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Cryptozoic Entertainment

Cryptozoic Entertainment Portal The Uncooperative Board Game

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  • Designed by Valve staff, the makers of Portal & Portal 2!
  • Includes a free Steam code for a copy of Portal 2!
  • Fast and fun gameplay
  • Modular board
  • Includes miniatures of popular Portal game elements

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Fun, but too expensive for such a terrible boardI bought this as a gift for my husband who loves board games and also loves portal. Overall I do have to say that this is a fun game. It seems complicated at first but it didn't take too long to learn.However, the board pieces don't fit together very well. Some of the tabs are just too big to fit in the slot and no matter how hard you press they won't go in. And then if you do force them in, eventually you have to pull them apart as part of the game play so you have to be careful not to disturb the rest of the board while trying to remove the forced-together pieces. And, since the board is just chipboard the tabs are going to end up ruined very quickly.We really enjoyed the game but I'm really upset at how poorly the board was made for the price of the game. =( 4Don't worry, it's goodQuick take:Don't worry, it's good. A worthy use of the award-winning video game's IP, Portal: the Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game is very good. For fans of the Portal series (like me), it's great. It would also be fun without the Portal universe supporting it, which certainly is the mark of a great licensed game. The videogame was groundbreaking; the boardgame isn't quite that but the core gameplay mechanics are still unique and interesting,PositivesThe game, at its simplest, works like this: use your Test Subjects to gain Cake and/or more Test Subjects. Once you have more Cake on the board than your opponents, you will try to end the game by getting rid of all of your own or one opponents' Test Subjects. However, if you're too slow at doing this, you leave your opponents with an opening to add Cake to the board with their own (dwindling) Test Subjects and turn the tables by taking advantage of your "help." This balancing act makes for a fascinating game.The board itself is also unique. It is made up of fifteen interlocking tiles that create the Laboratory. Familiar Portal staples such as Test Subjects, Cake, a Turret, a Companion Cube, and portal tokens will be moved around on these tiles. Every turn, each player is required to choose a tile on the "old end" of the Laboratory to activate. The tile will give bonuses to Test Subjects on the tile and then flip over to the "new end" of the Laboratory, creating a constantly changing and recycling board. It's the good kind of chaotic, especially with three or four players.The Aperture cards that players will use throughout the game are also a great addition. They can be quite powerful, but they are easy to obtain so other players aren't at a disadvantage. The cards are especially interesting because the other side of each card has a unique character from the Portal universe which alters the game for all players. So, you'll play one of Aperture cards that allows you to destroy a Test Subject, but which in turn activates "Chell." Chell allows the next player to freely move a Portal token to any Test Chamber, potentially a very powerful ability. More often than not, every decision in the game has these cause/effect scenarios and the board often changes quickly and dramatically.I would be remiss to mention the inclusion of the Portal universe. The miniature Test Subjects, miniature Companion Cube, and miniature Turret match the look and feel from the videogame, and the colored cake pieces are a cool touch. The Aperture cards are interesting and thematic. The sardonic humor of the original game comes through even in the very premise of this game: doing whatever you can to gain Cake and often sacrificing your own Test Subjects in the process. The namesake portal tokens for jumping around the board are there but aren't the focal point. Which is fine.NegativesThe concept of the interlocking tiles and the constantly recycling game board is a good enough concept to base a game on. However, it isn't perfectly accomplished. The pieces are smaller than Catan tiles, with additional tabs that are meant to lock into each other so that the board can be easily shifted on the table. Some tabs fit, but many others don't or they fit too well and make it difficult to pull the tile up. This isn't a game breaker but it's something you'll quickly notice as you play.From a thematic perspective, GLaDOS doesn't really play any kind of role, which is a little disappointing since the Companion Cube, Turret, Cake, Test Subjects, and portals are used throughout in gameplay. She doesn't even have her own Aperture card. Still, a minor qualm.Final ThoughtsWhen I heard that Valve was involved with developing a Portal boardgame, I knew that we would have to check it out. I'm happy to relay that it's a lot of fun. With two players it's quite strategic, though can sometimes trigger long thinking turns for AP prone players. Three and four player games are more chaotic and tactical, with the game board changing dramatically by the time it gets back to you for your turn. There is a ton of player interaction, both direct and indirect.It's a special kind of fun to grab your opponent's Cake and march through a portal, activating a test chamber and incinerating their Cake piece in the process. You'll make constant