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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 Riding a lift.
The Stanley Parable Windows Please rate the game so far.
The Stanley Parable Windows Countdown timer
The Stanley Parable Windows This section looks familiar too.

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Joystiq Oct 18, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Digital Spy Oct 31, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Games Arena Oct 28, 2013 10 out of 10 100 Oct 21, 2013 18 out of 20 90
Edge Nov 06, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Polygon Oct 17, 2013 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Oct 23, 2013 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Informer Magazine Oct 22, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
HonestGamers Jan 05, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Giant Bomb Oct 20, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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

CrankyStorming (3007) added The Stanley Parable (Windows) on Dec 19, 2013
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