Indie Spotlight: The Stanley Parable

Made by devs Davey Wreden and William Pugh, Stanley Parable is a comedic satirical first person game centered around the idea of a narrative enforced game. Originally existing as a mod for Half Life 2, Stanley Parable has since become its own standalone walking simulator with lots of replayability. The story is simple, you play as an office worker named Stanley who is simply tasked with typing on his computer what he’s told to type in. One day, Stanley looks around and notices that the office is completely empty and everyone is gone and must explore to find the reasoning behind it all.

The twist is that every action you take is narrated by an actor named Kevan Brighting who has previously done voices for other Half Life mods as well as some short documentaries. A couple of times throughout the story, the narrator will get ahead of himself and state something Stanley does before you do it. At this point you have the choice to do as the narrator says or to reject him and carve your own path. Across several playthroughs and choices you’ll find different endings, small details changing, and different impacts on how the narrator may react as his personality is brought out.

Some of the endings and narrator reactions can be incredibly comedic, some thought provoking, and some might hit you in the emotions. It’s definitely a trip worth taking a few times. And to make things even more interesting, the devs are planning a greatly expanded version of the game called The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe planned to be available some time this year on PC and several consoles. If you’re interested, you can buy the game on Humble Bundle here where a portion of your payment goes to charity and another portion helps support me!

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