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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2015 年 12 月 22 日

80% off this Christmas - biggest discount yet

Are you one of 40,000 The Cat Lady wishlisters? Now is your chance to grab the game. It's also a perfect opportunity for new players to experience as Harvester Games are soon to release Downfall, a brand new horror adventure (remake) game in the style of The Cat Lady.

80% off is our biggest discount yet so make the most of it for this limited time during the Steam winter sale. The Cat Lady will take you on a wild ride through some of the darkest sides to life and death but leave you with a sense of hope and satisfaction through its journey into the supernatural, human emotion, deception, redemption and...cats!

But don't take our word for it. Take our 93% Steam review rating or 81 metacritic score, or one of the many reviews and articles for it...and the fact that it's 80% off, for a limited time only!

Have a nice Christmas - enjoy The Cat Lady this festive period and new year, and we hope you'll come back for more with Downfall in February 2016 ːsteamhappyː

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and on behalf of Harvester Games

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2015 年 11 月 24 日

The Cat Lady Album DLC now available!

You can now enjoy the powerful vocal tracks from The Cat Lady as DLC (MP3 format).

The Cat Lady - Music From The Video Game features tracks including Inside, Forever and Don't You Worry Love by Warmer, 5iah and Tears of Mars.

Your purchase helps support the artists and their talents, thank you!

12 songs are included. Once installed, they can be played via Library > Music or found in your SteamApps folder typically in TheCatLady > Soundtrack > Soundtrack*

The album is available elsewhere (iTunes etc) but you won't find it cheaper than here on Steam!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/395460

Please note - it's currently only available here in MP3 format, but if and when it's possible, we will be sure to include additional OGG files.

* 25th Nov: This folder name is tentative on release and may be updated to read something a little more explanatory in the coming weeks.

Thanks and enjoy the music!

(And props to those who's great TCL fan-art we used for the album!)

If you have a problem installing the DLC please let us know here as this is our first attempt at creating a DLC, so there may be a quirk or two in the first week or so!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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lozey
( 4.4 記錄時數 )
張貼於:05 月 5 日
I abolutely LOVED this game. Its dark in nature, scary in places and has a real kicking soundtrack that I loved. I think the voice acting is very good, and the character feel very 'real' to me. Some unexpected twists too! (I totally didnt see the fate of the nurse that talks to you in the hospital room).
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Lacie
( 39.8 記錄時數 )
張貼於:05 月 4 日
I loved this game. It's one of my top 10 favorite point and click games out there. It is dark, although I wouldn't necessarily call it a horror game myself (since it's not really scary yet it there is a bit of suspense in it and a few...bloody scenes). However, if you love "horror" point and clicks, I would recommend getting this game.
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Lebensgefahr
( 14.5 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 30 日
Such a breathtakingly beautiful ending. I'll bring it to my life as a whole. It's touching, it's all i can say.
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Shen
( 8.8 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 28 日
Ever played a game as a depressed, middle aged cat lady? Me neither, until this, but I have to say it was great. This game isn't graphically impressive, but the story is something else. Unique protagonist, some trippy scenes, a lot of creepiness, and a narrative that doesn't shy away from violence or dark themes. I definitely recommend it for people who want a story-heavy adventure game that's gripping but not suuuper tough when it comes to puzzles.
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escyth
( 10.5 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 28 日
well, THIS should be called dark souls.

начинается как сделанная на коленке пугалка.
продолжается как невероятной лихости суицидальный триллер.
заканчивается как одна из лучших сюжетно-атмосферных игр в природе.
даже отсутствие пряморуких программистов — например, половину времени игру нельзя поставить на паузу, — к финалу начинает выглядить как смелое дизайнерское решение, призванное отсеять слабых и недостойных. единственный прокол для стим-обладателей — исключительно крохотный шанс за раз взять все достижения без подсказок извне, но это такое.
саундтрек, озвучка, визуальные решения, постановка отдельных сцен, точно отмеренная доза бритвенного сюрреализма — вне конкуренции. ключевая мелодия называется lily of the valley, и даже это неспроста.
очень сильная авторская работа, смело и решительно переступающая через собственные технические костыли. может пригодиться каждому.
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Bobbo2112
( 20.2 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 25 日
I enjoyed this game. While I can't say it is a perfect 'depression simulator' it does a good job of exploring some of the feelings of depression as I know them from being around people who suffer from it. The game has a great visual style and the music is perfectl timed to the progress through the game.

