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Mystery and Intrigue in The Stanley Parable

IndieMonth | 572d ago
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From HonestDragon

Another game I had the pleasure to play for Indie Month is one of the more unique titles I have seen. The Stanley Parable offers players the chance to see how much they will follow the game's instructions or completely take things into another direction. From the shoes of Stanley, you will have many choices to make in this game. Obey or rebel? Follow or lead? Please or anger? The choice is yours. This is The Stanley Parable.

Inside the mundane, yet surprisingly fulfilling life of Stanley, you find a mystery that leaves Stanley completely bewildered. His once simple existence as a keyboard typer has taken a turn for an odd circumstance. His directions on his computer are gone. His coworkers have disappeared. What has happened to Stanley's workplace that he enjoyed going to? Well, that's where you come in, dear gamer.

From the get-go, the Narrator (voiced brilliantly by Kevan Brighting) tells in detail what is going on in the story. He gives specific directions of where Stanley is to go and do; however, there is always a time for the player to offer a twist. This is where the fun begins. How far are you willing to follow the Narrator? Will you comply unconditionally or veer off a bit? Will you absolutely be a rebel for a cause and tear the story apart?

From your first-person viewing of this story, you take control of Stanley and move about his workplace. The lifeless void of the office space leaves a feeling of utter isolation, but the Narrator accompanies you throughout the entirety of the game. Once the story begins, you have the chance to make your choices. Even from your first choice of going through the right door or left door, you can set the tone for where the story will go. Sometimes you don't have to do anything and the Narrator will most likely comment on your inactivity.

Gameplay is simple. You move around and click to interact with some objects. The main attraction comes from you (as Stanley) going with the flow of the story or going against the grind. As a result of your ability to choose whatever you want to do, you can go through multiple endings. In my playthroughs, I managed to unlock nine endings. All of them are rather humorous, but it's worthwhile to check them all out.

The clever writing and choice system makes The Stanley Parable shine. Even though Stanley doesn't have any dialogue, his ability to make the Narrator go through many emotions through action alone is often hilarious.  The Narrator can be either your best friend or your worst enemy. The replay value comes from being able to experience new endings and take multiple paths in your playthroughs. Give The Stanley Parable a shot. It's on Steam right now. Enjoy the writing and the laughs that come with it.

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randomass171  +   572d ago
Let it be stated right here that Kevan Brighting is one of the best voice actors ever. His delivery in this game is hilarious! :D
Derekvinyard13  +   572d ago
I need to experience the endings in this game. Dragon says he found nine. NINE ENDINGS!
BiggCMan  +   572d ago
You should see Heavy Rain!! Hahaha.
MrxDeath  +   572d ago
:) this game have a lot of endings !!
and Kevan Brighting has a perfect voice
beepbopadoobop  +   572d ago
I love games with lots of choice throughout
dictionary  +   572d ago
I've read many good things about Stanley Parable and its narrator
shadowvisa  +   572d ago
oasdada  +   572d ago
the coding and level design of this game was out of this world...! and the narrator... man he gets in ur head!!
ichizon  +   572d ago
The Stanley Parable is simply amazing. I know it received some criticism from people who bought it and thought it wasn't a game, because you can "finish" it in under 5 minutes. They simply don't understand it.

I had a very good times going through the various routes in the game. It's like a choose your own adventure with seamless route changes. I guess that it could have been larger/longer, without playing the silly 4 hour game, but I have no complaints about it.
MightyNoX  +   572d ago
XtraTrstrL  +   572d ago
Good voice for the narrator.
SpeedDemon  +   572d ago
Never heard of this game until now, seems to have got some high critic reviews.
LukeFair  +   572d ago
In my first play i'm going to choose the rebel path. I'm curious to see what will happen after
pyrocloud7  +   572d ago
I hate to spoil anything, but I will say what ultimately happens most of the time that you defy the narrator is a very interesting study on human nature.
BiggCMan  +   572d ago
I do love these types of games, I need to get on this ASAP!
paulogy  +   572d ago
I love that we exist in a time where interesting games like this are made :-)
rambi80  +   572d ago
i just loved this game cause it rewarded disobedience....also the baby thing(no spoilers)
Disagree  +   572d ago
sounds fun and mysterious
BenTheWicked  +   572d ago
I absolutely love that they disguise the concept of obedience and authority with humor. This game says so much about both subjects, yet through the use of humor, players get the opportunity to explore their submissive and rebellious nature without fear of punishment. Are there any other games that give and react to player freedom like this?
snowb420  +   572d ago
Looks interesting. Wish I had a bigger gaming budget.
dota2champion  +   572d ago
This game was on Steam Summer Sale for $5.99; you should of gotten it during that time
snowb420  +   571d ago
Unfortunately, the summer sale came at a time that I had to use my extra cash for something else.
Monster_Tard  +   572d ago
So what genre would this game fall under, puzzle?
dota2champion  +   572d ago
narrative-driven, would that be consider a genre?
coolbeans  +   571d ago
Walking Simulator is what I would use. Depending on how you would define "game," it might be considered a non-game.
dota2champion  +   572d ago
I'm hoping the next game you guys released will be on par if not better than The Stanley Parable.
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Pixolator  +   571d ago
Any plans of releasing this game on different platforms?
CrimsonAzure  +   571d ago
Most Indie games have some kind of mind-boggling stories, and I've enjoyed all of those. I'm in.
Virtua_Awesome  +   571d ago
Thanks for the write-up, HonestDragon! With so many choices to make, to go with or against the narrator, and so many endings to see, this game just sounds wonderful :)
nunley33  +   571d ago
I need to play this game, it looks fun!
MisterAV  +   571d ago
First person, wonderful narrator and a strange place.. remmebers me of portal 2!
LostFlock  +   571d ago
the writing in this game is fantastic and funny as hell. Love it.
MasterofMagnetism  +   571d ago
Will definitely check this out.
gobluesamg  +   571d ago
I might have to see what it's like to be Stanley.
RexDD  +   571d ago
Man I really want to play this now.
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