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...
User reviews: Very Positive (1,768 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 1, 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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February 1

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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January 16

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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Reviews

“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

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
74 of 77 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
*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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92 of 103 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
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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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
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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61 of 70 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
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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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
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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