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Video GameThe Stanley Parable Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 9 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Stanley Parable is an interactive drama with no combat or action to speak of apart from walking around and interacting with everyday objects. You guide a silent protagonist, Stanley, while discouraging narration plays in your ear. As you discover diverging pathways you must decide whether to disobey the narrator's suggestions or not.

As the narrator explains, Stanley works in an office and is tasked with monitoring data on a computer screen and pressing buttons appropriately without question. But one day the screen goes blank and Stanley starts to explore the building.

There are various points at which you need to make a decision. Will you follow the narration and keep the story on track, or choose to disobey and cause the narrator to adjust his story to get the player to return to the "proper" path. Depending on your choices there are different endings.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe expands the original with new content, new choices, and new secrets to uncover. The game has been visually upgraded to reflect modern technology while faithfully preserving the tone of the original game.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/07/2011, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Narrative

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Hello Cakebread (@HelloCakebread)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 and a half hours to complete. Because it has so many endings, you will want to play many times. There are close to 20 different endings.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear, Implied Violence, Mild Violence.

CostsCosts

The Stanley Parable usually costs £9.99 to £19.99.
 

The Stanley Parable

Steam Store PC £9.99
Steam Store Mac £9.99

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

PlayStation Store PS5 £17.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99
Steam Store PC £19.99
Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
Accessibility features have been added in The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe that include localization of in-world text, colourblind options, and content warnings. 
 

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