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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.


The Stanley Parable Windows The entrance to a facility
The Stanley Parable Windows Alternate version of your boss' office
The Stanley Parable Windows Suddenly Stanley is on a sidewalk with a woman nearby.
The Stanley Parable Windows An elevator in the maintenance corridor

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Digital Spy Windows Oct 31, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Destructoid Windows Oct 17, 2013 10 out of 10 100
GameTrailers Windows Oct 25, 2013 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpot Windows Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90 Windows Oct 21, 2013 18 out of 20 90
IGN UK Windows Oct 18, 2013 8.8 out of 10 88
Geeks Under Grace Windows Sep 10, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85
Riot Pixels Windows Dec 03, 2013 80 out of 100 80
HonestGamers Windows Jan 05, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Gry Interia Windows Nov 06, 2013 8 out of 10 80


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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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