The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day she discovers that five strangers will come along and change everything...
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Releasedatum: 1 dec 2012

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“Amazing story that maturely delves into raw human emotion”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“The Cat Lady is the finest horror adventure I've ever played. In fact, it's one of the finest adventure games I've ever played, period.”
A+ – Just Adventure

“The Cat Lady is a refreshing, intelligent and intriguing game and one of the best I have played this year”
9/10 – Bloody Disgusting

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The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day she discovers that five strangers will come along and change everything...

By author Remigiusz Michalski (Harvester Games) this suspenseful psychological horror game features stylized artwork, a simple keyboard control method and English voice acting, plus a compelling, atmospheric 70 minute soundtrack by micAmic (now included free with every copy in Library > Music) and featured artists Warmer, 5iah and Tears Of Mars.

The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18.

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SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: XP, Vista, 7
    • Geheugen: 500 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Aanbevolen:
    • Besturingssysteem: XP, Vista, 7
    • Geheugen: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Versie 9.0
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Minimum:
    • Besturingssysteem: Debian 7
    • Geheugen: 500 MB RAM
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
    Aanbevolen:
    • Besturingssysteem: Debian 7
    • Geheugen: 1 GB RAM
    • Opslagruimte: 2 GB beschikbare ruimte
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LadyValhalla
( 11.2 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 24 mei
Just finished this game and i have to say it was very interesting.
The visual style is unsetting and ugly to look at, but adds to the deep feeling of distress and the over all macabre nature of the games themes. The disturbing story is morbid but somehow beautiful and powerful at the same time.

It deals with unpleasant subjects, especially death but tells it in a very real way, like no game I have ever played before.

Would recommend if you're a fan of pathological, morbid story telling.
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vasapo
( 0.1 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 22 mei
My acquaintance with this game began when Steam recommended it for me after I bought Fran Bow. The game's summary was very intriguing. It said the game is about a woman who decided to end her life and about her afterlife experience, or something like that, doesn't really matter. I personally enjoy games like that. Drawn-like 2d environment was very nice too, positive reviews were very promising, so I decided to buy this game too.

When I played a game for a while, I felt, that I was fooled, so to speak. The first reason for that feeling is this. When you see an intro scene which lasts for 5 minutes, it's OK, but when you see such a scene or even a scene twice as long as an intro after every minute you were in controll of your character, this is really annoying. Also there might be a dialog followed by a cutscene, again followed by a dialog (like half an hour overall). This is really boring.

Susan Ashworth, a character controlled by player, is extremely slow. It might seem that she is not only mentally ill, but also ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. I do not mean that scene when she took her medication. No, it's her ordinary behaviour to act and move slowly. So gameplay is reduced to this: move from one side of a room to another with speed of a turtle, have a long and boring conversation, watch a long cutscene, repeat again.

Actually, there are some tough puzzles in the game, but they are not logical, you just need what they call "non-standard thinking" to solve them. There are also plenty of gameplay elements and puzzles which do not affect the game at all. Like the one with two rooms guarded by dolls or red and blue bars. Sometimes there is a red bar in a corner of the screen, which indicates Susan's mental state. When it overflows, Susan experiences mental breakdown, but no matter if she had a breakdown or not, the game just passes to a new chapter (after 30 min cutscene, of course).

So I was hoping it's over when the game said "You died" or something like that when Susan shot herself. But, alas, not a chance! After another 5 minutes Susan returned from death, she was "granted with a gift of immortality" at the beginning of the game. So I thought: this is enough for me and closed the game.

Unless there are some plot twists, it is extremely simple: kill five bad men. That's it.

So if you do not want to be bored to death, never ever waste your money for this. The game took half a day and I was controlling my character for half an hour or maybe less, so I wanted to spend another half to write this review as a warning to other players. Do not be confused. Do not buy this game.
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mrpuck
( 11.6 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 19 mei
If you can get past the graphics, which can be a little dry at times they sort of grow on you. The voice acting is excellent in this game, and the story is awesome. As far as adventure games go, the puzzles were all logical, and not impossible to figure out. Definitely recommend this game, it's well worth the $5-10 it's typicall on sale for.
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glycerine
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Surprisingly compelling game. The puzzles tend to be rather simple so it is almost like a visual novel. I wasn't expecting much but it turned out pretty good. Unique art style and good writing.
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Lesch-9
( 17.8 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 15 mei
This game is definitely worth playing. The art is appropriately creepy and weird. The voice acting is well done and the story is interesting. I was a little disappointed in the ending SPOILERS it seems a bit silly that in the end the main character just told her depression "I don't need you anymore" and that was it. Still, it's worth checking out.
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SerijxL
( 9.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 14 mei
Ein Adventure, das durch seine interessante Geschichte und die grotesken Bilder, die es einem zeigt, zu einem der besten (Horror) Adventures gehört.

