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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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.

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    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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7869renzoge
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
its the best parelbl ever
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CrazySlick
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
good game
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gar371
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
The most overrated game of all time.

A narrator tells you what to do, where to go. If you don't do what he says he gets annoyed. If you do what he says, he is satisfied and you've done well.

The narrator is well voiced, and it's quite fun to wind him up, but there's not really much more to the game than that. The story is convoluted and short. It does make you think, but the main questions that the game invites are left unanswered or they let you draw your own conclusions. Doesn't warrant the price tag of £9.99 as there's not much more than an hour or two of entertainment (in my opinion).
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Horiuchi
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Horrid Gameplay, and its just plain BORING. Nothing much to do in it and it feels VERY repetive. Would not ever play again.
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ninfan2014
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
I think this game, for me, is not something I'd reccomend. While it does have wit and creative humour, I feel the replayability value is very low. Once you've played this game, or witnessed it in a lets play, there's no logical reason to either pick it up again or play through it. Sure, you can do it for the witty dialogue, but it kind of just feels meaningless.

I do respect the developers though, this is a genius game that mocks the narrative of modern day video games, but at the same time, it lacks a reason to play it, something which all games need; gameplay.

Hope the developers keep up the good work, however, and I hope their next product does well.
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Sinister Edge
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
Very awesome!
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HackedFleisch
25.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
I have started evaluating my friends and family based on the choices they make when they first play this game. I need more creative friends.

Stanley Parable is smartly written, intelligently designed, and the more you play, the better it gets. Don't turn this game off until you have exhausted all options you can see, and when that happens, try turning to other senses to find more secrets.
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Neal McBeal The Suicidal Seal
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
Stanley Parable. R.I.P £10?

I've heard nothing but good things about the Stanley Parable ranging from comments about how great the narrator is to how it's changed their outlook on the gaming industry and while I'd love to be able to agree with all of this, I can't.
I do have to agree the narrator is great but the rest of the game doesn't live up to it.

Within 1.5 hours I experienced almost everything the game has to offer (besides the gimicky endings which add no substance) and it left me dissapointed. All the endings were boring and offered no sort of meaningful experience which for an asking price of £10 I'd at least expect a well thought out ending if the gameplay consists of at most 2 hours. Maybe something that actually leaves me thinking about the message not wondering why I thought buying this would ever be a good idea.

Maybe it was my high expections which were the downfall or maybe it was the boring linear gameplay with no exploration. Either way at the asking price I personally don't feel this game is in the slightest way worth it. You'd be better off reading an article online for free in 10 minutes instead of having the same message spread out over 2 hours of boring gameplay but if you really want to hear Kevan Brighting's voice go watch a YouTube let's play.

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braidenroach
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
LOVE THE GAME!
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ac_ol
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 23
I thought it will be Portal-like game, since the narrating suggested it, but it's NOT.
A total waste of my two hours (including install/uninstall).
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
I've played thousands of hours and had my heart touched 176 times so far.
It really hurts.
How do you turn that off?
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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Best ending goes to the broom closet ending, no contest there.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Whoa...
What makes The Stanley Parable such a great game?
It requires no skill.
You only use basic wasd movement.
Graphics are decent at best.
It is not long.
The Stanley Parable's one and only selling point is it's story. But man, it is one hell of a story (or rather, stories). You basically begin the game in the same setting every time. However, there are points in the game where you are forced to make a decision. These choices will ultimately lead you down different paths with vastly unique stories. It felt like there was deeper meaning behind each storyline, that there was a different lesson being taught as a consequence of your actions. Maybe I read too much into it, but it sure as hell impressed me.
The Stanley Parable will blow your mind.

Oh, and the narrator is incredible.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
——— 10/10 ———

+ Humor
+ Immersion/Voice-Over
+ Achievements
+ Demo!
+ Aesthetics
+ Score

Insightful journey about exploring a meaning of narrative-driven art.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Review of The Stanley Parable

I simply love this game. I love the narator and I love the story or shoud I say stories in this game. It's brilliant how you can f**k with the narrator's story and how he can f**k with you back. There are so many easter eggs to figure out and had a blast doing it. I really wish it was longer. Developers, If by any chance you are reading this please make the game at a scale of 10-15 hours. I would seriosly play 60€ for this, as this game puts a smile on my face like no other . Yes it is short, but I loved the genius put into this. Buy this game guys! Overal this isn't a 10/10 for gameplay, but a 10/10 for story and entertainment.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
A good, shory, indie game with lots of choices that tells a very interesting story. This is a must play forsure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
One of the best games ever created. Kevan Brighting makes the experience unforgettable, a game that makes you question yourself, Stanley and how decisions can have a varying impact on outcomes in life. get it full price or on sale, its worth it either way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
There has and never will be anything quite like The Stanley Parable. I've never had such a deeply emotional responce to a video game before and I doubt anything will ever come close to this work or art's existensial questioning. It is an amazing testament to how far gaming has come, moving beyond jumping on gumbas or shooting zombies to something of such an unparalleled meta-game. Thank you Galactic Cafe, Thank you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
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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