risk/reward decisions like this, sometimes teetering on the brink of being eliminated until you have enough Cake to win the game by intentionally walking your Test Subject into a Turret. Games will usually end quickly and abruptly like this.Overall, the game is one of the more unique ones that we've played. Portal fans or those who like puzzle-type games with a lot of player interaction will find a lot to like here.Note: reviews of this game and others, including gameplay descriptions, more bad puns, and a lot more pictures available at playbegins.com 5Good homage, great gameAs a fan of the video game series, I loved the wit and humor of this game. Aside from any connection to the video games, this is a great game. It's fun, entertaining, and slightly challenging without being frustrating. My group had a great time playing it, and even the losers came out smiling. I'd highly recommend it. 5Fun and easy to learn gameFun and easy to learn game. This is a great filler game. The components are well illustrated and of sturdy construction. One of the unique mechanics of the game is that the board tiles interlock and get moved around during play. Unfortunately, the tiles are not cut with precision making some of them difficult to assemble and disassemble. Since this is a fundamental aspect of the game I deducted a point for this lack of attention to an important detail. Other than that, the gameplay is enjoyable and the Portal theme can be seen throughout. My daughter was disappointed that this was not a puzzle solving game like the original video game, but overall still had fun bringing about the demise of test subjects, firing off portal guns, launching from faith plates, activatng turrets and incinerating cake. 4Fun puzzle board game!Fun game. Well made pieces and cards. Watch a 10 minute YouTube for getting started because the directions are too long and detailed. More fun with 2 people than 4. With 4 it is hard to develop a strategy, but we are new to the game so will follow up with more later. 5Not good for 2 playersI got this for my husband since he LOVES Portal, the video game. We ve both played through them and I think the board game captures the humor well. It s goofy and strategic all at the same time.However, I wanted it as a game we could play together. With only 2 players the games are too quick and unbalanced. We haven t played it with more yet, which is the reason it s still at 4 stars. Otherwise it would be a 2 or 3. 4Took me years to get people to play, now they wished they'd been for years.I bought this on a lark, and wanted to play it with people ever since. i'm the only person of teh group who knows about the great history of Portal.You don't need it to play the game, but it helps to get some of the jokes more than the face value of why Wheatly's bonus does what it does, etc.This is a cut your friends throats gamed disguised as a board game with cute characters. It took us a bit to figure out the mechanic for evil but once you do, the game is hilariously fun. Once you understand the test subjects usage it becomes an almost breakneck pacing while being super slow. You've got to keep the cake to the right and the subjects to the left all while killing the subjects gets you more cake but if you kill off your test subjects uh oh game over and oh no you didn't have enough cake.Just a lot of fun, and no game is the same.Are you still there? 5Interesting, but board pieces will break eventuallyInteresting game... The cardboard piece interlock is going to break with repeated plays....Will hit the 10x year playlist 3I figured this would be a fun purchase. My fiancee sort of hated it and ...As a fan of the video game and a fan of board games in general, I figured this would be a fun purchase. My fiancee sort of hated it and was frustrated by the somewhat confusing rules. We had to watch some playthroughs. I thought the gameplay was interesting and had potential.The artwork on the box was great - perfectly in line with the aesthetic of the video game. Some of the game pieces are quality - other parts to the game - specifically the board - left me scratching my head. Being that the basic game mechanic is to constantly relocate pieces of the game board, they should have been better than pressed cardboard. The board pieces are a bit ill-fitting, so it's often awkward moving them around. I would have preferred they skimped a little on the companion cube and turret and put more money into the board.Is this worth purchasing? I mean, I've played through every half life and third party add-on, I've played through both portals, and I'll buy anything Valve makes. I guess that makes me the target audience for this game, and I was just sort of "meh" on it. Even ignoring the issues with the game components, it's not the most fun ever, and it's not the easiest game to pick up quickly. That said, it's playable and collectable. The box is fun - you like boxes, don't you? 3Cool and fun game but I wish they didn't make ...Cool and fun game but I wish they didn't make the pieces interlock. Would make it easier to move the map pieces around. Eventually the interlocking bits will fray and rip. Sad that GlaDOS is just a piece of cardboard, would be better if she was a plastic figurine like the other figures. 3
Cryptozoic Entertainment Portal The Uncooperative Board Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment Portal The Uncooperative Board Game

4.2
Error You can't add more than 500 quantity.
Regular price
€90,00
Sale price
€90,00
Regular price
€148,00
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Save 39% (€58,00)