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 (321 reviews) - 85% of the 321 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,754 reviews) - 91% of the 24,754 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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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

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    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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MrNiceGuy
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
After reading all these reviews Stanley thought he MUST buy this game




He was wondring why he's still scrolling






He decided to stop scrolling










Stanley was blind and accidently bought a computer, downloaded Steam, clicked on Stanley Parable, read all reviews, stopped scrolling and then clicked Add to Cart


















This won't give you an achievement








Stanley knew nothing was going to happen if he kept scrolling










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Vrik
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I spent the first three hours just refusing to do as the narrator said, gleefully oblivious of the devious mechanisms pushing me towards my inevitable fate. Then I started following the narration, but that just left me feeling like a hollow vessel trundling along the same path, even if the scenery changed. Is this a comment on our lives, our universe? That free will cannot really exist?

Still not sure if I have seen all the different endings, or found everything. Will I ever be able to tell? Perhaps.
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efpont
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Great game, i love it :yay:
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DropKikUrDangerZone #RIP_USA
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This game will confuse you, and it will laugh at you, and that's what makes it superb. The sheer number of endings and twists and turns the story takes is unbelievable. It's one of the smartest games in a long, long time. 8.5/10
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Dildo Swaggins
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I was orginially going to write a negative review, not beause I thought this game was bad, but because it didn't appeal to me. I have a high amount of respect for the developers, there is no game, movie, or book I know of that can replicate this sort of expereince. I spent very little time playing this game. I generally prefer playing games with a clear cut objective or story.

But as I thought about this game, and what all of it means, I realized that the story doesn't matter here. The length of the game doesn't matter here. Nothing matters, the developer leave it up to the players to intrepret what you are supposed to get out of this game.

I've never been so confused about my thoughts on a game before, and this is why I highly recommend it. If the developers were able to create so much chaos in terms of how I feel about a game and force me to think about it so much, they did a damn good job making it. There are some games where I have been on the fence of whether or not I like it or not. But this game left me feeling different than I have before about whether or not I like this game.

I can't tell you if I enjoyed this game, I'm still pretty confused about how I feel, but it is definitely a good game.
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MorphinePierre
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I've been very excited to play the Stanley Parable for many years and I finally got to play it last weekend. It wasn't at all what I expected.

I remember when this game was first released it was receiving a lot of praise for it's breaking of the 4th wall and comedy. All that was true, it is indeed quite funny but the game ends up being being a novelty and, finishing the "main" ending in 30 minutes, a short one at that.

The novel idea is the multiple endings. See, this game touts almost 20 different endings yet after reaching most, if not all of them, I don't see why they are so well received. A few of these endings are incredibly funny, others literally force you to restart the game after playing off a joke. I found at least 5 of them simply poking around before finishing the game (main ending) in 30 minutes time. After multiple playthroughs, I decided to look up some of the endings I thought I had missed. Again, some were funny, others, not so much.

In a nutshell, The Stanley Parable is a walking simulator. You play as Stanley, an employee of a company who finds himself alone after exiting his closet-shaped office. You proceed to walk around, interact, and question the circumstances that you're in. I won't say much more than that; any more and I would be spoiling the entire game.

In my opinion, it's just way too short and does not have enough content to warrant a $15 purchase. The novelty is interesting but after the 3rd, 4th, 5th playthrough, are you really going to keep searching up the last 15? Probably not.

Obligatory Score: 6/10
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Mort
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
GTA 7 on steroids -IGN
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Swollin' Dolan
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I haven't touched this game in nearly a year but I just wanna say that I don't think I have ever felt more ripped off in my life.

I still cringe whenever I think about how Steam rejected my plea for refund just because I put one or two extra hours to the game than they allow, since I was so desperate to justify the price of this trash

It's literally an unfunny walking simulator. That's it. That is LITERALLY it.
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TAPS | Jarrad5x
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Stanley began to write this review, but while typing this review he "accidentally typed" sv_cheats 1 in the console. He was given 100 trillion billion years in the serious room, so the narrator tyoed this review for him.
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xenmin
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Fun for about 15 minutes. The next 45 minutes are spent thinking surely this isnt all there is to it?
I'm really sad I spent money on this.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Short game with many different endings and possibilities. Whatever you do, the game reacts to you.

I thought I had finished the game but no... it tricked me. It only gave me a long ending to show me how ignorant I was to the world around me.

You can bend and break the rules but are you ready to face the consequences? Nobody is invulnerable.

What the heck am I talking about? You'll have to play the game to find out! :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game stinks of creativity and we need more like it. You'll keep coming back to do things different to get different results and when you think you're smarter than it and get somewhere you thought you weren't supposed to get to, you realize you were led there by the developers. Really smart with great Portal kind of humor.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
You can disobey and break the game.
10/10
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A very short game... If you're a sheep.

This game is very special, you can spend as much as 4 minutes and a bit or a few hours on this game. It's a kind of game that plays with the illusion of choice.

What this game does is that it takes the 4th Wall, straps 20lbs of C4 to it, adds a sprinkle of thermite and lets it rip. But wait it ain't done with the 4th Wall yet oh no. It then fires 163613 jackhammers out of a cannon and a squirrel at it until that wall ceases to exist anymore. Donald Trump doesn't stand a chance against this game.

You play as Stanley, or should I say "Employee No. 427". You sit in front of your 1980's era DOS interface CRT monitor and wait for instructions on which buttons to push on the keyboard. You are one of a plethora of generic employees who work for a corporation. What kind of corporation? I still have no clue. It kinda reminds me of the "1984" ad by Apple for their Macintosh.

You are given instructions to follow by the narrator (a very amusing narrator I may add) of the game, but listening and conforming to those instructions is up to you, which also mean the consequences that follow for each instruction followed (or should I say not followed) are your responsibilty.

It seems extremely linear at first, but once you realise you are the one controlling Stanley and not the narrator, the possibilities are endless.

I aqcuired this game in the Summer Steam Sale for €2.39.

Is it worth it? Yes

Is it up to you to decide if it is? Abso-****ing-lutely

My rating? 7.5/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN'T GO THROUGH THAT DOOR!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
The narrutor is the most fun
But when you figure out the game you relise its not worth the money and the story too short
But still the game is pretty vool
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This game is an absolute must! For literally any type of gamer out there!
The game breaks the fourth wall, with a narrator giving you instructions periodically that you can choose to follow or ignore. This type of playstyle completely immerses you in the game as you can choose to defy the game itself or follow it's request.

Pros: The game has roughly 9 endings
-Many easter eggs that are actually quite humerous and worth finding
-Extremely funny game that literally allows you to temporarily explore other hit titles with a humerous twist!
-Could probably run on a potatoe! "that was a joke obviously" but will run on pretty much any machine!


cons: Honestly the only con is that there needs to be even more endings! The humour in this game along with the easy to follow learning curve makes this game insanely fun, and personally I would like to have more of this game to explore.

Overall: This game is hilarously funny, charming, and satisfying. Even the achievements have twists that will make you chuckle if not straight up laugh. The game is so good I showed it to allot of my close friends, and watched as they played the game even though I had already completed every ending in the game "some of them multiple times".
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