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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 Countdown timer
The Stanley Parable Windows Oh dear, what happened here?
The Stanley Parable Windows One of the options leads to freedom.
The Stanley Parable Windows Nearing conclusions

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The Stanley Parable Screenshot
The Stanley Parable Screenshot
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Games Arena Windows Oct 28, 2013 10 out of 10 100
Thunderbolt Games Windows Oct 21, 2013 10 out of 10 100
GameTrailers Windows Oct 25, 2013 9.2 out of 10 92 Windows Oct 17, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Game Sphere Windows Nov 20, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Polygon Windows Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Windows Oct 23, 2013 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN UK Windows Oct 18, 2013 8.8 out of 10 88
Giant Bomb Windows Oct 20, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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.


  • Steam Awards
    • 2016 — The 'Game Within A Game' Award — Nominated
    • 2017 — The 'Defies Description' Award — Nominated

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