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 (1,502 reviews) - 88% of the 1,502 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,104 reviews) - 91% of the 24,104 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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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, 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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Mok-axe
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
THE GOOD:
-Has a lot of good humor.
-Constantly breaks the 4th wall.
-Runs smoothly.


THE BAD:
-Is really short(despite of having multiple endings).
-It Gets repetitive really fast.
-The game is too expensive for the amount of content that it has

If you are panning on buying this game, you should get it when it has discounts.
Also I would recomend that you shouldn't play it constantly if you want it to stay funny.
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Mister Crowley
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I heard nothing about this game other than that it was good. That was literally the extent of what I had been told. Looking back on it now, that was probably for the best, because if the game had been explained to me beforehand the experience would have been ruined. I'll just say that it was very pleasant and leave it at that.

Definitely something you should pick up, though I would wait for a sale.
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TromixatorX
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Brilliant game, honestly. Fourth wall break a ton, but the thing I want from it is something that's very hard to fullfill. That's lasting longer. It's a game that can get you bored just by reading reviews. Maybe watching all of those playthroughs on Markiplier lost my hype; I thought to myself, "I want that game!". Now? I want a refund.
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3rik80
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I don't think a game has made me laugh this consistently since Boderlands 2>
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Milo Graves
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I <3 this game
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ChildOfVoodoo
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I bought The Stanley Parable during the Summer Sale and within just under 3 hours it has become one of my favourite games.

That's all I'll say, if I said anything else it would simply ruin the experience. While it's still on sale for the love of God buy it and give it time. Play all the endings and feel the same sense of excitement I felt as all the pieces suddenly clicked together.

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Cicada | trade.tf
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Someone told me I should give this game a shot so I could experience how working in society feels like.

I fear for my future now
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marmalada180
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
A brief but very funny experience. If you can get this for cheap, I would definitely recommend it. No point saying anything else because do so would spoil things.
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GreyscaleGirl
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Painfully fantastic.
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Toastien
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
The comedy is superb and the story telling is amazing, 5/7 would recommend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
138 of 146 people (95%) found this review helpful
84 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Going the wrong way has never felt so right.
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166 of 184 people (90%) found this review helpful
265 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
"This is the story of a man named Stanley. Stanley worked for a company in a big building where he was employee number 427...

Get comfortable, the endings are different but the intro will always be the same."

You play as Stanley and follow or derail a not really great story. The story is nonlinear as you listen to or disregard The Narrator.

I highly recommend this game but I really don't but The Narrator is holding me at gunpoint and I would suggest buying it but really don't because The Narrator will be after you too.

Have fun!

Okay, I wrote a good review, check for yourself!

...

I'm guessing all those black bars must be formatting errors, I'll fix those later.

..!

Dude, it took me forever to write this review! It's going to take me some time to get those black boxes out of there, give me a few weeks.

.!!

Dude, I've done everything you've asked me to do! Can you please put the gun down?

!!!

Please! I have family and friends that I need to get back to! I promise I won't tell anyone about this!

!!!

PLEASE!!! I WON'T TE...
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157 of 186 people (84%) found this review helpful
191 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
There once was a man named Stanley,

Who people considered so manly.

But the truth must be told,

He was not very old,

And was quite particularly gangly.

What Stanley liked most was buttons.

He pushed them like some kind of glutton.

He did it all day

In a meaningful way,

But his brain had long ceased to function.

Which is why he is in this parable,

And lives an existence quite terrible.

