The Stanley Parable

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Steam title card.

The Stanley Parable is a puzzle adventure game developed and published by Galactic Cafe and first released on Windows on 2013-10-17, and then ported to Macintosh and Linux. You play Stanley, an office drone who one day wakes up in his office to find that everyone is gone. A voice narrates a parable about what Stanley is supposed to do, but you have the option of doing something else and tripping up the story. Each time the player goes off-script, strange things happen.

I remember hearing about this game from a friend who said it was pretty interesting, but I waited until it came out in a Humble Indie Bundle before getting it. It remained unplayed for months more, but I eventually got around to playing it.

Status

I own this game on Steam and have seen the majority of the endings.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • Best Version: Windows

Good

  • The graphics, music, sound effects, and narration are all well done.
  • The writing is pretty great, there were several times I laughed out loud.
  • The environments are all generally eerie and strange.
  • The various endings run the gamut of funny, creepy, and thought-provoking.

Bad

  • Despite the many variations, I often felt like there wasn't enough to do in the game, and routinely found myself beating the same ending several times because I couldn't think of anything else to do.
  • For some reason, they didn't make each ending an achievement, so you can't get global stats on them. Also, many of the achievements are lame: restart the game, don't play the game, leave the game running all day, click on a door 430 times. These are not fun, they're tedious.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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