Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe

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Stanley’s parable is a non-linear environmental narrative game, with lots of endings and hidden secrets. Some endings can be reached almost immediately, while others are well hidden behind other story paths. Stanley’s parable focuses primarily on a meta-narrative, depending on whether the player follows whatever the disembodied narrator says, or rebels to find new paths.

Following the Narrator’s exhortations can lead to some of the Stanley’s parableMore conventional story endings, but every decision that deviates from the story often leads to humorous and unexpected endings. The end of the countdown is an example of this, requiring counterintuitive actions to unlock and presenting the player with a literal hopeless way out.

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Which path to follow for the end of the countdown

First, exit Stanley’s office and walk through the office space until you come to two doors. Follow the Narrator’s instructions by go through the left doorso climb the stairs to the boss’s office. The narrator will drop in dialogue the code that can be typed on the keyboard on the wall behind the desk: 2845. Once this is done, a new path will open up. Enter it and go up in the elevator nearby, pressing the button to knock Stanley down.

After that, follow the path through the mind control facility, as the narrator describes more details of the story. It will require pressing buttons to traverse the facility, along several walkways until the player takes another elevator up.

What happens at the end of the countdown

Getting off the elevator and moving into the adjacent room will take the player to the facility’s power source, currently awaiting input. If the device is turned off, it will lead to the end of freedom. However, pressing the “ON” button will trigger the end of the countdown.

Once activated, the narrator berates Stanley for his decision and forces him to return to the previous room. In this room are various doors, buttons, lights, monitors, as well as a large screen that starts a countdown.

This section may confuse players because although it seems like there is a possible way out, escape is impossible. The narrator continues to taunt the player and even adds more time to the countdown, before the clock reaches zero. This will end the current game and return Stanley to his office, ready for the player to seek another ending.

Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe Edition is playable on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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