Portal 2

LQ: 9.7


Brain grade: 9.8
Fun score: 9.6

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Xbox 360 / PS3 / Steam

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In Portal 2 players take control of a silent protagonist, named Chell, who must escape the secret underground research facility controlled by an evil artificial intelligence computer called GLaDOS, who has constructed a series of life-threatening puzzles to prevent Chell’s escape. Armed with only an experimental portal-firing gun, Chell must find a way out of the facility before GLaDOS’ experiments mean her demise. The portal gun works by creating a doorway between any two surfaces, allowing objects and even the player herself to pass through it. Each puzzle presents the player with new challenges and interesting ways to use this simple mechanic. Due to some mild language and realistic hazards such as machine-gun turrets and toxic waste, Portal 2 is recommended for children ages 10 and up.

Note: This game has been identified as helpful for kids with ASD. Click here to find out why.



Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Using only their portal gun, players create a series of portals to escape from GlaDOS' puzzles. The gun can only shoot one entry and exit portal at a time, requiring the player to think ahead and sequence out steps in order to escape traps and reach the elevator at the opposite end of the environment. Players must move objects, destroy remote controlled turrets and manipulate the environment to navigate past obstacles, many of which require several steps to overcome.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Each puzzle brings new challenges, and because no new items or weapons are presented to players throughout the game, they must rethink what they can accomplish with their portal gun in each level. Players will have to be creative and open minded with their tool if they want to progress far into the game. Portals can be used to move the character or objects across gaps, extend light bridges, redirect lasers, as well as numerous other uses the player will discover throughout their escape.

As more experiments are discovered in the later levels of Portal 2, the usefulness of the portal gun grows as well as the difficulty of the puzzles. The environments in Portal 2 are quite varied, and as players explore the crumbling facility they will encounter strange and unique areas that require them to adapt their tactics on a minute-to-minute basis.

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