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Description

Stanley works for a company where his job is to push buttons as prompted from a monitor. One day, the orders stop coming through and Stanley notices that all his colleagues have disappeared. He proceeds to the meeting room for more information.

The Stanley Parable is an adventure game based upon a mod for Half-Life 2, wherein the player controls Stanley and must make choices based on paths presented to them by the environment or the narrator. Said narrator will describe Stanley's actions as they happen, sometimes before.

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The Stanley Parable Windows Near the parking lot
The Stanley Parable Windows To obey or not to obey. This is the choice?
The Stanley Parable Windows A ringing telephone
The Stanley Parable Windows If those switches were so tangible and accessible in the real world...

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The Stanley Parable Screenshot
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Joystiq Windows Oct 18, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Polygon Windows Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 21, 2013 18 out of 20 90
Game Sphere Windows Nov 20, 2013 90 out of 100 90
4Players.de Windows Oct 17, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Windows Oct 23, 2013 8.9 out of 10 89
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Dec 03, 2013 85 out of 100 85
411mania.com Windows Oct 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb, 2014 Unscored Unscored

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References

The game is referenced in chapter 33, the seventh episode of the third season of the 2015 US Netflix series House of Cards. President Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, is shown playing the game. He also refers directly to the gameplay, wondering why the game starts over. It is not the only game he plays that season. In the fifth episode he is shown playing Monument Valley and it is even turned into a plot point. Those two games are a distinct departure from the shooters he used to play for stress relief in earlier seasons.
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