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 (1,529 reviews) - 88% of the 1,529 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,051 reviews) - 91% of the 24,051 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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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
SteamOS + Linux
    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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Very Positive (1,529 reviews)
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Zwerik
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Tried to jump, didn't work, got an achievement.

10/10, would try to jump again.
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nezumishrimp
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is one of the funniest I have ever played. I really love the story and that it changes every time you begin a new game. As I don't want to spoil anything I will only say that this game is worth every cent and that I totally recommend this game. Those who want to laugh and be astounded should really play this game, it's worth it.
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Joel
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is awesome.
Mind♥♥♥♥ + Humour + 4th wall break = GENIUS GAME
Go play it
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GOOV3N
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
IF YER THENKIN BOUT BOYING THIS GAYME BOY IT WHOIL ITS ON SAIL
. oy lad this gayme is fun it aint werth fiftean dollers.
tha gayme is bout a mute hoo wondars round an office n is nagged boy a narrayter.
yoo cken get on his bahd soid er his gud soid n th@ determines thee endin. hell lad thar be mulltipel endins whater yu waiten fer, boy this gayme. (whoil its on sail of corse)
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General Porky
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Its not a puzzle game which everyone is saying it is, it is simply a hidden solution in the level which you go around clicking randomly to find it with no puzzle being noteworthy or demanding thought. If you complete a puzzle you get no reward of satisfaction because you have just run around clicking buttons not one anything impressive. It tries to be a deep look into human psychology but it offers no new points and takes and hour to tell you an overly simplistic and if anything exaggerated point about work.

I picked this up on sale at £1.99 and i regret spending the money on it.
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Doktor Dingus
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
If you enjoy:
  • Standing alone in broom closets
  • Ordering cardboard boxes
  • Walking in hallways
  • Turning off computer monitors

    Then this game might be for you. If you also enjoy:
  • Crawling into the void
  • Warping reality
  • Questioning the nature of free will in an uncaring, vast universe
  • Listening to an exasperated British man grumble at you

    Then this game is definitely for you.
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NoTiiS
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
You either buy it and play it, or you don't.
The choice is yours.
But sure is a fun one.
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tabs
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Yeah, you should get this.
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PenguinMkenz
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I bought this game for $2.99 during the Summer Sale. It was worth the money.

PROS:

-Great narration and sounds.

-That museum at one of the endings

-Every ending

-The ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ broom closet.

-Everything else

CON/ NEUTRAL:

When I use the Windows button to tab out, the audio screws up and goes crazy. Let's say I tab out at the two doors.

"When Stanley game to a set of two doors, he entered- he entered- he entered- he entered-" and so on and so forth without progression until it tabs out. The audio does resume normally once I go back in though.
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MilesProwerU.S.A
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack Click clack, STANLEY! STANLEY! STANLEY! STANLEY! STANLEY!. Stanley steps into the broom closet, nothing here no choices to be made.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1,009 of 1,061 people (95%) found this review helpful
687 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Used a glitch to get out of the map, turned out it was part of the game.
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135 of 143 people (94%) found this review helpful
75 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Going the wrong way has never felt so right.
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153 of 170 people (90%) found this review helpful
245 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
"This is the story of a man named Stanley. Stanley worked for a company in a big building where he was employee number 427...

Get comfortable, the endings are different but the intro will always be the same."

You play as Stanley and follow or derail a not really great story. The story is nonlinear as you listen to or disregard The Narrator.

I highly recommend this game but I really don't but The Narrator is holding me at gunpoint and I would suggest buying it but really don't because The Narrator will be after you too.

Have fun!

Okay, I wrote a good review, check for yourself!

...

I'm guessing all those black bars must be formatting errors, I'll fix those later.

..!

Dude, it took me forever to write this review! It's going to take me some time to get those black boxes out of there, give me a few weeks.

.!!

Dude, I've done everything you've asked me to do! Can you please put the gun down?

!!!

Please! I have family and friends that I need to get back to! I promise I won't tell anyone about this!

!!!

PLEASE!!! I WON'T TE...
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152 of 180 people (84%) found this review helpful
187 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 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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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
*Thought I broke the game*
*Game didn't broke*
*Few minutes later*
*Actually broke the game*
*Thought it was part of the game*
*Waited way to long to realize he actually broke the game*

This game is beyond fantastic
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
11 people 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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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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74 of 103 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 people 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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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Was constanly laughing. Super glad I played it.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
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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