A New Portal Game

You wait ages for a new Portal game, and two come along at once.

It’s not that long ago that the trailers for Lego Dimensions surfaced, the game containing one Portal level, and another level available in an add-on pack.

Today, I found out about an upcoming Portal board game, which was shown off to people at GenCon.

Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game is a game for 2-4 players. There are 18 hex-ish tiles (hex, but join together like a jigsaw), which are initially arranged in a 6×3 pattern. Each player controls a team of Test Subjects, who are trying to acquire Cake. The test chambers on the Old edge are gradually recycled to the New edge, causing potential loss of Test Subjects and Cake. The idea is to end the game as the team with the most Cake on the board. The game ends either when one team loses all their Test Subjects, or all the pieces of one team’s cake goes in the incinerator.

Characters, and bits of Aperture equipment, can mess with the rules, or otherwise mess with things (Turrets will kill all Test Subjects in the same room, for example). I think the characters in particular could do most to enhance replay value.

Rules are available on the Cryptozoic site (click “Learn To Play”), and the BoardGameGeek site currently lists 5 videos about the game (the section just after Images is Videos).

Here’s one to get you started:

Sounds interesting enough that I’d like to give it a try. For Science.

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