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 (939 reviews) - 91% of the 939 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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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, meaning 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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♪ tuty ツ # ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
You do not play this game, this game plays you.
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( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This isnt so much a game as it is just a very entertaining experience. Maybe a biiiit pricey for what it is but its extremely humorous and has a decent amount of repla value due to the choices you can make. Pretty damn funny.
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Big Al
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Al went into his office and wrote a positive review for The Stanley Parable.

"The game is a piece of fecal matter spread all over the computer screen," is not a positive way to describe the game, and Al knew this perfectly well.

And yet Al continued to write mean and repugnant comments, not giving a monkey's about who he might hurt.

Al slammed hard down on the enter key and sat back in his chair. A great sense of pride appeared on Al's face, satisfied by the distasteful review he had just written.

Al left work shortly after and had his favourite meal before he went off to bed.

The next day Al was found dead in his bedroom from unknown causes. If only he wrote a positve review of The Stanley Parable, he may have lived to see another day.
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( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The Stanley Parable is a cynical take on game narrative and hodological structure. Its wit lies in the player’s “choice” – that is, if the player lets the narrator make choices for him. Or not …?

Unlike any other game, The Stanley Parable makes you walk through your choices many times, and you’ll wonder why you made them. The narrator will make sure of it.
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( 48.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great game, exploring the waay your choices effect the finsl outcome of your life. Very entertaining.
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( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24

People who liked this review are sexual predetors.
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Excellent game, but not worth $15 for max of 3 hours of gameplay. If you can get it on sale, DO IT.
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( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A review for lazy people:

This game is absolutely hilarious. The voice of the narrator is amazing and the number of choices you can make, for which the narrator will always have something to say about, is impressive.

I bought this game on a whim during summer sale because it was so cheap and the comments were great, I couldn't be more happy about it. Great game, great experience and a lot of time spent with a smile on my face.

I recommend this game to EVERYONE. Just click that buy button and play this gem. I loved it.

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Jack Darling
( 29.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
The Stanley Parable is about a man, called Stanley, who sits in an office pushing buttons all day. On one particular day however, he does not get any prompts and wonders why. From here, Stanley embarks on an adventure to find out what has happened to his colleges.

The game itself is simple, to the point where you can't even jump (not that you need to). It consists largely of offices and rooms based around a work environment. Stanley (you) is not alone on this adventure however, as someone called "the narrator" instructs Stanley on what to do and pushes forward a story.

This is where the fun comes in, since Stanley does not have to follow what the narrator tells him to do and instead can choose to follow his own paths and explore elsewhere. Of course, this upsets the narrator a lot and causes them to give out humourous remarks or those of frustration from Stanley's incompetence. The way the narrator works is certainly an interesting one, and no matter how many playthroughs done hearing them never gets dull.

The playability of this game is large, due to having multiple endings. When I say multiple, I do mean A LOT in this case. You will find yourself playing the game over and over in order to try and discover all the endings and varients of those endings, and it's worth it. The game's layout of the offices also change occasionally too, meaning it feels fresh just to start the game.

Now, the game itself is built on the Source engine. What this means is that the console found in games such as Team Fortress 2 and Gmod is present here too. Things are not as they seem though, and I shall not dive into them here.

Not only is The Stanley Parable a fun, humourous, and intruiging game to play, but the developer is also pretty rad from what I've heard - which is a bonus for those looking to support decent game developers as well as have a good game to play.

The Stanley Parable is definitely a game worthy of playing. Quite a lot of thought and detail has gone into it and it shows with spectacular results. If you are still unsure, take the game for a spin by downloading and playing the demo first.

Final rating: 4.5/5.
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254 of 275 people (92%) found this review helpful
330 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Stanley read some reviews. He felt weird, after hearing a voice in his head describing what he was doing. Still, Stanley kept reading it. Wonderful, he thought. And, after having to decide if the review he was reading was helpful or not, he chose "Yes". After that, Stanley pressed the button labeled "Funny".
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73 of 84 people (87%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This is a story about a man named Stanley. Stanley uses Steam client to buy games to play. The games he played does not contain a game named The Stanley Parable. Stanley had seen the 'Very Positive' user ratings and promotional videos. He then scrolls down to the bottom where he can read user reviews. All the user reviews does not contain anything related to the game. Stanley feels strangely curious about the game. He read and read the review but he just couldn't understand what the game is about. He then decided to buy this game. After all, spending few dollars would not cost him a leg.
But after he read this review, he decided not to buy it now. After all, there are more interesting games out there. Look at those wishlish Stanley had kept since back before. Oh c'mon! Look at those positive reviews! Does all the positive reviews could not convince Stanley to buy?

Would a review containing score convince Stanley to buy this game?
10/10 best game ever?

Does Stanley even need to read this review to buy this game?
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This is a review about a man named Stanley. Stanley is a man that loves to play good video games. He enjoys playing just about everything, from shooting lots of things, to solving puzzles, to driving fast cars. Years ago he stumbled upon a Half Life 2 mod called "The Stanley Parable" which he looked at the screenshots with much attention. The page did not give much info out on what the game really was. Confused on how everyone that played it, said he should play it immediately! Thinking nothing of it, Stanley continued on and did not play the mod.

Few years later, Stanley logs onto Steam and heads to the front page of the Store. The first thing he sees is a giant banner that says "The Stanley Parable Now Available!" Stanley was confused on how such a thing was on Steam, which it was only a Mod. So Stanley checked out the store page. He first checked out the videos and screenshots. He was still confused on what the game actually was. He noticed that there was a demo available, so Stanley downloaded the demo, to give the game a shot. After all, he was tired of playing games with the younger kids screaming into their mics saying that they "Did his mom last night" and other inappropriate comments.