And if you are not strong,

And keep playing along,

You too will become quite unbearable (x2).
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69 of 71 people (97%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
*Thought I broke the game*
*Game didn't broke*
*Few minutes later*
*Actually broke the game*
*Thought it was part of the game*
*Waited way to long to realize he actually broke the game*

This game is beyond fantastic
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Was constanly laughing. Super glad I played it.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I would not recommend this game if you are buying it for the full price, but if it is for 80% sale you can consider it.
even though i loved the way the game played and the humor was amazing, it becomes boring pretty quick and i feel like even though there are a lot of endings some are very short.
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Better wait for summer sale. Cool concept, and awesome narrator though. Unfortunately the game is extremely short, after 3 hours you've seen and heard pretty much everything (all endings and secrets). Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it as long as it lasted, but unfortunately steam only offers two buttons to rate a game, it is somewhere in between.
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
While the idea for the game is good, it becomes very repetitive and boring fast despite all the "alternative endings" and game cameo appearances. This game is titled "though-provoking" but you will get the idea it tries to communicate pretty fast and then it is just repeating the whole "no choice in games" thing over and over again. For somebody who prefers non-linear games, this preachiness gets annoying fast, as it is neither a revelation nor very interesting. It is thought-provoking only in the first minutes.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
You know it\'s good when you want more.

PROS:
-Replayable
-Comedy
-Paradoxes and Science (i guess)
-Good Narrative
-You can die (How is that a good thing? I dunno) But you\'ll live! again.

CONS:
-It\'s short- but it\'s actually not, but it is! I dunno man just trust me on this.
-It\'s quite expensive for the original price (but only imho)
-more from this studio please
-I want dlc\'s
-please make more games like this Mr. Narrator if you\'re seeing this.

I rate this game 9/10- it\'s dancing its way to perfection. Gimme free cookies Galactic Cafe!
Is Galactic Cafe still alive? or is it Crow Crow Crow Studios now? I\'ll check out for myself i guess.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The Stanley Parable * 8/10

This is not just a common game and it's quite unique in its approach to the player.

Technically this is just a walking simulator, but it has no importance at all, because gameplay has not much to do with the game as it could have been an isometric point'n'click, a sidescrolling arcade or whatever you want. The core of the game is the way it relates and plays with the player.

As the title suggests this is a story about Stanley, an employee living a monotone life and working in an office when all of a sudden he realizes the entire floor is empty. And here the player begins the game. The real core of the gme though is the Narrator's voice, the way he describes your actions and guides you. There's a canon ending where you hear Stanley's story where he finally realizes he's free and all, but that lame and simple specious ending has nothing to do with the game itself, in my opinion. In fact you simply have to blindly follow the narrator's directions to finish it in 15 mins or so. The real point of the game is in the huge amount of variations derived by all the choices you're being presented, the Narrator's reactions breaking the 4th wall both with Stanley and the player itself more than you'd expect and the way the game evolves in multiple directions and restart in different variations, resulting more in a comedy than a parable.

The engine is the good old trusty Source Engine, and the office and other ambiences have been well built with a simple but effective level of detail.
Unfortunately there's not much music in game but it's kind of right this way, as it would break the atmosphere of the game.

+++PROs+++
  • NARRATOR. The real core of the game is not to beat the game, nor Stanley himself or his parable, but it's the narrator. It's all about the choices you make and his reactions that can drive the story to an incredible number of variations, from tragedy, to comedy at the limit of ridiculous with the narrator breaking the 4th wall not only with Stanley but with the player as well.
---CONs---
  • UNCOMMON. The unusual structure of the game might not look appealing to the most conventional players, as they could finish the game with the canon ending in 10-15 minutes not realizing that the purpose of the game lies in testing the limits of all the choices and variables and seeing the game evolve and degenerate as the narrator hilariously comments your actions and choices... Even if you're doing nothing at all! As a "traditional" gamer myself I've been lucky enough because I chose to never listen the Narrator since the very beginning (I didn't trust him XD) to finish with a sad and nonsense ending that slowly brought me back at the beginning. Since then I started trying various alternatives.

I played this game on this machine:
Laptop Lenovo Z50
Intel Core i5-4210U
8Gb RAM DDR3
GeForce 840M
Intel HD Graphics 4400
Windows 10 Home x64

And on this machine:
Intel Core i7-4970
16Gb RAM DDR3
GeForce GTX 660
Windows 10 Professional x64
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