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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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

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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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★❆ HappyWaffle ❆★
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
There once was a man named Stanley,

Who people considered so manly.

But the truth must be told,

He was not very old,

And was quite particularly gangly.

What Stanley liked most was buttons.

He pushed them like some kind of glutton.

He did it all day

In a meaningful way,

But his brain had long ceased to function.

Which is why he is in this parable,

And lives an existence quite terrible.

And if you are not strong,

And keep playing along,

You too will become quite unbearable (x2).
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Dwight Schrute
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Fun, but the scenarios get old
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Reconkiller2
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
OH, DID U GET THE BROOM CLOSET ENDING? THEB ROOM CLOSET ENDING WAS MY FAVRITE!1 XD
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TechStudios
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great game. There are many endings, and many things you can do. But, it can get a bit confusing. I always had a weird feeling of excitement; but I really wanted an explanation of what was going on in the game. I played, played, ended up in the office many times, and beat it many different times. It just feels like It\'s simply \'it\' after beating it.. There are a few \"easter\" eggs that are pretty cool. In my opinion, It\'s worth the price :P
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WATERMALOAN
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
ONE BIG MIND ♥♥♥♥
the beggining was a mind ♥♥♥♥
the ending was a mind ♥♥♥♥
every button you push is a mind ♥♥♥♥
every move is a mind ♥♥♥♥ every sound is a mind ♥♥♥♥
the mind ♥♥♥♥ is a mind ♥♥♥♥
gets you thinking real hard about your own life well it did for me or did it?
get this game dont get this game its good its bad go left go right
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everett
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
this game is great, hilarious and fun mixed into one. other than that just remember the broom closet.
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Asalis
( 62.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
////SPOILERS ALERT!////

Short, sweet, but deffinitely not directly to the point. The Stanley Parable is a game that may have one beggining, but finding all the different endings is where the fun is. And to join you on this journey is a narrator whom serves as the vessel for which the main meat of this game is enjoyed. On your first run through you can follow his narration and get a rather thought provoking story that is also a commentary on the nature of a lot of \"supposedly free choice\" based games in that though you may appear to have a choice, when in reality it\'s not really a true open ended choice.

The real meat of this game comes when you decide for the first time not to listen to the narrator. THe moment you do Oh the hillarity that ensues, and the more you go off the beaten path the more passive aggressive the Narrators comments get. And ultimately from here is where the multiple different endings come from. There\'s even a couple endings that you can only find either by complete accident, or do what i did and search online to find the ones that weren\'t quite so obvious. Like the escape pod ending. All in all Though it\'s a very short game of just a half hour to an hour, (or in the case of one ending, 4 unnecessary hours that i didn\'t want to drudge through the tediousness of) I found it to be an enjoyable little outing that I still play from time to time. I'd deffinitlly reccomend it. It's like a favorite movie you just love to watch over and over again.
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0Bennyman
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I\'m waiting 5 years for an achievement.
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Olly.Jackson
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
At it\'s current price it\'s a steal, get this now. (£1.99)
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jgagnon282
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
I already see the hours that this game will take away from my life. Thanks...
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Hericide
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Bought this game when it released,and while my steam date says I installed and made this account in December,I setted it up in October. Got this game as a birthday gift and it was a great gift,I recommended installing it.
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Someone Wicked
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game is extremely entertaining and very difficult to describe. I don\'t feel that it has a lot of replay value, though (once you\'ve gotten all the endings, there isn\'t much point in playing again), so I would recommend getting it on sale.
Also, there is a good chance that this game will make you scream in frustration and punch your computer. So you might want to alert your neighbors and put bubble wrap around your computer before you start. That probably sounds like a complaint, but it isn\'t one. If you play it, you\'ll understand.
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Grampaustin
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
- Stanley bought the game
- Stanley waited for the game
- Stanley was too impatient and he looked up all the endings and easter eggs, spoiling the fun
- Stanley finally booted up the game
- Despite what Stanely did earlier, he still very much enjoyed the game
- Stanley played this game again and again, choosing the many different opions he had
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MrTevfik
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
i wanted this game so much,Now that i have it i played it for an hour ,Works great on mac ,Amazing voice acting Just incredible !!! 5/5 amazing storyline(yeap)
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Sevenyellowducks
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Game is really fun but I woudln\'t buy it at full price. Current sale price is a great deal. -5/31/16
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{R?H}Shadow101
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I loved the game TBH but the fact that it\'s 15 dollars and it only takes about 2-3 hours to do everything is pretty bad.
I would only reccomened on sale if it gets below maybe $5
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di3 sterben juden
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game is fun, but after a while you dont know what to do and you forget the choices that you made.
Buy it, play it for like 30 mins then return it
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FurrySnowflake
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It was good for a few laughs, but i wouldn't have purchased it if i had known how pointless it is to play it.
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SpermaciousWhale
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
This game made me feel weird. I started doing weird ♥♥♥♥, thinking weird ♥♥♥♥ and trying weird ♥♥♥♥. Without the narrator for company I think I'd have gone insane.

10/10 for the narrator - he whom tried to save our sanity.
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GOOV3N
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great game, takes many hours to find all the endings with no help.
As good of a game that it is, it's not worth $15, so buy it while it's on sale.
An update with more endings is what this game needs, then maybe it'd be worth somewhere around $15.
Overall, great game
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50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 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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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
37 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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 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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21 of 26 people (81%) 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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17 of 21 people (81%) 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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
18 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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 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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38 of 60 people (63%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
You can push buttons
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10 of 14 people (71%) 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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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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Used a glitch to get out of the map, turns out it's part of the game.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
The Stanley Parable is an experimental narrative-driven first person game. It is an exploration of choice, freedom, storytelling and reality, all examined through the lens of what it means to play a video game.

- You will make a choice that does not matter

- You will follow a story that has no end

- You will play a game you cannot win

...it's actually best if you don't know anything about it before you play it...

The HD Remix of The Stanley Parable is a remodeled, remastered version of this unique title.

I think this is not even a game, but in life someone told us to give us advice, and someone wants to scourge us, he brings a very deep meaning. 10/10
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2 of 2 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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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
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
I wouldn't give it a gleaming review, but I'd say pick it up on sale - I'd give it somewhat a positive rating.
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