office worker who explores his wild and ever-changing office. The exact story is up to you and the narrator. The game has incredible voice acting and seemingly endless fun, just like Portal’s. These characteristics make The Stanley Parable one of my favorites on this list.

Quantum Conundrum

Price: $8.99

Available On: Steam, PS3, and Xbox 360

Quantum Conundrum is very goofy. It is a puzzle game for any Portal fan. The game features the same humor as Portal 2 in its puzzles.
Quantum Conundrum plays with a lot of puzzle elements from games like Portal.
Credit: Airtight Games

Quantum Conundrum recreates a lot of the puzzles and goofiness that I loved in the Portal games. You play as a regular kid who needs to save his weird uncle who happens to be a quantum mechanic. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you liked the puzzles and the silly nature of the Portal series, you’ll also enjoy this game.

Parallax

Price: $4.99

Available On: Steam

Parallax also features unique gameplay and art style. The game is different to Portal in both puzzle and art mechanics.
Parallax has a much larger emphasis on platforming and timing, as opposed to puzzle-solving.
Credit: Toasty Games

Parallax is one of the few games on this list that actually uses portals in its puzzles. Unlike the Portal games, however, the puzzles are more focused on platforming and timing. Unfortunately, there is not much of a plot within the game. Parallax also lacks the aspects that kept Antichamber interesting. Regardless, the game is a lot of fun for anybody who enjoys first-person puzzle games.


To this day, Portal and Portal 2 are still revered puzzle games. They revolutionized the industry. Whether you liked the humor, style, graphics, or puzzles, there are plenty of other games like them to enjoy. Which game is your favorite and why? Leave a comment below and remember to keep coming back for more game recommendations and gaming news.