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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Data di rilascio: 1 dic 2012

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"A dark, twisted, and violent horror point and click. To say the story is crazy would be an understatement, yet it still manages an emotional connection."

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1 febbraio

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 gennaio

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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“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.

Requisiti di sistema

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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16 persone su 17 (94%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
0.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 15 febbraio
The Cat Lady è un viaggio psicologico a sfondo horror superlativo, rappresentato da una magistrale simbiosi tra una sceneggiatura di spessore e una scenografia imprevedibile che trasuda una qualità artistica di rara concezione.
Senza cadere in stereotipi o cliché, la mente di Susan verrà scoperchiata come un vaso di Pandora, esternando un turbinio di distopiche emozioni che non mancheranno di appassionare e, in alcuni casi, spiazzare completamente con la loro schiettezza e il loro perverso fascino.
Un’opera di rara bellezza, dal carattere maturo e avviluppato da una miriade di sfumature narrative di pregevole fattura, che vale davvero la pena di assaporare e vivere.

Voto: 9
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12 persone su 12 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
24.6 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 gennaio
Uno dei migliori punta e clicca a cui abbia mai giocato, e ne ho giocati tanti.
Uno dei migliori GIOCHI a cui abbia mai giocato, e quelli sono DAVVERO tanti.
Provare per credere se solo si ha voglia, tanto per cambiare, di qualcosa in cui poter riporre cuore e cervello.
E se proprio non avete un'anima... un must have anche solo per lo stile e la colonna sonora.
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10 persone su 10 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
23.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 4 febbraio
Recensire "The Cat Lady" è impresa improba. Ci troviamo di fronte a un'opera (mi rifiuto di chiamarlo "gioco") per la quale sarebbe necessario redigere un libro di 500 pagine solo per analizzarne gli aspetti più superficiali.

Solo posando l'occhio alla quantità ma soprattutto alla qualità dei premi vinti,
Winner "Best Story" - Adventure Gamers 2012
Winner "Innovation" - Adventure Treff 2012
Winner "Best Game World" - Adventure Treff 2012
Winner "Surprise" - Adventure Treff 2012
Winner "Indie-Adventure" - Adventure Treff 2012
ci rendiamo conto di essere al cospetto di qualcosa da non prendere alla leggera; qualcosa di maledettamente serio, come seri sono i temi trattati, pensati non per divertire ma per far riflettere; non per svagare ma per provocare una profonda introspezione.
Le etichette di "avventura" "horror" non solo sono riduttive ma sono anche improprie e fuorvianti; risulta impossibile ingabbiare quest'opera all'interno di canoni prestabiliti e questo è anche il suo maggior pregio, la sua capacità di abbandonare ogni stereotipo, sfondare ogni cliché, sorprendere e stupire lasciandoci soggiogati e in balia di eventi sconcertanti ma dandoci, altresì, l'arbitrio di scegliere la strada da percorrere all'interno di un labirinto esistenziale dove le vie di uscita sembrano condurre inesorabilmente ad un tragico ineluttabile epilogo; ma sarà proprio grazie al nostro arbitrio che comprenderemo infine come le nostre scelte non saranno mai senza conseguenze sia nel bene che nel male e qualsiasi strada avremo scelto di percorrere, al termine del nostro viaggio non resterà che un'unica cosa da fare: "...Premere un Tasto per Vivere...".
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7 persone su 7 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
10.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 24 febbraio
Angosciante, disturbante, deprimente. Sono questi gli aggettivi che meglio descrivono questa atipica AG. L'inizio di questa avventura lascia alquanto spiazzati: Susan Hashworth, donna con diversi problemi che l'hanno portata alla depressione più profonda, decide di farla finita. Ci risveglieremo in un campo di grano, in perfetta solitudine. Non ci resta altro che incamminarci e vedere cosa sta accadendo; da qui l'incontro con una anziana signora, a noi sconosciuta, in una vecchia casa. Non vado avanti per non rovinarvi il gusto della sorpresa. Tecnicamente il gioco si dimostra non all'altezza degli standard odierni, con un sistema di controllo che ci vedrà muovere la protagonista con le frecce direzionali destra e sinistra e con l'inventario gestito con la freccia direzionale rivolta verso il basso. Per interagire invece con l'ambiente circostante useremo invece la freccia rivolta verso l'alto. In pratica tutte le funzioni necessarie per lo svolgimento dell'avventura in una sola mano. Non avremo a che fare con puzzle intricati, anzi qualunque ostacolo (se proprio vogliamo definirlo così) ci si porrà davanti risulta abbastanza intuitivo dal non interrompere la narrazione. The Cat Lady va preso come un viaggio in grado di non temere l'affronto di temi scottanti quali la morte, la depressione, il suicidio e la sanità mentale, ed ogni livello che affronteremo ci vedrà fare delle piccole ma significative scelte che ci porteranno ad uno dei finali della storia, non per forza un happy ending, dove ogni tassello verrà ricomposto. Menzione d'onore per il comparto sonoro davvero curato, doppiaggio compreso. Se non avete timore di affrontare un'avventura dai temi cupi, con paesaggi tetri e disturbanti, dove ogni cosa detta o vista potrebbe arrecarvi fastidio, The Cat Lady è lì ad aspettarvi. D'altronde è uno degli horror psicologici migliori di sempre.
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13.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 13 maggio
The Cat Lady è sicuramente uno dei giochi più belli a cui abbia mai giocato. Non mi sarei mai aspettato una storia così profonda da un gioco apparentemente così semplice. The Cat Lady spicca in tutto: scenari artistici, personaggi caratterizzati alla perfezione, una trama che non si smentisce mai e un gameplay che in qualche modo riesce sempre a variare, per non parlare della componente horror che è veramente ben riuscita.

