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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.
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 the 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.

PC System Requirements

    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).
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Mac System Requirements

    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
Helpful customer reviews
2,517 of 2,640 people (95%) found this review helpful
61 products in account
4 reviews
28.6 hrs on record
This is one of the best walking simulators I have ever played. You get to walk around and look at things while a man with a beautiful voice narrates your actions. Sometimes you get to click on things and he calls you an idiot. It reminds me of my mother.
Posted: March 18th, 2014
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395 of 453 people (87%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
4.1 hrs on record
My computer crashed at one point during the game.

I thought that it was part of the game.

11/10
Posted: June 22nd, 2014
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717 of 919 people (78%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
14.0 hrs on record
I stayed in a broom closet for 5 minutes just so I could imagine myself being with the Narrator. Alone. With our clothes off.
Posted: April 11th, 2014
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67 of 88 people (76%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
How to explain the Stanley Parable with out giving anything away... Well simple enought. Go play the Demo.
But keep in mind that the Demo is not the Demo from the game but rather the demo OF the game.
No,,, that doesn't work.. . . Wait I know! The Game is like the demo but its completly different .. ... No that does not work ether.... Perhaps.... Oh I know what can explain the game in one simple word, or number .... Yes number would be more appropriate!

8 . . . . 8 , 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8 . . . . .. Also this is an amazing work of art!
Posted: May 16th, 2014
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609 of 1,001 people (61%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Whether or not you feel you have gained anything from the Stanley Parable will depend on how much you value a minor metaphorical critique on ‘gaming choices’ and if so, whether or not that is worth it in direct relation to the amount you spent. In a nutshell, this ‘game’ is essentially an attempt by you, Stanley, to discover what has happened to your co-workers and bosses, all of whom have completely disappeared.

That’s the game in its entirety on a superficial level without giving away any spoilers. The underlying message is regarding the choice, or the illusion of choice, that modern video games allude to offer. The developers seem to be responding to games such as Mass Effect, that suggest they offer the gamer real choice in the outcome of the narrative yet in reality the gamer only has a couple of options dressed up in different clothing. There is a clear critique here regarding the nature of ‘choice’ in the video game industry and while it is welcomed change for video games to include a metaphorical message (beyond the simplistic), these messages and critiques should not exist in a vacuum, devoid of any gameplay. The point being that, there is a thought provoking message here, but this is not a game.

Stripped down, the Stanley Parable is a game of ‘walk and listen’. Yes there are some interesting points mentioned by the narrator relating to conscious decision making, but this same message could have been offered through or alongside gameplay features that stretched beyond walking around a corridor. Quite simply, this is a lecture, a chore of a lecture that unfortunately lasts for 2-3 hours before you realise you could have just read the same underlying message in a free online article in about 10 minutes without being subjected to this gaming con artistry.

Clearly there is a sense that the Stanley Parable is offering some ‘high art’ by not including actual gameplay, or that this ‘genius indie title’ will have your head scratching. There is a suggestion that if you ‘don’t get’ intelligent games that you won’t appreciate the Stanley Parable, that you can’t grasp its deeper message. Well, that is quite frankly a gross lie and yet a master stroke in marketing. People are desperately scrabbling to offer rave reviews of this new form of game, eager to show they are not cut from the COD cloth of gaming, that they can enjoy this intellectual critique. Do not be fooled. This is a totally unsatisfactory experience especially considering the price charged.

Do you want a thought provoking experience about the intricacies of the mind and the illusion of choice? Read a book. This is just pseudo-philosophical gaming at its very worst, conning the masses into feeling like an intellectual giant for a couple hours at the small price of being tricked by the illusion of gameplay. Who’s more of a sucker in this scenario, Stanley? Or us?

'The game will end, the game will never end'. Sold to us as an interesting game of uncertainty. Well, there is at least one certainty about the Stanley Parable; you will never see the cash you spent again.

As always comments are welcomed and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Posted: May 18th, 2014
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