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

Get it - you won't regret it.
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Mammon's Ultramontane
( 10.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 22 日
The Cat Lady begins with the suicide of one feline-friendly middle-aged Susan Ashworth, who is spirited into the sepulchral embrace of a woman named the Queen of Maggots, who offers Susan a second chance if she agrees to channel her desperation into a horrifying man hunt for psychotic killers back in the world of the living. During this time, per their agreement, Susan is unable to die, so she straps in to a rollercoaster through a world of such extremes that we're essentially looking at a Hotline Miami-ish hellplain wherein there's a strong possibility some random person from out of the blue will knock on your door, come inside, and without saying a word beat you in the face with a hammer and hold you and your roommate hostage in the bath tub before bashing your brains in for good.

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

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

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

This game is a strong alternative to the fast-paced whizz-bang world of hard-as-nails can-you-survive-it-breh video gaming, and I happily oblige you to give it a shot if you've been lately mired in a spell of complicated grief or at least vying to spend a little time with a low-fi punk-rock labor of love.
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Ashworth
( 15.0 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 19 日
For some people this game is funny, for others it's scary, few will say it's ♥♥♥♥. Probably, I am in the small amount of humans (or it's only me) that see the game as something bigger... yet it's just game, thing that should make the time move easier.
I won't write any review about what to do with this game, what's the story behind, will not search for hidden meanings...

I will just simply say, thank you. Thank you everyone who made this game alive, to make it exist, be for everyone. I have been struggling with depression for years and at the time I found Let's Play on Cry's channel (love you Cry!) I somehow found help. Watching it kept me alive, somehow gave strength, helped me where humans couldn't. I really wish there was no problems with parents and games, like really... watch your own kid. You think why is your child sitting all the time in front of PC? Because your child is lazy? Bored of school? You see your daughter or son got problems at school, just yell at them or push to the clinic to see doc, maybe it will help? It won't. Believe me.

Where my family failed I found help. Sometimes, when you can't talk with anyone because they don't listen, don't care or don't see that you are struggling, remember that there is Susan who will show you that it's worth living. And I recommend this game to everyone who wants to try or seek for help.
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Conman the Barbarian
( 12.2 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 19 日
It's a brilliant exploratory horror game, with an emotionally charged story. I bought the game on a whim a few years ago, and I was not disappointed. If you're a fan of story driven exploration games, then give The Cat Lady a whirl.
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P.A.
( 12.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 18 日
1.The game's story line is the best
2.I really like the art style of this game
3.You can actually feel the atmosphere in the game
4.it's freaking cheap

8.5/10
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donAllister
( 11.5 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 17 日
This game is a solid experience, from beginning to end. Interesting puzzles, if puzzles the right word, good story and the art style is very fitting for the nature of the game. Dark, brutal and at the same time peppered with loving moments and funny bits. Simple 2D scroller with a well constructed and executed storyline. The characters are believable and enjoyable, you like them as much as you are reviled by the things and people they deal with.

A great mix of surreal style, excellent story, and enjoyable things you have to do to get through the game, no matter how twisted they are you enjoy it. Would recommend.
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ReadyPlayerAmy
( 7.7 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 17 日
Truly, an underated game with a very mature, and raw story. It deals with a lot of mental health issues, that really need to be brought to the surface and talked about more.

Awesome score too.

There's just a few nigly, annoying things about the game play, but that aside, I highly recommend this cat.
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MastimNG
( 9.1 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 17 日
The playability could be a little less outdated, but the atmosphere is great and the story is captivating.
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WMR
( 23.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 17 日
10/10 So sick. Love it.

Also, achievements did not work.
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Falcon
( 10.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 14 日
Having now finished The Cat Lady, I must say... wow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total score: 8.5/10

Despite this, I recommend it as if it were a perfect 10. This is a game that really ought to be played.
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Chodaboï
( 31.9 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 14 日
Extremely Good game; with a solid and smart plotline and strong visual elements. You'll never get bored!
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ZeroTacTiX
( 11.1 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 11 日
Terribly underrated game. This is truly a mature story and recommended highly for the mature audience. It's pretty disturbing sometimes, so if you're a parent looking to buy your kid this game, just forget it.

