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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1 février

Update game to Version 1.5

A small update (5mb) is available that will bring your Steam copy to version 1.5.

This includes Russian, Portuguese, Hungarian & Finnish texts in the game (select from main menu > options or via setup/winsetup > language).

You can also select Polish but this language is not working fully yet.

Please be aware these are all translations written by fans - a big thanks to them & their hard work and enthusiasm. As such there may be some small errors, which we will work to fix asap. The translators will be working from this update to smooth out their translations. So there may be some additional minor updates in case of spelling/grammar tweaks to the translations etc (and hopefully a fully working Polish language) over the next few weeks.

In the meantime please do try the game with these new texts and let us know if there are any major problems. Please note no graphics have been updated or changed, they remain in English.

We also made a slight modification to the translation file names, as we heard that some computers were having difficulties recognizing the filenames. No other changes have been made.

Version 1.5 is currently only available on Steam. An update for DRM-free copies is planned for the near future. We may try and add even more languages in the future. Further announcements will be posted of any new language updates.

Sorry if this has caused you any inconvenience but thanks for being patient whilst we get these additional languages working. regards!

PS. As always, if you have any major issues especially relating to this update, please make a post on the discussions board :)

Note to our kind translators who may wish to fix their TRS file: You may notice in tutorial section the words get obscured by the images of keyboard buttons etc. We need you to find shorter words as the graphics cannot be easily moved around. Try and use short words. This is noticeable in Russian version, where a long word at the beginning pushes the rest behind the graphics. In French, where the length of words are almost equal to the English counterpart, there is little problem here.

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16 janvier

Small update to Version 1.4

We have made an update to your current version 1.4.

1. Resizing of fonts to ensure text is not cut off during dialog sequences/options
2. Potential fix for a game-breaking bug in chapter 3*
3. Italian language added, first language to be added since release of ver 1.4
4. Soundtrack now included! Can be found in Library > Music

This is currently a Steam only update. We have not released a DRM-free update or update to other providers at this point.

Please understand that over the next couple of days things may not be fully functional. We will of course work to rectify them. As far as we are aware, Save Games still work without any problems.

Please also be aware that WINSETUP has also been updated a little, with new Advanced Options. You may need to fiddle with the settings again if you see large borders, using Advanced > Show top & bottom borders etc.

Linux version should also be working ok - speech files are now back (some users found they were missing right after the update).

We intend to add more languages over the coming weeks, so you may experience some other very small updates occurring over the next month.

Be aware that there is currently no update to the save/load system, so save slots are still limited (roughly 50). But we are working on this for a future update, to include a "Max slots" alert & the ability to delete slots. In the meantime, we strongly suggest newer players to move/delete old save game files (typically found in My Documents > My Saved Games > The Cat Lady)

Thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience.

* Please let us know about any strange issues/bugs/dead-ends that happen in Chapter 3 or 4 (typically things relating to the shower) - or in relation to any of the other fixes in this update. Again we're sorry if this happens, please help us work through it & fix them!

Bonus update: We have included the full OST as part of your Steam purchase. You'll find it in Library > Music (an update may be required).

We'd also like to add news of the sad passing of Astrid Beulink today who had been battling cancer. In 2013 she visited AdventureX (expo run by Screen 7 in the UK) and chose The Cat Lady when winning a prize in the end raffle and asked Michalski to sign it - it was the first time he had ever signed an autograph! Astrid's energy and enthusiasm for the adventure game scene, genre and The Cat Lady will be sorely missed, but will not be forgotten by myself, Michalski & the adventure game community. Rest in peace x

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Articles

“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

À propos de ce jeu

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.

Configuration requise

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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7 personne(s) sur 8 (88%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
10.1 heures en tout
Posté le : 8 janvier
Magnifique jeu indé, je ne regrette pas du tout de l'avoir acheté.