Wenn ihr nach einem guten Horror Adventure sucht, und euch die Thematik, Depression und Suizid, nicht stört, solltet ihr das Spiel ausprobieren.
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WeeZ
( 8.0 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 14 mei
Best... game.. i have EVER played... ;-;
The characters... the story... the MUSIC.... the voices.. are..... ah..... omg.. i can't even.....
Ah...you don't see a game like this everyday... ( sorry for my bad english)
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Marquise Spinneret Mindfang
( 21.4 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 13 mei
If your feeling extremely depressed in your life, whether it's contemplating suicide or wanting to hurt yourself. PLEASE play this game, it helps a lot. Always play this game over and over again if you have a single thought of suicide, this game will show you the life of someone who is suicidal overcoming their depression... I won't say anymore about the game, seriously play it its worth it.
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Kiwimonster
( 9.2 uur in totaal )
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This game is more of a story than a horror game. It is very interesting though and has a ton of cool elements to it. The puzzles have just the right amount of challenge without seeming rediculous (they also make lots of sense for the most part). Without spoiling it, I like the end after the credits. Definitely worth buying.
Behulpzaam? Ja Nee Grappig
Otter Chaos
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Geplaatst: 8 mei
I've rewritten this so it wouldn't make someone sad. So here's a more upbeat review for a game about suicide, torture, ♥♥♥♥, murder, cancer, and just general unpleasantness. Ahem.

In The Cat Lady, you play as Susan, who has been through a lot, but is about to embark on a journey through all of the above, including her own death. Repeatedly. It is a thoroughly grim story, every character in it has something terribly wrong with them, and kittens are cute.

This is one of my all time favorite games, partly because it is such a horrid tale, but also because it is the story of someone who is faced with horror after horror, but still goes on living. Well, except for the times she kills herself, but who's counting.

I think The Cat Lady has a lesson to teach us all, which is that everyone dies, sometimes because we kill them, but generally you should just be patient and wait your turn. Don't go looking for death. It will find you.

Chocolate cake is very tasty.
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Ellipse
( 5.5 uur in totaal )
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Got most of the way through this then changed PCs, never retried, never will. Nice concept though, good to see older characters getting the spotlight (mildly older, mind you) tackles a number of things that hit somewhat close to home. But everyone is speaking that British speak so you know...it's...uh...pleasant when the characters talk about their traumatic experiences....or when you get your eyes burnt out with acid... *cough* eh...ah...ok bye.
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Boobina
( 9.1 uur in totaal )
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One of the most psychologically draining game I played recently.
A must have for adventure game enthusiasts as well as eerie atmosphere lovers.

An experience you won't forget, I guarantee.
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lozey
( 4.4 uur in totaal )
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I abolutely LOVED this game. Its dark in nature, scary in places and has a real kicking soundtrack that I loved. I think the voice acting is very good, and the character feel very 'real' to me. Some unexpected twists too! (I totally didnt see the fate of the nurse that talks to you in the hospital room).
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I loved this game. It's one of my top 10 favorite point and click games out there. It is dark, although I wouldn't necessarily call it a horror game myself (since it's not really scary yet it there is a bit of suspense in it and a few...bloody scenes). However, if you love "horror" point and clicks, I would recommend getting this game.
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Such a breathtakingly beautiful ending. I'll bring it to my life as a whole. It's touching, it's all i can say.
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Ever played a game as a depressed, middle aged cat lady? Me neither, until this, but I have to say it was great. This game isn't graphically impressive, but the story is something else. Unique protagonist, some trippy scenes, a lot of creepiness, and a narrative that doesn't shy away from violence or dark themes. I definitely recommend it for people who want a story-heavy adventure game that's gripping but not suuuper tough when it comes to puzzles.
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Bobbo2112
( 20.2 uur in totaal )
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I enjoyed this game. While I can't say it is a perfect 'depression simulator' it does a good job of exploring some of the feelings of depression as I know them from being around people who suffer from it. The game has a great visual style and the music is perfectl timed to the progress through the game.

It is the only game thus far I have taken the time to get all the acheivements for and I was glad I did as there is quite a bit of alternate dialogue to uncover.