Questo gioco è una continua lotta nella quale siamo la vittima, una lotta che decidiamo noi stessi di fare per prendere una decisione, una decisione che arriverà dopo tanti eventi per i quali non potremo far nulla se non stare a guardare ma saranno proprio tali eventi a farci scegliere come agire e a rafforzare la nostra decisione.

The Cat Lady ci fa giocare e al tempo stesso ci mette in gioco facendoci rispondere a delle domande che caratterizzeranno la trama e ci faranno riflettere. Per questo amo The Cat Lady, perché più che un gioco è un'esperienza quella che acquistiamo insieme a questo titolo, un'esperienza che tutti noi vivremo diversamente e per la quale alla fine non potrà fare a meno di scapparci un sorriso e, per i più sensibili, anche qualche lacrima.
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 7 febbraio
Può sembrare stupido riassumere tutto il gioco in una frase, ma lo farò:
<< Cat Lady è ciò che provate quando amate, quando soffrite, quando vi sentite soli, quando sognate, quando ascoltate musica, quando volete morire, quando siete felici di vivere e svegliarvi ogni mattina.>>
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9.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 8 aprile
Questo gioco mi ha davvero affascinato, c'è tristezza, disperazione, odio, vendetta, ma anche voglia di cambiamento e redenzione...
La storia è veramente il punto forte di questo titolo, è molto seria e oscura, ma ben strutturata e solida che riesce a far provare ai giocatori i sentimenti e le paure di Susan grazie anche al doppiaggio convincente dei doppiatori.
Ogni scelta comporterà un bivio diverso nella storia, cosa sceglierete?, la vendetta o il perdono?, restare soli oppure il cambiamento?, salvare delle vite oppure spegnerle come la fiamma di una candela?, voi avrete il potere di decidere tutto ciò, il comparto grafico è molto particolare con uno stile pixeloso e grumoso molto scuro che forse a tutti non piacerà ma renderà l'ambiente molto spettrale e disturbato.
In definitiva The Cat Lady è un titolo molto molto valido che consiglio a tutti, voto 9.5/10.
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18.2 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 28 febbraio
Più che una adventure, un'opera. D'arte, forse. Dentro c'è lavoro, c'è ispirazione, c'è arte visiva, c'è colonna sonora, c'è introspezione, c'è il raccontare, c'è uno stile. Non adatta a tutti, per via dei temi affrontati: temi che possono toccare dentro, e possono stravolgere e scandalizzare. E c'è sangue, sangue sprizzato, a volontà, un palcoscenico di sangue. Ma nel corso dell'adventure ci si accorge che non bisogna ricorrere sempre ad una sanguinosa e truculenta efferatezza assassina o psicopatica: anche un banale fatto quotidiano ha la capacità di gettarci in faccia l'urlo drammatico del terrore e della morte, con la stessa intensità, anzi, proprio perchè quotidiano e prossimo a noi, magari maggiore.
E c'è l'amicizia; e forse c'è anche la poesia che un rapporto improvviso e solidale di amicizia può produrre. E c'è humor. E ci sono le pause, pause in cui si fanno gesti quotidiani, nelle quali la narrazione sembra prendere fiato, ma tutto in sintonia con l'evolversi della trama. Ahh, e non dimentichiamo le donne, ci sono anche loro, anzi la fanno da padrone. Come ci hanno abituato i videogiochi, la trama si può decidere in vari punti, scegliendo l'uno o l'altro comportamento della protagonista. La grafica sembra di pastello, non è altisonante, credo non si usino textures nel gioco, ma, essendo quasi sempre scura, grigia, cupa, sembra dare risalto all'angoscia dei temi trattati; saltuariamente, però, questo grigiore è accompagnato da staccatissimi e strindenti brevi sprazzi di colore e luce. Il grigio è anche nella stessa protagonista, che non è proprio l'angelo della bontà, ma, al contrario, mostra spesso un carattere duro, antagonista, sprezzante. I personaggi sono disegnati con pochi frame di animazione.Gli enigmi non sono banali, ben construiti, mai fuori luogo, e perfettamente integrati nella storia. Per quanto riguarda il comparto audio, le tracce sonore, quasi tutte strumentali, sono magnifiche, inutile dire che prevale il tema psichedelico, elettronico, ma ci sono anche pezzi di tranquillità sognante e/o ritmata, e c'è l'onnipresente pianoforte. Invece sono ridotti al minimo gli effetti sonori ambientali: forse perchè la depressione ti fa sembrare tutto attutito? Le voci dei protagonisti mi sembrano ben fatte ed ispirate. Il videogioco è sottotitolato in italiano.
Su Susan Ashworth, la protagonista, forse si poteva fare un libro; forse un film; ma alla fine è stato fatto un videogioco, l'ottava ed emarginata tra le altre 7 Arti. Accogliamola a braccia aperte nell'Olimpo delle nostre eroine.
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2 persone su 3 (67%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
20.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 12 febbraio
Mi son deciso a scrivere quattro righe su The Cat Lady, gioco che in linea di massima consiglierei alla maggior parte della gente. Non a tutti, sia chiaro, perché qualcuno lo potrebbe trovare disturbante in quanto alle tematiche, alle situazioni e agli argomenti di cui tratta.
Già da un paio di screen potete farvi un'idea dell'atmosfera cupa e opprimente che avvolge questa storia, il bianco, il nero (ed ogni tanto il rosso) lo dominano dall'inizio alla fine.