Les points positifs :

-L'histoire pour ma part a été très vite accrocheuse, une fois lancée j'ai du mal à faire une pause, je veux toujours aller plus loin et connaître la suite.
- L'ambiance glauque est vraiment bien réussie
- J'ai aimé le petit clin d'oeil au jeu " Maniac Mansion " au chapitre 4, pour ceux qui connaissent ( jeu sur nintendo ), ça m'a mis une petite couche d' " anxiété " pour avancer dans le jeu car les souvenirs du jeu Maniac Mansion refont surface et l'on se demande s'il ne va pas se passer la même chose ... je ne dirais rien à ce sujet :)
- Longue durée du jeu et plusieurs fin possibles
- Les énigmes ne sont pas trop difficiles, il suffit d'être logique et de bien lire et ça passe tout seul.
- Petit prix pour un bon et long jeu

Les points négatifs :

Pour moi ils ne gênent en rien au plaisir de jouer à The cat lady mais ils sont bels et bien présents et c'est difficile de ne pas les remarquer. Et autant être avertis avant de l'acheter.

- Traduction en Français pas forcement bien réussie. Certaines phrases ne sont même pas traduites et sont restés en anglais et il arrive très fréquemment que les dialogues ne soient pas logiques ou parfois ne veulent rien dire ...
C'est déstabilisant au début mais on s'y habitue vite. C'est juste dommage lors des moments où on choisit un dialogue et qu'il ne correspond pas au final à ce que l'on souhaitait dire.

- Quand on charge une ancienne partie, il ne faut pas oublier de remettre le jeu en Français avant ... sinon celui-ci se remet automatiquement en anglais.

- Et j'ai eu droit à un bug gênant au tout début mais je ne l'ai plus eu par la suite, ce qui m'a rassurée car ça rendait la manipulation du jeu très chaotique. Le personnage partait constamment sur la gauche, il marchait tout seul ( non ma touche n'est pas restée coincée ;) ) j'ai donc joué ainsi car le problème ne partait pas au début, pendant 2h ( même en relançant le jeu ça me le faisait toujours)... jusqu'à ce que le jeu plante lorsque que j'ai voulu ramasser un objet dans une pièce et que le personnage a changé de pièce tout seul à cause de ce bug.
Le plantage m'a permis apparement de stabiliser tout ça lol


Voilà donc si je devais mettre une note à ce jeu, je lui mettrais un bon 17/20.
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5 personne(s) sur 5 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
1 personne a trouvé cette évaluation amusante
16.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 21 janvier
Troublant, touchant, intelligent, attachant, traumatisant, dérangeant… Certains jeux sont vraiment plus marquants que d’autre dans une vie! «The Cat Lady» m’a mis une paire de baffes aller-retour, et fait partie des petits bijoux que je n’oublierai pas.

Même si au début l’interface m’a déçue, j’ai finalement réalisé rapidement que la résolution restreinte en lucarne et le gameplay spartiate renforçaient le côté très oppressant du jeu, sans rien enlever à sa jouabilité ni à son esthétique hyper particulière. (Que j'ai personnellement adorée, mais qui ne plaira certainement pas à tout le monde). Très vite, le scénario, l’ambiance unique, et la profondeur des personnages m’ont complètement scotchée à l’écran jusqu’à la fin.

Un gros défaut à signaler cependant : La traduction française est juste CATASTROPHIQUE ! On passe régulièrement d'une trad très correcte et inspirée à une daube impardonnable... Orthographe naze, passages non-traduits, graves contresens (dans le menu, le mot «charger» est traduit par «sauvegarder»), traductions hors-contexte ou même inexactes («How are you» traduit systématiquement par «qui êtes-vous»)… Scandaleux et incompréhensible d’avoir bâclé la localisation à ce point. J'espère vraiment que ça sera patché un jour!

Mais mis à part l'embarrassante inconstance de sa version FR, j'ai trouvé que «The Cat Lady» était une petite merveille.
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4 personne(s) sur 4 (100%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
10.1 heures en tout
Posté le : 31 décembre 2014
Un bon petit jeu indépendant, avec une très bonne ambiance, et une intrigue plutôt sombre bien originale, mais qui ne plaira pas forcément à tout le monde.
Personnellement n'étant pas forcément un fan de ce genre de jeu, j'ai adoré, donc je vous le conseil.
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136 personne(s) sur 164 (83%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
1 personne a trouvé cette évaluation amusante
26.5 heures en tout
Posté le : 21 décembre 2014
This is a horror game about Susan Ashworth a 40 year old lady who is suicidal and suffers from depression.
The game is about the choices we make and the consequences from making those choices.
A very good story and voice acting. Worth your time.
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Posté le : 14 avril
This was an emotinal game. I can't get over it. It stabs you right in the feels god dammit. I just finished it and my mind is still blown away from the experience I lived. I'm so close to crying lol that's how unbelievably beautiful it was. A big applause to the devs.
"Even if it takes me not nine, but nine hundred lives." Dear writer, you are a god!
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44 personne(s) sur 45 (98%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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15.3 heures en tout
Posté le : 18 janvier
*I've beat this game twice and have all of the achievements.*

Synopsis from store page: "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..."