The plot is strong, the voice acting great, and the atmosphere is dark and fantastic. Can't help myself comparing this to Undertale and To the Moon, and I have to say i enjoyed this the best. Would highly recommend this even if you're not a fan of point and click games for I'm myself not one. I bought this game because it came dirt cheap, and I can't help but think it's one of the worthiest purchases I've made in my life..
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meritcoba
( 16.3 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 11 日
The cat lady is a neat little game that is most certainly recommend if you are into stories with light game play. It is centered around story telling and does this especially by surrealistic atmospherice scenery and moody themes. This through visual art and musicm which are well made to support the mood.. There isn't much gameplay to be had because it isn't really a game, but more like an interactive story.
I found it also a gripping story as it is about two lost souls who find a new hope through their unexpected companionship. One finds herself in hospital after a failed suicide attempt, the other has only a short time to live. It is a dark theme.
I am glad that we keep exploring the many ways that we can tell stories to people as I see that next to games we get interactive stories and even (game) movies. The options are many and it is good to see that they get explored..

Verdict
I think that you choose this game for the story more than for its game value.
Some like that, others don't care for it. Enjoy the diversity.
9 out of 10.
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Touchy
( 4.1 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 10 日
Simple game with beautiful story.
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DavidDavidson
( 9.2 記錄時數 )
張貼於:04 月 7 日
'The Cat Lady' is a really immersive, atmospheric and emotional game with great art work.
The story is well written and original. Another big plus is the games soundtrack that underlines its atmosphere and adds to its immersiveness. Something that might be considered negative by some is that the audio-quality is sometimes only mediocre. Personally I wasn't annoyed by it though.

Resumé: I would buy and play the game any time again. If you are looking for original game design and story line, this is for you.
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15.0 記錄時數
張貼於:04 月 19 日
For some people this game is funny, for others it's scary, few will say it's ♥♥♥♥. Probably, I am in the small amount of humans (or it's only me) that see the game as something bigger... yet it's just game, thing that should make the time move easier.
I won't write any review about what to do with this game, what's the story behind, will not search for hidden meanings...

I will just simply say, thank you. Thank you everyone who made this game alive, to make it exist, be for everyone. I have been struggling with depression for years and at the time I found Let's Play on Cry's channel (love you Cry!) I somehow found help. Watching it kept me alive, somehow gave strength, helped me where humans couldn't. I really wish there was no problems with parents and games, like really... watch your own kid. You think why is your child sitting all the time in front of PC? Because your child is lazy? Bored of school? You see your daughter or son got problems at school, just yell at them or push to the clinic to see doc, maybe it will help? It won't. Believe me.

Where my family failed I found help. Sometimes, when you can't talk with anyone because they don't listen, don't care or don't see that you are struggling, remember that there is Susan who will show you that it's worth living. And I recommend this game to everyone who wants to try or seek for help.
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10.3 記錄時數
張貼於:04 月 14 日
Having now finished The Cat Lady, I must say... wow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total score: 8.5/10

Despite this, I recommend it as if it were a perfect 10. This is a game that really ought to be played.
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10.3 記錄時數
張貼於:04 月 22 日
The Cat Lady begins with the suicide of one feline-friendly middle-aged Susan Ashworth, who is spirited into the sepulchral embrace of a woman named the Queen of Maggots, who offers Susan a second chance if she agrees to channel her desperation into a horrifying man hunt for psychotic killers back in the world of the living. During this time, per their agreement, Susan is unable to die, so she straps in to a rollercoaster through a world of such extremes that we're essentially looking at a Hotline Miami-ish hellplain wherein there's a strong possibility some random person from out of the blue will knock on your door, come inside, and without saying a word beat you in the face with a hammer and hold you and your roommate hostage in the bath tub before bashing your brains in for good.

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

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

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

This game is a strong alternative to the fast-paced whizz-bang world of hard-as-nails can-you-survive-it-breh video gaming, and I happily oblige you to give it a shot if you've been lately mired in a spell of complicated grief or at least vying to spend a little time with a low-fi punk-rock labor of love.
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14.5 記錄時數
張貼於:04 月 30 日
Such a breathtakingly beautiful ending. I'll bring it to my life as a whole. It's touching, it's all i can say.
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10.5 記錄時數
張貼於:04 月 28 日
well, THIS should be called dark souls.