Get it - you won't regret it.
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Mammon's Ultramontane
( 10.3 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 22 april
The Cat Lady begins with the suicide of one feline-friendly middle-aged Susan Ashworth, who is spirited into the sepulchral embrace of a woman named the Queen of Maggots, who offers Susan a second chance if she agrees to channel her desperation into a horrifying man hunt for psychotic killers back in the world of the living. During this time, per their agreement, Susan is unable to die, so she straps in to a rollercoaster through a world of such extremes that we're essentially looking at a Hotline Miami-ish hellplain wherein there's a strong possibility some random person from out of the blue will knock on your door, come inside, and without saying a word beat you in the face with a hammer and hold you and your roommate hostage in the bath tub before bashing your brains in for good.

Much of what we see in this game doesn't make a great deal of sense, but like Lars Von Trier's film Melancholia, I'll argue that it all serves the interior logic in a captivating way. A great deal of it is very well conceived, and while some of its more ragged elements hamper its accessibility, it is a thoughtful and deliriously enjoyable fusion of classic point-and-click inventory mania and an earthy, grim visual novel with a story to tell about survival and the monstrous costs we pay for the choices we make.

This game is intended for adults, though its early moments beleager the point with eccentric choices of music and at-times juvenile narrative dips, but the pacing is unshakably solid, with moments of cool mundanity swinging into admittedly gorgeous vistas of excruciating depravity. The game is really at its best at either extreme, and some of its quieter moments are the most emotionally impactful and entertaining.

The story's successes and failures can be tracked back to its scripting and direction--it's very easy to stumble through dialogue trees that end up contradicting themselves, and the voice work gravitates between creeping all up and down your spine and falling flat on its anemic face. It often appears the only coaching the actors got was the placement of ALL CAPS in the script. Story-wise, things are much the same--around 85% surprising and exhilerating, 15% convenient, manipulative, and occasionally, in terms of its depiction of mental health, groan-inducing. The mysteries are never very mysterious and are never allowed room to unravel in unexpected ways. But really, if you grew up with the SCUMM system and seasons of severe depression, there's something for you here, and I'll go ahead and balloon it out to say that if you're just fooling around, trying to disrupt the game's mise-en-scene, even then you're going to have a hell of a lot of fun, sticking a spear through your shrink's neck and going home to feed the cats at close of day.

This game is a strong alternative to the fast-paced whizz-bang world of hard-as-nails can-you-survive-it-breh video gaming, and I happily oblige you to give it a shot if you've been lately mired in a spell of complicated grief or at least vying to spend a little time with a low-fi punk-rock labor of love.
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( 16.0 uur in totaal )
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"Come on, mate! It's been a long day... Let's go home." ~Susan Ashworth
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Conman the Barbarian
( 14.8 uur in totaal )
Geplaatst: 19 april
It's a brilliant exploratory horror game, with an emotionally charged story. I bought the game on a whim a few years ago, and I was not disappointed. If you're a fan of story driven exploration games, then give The Cat Lady a whirl.
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I've rewritten this so it wouldn't make someone sad. So here's a more upbeat review for a game about suicide, torture, ♥♥♥♥, murder, cancer, and just general unpleasantness. Ahem.

In The Cat Lady, you play as Susan, who has been through a lot, but is about to embark on a journey through all of the above, including her own death. Repeatedly. It is a thoroughly grim story, every character in it has something terribly wrong with them, and kittens are cute.

This is one of my all time favorite games, partly because it is such a horrid tale, but also because it is the story of someone who is faced with horror after horror, but still goes on living. Well, except for the times she kills herself, but who's counting.

I think The Cat Lady has a lesson to teach us all, which is that everyone dies, sometimes because we kill them, but generally you should just be patient and wait your turn. Don't go looking for death. It will find you.

Chocolate cake is very tasty.
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If your feeling extremely depressed in your life, whether it's contemplating suicide or wanting to hurt yourself. PLEASE play this game, it helps a lot. Always play this game over and over again if you have a single thought of suicide, this game will show you the life of someone who is suicidal overcoming their depression... I won't say anymore about the game, seriously play it its worth it.
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One of the most psychologically draining game I played recently.
A must have for adventure game enthusiasts as well as eerie atmosphere lovers.

