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The Stanley Parable review
by AutoDMC

The Stanley Parable is more than a video game, it's an existential essay on video games themselves.

One of the first in the genre of "walking simulator" games, The Stanley Parable follows the titular character, Stanley, as he explores an office devoid of other people.  His job had been to watch a computer screen and push the buttons on the keyboard as the screen directed.  A direct parallel to what we do when we play a video game.

However, once you've broken out of the rote actions of responding to the output of the video screen, you can explore the true nature of narrative construction and presentation that only the Video Game format can provide.  There's 18 different endings, and each play through the game exposes another layer of genius.

You can beat the game in less than five minutes, but it can take hours to explore the whole thing.

Unfortunately, to talk any further without spoilers really requires you to have played the game already.  So do it!  It's easy to throw around terms like "Exceptional," but this game is the cream of the crop.

It's a perennial Steam Sale classic and deserves a slot in everyone's game inventory.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»

Other reviews7

Yeah . Started awesome . I got bored after finding 7 endings. maybe I'll check them slowly one by one. Great concept and the narrator's interactions were funny and awesome.
7/10.  First game I ever played, and it was so mind-blowing at the time. Still might be to some people. Either way, very fun and funny with amazing narration.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
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