Before I go any further, I will give you probably the most important detail since this alone is a deal breaker for some: This game is story driven. There is a LOT of dialog and cut scenes. What action there is consists of solving problems.

That out of the way, this game is AMAZING. It might be one of my favorite games ever. If you like dark, morbid games; this will be perfect for you. I don't think I've ever seen a game as morbid as this one. In this game, it's safe to assume that the worst will happen. Insanely creepy with haunting music, this game does not disappoint.

I will admit one thing, however. There were times when I couldn't play this for more than ten minutes. You have to be in a certain frame of mind for this one, and if you are a highly depressed person, this game may not be for you as the main character longs to die for most of the game. There are seven chapters and in my opinion the game really kicks off towards the end of chapter two. That's when your mind is blown and the game's true colors really shine.

This game is not very long. The dialog is what takes up the bulk of the time played. The achievements are not difficult at all. There are guides in the community hub and you should have absolutely no problem in this regard. There are multiple endings for this game. Without giving too much away, I HIGHLY suggest you save right before you are given a shoe box. Trust me on this one.

The graphics may be throwing you off as you consider this game. Trust me, I'm not a big fan of games like this where the graphics are old school and unrealistic. But you will soon appreciate the art and realize this game was made perfectly when it comes to graphics, music, and voice acting.

If you do love this game, check out Downfall in the Greenlight area. It is a remake of an older game made by the people who made The Cat Lady. I haven't played it yet, but I have read quotes from the creators that say they think the remake might even turn out better than this game. I'm so excited! It's supposed to come out this year. It HAS been greenlit.

One last piece of advice. One I give for every horror game. Play this alone, in the dark. Even better, with headphones.

Happy gaming!
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Posté le : 9 mars
Disturbing & Original // Not A Game For Cheerful People

+ The voice-actor for the protagonist is talented and convincing; she did an excellent job with nuances of expressing the emotions of the character
+ Boasts some genuinely disturbing (and sometimes frightening) moments that are delivered with finesse
+ Art style, for both characters and environments, is well-presented and fits well with the theme
+ Ambient sound is deeply unsettling, keeping the player properly unnerved throughout the experience
+ The way the game subdues its colors goes a long way to further immerse the player
+ There is a strong focus on character development
+ Interesting choices of musical score that are well-place to complement their respective scenes
+ Puzzles are interesting and fun to move through; often one will find that they need to be creative to advance beyond an obstacle
+ Multiple endings available, depending on dialogue choices

- Cannot pause during conversations
- Voice-acting for secondary characters is largely mediocre (at best)
- The story suffers some moderate pacing issues, often dragging scenes on for excruciating lengths of time
- Little replay value beyond Steam achievements and multiple endings

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16.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 18 janvier
Started this game hoping for a depressing horror experience, ended with tears & snot and a greater will to live 11/10
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Posté le : 16 janvier
It's a perfect game.. or more like "purr"fect game! (Hah, get it? Since it's got cats and...)

._. just buy it
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Posté le : 14 mai
Review: The Cat Lady

Writing a review about this game, although I haven’t played it for a while now, may sound strange to you, but I can’t let it drown in the abyss that is called Steam. It deals with problems like depression, loneliness, social and moral decay of society, problems that became stronger in Modern times. "Time is Money", isn’t that one of those sentences everybody hears or even says every day? If I ask you, whether or not you can tell me what the name of your neighbor is, how many of you could answer that question? And not to mention that sweet anonymity the internet has to offer, literally forcing millions of people to present their point of view to others, even if they haven’t been asked for.

