Even though an iOS version of the fantastic Portal series of games are nowhere to be found, this isn't stopping the release of official spin-off apps of sort on to the App Store. This one in particular is home to several interesting nuggets of information that any Portal fan will enjoy. For instance, Valve Software didn’t always have a clear vision for Portal 2, which hit earlier this week on the PC, Mac, and HD consoles. At one point early in its creation, Portal 2 was a prequel set in the 1950s. Also, it didn’t have portals.

This is according to game journalist Geoff Keighley in his brand new magazine-style app called “The Final Hours Of Portal 2.” [$1.99] It’s essentially an interactive article -- with loads of text, some videos, and even pictures -- that tells the story of the creation of Portal 2 and brings to light a lot of cool, previously unknown information.

I should note that Valve doesn’t open up a lot to the media, so this is both a pretty rare and privileged kind of story and definitely a cool way to throw your support behind a gifted writer. Beware, the app is home to some minor spoilers. Really though, if you're the kind of person who is contemplating purchasing a supplemental app to read about Portal 2, you've likely already beaten it, so this shouldn't be much of an issue.

...And if you haven't played both Portal and Portal 2 and you own a capable PC, Mac, Xbox 360, or PS3, you really need to fix that.

[via Kotaku]

  • http://www.minimaxir.com/ Max Woolf

    No Gabe Newell jokes please, Episode 3 is taking long enough as it is.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      ...In before "lol fat"?

      • Anonymous

        Good one, Eli! Now we'll never see Portal for iPad!

  • http://twitter.com/severinggecko Eliott Geisler

    heck portal 2 runs great on my 11.6" macbook air...EVERYONE needs to get this game!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GOWZM2JBBOUU6IM2CN4DPMQI7A Chad

      Really!? I wouldn't even have thought to try and run it on my Air. Does it auto-configure settings or did you manually have to tune down the detail?

      Do you have 2 or 4 GB of RAM?

  • Anonymous

    Thinking about buying this, i'd like to see the work behind portal. Now if they could make a portal game for the ipad.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GOWZM2JBBOUU6IM2CN4DPMQI7A Chad

      Seriously. Talk about market potential.

      • SMP

        Haha, stupid people. Trix are for kids!..............

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Portal 2 is one of the best games I've ever played. It took me beating it to realize it.

    I'm not sure I'd buy an app that explains its creation, but I'm definitely intrigued. The commentary by Valve is always intelligent and insightful.

  • http://demonskunk.tumblr.com Demonskunk

    Fuuuuuck this ipad exclusive 'magazine' nonsense.
    if I want to read this on a tiny fucking screen LET ME.

  • Anonymous

    Wondering how much of this info is on the developer's commentary in the game itself...

  • Nemo

    Thanks for the app tip! I really love Portal 2 so I'm definitely going to buy this.

  • Anonymous

    It's a quick, but enjoyable, read. Talks about the problems they went through, failures that wound up getting reused in a different context, etc. Wish they'd covered the "f-stop" mechanic more (it gets a brief mention, though no specifics), but overall really well done. After finishing Portal 2, I'd give it a shot. It's only $2, and while the "interactive" bits aren't really necessary, they do add to the experience.