An experience you won't forget, I guarantee.
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Such a breathtakingly beautiful ending. I'll bring it to my life as a whole. It's touching, it's all i can say.
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I abolutely LOVED this game. Its dark in nature, scary in places and has a real kicking soundtrack that I loved. I think the voice acting is very good, and the character feel very 'real' to me. Some unexpected twists too! (I totally didnt see the fate of the nurse that talks to you in the hospital room).
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The Cat Lady is a rather interesting game, which does deal with a lot of dark topics that might not be suitable for younger audiences. Some of these topics are, but not limited to: death, depression, suicide, cancer, and homicide.
Story
You play as Susan Ashworth, a middle-aged woman who has just attempted suicide by swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills. She leaves a note with a simple “thanks for nothing” at the end, showing she has nothing really left to live for. Hoping to be released by death, she is instead offered another proposition, perhaps one she cannot refuse. From that offer, Susan’s tale begins. The story itself is one that can be a real tear jerker. The plot was interesting, with a few plot twists to keep it engaging and interesting, without making it too confusing. The story, though it is a bit linear, does have quite few choices that can affect the ending to an extent. The characters are all unique in their own respects, with their roles being portrayed in a very realistic way. Such as Susan, where she portrays the role of someone who is depressed very well, and does not make it seem over the top.
Gameplay
The gameplay is simple to learn, including a few puzzles to progress through the story; most are fairly simple, but some may require a bit more thought and effort. You can move left and right in the 2D environment and interact with objects, making the mechanics very simple to learn and will allow for easier immersion into the story. Paying attention to your environment and dialogues can help with these puzzles, helping to make sure you pay attention to what is happening.
Aesthetics/Audio
The art-style is very interesting, being mostly in black in white, with a few scenes and objects being in color. Considering the topics that the game deals with, the black and white scheme fits it very well, but does so in a way that is not too cliché. The weakest part of this game is the voices for the characters. Though the dialogues from the characters are well put, the audio itself has varying qualities. This can catch one off-guard at first, but if you can ignore the quality of some of the voices, this will hardly be something distracting. The soundtrack on the other hand is spectacular, and fits well with the current mood of the story, plus some of the songs are absolutely great! Perfect for each scene it plays in, setting the mood just right.

Verdict: 9/10

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Geplaatst: 25 februari
Not for the faint of heart, but a tremendously rewarding experience!

I first began using Steam during the 2015 summer sale. I found a bunch of games for dirt-cheap prices that looked great. One of those games was The Cat Lady. I got it for less than $3 on a whim. The name attracted me, and after seeing it had a lot of positive reviews, I figured it was worth a try. Normally I don't play horror games, as I prefer watching other people play them due to getting scared too easily.

I am not sure what caused me to look past the horror label for this one, but I am so glad that I did. What I got for those measly three dollars was one of the best games I have ever played. For fifteen hours, I was utterly hooked to the tragic story and amazing characters. I suffer from depression, though not to the extent of the protagonist (I have never seriously considered suicide, for instance.) To say it is portrayed well is an understatement. If you suffer from depression, or knows somebody who does, my guess is that you will be stunned at how accurately it is shown here. That played a big role in why I was totally absorbed. However, there are many more positives to be spoken of, as shown below.

Pros:
  • The story. I cannot stress how much the story works. It seems to have supernatural elements, though how many are truly supernatural is up to interpretation. Whichever the case might be, it does not take away from the many realistic parts of it. This game portrays serious matters, such as depression, cancer, and suicide. It does this respectfully and accurately. The developer did his research, including working at a hospital, and it shows.
  • A good story cannot exist without good characters, and this game delivers in spades. Susan Ashworth, the protagonist, is one of my favorite characters ever. The others that get development are also fascinating. A lot of the characters are not looked deeply into, but it hardly matters. This is Susan's story, and the people important to her get the development they need. They easily carry the tale by themselves.
  • The dialogue is very well written. I could quote several parts that were beautifully pieced together. The ending line remains the best ending line I have ever heard in a game.
  • Major props for the voice acting. I thought all of the voice actors were excellent. The Queen of Maggots gets a special mention from me. Her voice acting is absolutely perfect for her character.
  • The graphics create an atmosphere all on their own. Much of it is gray, black, and white, with the colors splashed in making prominent statements. The characters look great. There are some shifts in art style at times, and they are striking in all the right ways.
  • The music also makes for great atmosphere. You get the basic soundtrack for free by purchasing the game. An additional soundtrack is up for a quite reasonable $3.99 pricetag. I bought it just for the ending song, but all twelve tracks on it are worth having.
  • The gameplay is simple to learn and effective in use. It's a fine game for a keyboard and mouse. Point and click is the main deal here, with puzzles being scattered throughout. I never found the puzzles to be frustrating. There are subtle hints scattered throughout the game that make them all reasonable to solve.
  • A game with dark subject matter has to have some humor present, or the audience will be apathetic to how the story unfolds. Susan is a master at dry sarcasm that adds a bit of levity to the situations she encounters. Some black humor is present, and it works well.
  • One of the main gimmicks here (which you learn quickly, so I don't feel this is a spoiler) is that you cannot die. Most horror games would lose suspense without the character's life being in danger. The Cat Lady keeps that suspense despite Susan's immortality. This might not seem like a huge positive, but given how difficult that is to do, it really deserves recognition for that.
  • Multiple save files are present, which is nice for keeping tabs on sections you might want to jump back to. It comes with a large amount. There is a negative side to this, though, and that is listed below.
  • There are a lot of choices to make throughout the story. The effects might not be as big as in some games, but they are there, and that is a nice element.
  • The gameplay has some changes in different chapters. It keeps the gameplay from becoming stale while still remaining similar overall.
  • Most of The Cat Lady's achievements are reasonable to obtain and a nice bonus overall. I liked getting them. Some of the names are pretty amusing, too.
  • There is a cat named Teacup. Teacup is one of the most adorable names for a cat ever.

