The best puzzle games like Portal and Portal 2

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Q.U.B.E. 2 delivers on the potential of the original, with gorgeous environments and a stream of new puzzle-solving tools that you combine in inventive ways.

Q.U.B.E. 2

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch


Platform(s): PC
A puzzler that shines brightest when it’s flouting the laws of reality. Its abstract puzzles blend optical illusions with mind-bending physics that require equal parts experimentation and blind faith.

The Witness is a deeply clever, meditative puzzler. It’s the kind of game you can’t stop thinking about, even when your screen is off.

The Witness

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One (back compat)

Ibb & Obb

Platform(s): PC, Switch
We recommend Ibb & Obb for those that can’t get enough of Portal 2’s co-op campaign. It’s not anywhere near as funny, but it requires just as much teamwork and coordination to complete.

What better game to play after Portal than one built by its own lead designer, Kim Swift? Quantum Conundrum was the first game she released after leaving Valve, and its challenges share much of Portal’s brilliance. 

Quantum Conundrum

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One (back compat)

The second-best gun in puzzle gaming. With its titular Swapper, you create a clone of yourself with a single click, and warp your consciousness into that clone with a second. 

The Swapper

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

The Stanley Parable shares a game engine, some locations, and even dialogue lines with Portal, but what reminds us most of Valve’s puzzler is its brilliantly sarcastic narrator.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Platform(s): PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Switch

The Talos Principle

Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS
An omnipotent narrator, redirectable energy beams, pressure plates and increasingly difficult puzzles isolated in their own discrete areas. Ring a bell?
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