So what is this all about? Meet Susan Ashworth, middle-aged, cynical, depressive, cat-loving and about to commit suicide. Spending her last breaths with her beloved Tomcat, Teacup, Susan finds herself in another world, not knowing if this is life, death or even something worse. A woman, calling herself “Queen of the maggots”, is waiting there, offering Susan something that will bring her in touch with five different strangers. And it seems like they don’t want to hold a tea party at all.

I won’t and simply can’t spoil more information about the plot right here because it might alter your whole experience while playing, so let`s have a look at the game’s execution instead. The Cat Lady aims to be a psychological horror adventure, that is divided into different chapters and presented with side scrolling 2D-graphics. Although people seem to look strange, undefined and even ugly sometimes I can’t imagine a better setting for this game, especially in combination with the well drawn and often animated backgrounds. Items will get highlighted if they can be used, clicked or interacted with, some can be stored in a small inventory. Puzzles aren’t very hard at all, the plot is all that matters. Most of the time you have to find Object A, combine it with Object B or interact with Object C, but still there are some really special interactions while playing the game that I will never forget, may they be offensive or simply unique. You will also encounter many dialogues that may have a huge impact on your game or even ending so be aware of what to choose in the conversation trees.

This game is rated 18 and that for some reasons. Violence, murder, suicide, anger, rage, ♥♥♥♥ and psychological terror are only the tip of the iceberg of what this game has to offer. Since these themes only refer to human behaviour that has been like this for ages, there is nothing to feel offended about. It is illustrated gruesomely, but never without an aspect of art, like there is even a reference to a certain book of Stephen King that I don’t want to spoil here. Besides that, people who aren’t at least 18 yet may lack some experience in life. Understanding or feeling what this game wants to show can be hard for those who have never felt what living a life can imply sometimes.

Before I start to summarize the points I mentioned above, I want to bring up the amazing soundtrack. It manages to walk the line between honeymoon daylife and the feeling one might get, right before getting engulfed into the abyss of depression and psychotic horror.

Big Text, Quick Facts:

Pro:
  • A mature plot one can hardly forget - realistic core meets terrifying fiction. Or the other way around?
  • Although depressing and cynical to the core - Susan is credible and pleasant!
  • Wonderful artwork (just look at chapter 5)
  • Well written dialogues
  • Some unique mechanics the player must use to proceed
  • Ugly, disgusting or unkind - but interesting side characters
  • Multiple Endings
  • Fitting, engaging and enjoyable Soundtrack
  • Cats

Con:
  • Topics might offend people
  • Some puzzles won’t challenge experienced adventure players


Summary:

I know I wrote a lot above but words cannot describe what playing and finishing this game made me feel. This is easily one my most beloved stories a game could offer, including all its violence and hate. You don`t have to suffer any mental problems to understand how Susan could get into all this but you might need some morbid interest and a big package of black humour to help her through it. I call it an indie masterpiece with great artwork, sound and plot.

9/10

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Posté le : 8 mai
Yet another game that proves that appearances can be deceptive. It has been in my wish list for a while but sadly it took a friend to gift it to me to finally play it and I only wonder how come I failed to notice its real appeal earlier. Today, I want to speak highly of its merits by reviewing it as this thought-provoking masterpiece simply deserves more thumbs up.

Susan Ashworth is a 40-year-old lady who gave up on life. The story unfolds after Susan has attempted suicide in her flat, out of despair, having only loneliness to keep her company before the very eyes of one of the wild cat she used to feed –hence everybody calling her The Cat Lady. Yet, everything didn't go according to plan as she found herself stuck in a parallel world that seems to be halfway between the real world and hell (or heaven, rather hell when you take your own life but anyways) and meets a peculiar woman that calls herself "The queen of maggots". Susan is tasked to go back right where she came from to perform several missions on behalf of that witch who granted her resurrection and immortality for the occasion.
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Days ago, while I was drafting a review, I was thinking about advising suicidal people against playing it for the obvious reason that this game deals with death and suicide. Yet, I was far from imagining how powerful that final message delivered in the end was. Now quite the contrary! I would recommend it to them especially, for you can only get out of this experience full of confidence and self-esteem and realize how meaningful your life is! But I'm getting ahead of myself…

