Crafty Coder Recreates Portal on an Apple II and it is Awesome! (VIDEO)
When a blast from the past intrudes on the present, some flee for their lives, while others embrace the nostalgia like a warm blanket on a cool winter night. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maine, YouTuber, and Doc Brown enthusiast, Vince Weaver(deater78), has offered up a piece of sweet nostalgia pie. He has re-imagined Valve’s popular 2007 title, Portal, on the Apple II.
“Why?” you may ask. When Aperture Laboratories is involved, does there necessarily have to be a reason for anything? The answer is a resounding ‘no’. Using Applesoft BASIC for the Apple II, Weaver was able to recreate protagonist Chell, outstanding antagonist GlaDOS, and the iconic blue and orange portals. In all of its 8-bit glory, he was even able to encapsulate the humor the original title is known for.
In the nearly eight minute long video posted to Vince’s YouTube channel, we see Weaver attempt to travel to the future and see if Portal 3 has come out yet. Upon his return, we discover that he accidentally traveled to an alternate past and found a 5.25″ floppy disk with Aperture Laboratories’ Portal on it. He inserts the disk into his Apple II and begins to play. If you haven’t played Portal yet, go play it right now, then come back and finish this article. It’s okay, we can wait. Now that you have finished playing Portal, please enjoy the following video:
That was fantastic, wasn’t it? We are particularly fond of the fact that Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive was played throughout the credits, but in a wonderful chiptune fashion. What was your favorite part? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! If you would like to see a breakdown of how everything for the Apple II version of Portal came together, you can find that here. If you are interested in something that is completely different, direct your attention here. As always, stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers to ensure you are up to date on the latest and greatest in gaming news!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.