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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...
Data di rilascio: 1 dic 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

Informazioni sul gioco

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 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 (PC)

    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

Requisiti di sistema (Linux)

    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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5 persone su 5 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.9 ore in totale
The Cat Lady rientra nel genere horror psicologico.
Ma non è solo un gioco: è un viaggio.
Un viaggio che vi porterà dritti nella vita e nella mente della portagonista, Susan Ashworth; insieme a lei compirete scelte, affronterete situazioni, sempre accompagnati da quel senso di angoscia e di pena che è suo quanto ormai anche vostro.
Cosa è reale? E cosa invece frutto della vostra immaginazione?
Quali orrori si nascondono dietro a quella porta? Quali segreti e quali verità cela quella persona?
Siete sicuri di essere pronti a scoprirlo?

Emozioni forti e a volte contrastanti si faranno strada in voi durante tutto il percorso.
Musiche, sfondi e dialoghi sono assolutamente azzeccati, vi aiuteranno ad immergervi appieno nella storia.
E chissà, magari anche voi, come Susan, riuscirete alla fine a vedere la vita con occhi nuovi.

Che cos'è The Cat Lady?
Un capolavoro.






Pubblicata: 4 settembre
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No
6 persone su 8 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.3 ore in totale
Beh che dire? Il miglior horror psicologico degli ultimi anni? Crudo, intenso, toccante, un gioco che nonostante i limiti tecnici è in grado di stimolare il giocatore affrontando temi che normalmente non si vedono in un videogioco. Bisogna proprio dire che chi ha le idee spesso non ha i mezzi per esprimerle come si deve, ma nel caso di The Cat Lady sono riusciti comunque ad utilizzare un motore come AGS per raccontare una storia complessa e malata.

Sono riusciti a spremere AGS arricchendolo con musiche d'effetto e azzeccate. Tensione al punto giusto, niente salti dalla sedia, ma un costante senso di inquietudine che rispecchia perfettamente il tema principale. Come To The Moon è stata una delle più belle storie d'amore e di affetto degli ultimi anni, The Cat Lady è certamente una delle più belle storie horror raccontate attraverso uno schermo di un computer e un motore grafico limitato.

Enigmi non particorlamente complessi aiutano a non perdere di vista la trama principale mantenendo vivo l'interesse. Non offre una grande sfida, ma offre diverse ore di lettura e riflessione. Questa versione è in lingua inglese, ma ne esiste anche un'altra tradotta appositamente in italiano acquistabile altrove. È un inglese facile, ma sconsiglio di giocarlo a chi non mastica una parola poiché si perderebbe troppe informazioni che invece sono fondamentali per capire la follia di certe situazioni.

Come al solito bisogna ringraziare i bundles che, grazie anche ai prezzi irrisori, permettono di avvicinarsi a giochi che forse non avremmo mai considerato limitandoci all'apparenza, alla grafica (che a me non dispiace poiché aiuta l'atmosfera), al gameplay... ma la soddisfazione più grande spesso va ricercata nei contenuti e nelle "cicatrici" che un gioco lascia dopo il suo passaggio.

Spesso mi chiedo come sarebbero questi giochi programmati con altri motori in una veste grafica rinnovata in HD ecc...; probabilmente la profondità dei contenuti e delle storie che caratterizzano questi titoli è data dall'impossibilità di perdere tempo a creare textures e shaders complessi per far abboccare i merluzzetti :D Perciò ben venga la bella grafica in HD, ma non a scapito dei contenuti che dovranno rimanere il traino dei videogiochi di certe categorie.

The Cat Lady non è un gioco per tutti, in tutti i sensi, e già questo lo rende un titolo da giocare assolutamente.

VOTO 9 su 10...

... e se un giorno rinnoveranno AGS, ripulendolo e inserendo la scelta della risoluzione e qualche filtro, il voto potrebbe anche cambiare in 10 su 10, ma non toccate i contenuti!
Pubblicata: 5 giugno
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3 persone su 4 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.4 ore in totale
Capolavoro
Pubblicata: 7 luglio
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78 persone su 84 (93%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
40.9 ore in totale
What a masterpiece of a game. Wow.

