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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 A ringing telephone
The Stanley Parable Windows Can you save the baby from the fire?
The Stanley Parable Windows Now the environment looks a little messed up.
The Stanley Parable Windows A presentation in the meeting room

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Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 27, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Edge Windows Nov 06, 2013 9 out of 10 90 / Windows Nov 06, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Polygon Windows Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Geeks Under Grace Windows Sep 10, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85
Absolute Games ( Windows Dec 03, 2013 85 out of 100 85
Giant Bomb Windows Oct 20, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gry Interia Windows Nov 06, 2013 8 out of 10 80 Windows Oct 19, 2013 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows 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.


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

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