Neutral:
  • One part of The Cat Lady has a homage to Downfall. On one hand, the tone fits, and it advertises Downfall existing (which I did not know until I saw that part.) On the other, it comes out of nowhere and is ultimately unnecessary.
  • The five endings provide some variety. They are similar to one another, though, and could have used a little more diversity.
  • While you get to decide Susan's backstory to an extent, it does not play much of a role later on. I enjoyed making those decisions on what happened in her early years. I just wish they mattered more in the long run.
  • Susan cannot sprint. Some sections might seem tedious for people since they cannot quickly get past long areas. I found that it added to the atmosphere, but I can understand other people being frustrated at that.
  • There are trading cards for this game. I personally like the art, but I have to question why some characters showed up in them and others didn't. They're a nice addition for those who care about cards.

Cons:
  • There is one section in the game where Susan has to walk through a foggy area. My computer lagged horrifically during this part. Fortunately, it is a small area, and it never lagged again.
  • Save files are limited to 50, and they cannot be overwritten. Moving the files to another location on your computer is not difficult. I would have preferred being able to overwrite them, though. I'm the type of gamer who saves a lot, so this stood out to me. Other players might not be affected as much, depending on their play style.
  • One of the achievements relies on the random movements of a character. Save scumming makes it possible, but it is a tedious and luck-based achievement that isn't much fun.
  • One of the characters could have used foreshadowing, as he appears to come out of nowhere.
  • There are some spelling errors sprinkled throughout. It could be much worse, but a bit more proofreading would not have gone amiss.

Overall experience:

I still can't believe how much The Cat Lady affected me. It is a tragic and beautiful tale that is conveyed brilliantly through the characterization, dialogue, and gameplay. I have so much respect for it that I made up for my sin of not buying it at full price by getting the remake of Downfall the moment it came out on Steam, rather than waiting for it to go on a big sale (which I do for most games.) I think I heard that physical copies exist of The Cat Lady, and if so, I will go buy it just to say I have it. That is how much I love it.

Rating:

10/10. This is a very rare score for me to give. No game is perfect, but The Cat Lady comes so close to it. Its positives vastly outweigh its negatives, and its story and characters are among the best I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. If you believe you can handle the mature tone and the many serious topics it brings up, I urge you to play it. The payoff is completely worth it.
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Aanbevolen
12.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 3 maart
First of all, this game is really not for kids. Seriously.

Honestly, I wasn't shocked and scared by any game as while playing this one.
Cat Lady has really strong story, I think as older you are, you will probably find yourself at some moments in the game too.
The characters conversations are really long sometimes. It can take maybe 20 mins. You can skip them with space key, also no worries.
But If you will listen to Susan's story, you will really like her more and more. Also after a while, a presence of another character is more than refreshing and story gets a drive.
Except listening to dialogues, you have to solve puzzles or do many actions to reach your goal.
The graphic design is very special and perfectly fits into the game atmosphere.
If you love storytelling games - it worths no matter what price!

Pros:
Awesome story
Unique graphic design
Great soundtrack and sounds used
Good voice narrating
Breathtaking atmosphere in the game
Really scary and shocking time by time
Your choices matter

Cons
You can't save the game anytime you like when there is ongoing a dialogue. In some sequences it can be hard, especially if you have to leave your PC quickly (I recommend to close the game and loading it from last save next time, so you don't miss anything).