An hour later, Stanley finished the demo. He was so confused on what he had experienced, and oddly very happy about it as well. Without hesitation, Stanley purchased the game and started playing "The Stanley Parable."

The game made Stanley question so many things in his life.
What is this game?
Do I really have a choice?
How does this game know?
Who is this Narrator?
Why is his voice so amazing?
Why is this game so funny?
Why have I spent over 20 hours playing it?
What is Life?
What is Love?
Why are you still reading this?

Stanley could not really answer this, for he could not think of the right words to say. The experiences he had while playing this game was nothing he had experienced before. Knowing why everyone else kept telling him to play it, he now understands. Trying to tell other people to play it? Well... That is where YOUR choice begins...

- If you played the game already, you probably read the entire review in the Narrator's voice.
- Extremely cleverly made. (Unlike this review.)
- Hilarious most of the time.
- By far the best Walking Simulator ever created (and I hate most games like that.)
- Kevan Brighting's voice is godly.
- Multiple "Endings"
- Adventure Line.
- 8888888888888888888888888888888
- You push buttons.
- The choice is a lie.
- The Broom Closet.

- Might be a bit pricey for some people.
- It IS a walking simulator, some people may not like those games at all.
- Not so simple achievements (to do legit.)
- There is 1 ending that requires 4 hours to get.
- You can experience most of the game in 6 hours, unless you really look around and pay attention to the little details.

Seriously though, give the Demo a try. The Demo is it's own experiance that does not spoil ANYTHING about the main game. If you enjoyed that then buy the game.

Stanley enjoyed this review so much, he gave it a thumbs up!
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
why is this game so scary
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
From 1 to 10, I'd rate this game at... π².
Why not a 10, you might ask. Well, it's not a 10 because dunno, giving 10 to random games sound like a cliché.
I mean, I didn't put a round and simple 10 because of... uhh... Yes, you know... The... The... Price! Yes, because of the price! I mean, this beauty shouldn't be so cheap, I'd pay all the wallet funds I have at this exact moment when I'm writing this (3 cents) to the game developers, they really deserve it.

Here's a list of things I liked from the game and another list of the things I disliked:

Things I liked:
- The Narrator's voice. Ahh, listening him talk gives an ear-ection.
- The great amount of choices we can do in the game.
- The lack of a fourth wall.
- God, that music when you're doing the con--SPOILERS!
- That jumpscare when you accidentally close the door of your office thrice.
- The grand diversity of endings there are.
- Some other reason that everyone thought and said.
- The amount of things I liked.
- The amount of things I disliked.

Things I disliked:
- Not knowing the path to follow to reach that great ending we all know and love yet I don't want to google it.

Yeah, it was that good. Good enough to make me actually install it and play it for at least 10 minutes.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Click on door 430 five times.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Product received for free
Thanks to my dear friend Atwa (aka SteelR), I was granted the opportunity to enjoy this little gem.
Thank you my friend ;)

Walking simulator at its best with original idea and gameplay. Father of a genre! Also featuring one of the best narrator in the gaming history, neck to neck with Wheatley and GlaDOS from Portal 2. One of those rare games that will make you ask questions and question your action, your choice and the game itself.

Stanley Parable is a living playable "statement" about making games, playing games, players freedom and games narrative.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Did you get the broom closet ending? Broom closet ending was my favorite!

But seriously Confusion ending was the best.

best game ever 10/ten :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
If you play the free demo you'll know whether or not you like this game, so this review is pointless and futile, which is entirely appropriate as the game itself revolves around pointlessness and futility.

You know how some games have hidden "easter eggs" that you can find by doing unexpected things? Well this is what you do throughout the game. You have to constantly restart from the beginning (Stanley's office), take different routes around the building, push different buttons and interact with different items. By doing this you eventually reach various different "endings" to the game. When you think you've found them all you can check one of the Steam Guides to see if you've missed any. There are one or two that you're extremely unlikely to find on your own. There are also several hidden secrets that you may or may not discover on your travels.

Good games have nice graphics, good gameplay, cool music... but how many would you describe as having great narration? That's what this game is all about: listening to a very English narrator, dripping with sarcasm and deadpan wit, giving a running commentary on Stanley's (your) actions - or lack of. Like listening to Howard Stern, you'll keep playing just to find out what he's going to say next. Who knew that standing in a broom closet doing nothing could be so entertaining? The theme/philosophy of the humour is to gently poke fun at the way gamers chase objectives, thinking they have choices, but really it's all futile. Have a look at the ridiculous achievements and you'll see what I mean.

Minor Gripes

The graphics details are set to low resolution by default within an obscure advanced options menu. I only discovered this after I'd more or less completed the game. Dammit. They're pretty good anyway but I would have liked to play the whole game in high def. Come to think of it, maybe this was part of the game...

Sometimes the game restarts before you've had time to read all the interesting stuff on the whiteboard or whatnot.

Major Gripe

This game is too short, there's barely 3 hours of unique gameplay. The nature of the game means you'll replay parts of it multiple times, but like a good joke it inevitably wears thin.


The Broom Closet and the '430' achievement. Hilarious! There is a beautiful acoustic guitar song hidden deep.


Like a fine wine, this is a game to be sipped and savoured because as exquisite as it is, there's not enough of it. Buy it on sale and you'll get good value for your money.

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