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 (16,453 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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“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

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).
    • 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
2,087 of 2,178 people (96%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
After playing The Stanley Parable for a while, Stanley decided that he enjoyed it so much that he had to write a review. He would carefully deconstruct his experience and share his unique view and opinions in tremendous detail, until he finally summed it all up with a simple "Thumbs up" gesture.
Proud of his critique, Stanley confidently clicked the "Post review" button and -
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1,098 of 1,152 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Only game I've ever played where I've been perfectly happy to voluntarily sit in a broom closet for 10 minutes.
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1,766 of 1,889 people (93%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
My computer blue-screened and i thought it was part of the game.
11/10
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447 of 483 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
A game with no shooting, no war, no blood and relatively no violence that's GOOD?!
Magnificent, briliant, wonderful, glorious, epic, amazing, awesome, beautiful...Just play it.
Don't watch any youtubers play it, at least not before you have completely played and explored it yourself.
10/10.
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457 of 519 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I spent 25 minutes in a janitor's closet. Still the best ending.
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382 of 439 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This game has no objectives or enemies or puzzles but it does have a deep emotional story about who Stanley is and where he is, you will have to find out for yourself. I think that covers The Stanley Parable review.
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333 of 379 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Haven't slept in about two days, so not entirely sure whether I played this game or hallucinated it.
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200 of 213 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
At it's core, it's a playful mockery of video game storytelling themes. The writing is clever, and the narration is charming, while also managing to be just a little unsettling. It's a game, so much in that you control movement and press buttons. But there isn't any combat, and the freedom of choice is just an illusion (which is kinda the point). It's meant to be played over and over again, just to see the different reactions you can get from the game. And there are many many reactions to find.

And if this doesn't sound like something you'd want to spend any time with, you can always treat it like a really obscure easter egg hunt. Because there's a ton of those too. If you are like me, and you try to break a game just for fun, you might find out that this game considers it a legitimate storytelling branch.

And if that doesn't sell it to you either, you can consider it a narrator annoyance simulator. It's something for everyone, provided you like these three things.
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399 of 466 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Let a baby roast in flames.

Rewarded with Minecraft.

10/10
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223 of 256 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Stanley was so bad at following directions, it's a wonder he wasn't fired years ago.
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342 of 423 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
I am so confused.

10/10
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147 of 163 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Stanley Parable is a unique, if not atypical game. You play as employee number 427; an employee who only pushes buttons as per the instructions of his superiors. Stanley, however, does not receive any orders one day, therefore, he gets up from his desk and starts investigating what exactly has happened.

And this is where you take control of him in this FPS which uses the well-known game engine called Source. Our protagonist immediately notices that nobody else is present in the office - he passes empty cubicles and corridors trying to find the answers.

There are no weapons in this game. No NPCs you can interact with. No objectives. No goals. Stanley Parable is about exploration. And this exploration, this journey of our white-collar worker is accompanied by the narrator's voice.

However, you will notice that the narrator tells Stanley, in advance, which door he is supposed to take. But you can refuse the command and go to the direction you desire. And this is the most crucial part of this game: it is about choices. Your choices.

And these choices can yield you at least a dozen endings. Endings that are funny, serious, sarcastic and some are even meant to be no more than mere easter eggs.

This is not something you'll spend dozens of hours with. No, Stanley Parable can be completed in a mere 30 minutes, still, it's worth the journey and the appreciation.
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213 of 264 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
You dont have to follow the orders.


11/10 would break the rules again.
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86 of 89 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Possibly one of the strangest and greatest games ever made.

This is a story about a man named Stanley ... but honestly it really is a story about a Narrator and the exquisite mental torture he puts you through trying to figure out why. 'Why what?' I hear you ask. No! Just simply 'why'. A question you will constantly ask yourself, and probably never answer well enough to feel satisfied.

So what is the game? Well you play Stanley, who works in an office. And one day Stanley realises everyone else has disappeared and it is up to him to find out why ... or is it? You see the problem with describing this game is whilst there are many different endings, none of them seem to be 'the right one', or perhaps all of them are.

Yes I realise this review is not even slightly helpful in undertand what this game is, and wether or not you should buy it. So here it is: Buy this game and play it! It is something that everyone should experience. Love it or hate it .... you really should try it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io3c1USf0V4&list=PLE7DlYarj-Dd0n0idk-siWmqIFcXCzZ48&index=2
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119 of 138 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Stanley is a man in a room
Pressing buttons without any gloom,
but with a man in his head,
He gets up instead
and ♥♥♥♥s around with cups and brooms.
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554 of 751 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I didn't know what to write about in my review, so here's a recipe for pancakes instead:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

~
I'd also like to thank Shaz Cited
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151 of 184 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Wait.
Did I really play this game or an inner narrator told me to do it?
Maybe it is just part of a blind story leading to happiness...?
What if I endlessly complete the game?
I might need to press more buttons!...
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102 of 115 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This game left me with a sense of emotional insecurity like a hole in my heart. With that being said, this is one of the most creative and incredible plots that I've ever had the privilege to play. It pulls you into an ever changing relationship with the narrator that becomes the most important part of the game. Put simply, fear+humor+sadness+beauty+confusion-everything you know about gaming=The Stanley Parable.
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92 of 104 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
There really isn't anything that you can say about this except that it isn't a game. Anyone buying it as such will be sorely disappointed. What it IS is a brilliant commentary on not just gaming culture, but the thought processes of gamers themselves.

It really is brilliantly done, and superbly executed. As a gamer, I felt a strange air of danger and menace throughout, as if something was going kick off and lead to some sort of battle for survival, and the game plays with this notion throughout, offering a number of different "endings". The "good" ending (which I won't spoil) is a very well observed satire on game design and player choice.

It really is hard to write anything about the game without spoiling something! All I can really say is - it's not for everyone. Some people may look down on people who don't enjoy it or don't get it and that's not entirely fair. The ideas and concept explored aren't hugely complex, but probably require a high level of self awareness and self criticism on the part of the player.

In summary - this is a sublime mix of art, gaming and genuine entertainment.
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111 of 138 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
I recommend this game just on the narration its genius
The humour is amazing.

10/10
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