While other games boast stunning graphics, this one only make do with poor designs. But whether the reason of this was less means or done deliberately, it was a perfect fit along with all the other aspects, that form a coherent whole. Washed-out colors, often black and white that only brings out the horror with contrasting vivid colors like red at times. Voice acting is rather excellent, conveying emotions at the perfection and soundtrack is well-fitted. All the narratives are accompanied by sounds, say, when listening at a door, and it is said that one could hear a baby cry, you hear a baby cry. Or hear when it's pouring outside, sipping coffee in the kitchen. Lacking in visuals in appearance but abounding in sounds. Gripping atmosphere. The Cat Lady has so many qualities that I can't even find flaws, except that it ended.
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I may sound contradictory with the things I have said already. There is a real beauty in this game, that does not necessarily reside in the horrors, though even that are displayed in an artistic manner, but in the narration as well for example. The idea as I got it is to emerge from fear, darkness and so on, everything that describe your mood when suicidal. I forgot to mention that the missions consist of dealing with parasites, that is lunatic, murderer, criminal,etc. Consequently, the journey is intermingled with horrifying sequences. Susan's inner thoughts, a future acquaintance that'll come along and the high note in the end where colors are finally back are the overwhelming parts. Now you start to get the idea. In addition to that, the choices you make have consequences - there are alternative endings based on decisions towards the end but not only, there are also alternative sequences throughout that prompt you to explore every avenue (achievements related). Speaking of ending, after the credits and when I thought I had seen it all, I was left speechless by one last sentence that was the cherry on the cake. All those subtleties only made the journey through this game a more memorable experience.

Games of this genre are right up my alley whose story is open to interpretations. It left a lasting impression, that even days after I kept thinking about it. Should you buy it at full price? Before making up your mind to buy a game, you will eventually assess what the game offers in comparison to the money you invest into it. So a game smaller scaled like this one will not stand a chance against bigger-scale games at let's say an equivalent cost. I reject this and say without any doubt that this game is worth its price. Smaller team with less means = smaller-scale game but that doesn't necessarily mean a less good game, the genius (you have it or not) is still there. Do not get fooled by the appearances! We definitely need more of these!

Plus

+ emotive power - its greatest strength
+ storyline - one of its greatest strength
+ atmosphere - abounds in sounds and adequate visuals though lacking in appearance is a perfect fit
+ meaningful choices - of consequence along with alternative endings
+ Good voice acting
+ the subtleties - some parts criticize some aspects of our societies
+ coherent whole

Minus

If you find some, please let me know.
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Posté le : 16 décembre 2014
This game has the best character design i have seen in years. Never thought i could find the protagonist Susan Ashworth interesting at all. Who is she? she is a crazy cat lady who is depressed and tries to do suicide and awakens up in a hospital and then some extremely disturbing stuff happens that leaves you wondering what is real and what is not. Not exactly the normal big busted heroinne right? Susan is the polar opposite to not one but a whole load of design decisions that are so normal in games since day 0. Just for that, one must applaud the daring decision to make susan as she is and not make her 'dark' and 'emo' just to make her more easily approachable.

Opening 20minutes of the game is not impressive at all. Character literally looks as one would expect someone who wants to die right now looks like. Everything is gray and awfull. It easily kills of the interest in the game early but keep on playing and you start to understand why all looks so terrible. Story gets good. and really, really disturbing. Lots of blood, entrails, sick psychos and death in various forms. Susan is also just a mortal woman. (well almost) - No special moves or ways to hurt bad people unless the story give a specific way to do that.

8.8/10 horror game done right. Even better as Amnesia or Anna as this one opens up little at a time w/chapters and doesnt leave it all to the end.

Some small bad things to mention: Achievement collection could have been better. i won't be bothered to collect them all as they are mostly hidden achievements or something you get for selecting an alternate dialog. Load/Save system does not allow overwriting of saves for some reason. But these are all small things compared to how well this little indie game performed.

This game is another indie gem that has come out in later years to beef up the stagnating horror game scene that has been too fixed on dumb jump scares/zombies and for that i love it.
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Posté le : 7 janvier
Where do I begin ... I randomly bought this game because it was very cheap (sale) and because the theme looked interesting to me. I normally never play games like this, but I can say I was positively surprised.

