The Beginner's Guide is a narrative video game from Davey Wreden, the creator of The Stanley Parable. It lasts about an hour and a half and has no traditional mechanics, no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (309 reviews) - 90% of the 309 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (7,722 reviews) - 86% of the 7,722 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 1, 2015

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Reviews

“The Beginner's Guide is one of the most daring and creative commercial games to come out in a good long while...a masterclass in character-driven storytelling.”
Eurogamer

“Few game developers have ever ventured such an open-hearted project about human frailty – and knocked it out of orbit.”
The Washington Post

“I've been thinking about this game a lot for the past 36 hours. It demanded I think about it, at first only superficially, but later more substantively. I mulled over a lot of questions when I should have been sleeping. I continued thinking right when I woke up. I think I dreamed about it in between.”
Destructoid

About This Game

The Beginner's Guide is a narrative video game from Davey Wreden, the creator of The Stanley Parable. It lasts about an hour and a half and has no traditional mechanics, no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
    • 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 Intel Express graphics card).
    • Storage: 4 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (309 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (7,722 reviews)
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Hitler with an Arcana
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This isn't a game, it is simply a story. It is just a walking simulator that requires audio, yet it has some of the deepest emotions tied to a real person's life. It isn't fantasy, it is from a person just like you, or me, and it couldn't be more heart renching.
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CEMBLE (Star Lord)
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Coda you go make games bro, i am here for you and i am ready when you are ready, make my room jail for me.
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Pantheon
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I would recommend this just for emotional ride you get after finishing this game. In the end, that's what the greatest forms of art can do for you.
However, I can understand this is not everyone's cup of tea. This is not an interactive game, so don't expect one. It's a story, and a brilliant one at that.

SO MANY TYPEWRITERS
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Kai
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Keep in mind, this is not a game in the traditional sense. It's more of a narrative.

I've never cried playing a game before.
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phantasticnoodles
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
i cried like a little b*tch 10/10
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Shrimp
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It's something more than a game, it's a narrative, storytelling movie to interpret on your own. It is sad that most people take the plot for granted, however there is a lot to think about after playing this game. Full of symbols, interesting psychological aspects and odd elements. This is what I am looking for in modern games - original concept.

The only weak aspect is that the story itself is quite short.
Definately not for people looking for fast paced, action game. It is more a theatrical experience.
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Devin
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
If video games were an art form, this would be the Mona Lisa.
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greenRAM
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is one of those games that is not a game. There's a lot that can be said about this project, but it really should be experienced for yourself before you listen to other's interpretations. If you enjoy an interesting experience, and if you like the idea that games can be art then this one is for you.
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telehax
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is obviously very personal to the creator, and if you are empathetic, it will be a poignant experience for you too. But it is not for everyone, and I don't think it was created for everyone.

Even if you appreciate story-based games, you will probably feel uncomfortable playing this. Enjoy is not the right word for this game, but if you play it, you will be enriched by the experience.
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legomann97
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game. I don't know what I feel after playing it. Confusion? Sadness? Emptiness? And yet all of it was beautiful. It is one of the most beautiful "games" I've ever played. And I 150% recommend it to everyone.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
113 of 129 people (88%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Dear lit. teachers:

Play this game.
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75 of 84 people (89%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
You don't play this game, it plays you...
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80 of 98 people (82%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Makes game. Includes door. Cannot open door. Thanks.
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53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
How do you write about a game that destroys the idea of interpretation of art?

Simple.

You don't.

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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Let me start this review with the fact that this game is not like anything you have ever played.
It does not involve shooting, car chases or any type of sports. instead, it tells a story.

I won't include any actual info about the story since it's the only thing this game has to offer. it might sound like not enough, but once you'll play this game start to finish, you'll understand what i'm talking about.

The game maybe be a bit short, but it really does not need any more time to prove itself.
it's just so deep and sophisticated, you will ponder it's meaning for days after you finished it.

If you have time, spare cash or just looking to diverse a bit, i definitely recommend this short game experience.
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60 of 91 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Honestly, this game just doesn't do it for me. I wanted to like the game, I really did. Despite the game having some strong points (which I won't delve into, to avoid spoilers), while playing it, I tried to come up with a compelling reason not to refund it, and I couldn't. I loved The Stanley Parable, but this is completely different. There is no replayability, no secret endings, no special rooms, no real puzzles, it's just a story.

That's not a bad thing either, as my collection of TellTale games attests to, I love a good interactive story. But that's the thing, this is just a story. It's not interactive. It's hand fed to you directly from the narrator. Sure, you're pressing buttons to do things, but none of it really matters. It doens't help that, in the end, I just really didn't like the story.

I hate to click the "no" button under recommendation, because obviously a ton of people love it, but I have to. My justification is this; If I could talk to my former self an hour ago, I'd tell myself not to bother, the game isn't for me.

In my situation, most of the negative reviews list the very reasons I don't like the game. I only gave it a chance because of the "Very Positive" user reviews (and I loved Stanley Parable). So, my recommendation to you? If the positive reviews really strike a chorde in your heart, and you just know you have to try the game out, then please do, I'm "Very Positive" that you will like it.

If you, like me, reading the other negative reviews feel that the game probably just isn't for you, then trust me, it's not.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
A great 'experience' that I really enjoyed all the way through. Has potential for two playthroughs, both of which are unique. I won't spoil why. But when you replay this game the second time around, it'll be different.
Pros:
  • Really unique experience.
  • VERY worth it for the price. Completely reasonable pricetag.
  • Emotional rollercoaster. Been a long time since a video game made me feel like this.
Cons:
  • I call it an 'experience' because it's not exactly a game. This is more of a neutral than a con. A lot of people do not like games that are more like walking simulators and crave typical game elements like combat. This is less of a game and more of a display of art or just an experience.
  • This is only worth playing twice. There's no reason to play it again after that.
  • The story will be hit and miss. You'll love it, or you won't get it and hate it. I got it and liked it. One of my friends got it, didn't get it, and hated it.
A great experience I'm happy I had overall!
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
This is one of those games that you wish you could forget everything you know about it and just play the game all over again to experience its epicness. This game shows you the life of the developer's old missing friend and takes you in a journey to experience all the emotions that they dev and the friend have. it has some puzzles but they arent that hard. the game is quite short but that's what you will get for its price. overall i'd say this is one of the best games out there!

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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is art. It may be classified as a game, but it should be judged as a work of art. Don't buy ths if you question the length. Ths game is meant to be played through, and then thought about. It is both cold, and heartfelt. I'll stop, dare I ruin the suprise, but if you can be entertained by art, buy this.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The press needs to shut up sometimes...
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