Art, original music, and writing are all superb. Graphics could have been more detailed, but the art style makes the graphical detail (resolution) not as important, and even more fitting in a way for the darker and granier feel to the game. Voice acting is some of the best I've heard in a game making all the characters believable and worthy of your investment in them. Especially the main female protagonist, who is very unique for the gaming world and isn't constrained by the typical gaming tropes.

The writing and character dialogue is by far the most mature and believable for any game I have played. You are getting adult level dialogue and script writing here with very few, if any instances of the kind of cheesy video game writing we have grown to expect from video game writers.

This story will present some very dark themes. Depression, suicide, murder, and any other dark thoughts you could have. It's not technically a horror game, but it is psychologically creepy enough to feel like it at times. Something that most of us who no longer feel any fear from the "horror" genre are more likely to find unnerving in parts due to it being much more about the emotional level of the characters and their mental state rather than just seeing a ton of gore. This game does have several strange and gorey scenes in it, but that isn't really what makes it great. The depth of the characters' thoughts and emotional upheaval is what makes it shine in the end.

The atmosphere of the game as well as all the set designs capture the mood of the story and the characters perfectly. The grainy sadness of the entire game keeps you in a perfect mood to enjoy the tale you are presented with.

For anyone that has experienced sadness, or depression on a deep level, this game will be relateable to you in many ways I'm sure. Living with the inability to properly address negative emotions that keep you in a state of sadness is perfectly presented here. Living with depression has never been shown better in a video game that I have played. You feel like you really know the main character, and you feel like the writer has a deep understanding of why she is the way she is.

There are well designed puzzles along the way that adventure fans expect. It is definitely possible to get a bit stuck and not be able to figure out a puzzle as some are a bit unorthodox, but if you look hard enough and think about all the interactible items in every stage eventually you can figure it out. Nothing too difficult, however.

This game deserves far more recognition than it gets. It is a truly great work of art, and it is quite apparent that the developer put a lot of deep thought into making this game. It absolutely had to have come from personal experience with the things presented. I don't think you could make a game like this unless you understand, or have studied many of these themes in depth.

10/10

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EDIT: All this below is for completionists/replays and Achievement hunters. NO SPOILERS are here other than very minor ones about early game decisions in the first few minutes.
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I completed all the Achievements in this game now so I can give a bit more description on how much choices you can make change the game.

If you want to make sure you get the "Best" ending you have to pay really close attention to what you do from the very first choice in th egame as any mistake will give you one of the normal endings instead. You should look at the achievements guide to be sure and follow the 'A Flower That Bends Towards the Sun' description to get you this ending.

HERE is the Guide to use:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=201219437

WARNING: the engine this game uses doesn't allow you to overwrite saves, and the save limit is 50. That may seem like a lot, but I DID hit it, so you may need to cut some of your saves and put them into another folder for later if you need more room. The save folder for this game is located in:

C:\Users\<yourPCName>\Saved Games\Cat Lady

As far as I can tell there are 5 endings, but there are many choices along the way that can change dialogue for the section that it is in. Ch. 2 for example has several different pieces of artwork based on the answers you give to questions asked of you. This section probably has the most alternative story element in it so saving here is worth doing to allow you a pk at as many as you can see. These aren't things that will impact the ending necessarily, but worthwhile for small little flashback scenes that are quite good. Achievement, or not. Th eCh. 1 decsion I wonder about for the ending as one side (perfect ending) does require it, but not sure if the other does.

EDIT #2: I have played with the Ch. 1 decision taking the side that doesn't get the perfect ending all the way through to the en, and I can confirm that taking this choice does not change teh ending other than making it impossible to get theerfect nding. All the normal endings will basically the same if you take the choice that gives you the other Achievement for Ch. 1.
Pubblicata: 21 giugno
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46 persone su 49 (94%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
11.7 ore in totale
Every once in a while you come across a game that strikes a chord unlike most others. A game that touches something profoundly deep in you and perhaps parallels your own life in many ways. I haven't found a lot of these games. In fact they can be counted on one hand, but The Cat Lady is among those few.