начинается как сделанная на коленке пугалка.
продолжается как невероятной лихости суицидальный триллер.
заканчивается как одна из лучших сюжетно-атмосферных игр в природе.
даже отсутствие пряморуких программистов — например, половину времени игру нельзя поставить на паузу, — к финалу начинает выглядить как смелое дизайнерское решение, призванное отсеять слабых и недостойных. единственный прокол для стим-обладателей — исключительно крохотный шанс за раз взять все достижения без подсказок извне, но это такое.
саундтрек, озвучка, визуальные решения, постановка отдельных сцен, точно отмеренная доза бритвенного сюрреализма — вне конкуренции. ключевая мелодия называется lily of the valley, и даже это неспроста.
очень сильная авторская работа, смело и решительно переступающая через собственные технические костыли. может пригодиться каждому.
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7.6 記錄時數
張貼於:03 月 11 日
The Cat Lady is a rather interesting game, which does deal with a lot of dark topics that might not be suitable for younger audiences. Some of these topics are, but not limited to: death, depression, suicide, cancer, and homicide.
Story
You play as Susan Ashworth, a middle-aged woman who has just attempted suicide by swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills. She leaves a note with a simple “thanks for nothing” at the end, showing she has nothing really left to live for. Hoping to be released by death, she is instead offered another proposition, perhaps one she cannot refuse. From that offer, Susan’s tale begins. The story itself is one that can be a real tear jerker. The plot was interesting, with a few plot twists to keep it engaging and interesting, without making it too confusing. The story, though it is a bit linear, does have quite few choices that can affect the ending to an extent. The characters are all unique in their own respects, with their roles being portrayed in a very realistic way. Such as Susan, where she portrays the role of someone who is depressed very well, and does not make it seem over the top.
Gameplay
The gameplay is simple to learn, including a few puzzles to progress through the story; most are fairly simple, but some may require a bit more thought and effort. You can move left and right in the 2D environment and interact with objects, making the mechanics very simple to learn and will allow for easier immersion into the story. Paying attention to your environment and dialogues can help with these puzzles, helping to make sure you pay attention to what is happening.
Aesthetics/Audio
The art-style is very interesting, being mostly in black in white, with a few scenes and objects being in color. Considering the topics that the game deals with, the black and white scheme fits it very well, but does so in a way that is not too cliché. The weakest part of this game is the voices for the characters. Though the dialogues from the characters are well put, the audio itself has varying qualities. This can catch one off-guard at first, but if you can ignore the quality of some of the voices, this will hardly be something distracting. The soundtrack on the other hand is spectacular, and fits well with the current mood of the story, plus some of the songs are absolutely great! Perfect for each scene it plays in, setting the mood just right.

Verdict: 9/10

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15.4 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 25 日
Not for the faint of heart, but a tremendously rewarding experience!

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

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

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

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

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

Overall experience:

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

Rating:

10/10. This is a very rare score for me to give. No game is perfect, but The Cat Lady comes so close to it. Its positives vastly outweigh its negatives, and its story and characters are among the best I have ever had the privilege of experiencing. If you believe you can handle the mature tone and the many serious topics it brings up, I urge you to play it. The payoff is completely worth it.
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12.4 記錄時數
張貼於:03 月 3 日
First of all, this game is really not for kids. Seriously.

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

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

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

Score: 95/100

I am patiently waiting for similar game like this. Not sure it will come out. Ever.
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8.9 記錄時數
張貼於:03 月 22 日
This game is phenomenal in a way I can't quite put into words. The first screen warns that the game is intended for a mature audience of 18+ and boy do they deliver.

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

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

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

It features several branching paths and endings, so the replayability is high. It's also possible to make saves in certain spots to easily reload and make an alternative choice instead of playing through the entire game again. It also features trading cards, and relatively easy achievements to obtain a 100% rating, if that's something that you're into. Would recommend to anybody, assuming that they can handle the dark and mature content the game has to offer.
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19.3 記錄時數
張貼於:03 月 28 日
This game is really deep and has a lot of dark, disturbing themes to it. I need to agree with everyone that this is a game for mature audience only. Not just because it's creepy and disturbing as f, but because the dialogue is heavy and not really fit for younger people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To end this novel I started writing, let me just say that if you enjoy meaningful dialogue based games, like puzzles, and well I guess most of all: are not bothered by the disturbing, dark themes and stuff, I highly recommend checking this one out.
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6.7 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 28 日
One of the darkest game stories I've encountered, this horror adventure focuses on atmosphere and characters over monsters and ghosts to create its tension. It isn't a high-anxiety game like Outlast, but rather builds a creeping, uncomfortable dread over the course of the game.