This game isn't for everyone, its subjects are dark: depression, suicide, murder, cancer ... It's for people who want to enjoy a good story about these kind of things. Even if you've never been in contact with them, the game is very good at explaining how a depressed person goes through life. The game can be quite confrontating towards people who've suffered from any of the topics above, but it's still an interesting experience.

STORY: really good. At chapter 1 I was interested, but I wasn't blown away or anything. At the end of chapter 2 I was completely hooked though. I thought this game was going to give me a nice, regular story about depression, but I was wrong. It throws things at you you wouldn't expect. Well the game is tagged "horror", so I guess I should've expected the story would become even darker & sicker than it already was ...
Quite linear story, but you can make some choices that change the plot quite a bit.

GAMEPLAY: Oddly satisfying. You play through each of the 7 chapters and have to explore your environment to gather items and to find out more about the characters. This game works with a kind of puzzle system: find X, so you can get to Y, so you can finally do Z. Quite obvious puzzles, but here and there you might have to think.
Also, there's a good balance between watching dialogues (that you can alter; really fun) and getting to play yourself.

ART: I honestly love the art of this game. The game often presents itself in a white/black-ish style, which I guess is quite logical regarding the subjects of this game. Now and then, there's also some colour to be found which emphasizes certain items/events in the game. There are some areas that could've been made better, but the most important areas in the game look really good, so no problem.

SOUNDTRACK: Just absolutely fantastic. Really makes the game a much better experience. The music changes from pretty calm, to eerie, to sometimes even agressive ... all depending on the situation you find yourself in. Also, pretty cool (and eerie!) sounds/noises are used, like cracking stairs and doors, screaming women, the typical jumpscare sounds you'll fall victim to everytime (or maybe the total opposite).

ATMOSPHERE: By far the most amazing thing about this game. Nothing much to say about it, you really just have to play it yourself to feel it.

So yeah, really good game. Love it a lot, despite not expecting it would be this good. Again, not for everyone, but if you want to give this game a fair chance and open yourself up to it, you'll find yourself dragged into this game and just want to keep playing. At the end credits, you'll just find yourself staring at the screen, asking yourself what the ♥♥♥♥ you have been playing (and most of all; why you enjoyed it so much).

P.S: some people have unanswered questions after playing the game. Apperently playing "downfall" would answer some of these questions (though I can't confirm as I have not played it myself).
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34.2 heures en tout
Posté le : 5 janvier
My graphics card had decided to die on me and as I was waiting for my new one to come in the mail I decided to get my gaming fix from a little game called "The Cat Lady". I like cats, and I joke about becoming a cat lady one day. It was supposed to be strange and dark which i'm never opposed to, and the graphics were at the level I needed them to be so I figured why not? What started out as a half-joke became one of the best gaming experiences i've ever had.

If you are used to high end graphics you might initially be put off by the visuals of the game, but trust me when I say you will get over that very quickly. I, in fact, became fond of the dark 2D visuals. The voice acting was of a quality that is difficult to find in even blockbuster games; very believable and genuine. I was honestly impressed with the way they were able to make these characters come to life and provide authenticity to the story.
The soundtrack was immersive and lulled you into the events appropriately. It was never jarring or detracted from the experience, but in fact enhanced it (i'm one of those gamers who is sensitive to soundtracks, the music chosen for a game is very important to me to fully realize the experience so this is a big plus).
The gameplay involved the expected puzzle solving sequences and other tasks (like performing investigative jobs, eliminating subjects and completing day-to-day activities), but it also involved a lot of decision making, often relating to some very powerful subject matter. Life, death, depression, abuse, suicide, and more. I found myself completely wrapped up with the impactful dialogue and accompanying visuals, this was truly the highlight of the game. Although it was satisfying to take out the "parasites" in this game, I was much more concerned with the welfare and communications of the main protagonists, and very curious about the introduced supporting characters.
You will care about Susan and Mitzi. You will actually want these 2D images to survive, to get stronger, to get better. You will wonder who Joe Davis is and what his story and motivations are. You will want to adopt a cat. Most importantly, you will be given some powerful insight into the nature of depression and how isolating it can be. It truly is a very unique experience. Highly recommended, even to the most hardened headshot-junkie gamer.
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10.2 heures en tout
Posté le : 18 janvier
8/10
Overview: Point and Click Adventure Horror

The Good:

+ This game tackles serious issues that many games don't. Issues such as depression, mental health, loneliness, mortality.
+ The main character is not your typical conventional character and that in itself is refreshing

+ The overall story is good and filled with many different horror elements.

