Average Playtime: 2 hours

The Beginner's Guide

Add to
My games
Add to
Wishlist 23
Save to

Click to rate



A game from the creators of Stanley Parable, the Beginner’s Guide is a narrative-driven walking simulator, where players are dropped in the world, narrated by the Davey Wreden, writer, designer and director of the game. Players are taken on a tour through the games, that narrator once found on his friends' computer and now was sharing the findings. While they travel together, the narrator will explain little tricks and exploits he found in the game. Or telling the player, what his friend Coda really meant to do or show.
Beginner’s Guide is a linear narrative story, so players won’t have to solve complicated puzzles. There’s no possible or intended way for players to die, and the game is mostly explorative. Unlike Stanley Parable, The Beginner’s Guide is a linear experience, based entirely on the writing and emotional bond player establishes with the narrator over the shared experiences and discoveries. After the chapters of the game are completed, players can return to any of them at any time, turning off the narration, to explore the levels alone.

Release date
Everything Unlimited Ltd.
Everything Unlimited Ltd.
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
  • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher - *NOT* an Intel Express graphics card).
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher required
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz P4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or AMD64X2 (or higher)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher
  • Storage: 4 GB available space
Edit the game info
Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

Where to buy


Top contributors


1 edit
Art games / Alt games / B-games
347 games
14 cakes
Fourth-Wall Breaking Games
16 games
7 cakes
Great indies worth your time
52 games
1 cake
View all
A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE | The Beginner's Guide
Oct 7, 2015
Oct 6, 2015
PLEASE LOVE ME - The Beginner's Guide
Dec 2, 2015
The Beginner's Guide - An Evening With Sips
Oct 2, 2015
The Stanley Parable: ROUND 2!? | The Beginner's Guide
Oct 3, 2015
Let's Drunk: The Beginner's Guide - Part 1
Oct 8, 2015
View all videos
1,000,000 items
The Beginner's Guide, then Final Getting Over It
Mostly Walking - The Beginner's Guide // Fallen Order ALL DAY tomorrow!
View all streams
100 items

The Beginner's Guide reviews and comments

This is, without a single doubt, one of the best games that I've played in my entire life, and I can't even explain why. It's different for each person, that's what makes it so special
«Blew my mind»
A very odd experience, that's better to be played than read about.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
The Beginner's Guide takes the Player through several walk-in Sequences of an unnamed Developer. Davey Wreden, the Maker of The Beginner's Guide and At the same time Narrator and Guidebook, speaks of a game of his own At each Sequence. But there can be no Question of that, because there is hardly Any Interactivity or meaningful Activities that would make a Game. Instead, you move through the sometimes curious Levels, all of which run straight, listening to the Narrator's Interpretations. The Game itself is completely unspectacular. There are no Explosions, no real Characters, no pretty Graphics and no atmospheric World either. Even the Story remains trivial, even if it becomes very emotional towards the End. What I find very remarkable, however, Is that Wreden has managed to shape a real and captivating Game out of the completely lovelessly designed (and sometimes unfinished) levels. Wreden tells of his Impressions, interprets and says about the Thoughts of the unnamed Developer. Sometimes it gets philosophical and in some Cases even psychological. Verdict: The Beginner's Guide is a completely different Game from Wreden's penultimate Title, "The Stanley Parable." Both Titles have one Thing in common, though: The great Storytelling.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Wow! This Game proves that Video Games are also Art. By short the Game, it's hard not to reveal anything. Therefore, at this point, issue a Warning to all who have not yet played it. Be told that this Game is worth buying if you are looking for "something else," what entertains you and may encourage you to Think. From here, something could be anticipated, even if I'm not trying to do it. The Developers of "The Stanley Parable" have taken a new and more serious Direction with this Game, but it is no less captivating and impressive. The Key is the Simplicity of the Game again. There is no need for playful Skill in "The Beginner's Guide," nor is it necessarily good to solve his Puzzle. This Game works by making clear Instructions in very straight levels with an exciting Story. The Graphics are rather simple and appear in places as if it had been reduced to the most necessary or rather not refined any further. But that doesn't bother, as the Levels tend to be short and, despite their Simplicity combined with the Story, really give a great Overall picture. The Story, in my Opinion, leaves a lot of room for Interpretation and Discussion, as I believe you can see and understand a lot of elements of the Game in different Ways. From me, there is a clear Recommendation for anyone in the mood for more in-depth games that may not Match the General Flavour. Sincerely, MasterEder
read more