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 (645 reviews) - 91% of the 645 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,593 reviews) - 91% of the 24,593 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

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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Very Positive (645 reviews)
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Sucrier
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Nice game! But I really want to punch the narrator on his face :)
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catchneyez
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I thought I might like this game because I like intellectual creative art. The Matrix series, Inception, Bioshock... you know, movies and games that make you think, "Wow! These were some creative geniouses that wrote this story." Well, this game is not that. Ideas like, "It is, but it isn't. It's blue, but also green. Stanley pushed the button, but he also did not push the button." This just didn't come off as intellectual art. It really just came off as random B.S. that left me extremely dissapointed. I feel like the trailer was probably the best thing about this game. Unless it's a dollar or two, skip it.
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Cuix
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Bizarre, excellent, oddly touching.
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Officer1774
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Pros:
-Funny story
-Awesome narrator
-Lots to discover

Cons:
-Gets boring
-You'll know every secret in about an hour
-Gets tiring after a few times
-Weird endings
-Not worth the 15 dollar price

Otherwise it's a great game, for a sale.
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X-RAY
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
DISCLAIMER: Usually I give bad reviews only to technically flawed or not functional games. But for this one I made an exception.
Its simply an action-free Matrix game. No fighting, no bullet time, nothing. It's a "game" made for game-designers or philosophy majors, although I doubt a philosophy major has 15 quid to spare.
It has been hyped beyond believe and it's simply not worth the time.
It's a source-engine-mod about "do choices matter?" and "what is a win-state?" I'll tell you right now! Fun matters!
I had more fun waiting at a bus stop...



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flyingsandal
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This game is very short, but the enjoyment comes from the humor and incredible number of endings (a couple of which are HILARIOUS). If you can get it for a couple bucks, definitely recommend trying it out.
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Tiesto
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
A must play for any gamer. Real art in gaming form.
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MrTomTron
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I got the closet ending
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The "Real" Terry Crews
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN'T GO THROUGH THAT DOOR!
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PeediePeebles
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Honestly this is just one of those games that is simply a delight to play. Whenever I need a break from the seriousness that the majority of games I play a bit of stanley. Guaranteed to make you smile and chuckle to yourself and utterly replayable I could not recomend this game enough I seriously cannot wait to see more from this games dev.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This is a story about a man named Stanley. Stanley uses Steam client to buy games to play. The games he played does not contain a game named The Stanley Parable. Stanley had seen the 'Very Positive' user ratings and promotional videos. He then scrolls down to the bottom where he can read user reviews. All the user reviews does not contain anything related to the game. Stanley feels strangely curious about the game. He read and read the review but he just couldn't understand what the game is about. He then decided to buy this game. After all, spending few dollars would not cost him a leg.
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But after he read this review, he decided not to buy it now. After all, there are more interesting games out there. Look at those wishlish Stanley had kept since back before. Oh c'mon! Look at those positive reviews! Does all the positive reviews could not convince Stanley to buy?

Would a review containing score convince Stanley to buy this game?
10/10 best game ever?




Does Stanley even need to read this review to buy this game?
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This is a review about a man named Stanley. Stanley is a man that loves to play good video games. He enjoys playing just about everything, from shooting lots of things, to solving puzzles, to driving fast cars. Years ago he stumbled upon a Half Life 2 mod called "The Stanley Parable" which he looked at the screenshots with much attention. The page did not give much info out on what the game really was. Confused on how everyone that played it, said he should play it immediately! Thinking nothing of it, Stanley continued on and did not play the mod.

Few years later, Stanley logs onto Steam and heads to the front page of the Store. The first thing he sees is a giant banner that says "The Stanley Parable Now Available!" Stanley was confused on how such a thing was on Steam, which it was only a Mod. So Stanley checked out the store page. He first checked out the videos and screenshots. He was still confused on what the game actually was. He noticed that there was a demo available, so Stanley downloaded the demo, to give the game a shot. After all, he was tired of playing games with the younger kids screaming into their mics saying that they "Did his mom last night" and other inappropriate comments.

An hour later, Stanley finished the demo. He was so confused on what he had experienced, and oddly very happy about it as well. Without hesitation, Stanley purchased the game and started playing "The Stanley Parable."

The game made Stanley question so many things in his life.
What is this game?
Do I really have a choice?
How does this game know?
Who is this Narrator?
Why is his voice so amazing?
Why is this game so funny?
Why have I spent over 20 hours playing it?
What is Life?
What is Love?
Why are you still reading this?