Il gioco, ironicamente, inizia con il presentarci un messaggio d'addio, lasciatoci prima del suicidio da Susan Ashworth, la protagonista di cui vestiremo i panni per tutta la storia. Una donna sulla quarantina, afflitta dalla depressione. Stanca della vita, di tutto e di tutti, senza amicizie o speranze, circondata solo dai suoi amati gatti randagi, decide di lasciare il mondo dei vivi. Ma non andrà tutto proprio secondo i suoi piani.

All'inizio rimarrete sicuramente abbastanza confusi e straniti, ma se riuscirete a resistere fino alla fine, ringrazierete voi stessi. La durata è piuttosto breve, ci sono 7 capitoli in totale. Credo che prendendosela con molta calma, in 8 ore si arrivi tranquillamente ad uno dei vari finali.
I personaggi principali sono un po'atipici e poco convenzionali, non spiccano di certo per il loro aspetto (non di certo avvenente), ma per la loro personalità ben curata e approfondita.

Cosa che ho apprezzato veramente tanto è che non si concentra sulla depressione in modo ruffiano. l'argomento viene distillato poco a poco durante il corso del gioco, in modo velato e piuttosto verosimile. Andremo, poco a poco, a conoscere il passato di Susan e di Mitzi (altro personaggio fondamentale), parlando di amore, morte, vita, scopriremo i fardelli che si trascinano dietro e i motivi che le hanno portate ad essere così come sono.

Per quanto riguarda i puzzle, son molto semplici, nulla da perderci la testa. Il sistema di interazione si limita ad una barra in basso dove collezioneremo oggetti da usare in luoghi ed occasioni ben precise. Il gameplay è abbastanza lineare e poco elaborato, ma vi abituerete ben presto alle animazioni o alla grafica in generale.
Riconosco che, il gioco ha anche punti negativi. Alcuni personaggi non sono sviluppati bene, a volte gli eventi risultano veramente confusi e poco chiari, a volte la componente "soprannaturale" del gioco tende ad esagerare con situazioni grottesche, o ci ritroveremo in discorsi divagati fin troppo, ma bene o male nell'insieme non è una cosa che da seriamente fastidio.
La colonna sonora, secondo me è stupenda. 70 minuti di musica, piena di tracce cantate e non, che si sposano perfettamente al gioco, e ne enfatizzano i momenti più importanti. Andrebbe giocato anche solo per ascoltarsela a mio parere XD

Io lo consiglierei, a tutte le persone che non sono restie a provare un gioco che parli di argomenti piuttosto pesanti. Se avete voglia di divertirvi, non credo sia la soluzione adatta per voi (anche se un paio di sorrisi me li ha strappati).
Se avete voglia di intrattenervi, con una storia originale, genuina e di alta qualità, allora provatelo appena ne avete l'occasione.
Se proprio dovessi dargli un voto, azzarderei un 8 su 10
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138 persone su 166 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
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26.5 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 21 dicembre 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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11.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 14 aprile
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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15.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 18 gennaio
*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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18.0 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 9 marzo
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 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 18 gennaio
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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15.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 gennaio
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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12.9 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 14 maggio
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:

  • 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

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


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.


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9 persone su 9 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
8.1 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 16 dicembre 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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9 persone su 9 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.3 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 8 maggio
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.
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.
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 everything, I was aghast at the 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!


+ 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


If you find some, please let me know.
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7 persone su 7 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.8 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 7 gennaio
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 ore in totale
Pubblicata: 5 gennaio
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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