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 (1,179 reviews) - 87% of the 1,179 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (23,695 reviews) - 91% of the 23,695 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
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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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poof
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Not a simple boring game which the game graphics might suggest, but a very fun adventure that shows how rebellious you are and how useless your quest to freedom can be. Should we stop fighting or will you keep on going? Does it matter or is it all just a waste of time?
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bikr
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I have no idea what i just played, but I enjoyed every second of it
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Mumen Rider
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
its a pretty mind bending game that makes you think outside of the box and there are many secrets to discover. i would definitely recommend to people who enjoy this type of game.
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ntrf
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I'll get right to the point. This game took that much time to convince me that it was bad, telling me it every minute, that i simply can not refuse. I have to to say that this game IS bad. It's not the worst of the kind, but still. Actually i'm not even sure it's even a game. It's some sort of weird intercative experience filled up with Portal 2 props and naratives.

I don't really see how being an owner of this game (or not game) provides any value higher than any Youtube video of people playing this game (or, again, not game). I paid money for it, but as i played i realized how poor that choice was. My mistake, i admit it. And for the first time ever i'm going to refund.
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JVG
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Not a game. Simply offers options to follow different paths (choices) to different endings. Surprising or clever endings of sorts? Somewhat clever narriation along all paths, given that there is no purpose. No purpose evidently being the point. Or irony of character being controlled by all paths while suggesting that he is escaping controls. A comment on games in general? On life in general?

That said, there is no harm in playing this "game." Pass some restful time. Too boring for me after several endings.
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Vitorius
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is impossible to describe without spoiling it... but let me just say that after 2 min of gameplay i loved this game.
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zwix89
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
positiv and funy game :=)
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Punished "Venom" Shia
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
this game PLAYED ME LIKE A DAMN FIDDLE!!!
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samgamer454
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
THE END IS NEVER THE END

It sure isn't.

10/10
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Plutia
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
If you can snag this at a good price {for example... summer sale?} this game is the best narrative game I've played thus far. the humor is on point and the differing storylines are fun to play around with.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
698 of 736 people (95%) found this review helpful
465 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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154 of 170 people (91%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Good story. The less you know about the game when you start, the better.
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80 of 96 people (83%) found this review helpful
94 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 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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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
22 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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50 of 71 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 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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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
26 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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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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