Top 10 Portal-Themed Minecraft Mods
Minecraft has a huge fan base. Portal has a huge fan base.
Somewhere, those two fan bases overlap, and the result is a group of Minecraft players eager to think with portals.
These mods are for them.
1. Portal Gun
In this mod, you can actually craft yourself a portal gun, which allows you to create a pair of portals on most areas in the Minecraft world. You can even craft a pair of advanced knee replacements to nullify that pesky falling damage that can seriously interfere with your portalling fun.
But the fun doesn’t end there; you can craft your own weighted storage cube and upgrade it to a companion cube that heals you through the power of love.
This mod is essential to many of the other mods on this list, easily securing it the #1 position.
There’s even a Portal parody trailer made with this mod:
This mod runs you through a series of test chambers, making use of the Portal Gun mod. The mod is under heavy development, and the author plans on including many more test chambers, but it’s still playable in its current beta status and continues to rise in popularity.
Here is a video walkthrough of a user showcasing this mod. He does a very convincing GLaDOS.
3. Portal. In Minecraft.
This mod was made before the Portal Gun mod, and has users place their portals in a more traditional Minecraft manner. It’s not a recreation of Portal, but a whole game mode with a Portal theme.
With four test chambers, observer rooms, two secret chambers, and multiplayer support to boot, it’s worth trying out with your friends.
See the “manual” portals in action:
4. Portal: GLaDOS’ End
This mod is requires the Portal Gun mod and takes you through eight Aperture Science-inspired test chambers, with a a Minecraft twist: trees, nature, and objects you’re encouraged to smash to bits and harvest.
Check out the trailer:
5. Precisely Portal and Modified Portal
This texture pack is what makes some of these other mods possible, and comes in two flavors: one that precisely recreates Portal, and another that recreates Portal in the Minecraft environment.
What does that mean? Nature still looks like nature, and most items are easily recognizable — you can actually play regular Minecraft with this pack installed and not be too confused.
This texture pack is a must-have for anyone who wants create Portal mods for Minecraft without having to make textures from scratch.
Here’s a video showing the sort of things you can make with this texture pack:
6. Portal – A Minecraft texture pack
I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize the efforts of one of the earliest Portal texture packs. This mod may seem outdated compared to the texture pack above, but it was among the pioneers of Portal Minecraft mods.
7. Portal: The Escape
This mod is a Portal-themed escape map with 15 test chambers. Your objective? Cake!
The tests vary in difficulty from “piece of cake” to “the cake is a lie,” but they all involve thought, sometimes prompting you to make a rushed decision.
Watch this play through:
8. Portal Meets Minecraft
Here is another texture pack, this one noteworthy for including those adorable little turrets.
Included textures are:
- Normal and Companion cubes
- Box droppers
- Observation rooms
- Elevators (and the doors)
- Platforms, their pistons, and the pits under them
- Metal grates
- Energy ball launchers, catchers, and the energy balls themselves
- Indicator lights
- Metal (in all 3 sizes)
- Concrete ceilings, walls, and floors (includes the checkered floor)
9. Extreme PortalCraft
This map takes players through nine test chambers and is a pretty accurate depiction of what Portal would have looked like if it were released in the ’90s.
Watch this play through:
10. Minecraft Portal Challenge
Now here’s something different: a Portal map made by someone who never played Portal.
As can be expected, the map has nothing to do with the Portal story nor the challenges seen in the game; the author simply took the idea of Portal and created his own challenges.
I wonder if any of the puzzles inadvertently turned out similar to those in Portal.