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 (299 reviews) - 86% of the 299 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,767 reviews) - 91% of the 24,767 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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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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Woodhouselee
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
I finshed the game and I'm still playing.
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Alishabear
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
DUDE! I LOVE THE NARRATOR. He's got jokes.
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ES
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
The most surreal game iv'e ever played. 10/10
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Laughing
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
The Stanley Parable is a game where you will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley.
The game is based on decision making. The narrator says what Stanley will do next, the player can choose to ignore the narration and make a different choice. Every choice made by the player is commented on by the Narrator, and depending on the choices the player makes, they will encounter different endings to the game before it restarts. The narration also breaks the fourth wall on several occasions in handling the player's decisions. There are several possible endings.

This is perhaps one of the most philosophical games I have played. I feel the game is trying to teach us something about Free Will. Most of us are certain that we have free will, though what exactly this amounts to is much less certain. Figuring out what free will is, will be no small task indeed. Minimally, to say that an agent (Or Stanley) has free will, is to say that the agent has the capacity to choose his or her course of action.

Every time you try to go for one of the several alternate ending to the game, you always die. Only when obeying the Narrator will you live. This brings up another question, the philosophy of Conformity and Obedience. There are several concepts that aid in the analysis of social influence.
Conformity is the influence of the majority on an individual and
Obedience is the influence authority has on subordinates.
Conformity and obedience are related in the fact that they both have the ability to persuade an individual or group of individuals to change his or her thoughts, actions, and behaviors, regarding a particular situation.

This is represented in the game by the Narrator. The Narrator tries to conform you to the rest of the employees that work at the office. When you disobey the Narrator, he tries to make you obey his efforts, and have you exited the building the way he wants you to.

Yes, there is much more to this game that many of you don’t want to think about, but, it’s quite amazing how a very basic First Person game can integrate these themes into the plot. Despite the fact the game can get boring if played for hours on end, it’s quite fun to play for sometime. 9/10
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Sarstan
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
I just don't get why anyone thinks this game is great.

Yeah, you can branch off and do things you're not supposed to. You can do things you are supposed to. You can get sent back to the beginning and it's so cool that the game recognizes that this isn't your first rodeo. There's a secret area you can end up in that shows various trivia and initial designs. There's some philosophical ideas in there and funny dialogue.

But it's just not all that interesting. At $15, it certainly isn't worth it. Maybe $5 if you know you REALLY love the idea of a game that tries to mess with you a bit. And even then that seems to be asking too high of a price. You'll see most people who reviewed the game have played for less than 2 hours. There's a reason for it: there's nothing to the game.

Now you might have a good takeaway from the game and get some pseudo-intellectual ideals from it, but ultimately I don't see why anyone really gets excited about it.
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NoOrangeJuice
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game was extremely underwhelming, and certainly not a game that is worth $15. Maybe if the price tag were under $5 I wouldn't have to write a bad review. Tha game has a cool introduction and a briefly entertaining platform, however within the first ten minutes I just got bored. That being said it would be alright if it wasnt priced so ridiculously. Muh 4th Wall.

-An overly cynical gamer
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end2draw
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
I think Stanley enjoyed this game.
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Baeb
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Nice brainfcker.
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El Natador
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Saw a Facebook video ad for 'The Stanley Parable'

Purchased 'The Stanley Parable'

Pressed buttons for 4 hours

Best button pushing game with an even better lesson

May quit gaming forever due to the unimportance of every decision I've ever made

10/10 Would buy again
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goku teh savage
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
10/10 This show was on House of Cards it's so popular.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 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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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN'T GO THROUGH THAT DOOR!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The narrutor is the most fun
But when you figure out the game you relise its not worth the money and the story too short
But still the game is pretty vool
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