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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Stanley Parable (2011) 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 a 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Stanley Parable 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Puzzle game with Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

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.

BenefitsBenefits

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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

In the US, ESRB state: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is rated ESRB Teen for Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence.

Skill Level

Our Game Pathways reveal how 37-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

The Stanley Parable usually costs £12.79 to £19.99.
 

The Stanley Parable

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
XBox Store Xbox One -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Steam Store PC £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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Narrative

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Hello Cakebread (@HelloCakebread)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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