+ Most of the dialogue is good however there were a few times when I found it unbelievable.

+ I found the puzzles to be very well designed and for the most part made sense and fit the narrative nicely. It can at times be a bit easy especially if you are a novice of the genre

+ Depending on how you respond to people, it alters the story in a slight way

+ I am not a big fan of heavy metal/rock but the music fit perfectly in this game

+ Easy 100% achievements


The Average

Lack of mouse support is a bit odd.

Walking is a bit slow and the animation leaves something to be desired.

The game fails to explain the actions/motivations of certain characters

Some of the dialogue is a bit cringe worthy

Conclusion

This game is very sick and twisted. If you love this genre and horror then this is a good game to check out. The fact that it was made by a handful of people should also be commended. If you know someone with mental illness or suffered yourself this could be a game that will resonate with you as it touches upon a lot of issues that many people face and can relate to what the main character is going through to a degree. It is always nice to play a game like this where developers are not afraid to tackle serious issues and make a good game out of it as well.
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8.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 25 février
Awesome visual novel, METACRITIC 81/100 ?? really ? are they drunk ?
The Cat Lady deserves more.

Cons:
  • clunky animations
  • sadly, it ends :C

Pros:
  • Awesome voices, most of them are perfectly interpreted
  • Nice puzzles, never repetitive
  • Nice plot
  • Oh the feelings
  • Freaking Awesome soundtrack (and I'm kinda choosy about music)
  • Charismatic characters
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8.8 heures en tout
Posté le : 1 février
I LOVED this game. The story is excellent. The puzzles are really straightforward; some would find them too easy but I liked them. It has some very gross/bloody scenes, so it's not for the squeamish.
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17.9 heures en tout
Posté le : 2 décembre 2014
ㅡ'press any key to live'

+First impression:
the NAME, is just GORGEOUS. i mean, look.... the Cat Lady :3

full-voiced (with very strong UK accent),
absolutely stunning story, dreamlike scenery (like, deer wandering around), and multiple endings.
BUT the Game system/Level design got me relatively long time to kinda...get used to. (lags, and I failed several times to... SAVE)

the first girly(?) game i ever played on steam, i really enjoyed playing through.
9/10 would play it again. please fix.....the...game system... :error:

Oh and.... Don't feed the trolls.
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11.0 heures en tout
Posté le : 24 novembre 2014
9/10
A visually stunning, unique, psychological adventure game, the cat lady is by far one of my favorite games I've played to date. Its story and array of characters are extremely well thought out, with only minor conflicting elements here and there that one could easily look over.

I think one of my favorite things about this game is that the protagonist, Susan, is extremely relatable in most aspects, especially if you are someone suffering from depression. The game handles it very well, and doesn't dare sugarcoat the negative aspects of the illness. It's in your face, along with many other uncomfortable themes people never really want to think about when playing a game, but that, I think, makes it all the more fun.

The puzzles in the cat lady are moderately difficult. There were times where I was stuck and had to pull up a walkthrough because I missed one tiny detail, but other than that - it was very enjoyable. You may get frustrated playing the cat lady, but rest assured, you are not the only one that screams "What the hell is your moms name?!?!" repeatedly at the screen until you manage to figure it out.

All in all, a magnificent game with incredible artwork that works perfectly with the story and overall theme of the game.

But wait, you ask yourself, why is she giving it a 9 out of 10 if she likes it so much?

Well, that's very easy to answer:

There was a severe lack of cat puns through the course of the game. Not once did I hear "How do you like meow?" or "Are you kitten me?" not even a "Purrfect"! and for that greatly missed opportunity I'm going to have to deduct a point. If you're looking for cat puns in a game called the cat lady, you're going to be terribly disappointed.
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31.4 heures en tout
Posté le : 26 janvier
Surprisingly dark. Relaxed gameplay style mixed with suspenseful moments makes this a game I would highly recommend.
The story line is excellent and gripping, tackling the difficult subject of mental/other health problems.
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