The Stanley Parable (Windows)

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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 Suddenly you are in <moby game="Minecraft">Minecraft</moby>.
The Stanley Parable Windows Instruction video about choice
The Stanley Parable Windows Spend some time in the broom closet.
The Stanley Parable Windows A storage room

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Destructoid Oct 17, 2013 10 out of 10 100
Digital Spy Oct 31, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Games Arena Oct 28, 2013 10 out of 10 100
The Guardian Jan 26, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 (UK) Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90 Oct 21, 2013 18 out of 20 90
Polygon Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Riot Pixels Dec 03, 2013 80 out of 100 80 Oct 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2014 Unscored Unscored


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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.
CrankyStorming (3011) added The Stanley Parable (Windows) on Dec 19, 2013
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