You Won’t Forget Stanley Parable Creator’s New Game
I played Davey Wreden’s new PC game The Beginner’s Guide to completion the other day, and now I just want to go back and play it again.
I knew the creator of The Stanley Parable, a sardonic, brilliant game that revealed itself to be a withering critique of games and gamers alike, would come up with something good for his next game. I didn’t realize it would feel so tonally dissimilar, or that afterwards I’d still be thinking about it and thinking I should go back and play again.
It’s best if you go in totally blind, as I did, with no description of what, exactly, Beginner’s Guide is. Wreden’s description on the game’s Steam page is accurate but appropriately vague: “It tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand.” I wouldn’t go any further than that.
But I should say, if this is important to you, that it is a linear narrative game that asks very little in terms of player skill, and you can see all of it in about an hour and a half.
Is that worth your money? That’s your call. But if you, too, enjoyed Stanley, I think you’ll have similar takeaways: First, that you want to devote another 90 minutes to going over it all carefully again, and second, that Wreden is quickly establishing himself as a creator with more than one great story to tell.