What I am about to write will be a somewhat biased review of this magnificent work of art. Biased because the game touches upon emotions and experiences all too real and haunting to me personally. But I will try to maintain some objectivity towards the game from a more general gameplay perspective as well. So a quick warning to you, dear reader, I may get quite sentimental and soppy writing this.

The Cat Lady is a 2D story driven psuedo-psychological horror adventure puzzle rooted in borderline depression, chronic loneliness and suicide. It puts you in control of Susan Ashworth, a 30-something year old woman who has taken her own life to end her emotional suffering. But instead of death's cold embrace she so longs for, a twisted fate has her waking up in a windswept corn field in Limbo, where she is forced into a mysterious pact with the Queen of Maggots; Susan must return to life and kill five evil psychopaths before she herself is allowed to finally die. Until then, she is gifted with immortality - much to her distress - for that is the last thing a suicidee could have wished for.

The bleak noir graphics and bone-chilling eerie music will plunge you into a dark and foreboding atmosphere with grotesque and nauseating visuals at every corner. Much of the game is portrayed in a borderline black-and-white style, and there is an everpresent gloom shrouding nearly every aspect of the game. It is unnerving and bizarre from start to finish. The bulk of the gameplay is done through ”find X and use on Y” type puzzles, most of which aren't too difficult to figure out.

The controls are a bit clunky and odd, and the volume on voiced dialogue and effects suffer from poor balancing. Although there are a few game-altering choices along the way, most of the story is very liniar and easy to complete. The real staying power of the game is its dialogues, character development and the exciting way the story unfolds. It draws you in and makes you want to continue onwards. The game dazzles you with its intense atmosphere, engaging social interactions and excellent writing. It is never boring; an interactive and gripping tale of fear, angst and a fair share of violence and gore with even some humor and laughs in the mix.

What strikes me the deepest about The Cat Lady is the gradual development of Susan's struggle against her depressive life. As the story progresses, she grows and develops so profoundly. More and more you begin to realize that beneath the haunting artstyle and horror, this is not just a story about monsters and murder; it is a story about conquering fear and negativity, a tale about heartfelt friendship and love. It is inspiring. It is empowering. And it is so vivid and genuine. Even if you have not been through the dark recesses of suicide and depression yourself, Susan's journey will still be a tear-wrenching tale of victory and self-enlightenment.

The Cat Lady is a hauntingly beautiful game that can be very scary to play. Not just because of its creepy visuals, atmosphere and effects - but moreso due to its brutal and genuine delving into the sickness of a broken human psyche. It is real. It is profound. I almost could not get past the first two chapters of the game for these reasons. But I am ecstatic that I pressed past my angst and stuck with it, because Susan's story unfolds into just a mindblowingly amazing telling of loneliness and tragedy turned to life and strength, love and friendship. She becomes an angel of vengeance, sent to kill demons in human disguise, but ultimately conquers her own demons as well.

Thank you, Harvester Games. You are gaming angels in disguise <3
Pubblicata: 6 agosto
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10 persone su 11 (91%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.7 ore in totale
The Cat Lady non è il gioco dell'anno solamente per due motivi: è uscito su desura e tramite sito personale nel 2012, e poi c'è sua maestà Shadow Warrior.

Detto questo, è l'esperienza più forte che ho vissuto in quest'anno videoludico, Susan Ashworth e altri personaggi(non li nomino per evitare spoiler), me li porterò dentro fin quando muoio.

E' un'avventura grafica molto intelligente il cui focus è sulla storia e sui personaggi. Ed è una storia che costruirete voi con le vostre risposte, in base a come vi sentite in quel momento. C'è da prendere tanti pugni nello stomaco con The Cat Lady, ma alla fine se vorrete, troverete la speranza.
Pubblicata: 10 dicembre 2013
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No

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