The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end.
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Very Positive (201 reviews) - 89% of the 201 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (22,592 reviews) - 91% of the 22,592 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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“It's not the fact that The Stanley Parable makes you think about the nature of choice in games that makes it extraordinary. It's the fact that it does so while simultaneously managing to be a wildly entertaining, hilarious, and surprising experience.”
9/10 - Gamespot

“It's this bouncing between serious tone and irreverence that makes The Stanley Parable so special. You never know what to expect."
10/10 - Joystiq

“Where so many games that aspire to be more than games end up less than any form of art, Stanley Parable strives, and then succeeds.”
10/10 - Destructoid

“Astoundingly labyrinthine onion-like layers of narrative tangents the player can embark on in what feels like the unholy interactive offspring of Inception, Being John Malkovich and Portal.”
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About This Game

The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

But as you explore, slowly, zippity zop begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all. The game is not here to fight you; it is inviting you to dance.

Based on the award-winning 2011 Source mod of the same name, The Stanley Parable returns with new content, new ideas, a fresh coat of visual paint, and the stunning voicework of Kevan Brighting. For a more complete and in-depth understanding of what The Stanley Parable is, please try out the free demo.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher - *NOT* an Express graphics card).
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher required
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher
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genesect2
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
A fantastic combination of humor and seriousness throughout the narrative (That you choose!). Provokes all emotions. Definitely worth the 15 dollars, but I would wait until a Steam Sale, where you can get it as low as 3 bucks.
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Natalia Thomasina Penelope
( 93.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game can be finished in under 5 minutes.
I have played it for nearly 100 hours.

888888888/10
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RedRavenMatt
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Quite enjoyable, with practically compulsory replay value, but once it's up, that's it. No more point in playing again. Expected more to be honest, but was pretty cheap when I got it, wait for a sale, then try it, maybe.
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Divine Fedoras
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
One word... Amazing.
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Name Gen.
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
This game is hilarious. The music is great. It's comedic genious, even if it is short, I recommend giving a go. The developers do deserve the money.

You could always buy it on a sale if you want to.
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BatedMallard874
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
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SGT Hansius
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
A peace of art. Don't ask! Just play it!

And: "No! You can't jump!"
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ethansun01
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Good story. The less you know about the game when you start, the better.
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LBclockworkninja
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
I love evrythinng about this game.
Except the inability to jump.
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Zudalian
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This is brilliant!
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Gamer
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game is........... beautiful, amazing, hilarious, madness, confusion, mind-bending shockers, happiness, evil, control, fear, sadness, depression, etc. There's so many words I can say about this game but I would go on forever and ever.........
This story interaction/walking simulator game is graphically beautiful and runs smooth as butter for me (constant 59-60 fps). This game will make you decide what to do and what you choices you want to make. Also there is a narrator from above who seems to control on what path or decision you make (not that you have to follow the narator's orders ;p). So choose carefully but not carefully so you'll get either disasterious or hilarious happenings/dialogue from the narrator. I highly recommend this game! This game will change your life......... I GUARANTEE IT!!!!!!! Trust me on this one!!!!! :D
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Luigi
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Great game! Buy at a sale for >5 hours of fun and adventure. Multiple play throughs recommmeded. ;)
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PickledJackalope
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I took a screenshot of the bush.
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gbraad
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
The narration makes you feel like listening to `Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. It makes the experience...
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Make Penguin Great Again
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Would recomend if free. Just not enough content for the price.
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Salty Peanut
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
A game that completely flips what you'd epect from a regular video game, The Stanely Parable's whole gameplay bases on the idea of what would happen if you don't listen to the oniptient narrarator and chose your own path instead. While you can do exactly what the narrarator tells you to, the real experience of the game comes from doing the complete oppisite. Explaining the game anymore than this would be a diservice to what the game truely delivers. The game does have a demo, but if you're worried that playing it would ruin the full experience you won't need to worry! The demo and the full game are totaly different from eachother. But each both provide hilarious commentary on the way Video Games work in their own ways.

As for replay value... Ehh... After finding every possible outcome, you really have no reason to return. Unless you want the achivements, or just want to revisit it every now and again. The games intention is not to really keep you coming back often. However, this should not plant a sour taste in your decision, the game is still worth going back to now and again for a good laugh.