Score: 95/100

I am patiently waiting for similar game like this. Not sure it will come out. Ever.
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10.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 22 april
The Cat Lady begins with the suicide of one feline-friendly middle-aged Susan Ashworth, who is spirited into the sepulchral embrace of a woman named the Queen of Maggots, who offers Susan a second chance if she agrees to channel her desperation into a horrifying man hunt for psychotic killers back in the world of the living. During this time, per their agreement, Susan is unable to die, so she straps in to a rollercoaster through a world of such extremes that we're essentially looking at a Hotline Miami-ish hellplain wherein there's a strong possibility some random person from out of the blue will knock on your door, come inside, and without saying a word beat you in the face with a hammer and hold you and your roommate hostage in the bath tub before bashing your brains in for good.

Much of what we see in this game doesn't make a great deal of sense, but like Lars Von Trier's film Melancholia, I'll argue that it all serves the interior logic in a captivating way. A great deal of it is very well conceived, and while some of its more ragged elements hamper its accessibility, it is a thoughtful and deliriously enjoyable fusion of classic point-and-click inventory mania and an earthy, grim visual novel with a story to tell about survival and the monstrous costs we pay for the choices we make.

This game is intended for adults, though its early moments beleager the point with eccentric choices of music and at-times juvenile narrative dips, but the pacing is unshakably solid, with moments of cool mundanity swinging into admittedly gorgeous vistas of excruciating depravity. The game is really at its best at either extreme, and some of its quieter moments are the most emotionally impactful and entertaining.

The story's successes and failures can be tracked back to its scripting and direction--it's very easy to stumble through dialogue trees that end up contradicting themselves, and the voice work gravitates between creeping all up and down your spine and falling flat on its anemic face. It often appears the only coaching the actors got was the placement of ALL CAPS in the script. Story-wise, things are much the same--around 85% surprising and exhilerating, 15% convenient, manipulative, and occasionally, in terms of its depiction of mental health, groan-inducing. The mysteries are never very mysterious and are never allowed room to unravel in unexpected ways. But really, if you grew up with the SCUMM system and seasons of severe depression, there's something for you here, and I'll go ahead and balloon it out to say that if you're just fooling around, trying to disrupt the game's mise-en-scene, even then you're going to have a hell of a lot of fun, sticking a spear through your shrink's neck and going home to feed the cats at close of day.

This game is a strong alternative to the fast-paced whizz-bang world of hard-as-nails can-you-survive-it-breh video gaming, and I happily oblige you to give it a shot if you've been lately mired in a spell of complicated grief or at least vying to spend a little time with a low-fi punk-rock labor of love.
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8.9 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 22 maart
This game is phenomenal in a way I can't quite put into words. The first screen warns that the game is intended for a mature audience of 18+ and boy do they deliver.

Definitely not the for the faint of heart, as it deals with such adult issues like depression, suicide, abduction, torture, cannibilism, substance abuse, murder, the loss of a child, assault.. pretty much a laundry list of every dark list that you can think of. While the game is very gorey, dark and scary at times -- they didn't overdo it. The game is presented in such a way that the mix goes well together and presents incredibly well.

The story is interesting, and the gameplay is really the selling point and what held my attention so well. It's an adventure game with simple controls, and features many branching choices and dialogue to give the player more control over the protagonist's destiny. It takes place over 7 chapters, making the game a perfect length without feeling too long or too short. Each chapter was very unique, featuring different environments, characters, it's own story within the story and it's own set of challenges. Although the gameplay is similar in each chapter, the way in which it's presented almost make it feel like a new game with each chapter you play.

It has a likeable protagonist, great characters (and villains), great artwork, a good sound track, and the characters are all also fully voiced. Although simplistic, it feels like a lot of care and thought process went into the making of this game and it really shows.

It features several branching paths and endings, so the replayability is high. It's also possible to make saves in certain spots to easily reload and make an alternative choice instead of playing through the entire game again. It also features trading cards, and relatively easy achievements to obtain a 100% rating, if that's something that you're into. Would recommend to anybody, assuming that they can handle the dark and mature content the game has to offer.
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19.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 28 maart
This game is really deep and has a lot of dark, disturbing themes to it. I need to agree with everyone that this is a game for mature audience only. Not just because it's creepy and disturbing as f, but because the dialogue is heavy and not really fit for younger people.

Oh and nevermind the age, if you're triggered by pretty much anything, this is not the game for you. :)

The gameplay is very simple, you don't need good reactions for this. Just need to follow the story and figure out how to move forward. The puzzles shouldn't be too hard, but sure I found myself stuck a few times. I also found it pleasant that you can do small choices, to play the game as you as Susan. The pace is slowish, but it fits the game just fine. You're going to play the game for hours, but you won't regret it. Hopefully.

Some lag, especially at chapter 4, probably due to my computer not being made for gaming, but I really didn't expect it to affect in this kind of game. Damn fog particles. Hear me groan.

