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 (236 reviews) - 89% of the 236 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.

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    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
    Minimum:
    • 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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Best ending goes to the broom closet ending, no contest there.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Whoa...
What makes The Stanley Parable such a great game?
It requires no skill.
You only use basic wasd movement.
Graphics are decent at best.
It is not long.
The Stanley Parable's one and only selling point is it's story. But man, it is one hell of a story (or rather, stories). You basically begin the game in the same setting every time. However, there are points in the game where you are forced to make a decision. These choices will ultimately lead you down different paths with vastly unique stories. It felt like there was deeper meaning behind each storyline, that there was a different lesson being taught as a consequence of your actions. Maybe I read too much into it, but it sure as hell impressed me.
The Stanley Parable will blow your mind.

Oh, and the narrator is incredible.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
The Stanly Parable is an amazing game, there are so many ways to complete it. The narrator makes it funny, that's if you don't do what he tells you, but it is a really good game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Very creative game. clever writting filled with surprises. Really gives players a sense of "choice" for their own ending. However, this is a game that can only be played once for a few hours. Once you know the ending(s), there isn't anything worth replaying the game for unless you love walking in an endless cycle.

Is it worth full price? No. But this game is definitely worth experiencing if it is on sale.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
There has and never will be anything quite like The Stanley Parable. I've never had such a deeply emotional responce to a video game before and I doubt anything will ever come close to this work or art's existensial questioning. It is an amazing testament to how far gaming has come, moving beyond jumping on gumbas or shooting zombies to something of such an unparalleled meta-game. Thank you Galactic Cafe, Thank you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
EA ruined this series with there latest game but it is a pleasure to still be able to blay the good old classic
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
There is already so many good reviews about this game that already points out why its good, why it is fun and why you should buy it so why are you wasting time with my review? Just buy it and play it already! Its fun! Its good! There is multiple endings!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Such a weird game, but also very addictive.
A must have in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Very nice game, confusing as ♥♥♥♥ though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
This game made me realize my life needs a narrator, if only so that I will second-guess my constantly stupid life decisions.

5/8
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jeremiahdbullfrog.com
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
Is it worth $14.99? NO, but I do recommend it if you find it ON SALE. If not, then just buy a more superior game, Portal 2. Seriously, Stanley PArable is funny and it's great to show off to house guests but not much content here. It's so short, you probably can complete every scenario less than 2 HOURS. wink, wink.

Oh yeah, definitely play the demo first before buying...because it's own unique scenario
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Thane_Mantis
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Existentialism in-bound.
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JimmyJim
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
I always come back to play this again and again.
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Supergrunged
8.4 hrs
Posted: September 29
A brilliantly simple game based off the mechanics of Half Life. To kill time, you want to see every ending!! Short play times through each storyline! For simple addicting that requires a lot more thought and input, then any popular game on a smart phone.
Could go more in depth, but I think we cover simples, and it is WELL WORTH IT, and giving a play
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The Real Qwade
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
This "game" is a design masterpiece. I use the term "game" lightly because it's not so much a game as it is a narrative experience. Basically think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book presented as a first-person exploration title. It will have you thinking about the impact your choices make and force you to reconsider your position in the universe.
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ssadaed
10.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
Best mind ♥♥♥♥ ever. Remember a condom for your brain before you play.
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Chrono124
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 28
This game is very interesting, every time you play it you do something different. It also gets you thinking about your life and the decisions we make (or someone makes). You just have to play to understand, it's hard to explain.
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newblood40
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 28
The narrator is a real sassafras but I like him. The games fun to explore but there are like 10 endings... maybe. Hopfuly there's more.
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GhostHead84
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
It's all about the writting and the writting is great. It's all very meta and the humour is spot on.
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