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 (299 reviews) - 85% of the 299 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,787 reviews) - 91% of the 24,787 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

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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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Very Positive (299 reviews)
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quantumoflasvegas
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
Great idea, but poor execution. All you do is walk around and listen to narration.
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Pupa Franku
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
Is good
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wilsonl
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
did not like this game
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The Count of Malachor V
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
It's Good.
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erhanergul
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
You die, you resurrect, you beat, you become happy. You play life itself. Maybe the narrator is god. Commanding to a superior species that rules our consciousness and probably we are all made out of their video game? We can't know. We can only know that "the end is never the end".
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Hoss Bonaventure
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Just play it,...

If you don't understand after playing it Stanley will feel sad.
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Galecko
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
My head hurt after this
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Allion
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Did I play this game or did it play me
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Son Of Donald
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
British man and Fooling with stories. Awesome game (8/10)
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§Åⅰц 萧 骏 杰 Chr¡s
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Using the Half Life 2 engine with less things and less places, it is a very simple game that have acheivements achieve by modding the game and abusing the computer clock. Not only that, there is an achievement where you must play the game for 24 hours to get an achievement.
Poor graphics, sound and no gameplay at all.
There are also employees to thumb a honest review down.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Short game with many different endings and possibilities. Whatever you do, the game reacts to you.

I thought I had finished the game but no... it tricked me. It only gave me a long ending to show me how ignorant I was to the world around me.

You can bend and break the rules but are you ready to face the consequences? Nobody is invulnerable.

What the heck am I talking about? You'll have to play the game to find out! :)
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Is this a real game? Yes? No? Maybe?

Such a nice game!

  • It is a short but enjoyable game
  • There're multiple endings
  • Narrator's voice is so nice
  • Developers have an awesome sense of humor
  • Amazing narrator - Player interaction
  • Not an easy perfect game but... Oh man the achievements <3

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
After reading all these reviews Stanley thought he MUST buy this game




He was wondring why he's still scrolling






He decided to stop scrolling










Stanley was blind and accidently bought a computer, downloaded Steam, clicked on Stanley Parable, read all reviews, stopped scrolling and then clicked Add to Cart


















This won't give you an achievement








Stanley knew nothing was going to happen if he kept scrolling










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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
You can disobey and break the game.
10/10
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I have played thousands of hours and got my heart touched 176 times so far.
It really hurts.
How do you turn that off?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A very short game... If you're a sheep.

This game is very special, you can spend as much as 4 minutes and a bit or a few hours on this game. It's a kind of game that plays with the illusion of choice.

What this game does is that it takes the 4th Wall, straps 20lbs of C4 to it, adds a sprinkle of thermite and lets it rip. But wait it ain't done with the 4th Wall yet oh no. It then fires 163613 jackhammers out of a cannon and a squirrel at it until that wall ceases to exist anymore. Donald Trump doesn't stand a chance against this game.

You play as Stanley, or should I say "Employee No. 427". You sit in front of your 1980's era DOS interface CRT monitor and wait for instructions on which buttons to push on the keyboard. You are one of a plethora of generic employees who work for a corporation. What kind of corporation? I still have no clue. It kinda reminds me of the "1984" ad by Apple for their Macintosh.

You are given instructions to follow by the narrator (a very amusing narrator I may add) of the game, but listening and conforming to those instructions is up to you, which also mean the consequences that follow for each instruction followed (or should I say not followed) are your responsibilty.

It seems extremely linear at first, but once you realise you are the one controlling Stanley and not the narrator, the possibilities are endless.

I aqcuired this game in the Summer Steam Sale for €2.39.

Is it worth it? Yes

Is it up to you to decide if it is? Abso-****ing-lutely

My rating? 7.5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game stinks of creativity and we need more like it. You'll keep coming back to do things different to get different results and when you think you're smarter than it and get somewhere you thought you weren't supposed to get to, you realize you were led there by the developers. Really smart with great Portal kind of humor.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This game is how I knew I was only meant to press buttons all day. And here I am, pressing buttons.... well played, Stanley... well played.
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