At first I wasn't so excited about the graphics of the game, now I wouldn't have it any other way. And the sound, I found the quality very poor at the beginning, and well, it didn't really change, but that turned out to be my favorite thing of the game. The voices are unique and they fit the characters really well. I wished they never stopped talking. The music is cool too, it was a bit surpring at the beginning, but it actually fits the game. All these fit together well and make a good, fitting atmosphere for this game.

The story is simple. What am I even saying, it's not simple at all. It's a story of hope, disguised in depression and other depressing stuff. It is not a happy game, it won't make you feel good about the world. But it's a good interpretation of how life can get better, you just need to go through some utterly disturbing stuff first. :)

Now I'm not a fan of horror games, but for me it's not a reason to turn down a game that's appealing in other aspects. In this game, the horror is bearable: there's really no jump scares, though I was very spooked at times! And since good reactions are not needed in this game, I didn't need to panic either! (I totally did though.)

To end this novel I started writing, let me just say that if you enjoy meaningful dialogue based games, like puzzles, and well I guess most of all: are not bothered by the disturbing, dark themes and stuff, I highly recommend checking this one out.
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10.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 14 april
Having now finished The Cat Lady, I must say... wow.

That's not to say it's perfect; there are a few pacing issues, the quality of the voice recording (specifically the audio quality) is often shoddy, the dialogue can be stilted, the graphics show their indie status to an almost painful degree (I'm not criticising the minimalist aesthetic to the game; rather, I'm talking about the painfully low resolution of 800X600 that can't be changed, the very halting animation, and the mediocre art quality), and the tone is often inconsistent.

All of these problems I can forgive with varying degrees of ease. Some of them (graphics) are easy, some are harder (poor audio quality), and others are very difficult (pacing, dialogue), but I can do it because it does so much so well. Really, the only issue I don't think it quite redeems is the fact that the last two (and a half) chapters (of seven) are quite clearly the weakest of the bunch, and considering how impressive the rest of the game is, it feels like it lets itself down a little towards the end.

That said, there's still lots in that last third or so that's excellent, and overall I don't have much to say against it. It's an exceedingly thoughtful game that manages to be alternatingly horrifying and human to a remarkable degree. It tackles subjects like depression, morality, and mortality in fairly nuanced and complex ways, sometimes surprisingly so.

In the end, this game is not perfect. Not by a long shot. In some respects, it's sometimes not even all that good.
But!
There is no doubt in my mind that it is great!

Pro/con breakdown:
Cons:
-Uneven pacing
-Uneven writing
-Shoddy audio recording and mixing
-Mixed bag of good and weak voice acting
-Doesn't quite know where to go at the end
-Single resolution of 800x600 that can't be changed

Pros:
-Great narrative
-Amazing aesthetic
-Pitch-perfect soundtrack
-Very intuitive and simple controls (arrow keys and 'enter', that's it)
-Very atmospheric
-Has a lot to say, and says it well

Total score: 8.5/10

Despite this, I recommend it as if it were a perfect 10. This is a game that really ought to be played.
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14.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 29 februari
If you enjoy playing a dark and psychological game play, The Cat Lady is for you. Playing as a woman named Susan Ashworth who embarks you on a gallant journey through suicide, murder and friendship, the game really takes you right underneath the cracks.

The game play was slow at times, and parts of the voice acting could have been better, but if you let that slide, you'll enjoy the rest.
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6.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 28 februari
One of the darkest game stories I've encountered, this horror adventure focuses on atmosphere and characters over monsters and ghosts to create its tension. It isn't a high-anxiety game like Outlast, but rather builds a creeping, uncomfortable dread over the course of the game.

One thing I really liked about this adventure is that the solutions to the puzzles were unusually pragmatic (most of the time). I'm used to adventure games that require you to string together entirely nonsensical chains of actions to solve puzzles and there wasn't any of that in this game. Typically, the things that 'made sense to do' worked for solving the puzzles. This might make the puzzle side of the game 'too easy' for some, but for me it was refreshing to not have to hit a walk through every few minutes to see what kind of ridiculous conclusion the puzzle designer expected me to make.

The story is definitely for a mature audience and the subjects touched upon are certainly grimdark, but I felt that they were generally handled in a respectful way rather than going for 'shock' value.
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7.7 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 17 april
Truly, an underated game with a very mature, and raw story. It deals with a lot of mental health issues, that really need to be brought to the surface and talked about more.

Awesome score too.