Stanley could not really answer this, for he could not think of the right words to say. The experiences he had while playing this game was nothing he had experienced before. Knowing why everyone else kept telling him to play it, he now understands. Trying to tell other people to play it? Well... That is where YOUR choice begins...


Pros:
- If you played the game already, you probably read the entire review in the Narrator's voice.
- Extremely cleverly made. (Unlike this review.)
- Hilarious most of the time.
- By far the best Walking Simulator ever created (and I hate most games like that.)
- Kevan Brighting's voice is godly.
- Multiple "Endings"
- Adventure Line.
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- You push buttons.
- The choice is a lie.
- The Broom Closet.

Cons:
- Might be a bit pricey for some people.
- It IS a walking simulator, some people may not like those games at all.
- Not so simple achievements (to do legit.)
- There is 1 ending that requires 4 hours to get.
- You can experience most of the game in 6 hours, unless you really look around and pay attention to the little details.


Seriously though, give the Demo a try. The Demo is it's own experiance that does not spoil ANYTHING about the main game. If you enjoyed that then buy the game.



Stanley enjoyed this review so much, he gave it a thumbs up!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Click on door 430 five times.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Product received for free
Thanks to my dear friend Atwa (aka SteelR), I was granted the opportunity to enjoy this little gem.
Thank you my friend ;)

Walking simulator at its best with original idea and gameplay. Father of a genre! Also featuring one of the best narrator in the gaming history, neck to neck with Wheatley and GlaDOS from Portal 2. One of those rare games that will make you ask questions and question your action, your choice and the game itself.

Stanley Parable is a living playable "statement" about making games, playing games, players freedom and games narrative.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Did you get the broom closet ending? Broom closet ending was my favorite!

But seriously Confusion ending was the best.

best game ever 10/ten :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Product received for free
If you play the free demo you'll know whether or not you like this game, so this review is pointless and futile, which is entirely appropriate as the game itself revolves around pointlessness and futility.

You know how some games have hidden "easter eggs" that you can find by doing unexpected things? Well this is what you do throughout the game. You have to constantly restart from the beginning (Stanley's office), take different routes around the building, push different buttons and interact with different items. By doing this you eventually reach various different "endings" to the game. When you think you've found them all you can check one of the Steam Guides to see if you've missed any. There are one or two that you're extremely unlikely to find on your own. There are also several hidden secrets that you may or may not discover on your travels.

Good games have nice graphics, good gameplay, cool music... but how many would you describe as having great narration? That's what this game is all about: listening to a very English narrator, dripping with sarcasm and deadpan wit, giving a running commentary on Stanley's (your) actions - or lack of. Like listening to Howard Stern, you'll keep playing just to find out what he's going to say next. Who knew that standing in a broom closet doing nothing could be so entertaining? The theme/philosophy of the humour is to gently poke fun at the way gamers chase objectives, thinking they have choices, but really it's all futile. Have a look at the ridiculous achievements and you'll see what I mean.

Minor Gripes

The graphics details are set to low resolution by default within an obscure advanced options menu. I only discovered this after I'd more or less completed the game. Dammit. They're pretty good anyway but I would have liked to play the whole game in high def. Come to think of it, maybe this was part of the game...

Sometimes the game restarts before you've had time to read all the interesting stuff on the whiteboard or whatnot.

Major Gripe

This game is too short, there's barely 3 hours of unique gameplay. The nature of the game means you'll replay parts of it multiple times, but like a good joke it inevitably wears thin.

Highlights

The Broom Closet and the '430' achievement. Hilarious! There is a beautiful acoustic guitar song hidden deep.

Conclusion

Like a fine wine, this is a game to be sipped and savoured because as exquisite as it is, there's not enough of it. Buy it on sale and you'll get good value for your money.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
The Stanley Parable is a game. And in this game, things happen. Sometimes, this makes sense. Sometimes it doesn't.

Your objective is to make things happen. Sometimes. Sometimes it isn't.

Sometimes the game will end. Sometimes it won't.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
The Stanley Parable is a game everyone must play.
It is brilliant in its simplicity and offers an incredibly enjoyable experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Funny, unique, entertaining. This job does an excellent job of breaking the 4th wall
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Best Matrix Simulator on Steam!!!!!!
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