The Stanley Parable is a first person interactive videogame developed by Davey Wreden (the original) and Galactic Cafe (the HD remake). Available for PC, Linux and Mac, this game is an exploration adventure in which you will become Stanley, a bored employee of a great company whose only function is to press the buttons following the orders he receives. He does it every day, with no need to know why he is doing it, or for what reason. However, he is happy with his job.
One day, something happens; his computer's screen turns off and he does not receive orders. After a while, he decides to explore his office, just to figure out that he is alone, and there is no one in the building. Here is where you take control of Stanley. A voice, that is the narrator of the adventure, will tell you what you have to do, but you are free to obey him, or just do whatever you want.
In regards to the technical aspect, especially the graphics, The Stanley Parable is OK, it neither stands out nor is unacceptable. Basically, it is enough for this game, because the graphics are not the important thing. Speaking of sound, the music is almost inexistent, but it does not matter because the narrator, Kevan Brighting, has done a marvelous job, and he steals the show. Stanley is not the protagonist of his own game; rather it is the narrator.
Once you download and start playing The Stanley Parable, you will see that there is almost no gameplay. Your only mission is to make decisions and figure out which of the multiple endings it has is what you reach. You will not shoot, run, fly, or other things typical of videogames, you can only choose where you want to go, and at best, press some button or a simple thing like that.
After a while, he decides to explore his office, just to figure out that he is alone, and there is no one in the building
If you choose to follow the words of the narrator, you will reach an ending, but you can choose to disobey him. This will lead you to a funny situation, because the narrator will be madder at you as you disobey his orders. He will hand out gibes, ironic things, etc. All this will lead to a hilarious nonviolent fight among you and the narrator. He will start to ironize about the language and the rules of the videogames. For example, he jokes about why in the first person games; the player never sees his or her feet.
Depending on your decisions, you will reach different endings. Completing the whole game can take you no more than a half hour, but if you want to see the multiple endings, you will have to play a bit more. Every time you make a choice, the narrator will adapt his speech to your decision, and each decision leads to a different adventure.
The Stanley Parable Full Version Features
Here, you can read up on the unique features of The Stanley Parable
- Kevan Brighting gives the voice to the charismatic narrator
- Ability to do whatever you want
- Funny narration that will make you laugh, and also think about the philosophy of the adventure
- Multiple endings depending on your decisions
- Well developed graphics
You are free to visit the official website to read more information about The Stanley Parable before you download it to your PC.
The minimum system requirements that your PC needs to download and run The Stanley Parable are listed below:
- Operating System: Windows XP or newer versions
- Processor: AMD 64 X2, Intel Dual Core 2.0 @ 3.0 GHz or better
- RAM Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 2000, NVidia GeForce 7600, ATI Radeon X800 or superior
- Sound Card: compatible with DirectX 9.0c
- Hard Drive Space: 3 GB free on your PC