There's just a few nigly, annoying things about the game play, but that aside, I highly recommend this cat.
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13.1 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 15 maart
One of the best stories in game history for sure
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18.4 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 29 maart
The Cat Lady is one of those games that takes you in the guts... It's much more than a horror game. It's a psychological story full of sadness, love, friendship, revenge... The awesome soundtrack complete the beauty of this awesome game. The humor, not that only black, from the dialogues is intelligent. The story is unique and very interesting. It immerses you in the tortured depths of the human mind who can be so complicated. I have a huge crush on this game
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13.3 uur in totaal
Geplaatst: 27 februari
If only I met my own Mizti Hunt someday...
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Geplaatst: 8 december 2015
"...yeah, I've already been to hell. They don't want me there." - Susan Ashworth

Nearly all my friends were pestering me to play this game for a year now, and the title being my only clue to its content, I was expecting a somewhat sarcastic, maybe semi-realistic satire. Oh, have I ever been so wrong? The Cat Lady is a brilliant display of pure symbolism on the gravity of one notion: self - and also one of the most striking games that I've ever played. It is bold, brutal and unconventional. It is a downer and a punch to your gut that you'd be glad to have. Ironic, isn't it?

The Cat Lady is the story of Susan Ashworth. Susan is a 40 year old woman, who lives alone in an apartment in the forsaken part of town. Her one joy in life is playing the piano. That's also how neighborhood cats know that it is feeding time and rush towards Susan's balcony, to her neighbors' distress. The story starts with a radical decision on Susan's part: she decides to die and swallows a truckload of pills to put a point to the story of her life. As you may have guessed so far, our main character is suicidally depressed and unbeknownst to her, her suicide attempt is the exact moment that her life takes a turn for the creepy and the unexpected. Within the timeframe of a single night, Susan will be invited to take an offer and witness events unfitting even to her most morbid nightmares...

Let's start with a fair warning: The Cat Lady isn't suitable for all audiences. It doesn't only contain; it is based on themes such as suicide, depression, guilt, cancer, gravity of choice and of course, the value of life. The game is also highly graphic and even brutal, when displaying certain notions or psychotic conditions, using gore, sexuality and disturbing symbolic imagery to its advantage. Mind that, language would be the least of a fragile person's concern in this long list. You are warned. Lovers of the weird, the obscure and the surreal; please keep reading!

Now we are done with our warning, we can take a closer look on the game itself. Graphic wise, one would say there is nothing extraordinary. We have two dimensional environments in dark colors and somewhat dark figures drawn in a Vertigo Comics style walking on this linear environment, is that it? Nope. I think that the artwork is a major part of the atmosphere by establishing a sense of hopelessness, a darkness: a sense of being lost without a glimpse of hope for being found. We constantly witness the potential towards evil within human soul just by observing the environment and scenes of the story. Everything is pictured in shades of black and gray, with only dreamlike symbolic imageries possessing vibrant, even alarming colors to predict a shocking revelation.

The reality that we are presented seems to justify the gloomy perception of our heroine. I'd love to present some more solid examples in imagery, but that would be presenting spoilers, sorry. Suffice to say that the artwork in this game is chosen to be in synch with the main theme masterfully, and I also believe all that we observe presents Susan's perception of reality aside what would be actually real. Combined with a soundtrack medium to channel appropriate feelings such as sorrow, panic, serenity, humor, rage or hope; the game manages to create a striking atmosphere with so little in display.

Gameplay is deadly simplistic: I present you arrow keys to move or manage your inventory, and enter to interact. That's it. Oh, and if you are impatient or replaying a scene to hunt for an achievement, there is always space key to skip dialogue. But if it is your first playthrough, you'll want to pay attention to every single word! If you carefully observe the environment and all on-goings, you are in a symbolic feast and given some clues to the backstage of events. You are also given a couple of under-toned choices which may change the ending of the game - yup, the game has 3 different endings and some replay value.

By the end of the day, The Cat Lady is more of an artistic statement with a story to tell rather than a game. When I come across either games or other media claiming to try and deal with depression, their selling slogan is usually "life is good; here is some sunshine and flowers, and unicorns puking rainbows!" Come on, that ♥♥♥♥ is cheesy, insincere and lacks any kind of insight to the actual problem. The Cat Lady presents a solid view point and taps to the reality of a problem brutally. Without exploring the perception, no one would be able to claim holding a solution, right? Here is the glimpse of the problem wrapped in a brilliant empathy simulation: an actual story crowned with the aphorisms of human mind.

In short, The Cat Lady is a must have for anyone that enjoys strong narrative and genuine symbolism; and mostly for the lover of the obscure. You'll remember this one, I promise you.

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