The Stanley Parable
The Stanley Parable is a darkly comedic philosophical story game in which you guide a character named Stanley through an abandoned office building.
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Story & Themes
Each play of The Stanley Parable is quite brief, averaging about twenty minutes, but there are numerous endings and options to discover, depending on the story choices you make. The narrator is aware that you are playing a game, and in several instances it becomes clear that the only way to win is to physically turn off the game. This acute self-awareness raises many questions for the player about the nature of reality and what freedom can really mean within the limits of somebody else's design.
- Did you feel inclined to resist the narrator? Why?
- What do you think is the significance of Stanley's job? Would the story have been less impactful if he had been in an exciting job?
- Do you think The Stanley Parable was making a commentary on the physical world? What does this game imply about our society?
Mystery, Visual/Audio/Interactive Novel
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Cannot be played online