Completely clever no matter witch path you choose, The Stanely Parable is something you should check out for yourself!
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TASc
( 40.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
One of the funniest, most unique experiences I've had in my 20 years of PC gaming.
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The flame goat
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
A Hitchhikers guide to the galixy game
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Lovelyfma
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I loved this game. I loved finding all the endings in this game, and looking up ones that I would have never figured out on my own. (btw helarious) This game has that witty humor I just love. I just love this game. You have a choice pretty much about anything in this game.
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Madame Minty
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
It's all nice and dandy until you start feeling that the nth iteration doesn't differ that much from the previous one, nor did the nth ending impress you enough to compensate. It simply becomes too repetitive.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Very unique and highly replayable (Until you do everything, then it's not so good).
This is one of the few games I 100%ed. If you look at the achievements you might understand why I was compelled to.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Walk through the same office 50 times and get your mind blown each time.

Mind♥♥♥♥ery and whitty comments throughout a very inventive narrative. You really have to play it all in one session, but it only takes 2-3 hours to "complete".
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
You can push buttons
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
The Stanley Parable is an experimental narrative-driven first person game. It is an exploration of choice, freedom, storytelling and reality, all examined through the lens of what it means to play a video game.

- You will make a choice that does not matter

- You will follow a story that has no end

- You will play a game you cannot win

...it's actually best if you don't know anything about it before you play it...

The HD Remix of The Stanley Parable is a remodeled, remastered version of this unique title.

I think this is not even a game, but in life someone told us to give us advice, and someone wants to scourge us, he brings a very deep meaning. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
It is pretty simple:

1. play the game
2. play it again
3. and again
4. asking yourself: what the heck?
5. put the adventure line theme on your mobile device as ring tone
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
a friend gameshared this with me. He didn't tell me what it was about, he just said "You'll love it." I booted the game up, and was surprised to find that:

1. It wasn't a troll game

2. I actually enjoyed this game

I sat through a couple hours of it, and found this game entertaining. I legit couldn't put the controller down. 10/10 would play a sequal if they ever make one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
One word to describe this game: BRILLIANT.
The 4th wall is constantly destroyed, actually there's not even a 4th wall anymore, and you catch yourself wondering who you are at the end of it.
And the narration is amazingly performed, seriously. This is such a unique game that gives a unique experience, I definitely recommend playing it!!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Awesome, quirky game. I love it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
And then, Stanley walked through the RED DOOR
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
My favorite was the broom Closet Ending
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
This game is amazing, this is not the game. You're playing it as the narrator says, you're not playing it in a right way! I don't know how, but every my stupid step, every my clever step is commented, this is story already written and the narrator knows everything... I can only imaging how huge the script scenario is, I cannot imaging such a complex scenario. I was lauging out loud.

P.S. I enjoy such format of a story much more than any Telltale Games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
An experimental narrative masterpiece. Even not playing the game (for five years) is part of the game's narrative and so is playing the game for a whole Tuesday. A must have for all serious achievement hunters and all who enjoy artistic metacommentary of the responsibilities of raising children and puppies. Don't be heartless and let the baby burn!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
The Stanley Parable is a unique "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style walking simulator, with a heavy focus on humor relating to the role of narration and the player/viewer/reader in an interactive story.

Overall I would say the game is a very enjoyable, albeit somewhat short, experience. I'd be hard-pressed to find a joke or gag that fell flat.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I didn't know anything about this game when I first loaded it up and started playing. My son had watched videos of it on Youtube and told me it was a game I had to play...and to avoid spoilers. So I bought it and took a chance.

I managed to kill myself in less than a minute...and I didn't stop laughing for at least half an hour. The voice acting is fantastic and so is the crazy, winding, bizarre story.

I absolutely love this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Good story. The less you know about the game when you start, the better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
I can finally play Minecraft on Steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
what did I just play?
was I playing at all?
am I Stanley or is Stanley me?
why a parable?
why pushing buttons?
the meaning of choices?
this is not a game this is madness and I really adore madness so this was awesome.
want action? skip this one
want a deep romantic story? skip this
truly not a conventional game, truly not really a game and yet more of a game than many games
it goes up and then down or down and then up, it is more like a parabola than a parable....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
good game, your choices matter
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
The narration makes you feel like listening to `Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. It makes the experience...
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