Portal: Black Forest Edition is an advanced-mode campaign for the test chambers in Portal. This mod aims to cater to those who enjoyed the atmosphere and feel of the test chambers in Portal, but felt that they were too simple and did not provide enough of a puzzle challenge. All 20 test chambers will be remade and revamped to be much more challenging, but each will retain the same general layout, concepts, and testing elements it had in the original game. Portal: Black Forest Edition is for those Portal fans who love the first Portal's atmosphere and puzzles, but who crave new challenges from the game.
Completed Chambers: 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 (11/20)
As mentioned in the previous article, development on Portal: Black Forest Edition, a mod with advanced versions of Portal's testchambers, has resumed. I'm not exactly sure how much longer it's going to be before the mod is out and ready to play, but school is starting again soon, so it might be a bit.
However, here's some good news: since chambers 00 through 10 are done, The First Slice is completed...which means I need some playtesters! That way, I can see what needs improvement throughout a sizable chunk of the game and change that stuff as I build the last 9 chambers.
If you're interested in getting your hands on The First Slice, getting your name in the credits (should the mod ever come out), or making Black Forest Edition's puzzles better, I'd love to give the first 11 puzzles to a few players and see what they think. If you feel comfortable recording your gameplay (no mic necessary & can be split into multiple sessions), that would be ideal, just so I can see any bugs that crop up or fixes that need to be made. I'd also like for playtesters to fill out a short survey after completing the game, just to get an idea about the difficulty of certain puzzles and the overall experience.
Thank you in advance to anyone willing to playtest BFE! I want to make sure the focus of the game is on logic and puzzle solving, not timing or execution, and playtesting is going to be crucial in keeping the game accessible in that sense. I also want to try to cut down on bugs and cheese, so if you like breaking Portal puzzles, by all means, don't hold back!
If you're interested, join the Discord and reach out to me (Discord.gg) or leave me a comment or PM here. Thanks!
This is going to make a vocal minority of you very happy: Black Forest Edition now has custom testchamber signs altered to match the testing elements in each chamber. The signs also feature a difficulty indicator, so you can feel validated when (hopefully) pulling your hair out on the tougher maps.
Of course, I also illuminated the cake icon on every map. After all, this is Black Forest Edition, right?
Again, playtesting is going to be key in making sure that the difficulty ratings are accurate and fair, so thanks in advance to anyone interested in that!
Several new chambers have been added to Black Forest Edition since I've last posted here. Here's a few screenshots showing them off:
Chamber 10 in particular is no joke, so good luck on that one!
If you're interested in getting updates on this mod more often and having the opportunity to playtest or give me advice, then join the Portal: Black Forest Edition Discord server! I plan to be a lot more active there than I am here, so if you're interested in this mod or its development, feel free to hop on the server. Discord.gg
Thank you for reading all of this! Hope to get the mod out sometime soon (haha).
Chambers 05 and 06 are finished, and you can join the Portal: Black Forest Edition Discord for more frequent updates and a chance to have some input.