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.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (272 reviews) - 88% of the 272 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (22,673 reviews) - 91% of the 22,673 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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El myth 23 k.s.c.
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Fun short game, well worth a few bucks.
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choiberg
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Pointless
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Herb
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Stanley is enjoying the great outdoors for five years in order to obtain an achievement
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MrDank
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Even when you beat it. It's very amazing and really well written. As well as secret's I love secrets.
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SECRETS!
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SECRETS 2016







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Endings.
Endings.......
BEGIN AGAIN
AGAIN
AGAIN
AGAIN
AGAIN
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10/10
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Sweet home Alabama
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Definitely a Donnie Darko rework, if some funny and random paradox. Don't try to jump.
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RadioactiveManatee :D
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Quite confusing.. but worth the time :D
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Dark Acid
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Do not be fooled by my play time, this game is hilarious. You are Stanley and your goal in this game is to find out the secrets your boss has been hiding from you your whole life. You are narrated along the way, as if you are in a story in a book. However, there are things that you can do which can change the story. my favorite is when you just stand in the broom closet and listen to the narrator. The game itself is very short, but the different lines that the narrator has are seemingly endless. But I have to say that this game is definitely NOT worth $15. I suggest getting it on a sale like I did.
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ithurtslikepain
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
the most stanleys i've ever parabled
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BuRny
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
To everyone who gave this game a very positive review.......I HATE YOU ALL!!!
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ChaosIsNow
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
One of the most innovative games I played.
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Himself
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It's worth a few dollars, you'll get a laugh out of it, but the $15 regular price on here is ridiculously overpriced for the time you'll spend in game.
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Big Chewy™
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game is like the Emperor has no clothes. Very few are willing to say that this game is not very good. I would not recommend it to anybody else, especially not for it's full asking price. After playing it through a few times, I believe that the game just simply isn't worth the money, If you see the game greatly discounted, perhaps, then I would try it. Its really on par with mobile phone game.
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yurtaikinnik
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It's really cool,(and yes,psihodelik a little),but i HIGHLY rekkomend it
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Faiz
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
"Wait, What?!" The video game.
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ChazCliffhanger
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I played the mod. Both are good.
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The Mighty Donut
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
10/10 Best job in the world
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💣✋👎✋
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
OMG DID YOU GET THE BROOM CLOSET ENDING? THE BROOM CLOSET ENDING IS MY FAVARITE!1XD
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trikings
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game is supper fun.
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SpriteXP
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It's weird, it's different, it's great.
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Septic Kuckles
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Flat out, one of the best indie games ever made.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people 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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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
25 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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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
You can push buttons
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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14 of 18 people (78%) 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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
You don't play this game,

This game plays you...

10/10
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
13 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
13 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
If you like snarky narrators and adequate planning for players deviating from the main path, give this one a go. The game's limited in its replayability, and by now, there are enough LPs to have seen everything. If possible, go in blind, but it's otherwise a fun game to try out. It being a sale at the time of writing, you should pick this up regardless.

Note: if, like me, you played the original mod back in the day, you'll get an even bigger kick from the game, but I would not recommend you going back to play that now. Find a video for a little extra as you explore.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Play the game. Hear some voices in your head... Disregard said voice... Repeat.

Amazing game with so much replayability, everything in this office will peak your curiosity and you'll want to find every little hidden secret.

10/10 worth it for full price, if it's on sale and you don't buy it, you're crazy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
It's worth a few dollars, you'll get a laugh out of it, but the $15 regular price on here is ridiculously overpriced for the time you'll spend in game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
One of the few games to truly make me laugh out loud; the way the Narrator responds to your actions (or lack thereof) is just genius!
Whilst the game may be short, it is eminently replayable to discover all the different routes and endings.
Thoroughly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Its only 3 dollars now!





What are you even waiting for its friggen amazing.
Professional comedy and voice acting n stuff.
Its 8 out of 8.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
A walking simulator done right. A game that's extremely aware of itself and the player, and uses its meta narrative in clever, inventive and enjoyable ways, unlike 90% of indie trash. Humor, horror, drama - it does it all and does it well. Has surprising amounts of replayability.
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