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 Warnings to heed when using the lift.
The Stanley Parable Windows Do they want to freeze the world?
The Stanley Parable Windows Marketing psychology
The Stanley Parable Windows Stanley is happy. One more time

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Joystiq Oct 18, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Guardian Jan 26, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameTrailers Oct 25, 2013 9.2 out of 10 92
PC Gamer Oct 25, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Game Sphere Nov 20, 2013 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games ( Dec 03, 2013 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Oct 22, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
HonestGamers Jan 05, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Riot Pixels Dec 03, 2013 80 out of 100 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.
CrankyStorming (3012) added The Stanley Parable (Windows) on Dec 19, 2013
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