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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Very Positive (343 reviews) - 86% of the 343 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (22,500 reviews) - 91% of the 22,500 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

Windows
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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gablamy
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Cool game
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M4MO
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Probably the best mind ♥♥♥♥ing game ever :) very simple and easy to play, yet so many choices, so many possibilities.. You kinda want to see all endings and more.. Definetely a must have game
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DING DONG DAMMIT (-__-)
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
'Its brilliant. Why?
That would spoil it. You'll just have to trust me"
Simplest way to put it.
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Amiyah
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I love the humor of this game. Its very short but also very long depending on how many outcome you'd like to see. A lot of fun and an interesting game to bring in new people to try. I'd buy it again.
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Blue
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Awesome and funny game. Totally recomended.
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Ashe_Black
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Great Game. Too Short. Not worth 15$. Maybe 5-10. Only got 2 hours of gameplay out of it.
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CygnusTM
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It's like a new game every time you play it. The sense of humor can't be beat.
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Sediac
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
It's a cool new aspect and it's very interesting, though I believe it should be a bit cheaper for how much it brings to the table. It's very entertaining, has cool references, and is over all fun, but I'd say only pick it up during sales.
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Donaldtrumpforprez#2k16
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Play this game... I went through the right door...
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jarodbeights
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Have you ever wondered what a choose your own adventure about a choose your own adventure was? That is pretty much what this game is. It is hard to convey what this game is, so I reccomend downloading the demo, even if you already own it, as it is a demo about playing a demo about the Stanley Parable.
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AwesomeDragons
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
BEST GAME OF 2015
I love this game with a passion, its funny Narrator, amazing replayability and absence of the fourth wall make it awesome.
First off, the dialouge is hilarious, the Narrator has personality and is really funny.
Secondly, the replayability make what would be a simple game into a real adventure.
Thirdly, the break the fourth wall ALL THE TIME to make i even finnier.
And lastly, the game holds a mystery the first time you play through it, making you want to play it again and again and find out what's REALLY going on in Stanley's office building. I suggest this gamre SO VERY MUCH.
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Duncan Hunter
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
You, yes you. You need this game in your life. Trust me.
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Sorurus
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
8 reasons why Stanley you liked the game
1. It's a accurate simulation of Stanley
2. SHUT OFF THE MIND CONTROL
5. I skipped 3 and 4
3. You checked to see
4. I went back to three
5.Looked back there again
6.I repeated number 5
6.I repeated number 6
8, 8
8 8
8 8
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8 8
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9. gg
inb4 the overlike
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Lil' Gideon
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
It just completely rolls with whatever you inadvertenly cause to happen. It's fantastic.
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Biran53
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
One of the most brilliant commentaries on artistic expression and consumption ever executed.

'The Stanley Parable' explores the full spectrum of autorial intent pitted against the audience's experience.
It's hilarious, tragic, morose, ponderous, abstract, condescending, liberating, and (despite the claim of having "multiple endings") has the disturbing attribute of contuining on and on for all eternity.

The end is never the end is never the end is never the end
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Miyam Rucks
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Unique and clever. Surprisingly depressing though.
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octipuff
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
There's nothing not already said about this game, considering its popularity. I remember being impressed and joyed when I would receive narration for little unconventional things I'd do in the game, things I wasn't sure the game knew I would do or cared. It was a very immersive experience. I played through a few different times, as well as watched friends play, to see the different outcomes. Gameplay itself was unconventional and not really something I can comment on, since it was there to be primarily a platform for the story, as well as my character its driver. As for the story itself, the main purpose of the game, was well done. The voice actor had done a superb job. I think this is a game everyone should experience a handful of times at the very least. :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I was recently talking with a friend about how we hate games that call themselves "games" but are really just stories with no true interaction. "Games" where the designer just wanted to tell a story and occasionally has the player click something to move the story along but the player's actions never actually mean anything. The Stanley Parable is very much NOT that sort of game. It has some legitimately profound things to say about narration and choice in games and storytelling, but it never comes off as pretentious. But I can't really say much else, because I don't want to spoil it. I normally hate vague reviews that tell you "just play it, I don't want to spoil it!" but... it's true. Trust me. Or don't trust me, since I'm an idiot that unironically enjoys Goat Simulator. Whatever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
The Stanley Parable:

This game is a fantastic adventure which will make you think, question and laugh. It follows a character named Stanley, who sits in his office pushing buttons at the command of a computer program. One day he realises that the orders have stopped coming. Consequently, he ventures outside his office to find out why. He notices all his co-workers have mysteriously disappeared, which seems suspicious. What unfolds after this point is entirely up to you and your choices.

