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 Now the environment looks a little messed up.
The Stanley Parable Windows A Model M keyboard, or one of its imitations
The Stanley Parable Windows Warnings to heed when using the lift.
The Stanley Parable Windows The bathroom of your boss

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The Guardian Jan 26, 2014 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameTrailers Oct 25, 2013 9.2 out of 10 92 Oct 17, 2013 90 out of 100 90 (UK) Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Edge Nov 06, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Game Sphere Nov 20, 2013 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer Oct 25, 2013 90 out of 100 90 Nov 06, 2013 90 out of 100 90 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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