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: Very Positive (13,261 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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"One of the only "minimal gameplay" games I've ever enjoyed. A "walking simulator" with a great sense of humour that mocks game design intelligently."
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July 13

The Stanley Parable Update Released

Yo! I've just pushed out an update to Stanley Parable! Here's the changelog:

  • Fixed cyrillic font issues
  • Fixed crash on startup on some Windows 8.1 computers
  • Added localization: Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish, German
  • Fixed Portuguese localization
  • (Edit) Updated choice PSA
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Reviews

“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, 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

PC
Mac
    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
    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
1,130 of 1,246 people (91%) found this review helpful
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 22
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1,025 of 1,303 people (79%) found this review helpful
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 11
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229 of 269 people (85%) found this review helpful
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 16
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117 of 125 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
The Stanley Parable is a really good meta-game. The game investigates the relationship and interaction between the character, the player (you), the narrator and the game developers. (Almost) The entire game is set in a dull Source-made office landscape, yet managed to keep my interest all along because of the intriguing and deceiving narration.

You can play through it in probably half an hour on your first go, but the game has tons of different endings, and you can approach the game in lots of different ways. I played it for roughly 2,5 hours, and I believe I got all the endings, or at least as many as I fancy for now.

Give it at go!
Posted: June 20
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145 of 193 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
This is a good review.
And now you will click in order to like this review.

Thank you
Posted: July 7
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3,294 of 3,456 people (95%) found this review helpful
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 18
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