Positives:

+ Funny, witty and entertaining narrator who explains the "story" in third person. I really enjoyed this. I use story in quotes because there are multiple plotlines which contradict themselves depending on the decisions you make. It's up to you to decide what's real, what isn't and what exactly is happening in the Stanley Parable. That's part of the charm and uniqueness the Stanley Parable offers. It's thought provoking and maintains your interest.

Negatives:

- Basic graphics.
- Short game, probably around 6-8 hours for all endings and most achievements.

Overall Score: 8/10

I purchased the Stanley Parable for around $2.50 on sale and it was definitely worth it. Wait for a price slash and buy, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Clever and witty. Play time is anywhere from 3 minutes to hours. It is a thin story with numerous branches to follow on subsequent playthroughs.

The basic theme comes across like Hitchicker's Guide to the Galaxy, with a fun narrator and amusing circumstances. I can see a few of the references getting dated, before too long, but overall it is a very good little game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Demo with a pricetag.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
10/10 Would ♥♥♥♥ around again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
You can't Escape because it makes you go back to the Starting 18 Times. But it's Cool.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
COOL THING WHERE YOU DO STUFF
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
stanley typed a review. it was good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
"you go through a door and then it's weird and then you have to do stuff."
- timi
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
This is a review of a story about Stanley.

The story has a simple start: Stanley finds himself in Room 427 and at the desk for Employee #427. But then, something feels amiss when no orders arrive on his monitor. While Stanley could very well close the door and meekly continue waiting, he also felt a compelling force directing him outside. Out through the door of Room 427 and out into the unknown, that is where the exciting story can begin.

When it does, the writing will leave you breathless. Oh, the twists and the turns of the plot, how they'll dazzle you. And let us not forget the witty commentary, the emotion-packed drama, the suspenseful sequences, and the mind-blowing revelations! A perfect example of everything thus described can be seen when...

Oh dear, I can't just tell you what happens. That would ruin the surprise of the story, and the story is the best part of The Stanley Parable. I can't just spill all the juicy details in a review like an ill-thought-out movie trailer. Why, it'd be like telling you about how Sasuke kills Dumbledore in that upcoming secret Harry Potter/Naruto crossover movie, or showing you that scene where Donald Duck is turned to the dark side by Sith Lord Deadpool in Kingdom Hearts VII. It would completely ruin the emotional impact when you finally experience the plot yourself, so it's a good thing I didn't spoil anything.

However, the question remains... how to convince you of the excellence inherent in The Stanley Parable when describing any part of its plot would ruin the experience for you. After all, it's not like you haven't already prowled around for trailers of the Stanley Parable, possibly located in a convenient central area where a collection of highly insightful and deeply moving trailers are gathered for perusal at one's leisure. Certainly, you wouldn't be here at all if you had listened to The Stanley Parable's inspirational and masterfully orchestrated music, or wisely sought out the opinions of professional reviewers. Of course not, witnessing any of the things I had just described would have instantly led you to the logical decision of buying The Stanley Parable and playing it to your heart's content like a sensible human being.

Unless... ah, I see what you're doing. You're being savvy. "Not so fast game developers," You doubtless say to yourself every morning. "I don't buy based on irrational impulses. Much like the wise tortoises of yore, I too slowly and carefully consider various criteria before choosing which game I want to purchase."