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

The story is definitely for a mature audience and the subjects touched upon are certainly grimdark, but I felt that they were generally handled in a respectful way rather than going for 'shock' value.
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14.1 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 29 日
If you enjoy playing a dark and psychological game play, The Cat Lady is for you. Playing as a woman named Susan Ashworth who embarks you on a gallant journey through suicide, murder and friendship, the game really takes you right underneath the cracks.

The game play was slow at times, and parts of the voice acting could have been better, but if you let that slide, you'll enjoy the rest.
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12.8 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 7 日
I actually got this game for two reasons; it was on the Christmas "winter" steam sale, and it appeared to be funny. Actually, this game does has some dark humor, but overall, it is very dramatic. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 18 as it has some very adult themes. That aside, the storyline is very rich and unique. It really dwelves into a lonely woman who has some psychiatric issues and she must deal with them so to speak. Yes, the graphics are two-dimensional, but this game is more of an art-form with a story line attached. I also commend the music in it is very well paired with the storyline. The endings do vary depending on your chioces made in this game. I think more of these indie games like this one really needs more hype. As you can see from my gameplay, it wasn't a long play, but worth the money. I also read the same company is coming out with another similar game somtime in the future. They have earned a fan here!
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0.7 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 16 日
Amazing journey, I loved this game a lot. Get ready for the feels trip guys, this game is definitely worth experiencing. While I do enjoy playing games with detailed graphics, I decided to give it a chance and obviously, I wasn't dissapointed, one of my all time favorites :D
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18.4 記錄時數
張貼於:03 月 29 日
The Cat Lady is one of those games that takes you in the guts... It's much more than a horror game. It's a psychological story full of sadness, love, friendship, revenge... The awesome soundtrack complete the beauty of this awesome game. The humor, not that only black, from the dialogues is intelligent. The story is unique and very interesting. It immerses you in the tortured depths of the human mind who can be so complicated. I have a huge crush on this game
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6.3 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 8 日
wow just wow
i only playd a few h and this game triggerd me.
>good story
>well written chars
>cool puzzles
>well drawing style
>voice acting is great
>verry verry interresding Topic
>only for ppl how like games with a dark and psychological story.
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36.1 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 11 日
The bloody mess of Susan Ashworth's world is crafted from depression. The Cat Lady deals with ideas about life in a direct fashion, and refuses to beat around the bush when it questions what it means to be alive. As I followed along with the story, which is told through an animated, interactive film, the sometimes messy dialogue [and voice acting] seemed to fade away. The writing is simply stunning. Though there are moments that I felt I had seen coming, there are far more scenarios where I couldn't have possibly thought of what happened. Remigiusz Michalski snuck some very subtle humour in the way certain characters act, and when it worked, it really worked.

Praise aside, the game is not without its flaws. The controls feel clunky at times, as you browse the game's interface (and that's all you do in this game, aside from walk and listen). On top of that, the art style, though gorgeous, sometimes popped so that a bike would look like a wall, for an instance. And, as previously mentioned, the voice acting suffers from certain characters being ridiculously overreacted.

That being said, the game is $10 ($8 on sale). I more than got my moneys worth for the story told here, and would gladly play it again to make different choices when the times came.
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20.3 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 16 日
For me, what made this game was the writing. The writing for the characters make them so much more real. Both Susan and her friend and roommate are such likable characters. I love that Susan is an older woman and very relatable. The environments in this game are eerie, and the music only solidifies that. Susan's voice actor is what makes the game and the Susan Ashworth character complete.

If you liked Downfall, you will love this game. You get to experience true physiological horror from this game. I have played it 3 times fully through and will never get sick of it.
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18.1 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 14 日
It's help for me.
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7.7 記錄時數
張貼於:02 月 18 日
The Cat Lady is a revival of old-school point-and-click adventure games with plenty of puzzles, using items, and talking to different people. However, some main differences: 1- there are no arbitrary puzzles. All the solutions seem to make sense, so you don't wrack your brain trying to just randomly combine any item to hopefully advance the story. And that leads us to our second main difference: the story.

The Cat Lady is a horror game that is all about creepy atmosphere, pop-up scares, and a very depressing tone of the life of a failed suicide victim, Susan Ashworth. She has been blessed (or cursed) with the inability to die, so she goes through a story of personal loathing, and getting through the pointlessness of life in general.

This title can be thought of like a mini-series about themes not often explored in media. It is thoughtful, thought-provoking, and ultimately satisfying to experience.

7/10 "Good"
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