Well, there's not much else I can say, now is there? No, not with your stony aloof countenance, like a lonely game-avoiding statue upon a cliff, looking down upon a roiling decadent sea of electronic entertainment. Will nothing sway your cold soul? Will no entreaty convince you to let The Stanley Parable past your defenses and into your heart? Surely there must be one last thing that could tip the scales. Informative pamphlets? Videos of baby animals pretending to be Stanley? A comprehensive demonstration model of The Stanley Parable that accurately and effectively conveys The Stanley Parable experience? If only there was just one last thing!

But then again, ifs are for the Stanleys of this world; "If I only did this" or "Perhaps I should have done that". Minds perpetually rewinding themselves over the most minor branching paths, wondering and hypothesizing over what could have been and how it could have been. Not trapped like rats in a maze because at least rats can still choose and move to some degree, but trapped like slinkies falling down the stairs. Always moving downwards and never in control, only capable of waiting for that last step and that final abrupt stop.

Thank goodness we're not like that, hm? We choose where we go and what we do. In The Stanley Parable and in life, We are in control. We are not trapped.





Are we?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Fun indie game. Don't expect to play this game for hours long. Although it's fun to replay because there are a lot of different choices to make. Love the narrator voice and has good achievements (Except 'Commitment'). I'd give it a 7/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
View the world through the eyes of an oppressed women who is listening to the narrator who is really the patriarch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Unusual experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I don't understand this game.

But this game understands me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The most thought provoking game of all time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Can I just say , my head hurts after 45 minutes and im now hiding in my fort so nothing can get me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Disobedience never felt so good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Amazing, funny and a great story driven game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
”Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden.” -Nagisa Oshima
***Before beginning, I would like to give a special thanks to my fiancé for proofing this review for me, as well as to wish her an early Happy Anniversary. Thank you for giving me the five most wonderful years of my life.
What some consider to be an Indie gem while others plea confusion as to the course of this title, The Stanley Parable is a game about choice and consequence, with moderately brief journeys being the focus of play. The player takes control of Stanley, an office worker whose position entails the pressing of buttons throughout the day; the operation of these simple devices is his sole function, until one bizarre day, all of his coworkers vanish. From here Stanley leaves his office unprompted in search of some answers. I will do my best to refrain from writing this review in the identical joking tone of most writings, though the comedy in this title is infectious.

Here are just a few reasons to give this memorably fantastic game a try:

Atmosphere - This title progresses through Stanley’s well-crafted office space as the player maneuvers through the expected rooms and hallways that you would foresee composing a business department. I do not wish to spoil much about the broom closet, cargo lift, mind control facility, or other sections of The Stanley Parable’s branching story for the sake of having you experience them for yourself.

Gameplay - As stated in the introduction, players assume the role of Stanley from a first person perspective as he explores his abandoned office spaces, through multiple unique rooms and themes in order to discover the ‘finale’ for the tale. The controls are simple, with the W, A, S, and D keys acting as movement commands; the Control key assuming the crouched position; and the LMB allowing the player to interact with various objects within the environment. There are both hidden and pronounced articles within the environment that can be toggled to alter story paths-covered in the coming section.

Writing - As unambiguous as this game appears to be, this story-rich satire is far from any other market experience. The Stanley Parable performs as expected, with the players unraveling new beginnings and ends while probing for secluded secrets. Between these points of interest, the brilliant Kevan Brighting voices each interaction-or lack there-of-to entail a sense of accomplishment for the player, in the stead of simply stalling in a daft room until prompted otherwise. This commentary is extremely witty, and displays each critical action Stanley makes. In a sense, this is more of a powerful placebo to gaming: it takes the form of what you expect any game would yet lacks just the right amount of properties, toning it a simulation.

TL:DR - As with the quote above, The Stanley Parable is an obscure game which presents the perfect amount of subtly in its processes. There can never be a proper review for The Stanley Parable due to how absurdly miraculous it is, yet every review written about it is the perfect review since it is that of individuality, such as with this title; the only true way to understand this title is to simply play it for yourself. As much as I would love to write on and on about this title, no words can do it justice, as it is difficult to pinpoint every exceptional portion of this work. I highly recommend this title to those who enjoy titles depicting choice and consequence, as well as narratives. Thanks for reading.

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