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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...
Release Date: Dec 1, 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

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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 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

    • 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
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300 of 341 people (88%) found this review helpful
275 products in account
7 reviews
2.0 hrs on record
The Cat Lady!
The Cat Lady is a game following our protagonist Susan: A depressed suicidal middle-aged woman that decided to end her life. She swallows a whole lot of pills and here is where the journey really begins, when you wake up in a dreamlike field to the protagonists confusion. The main story, if you look outside of characters and their interactions and how they end up, is not the most logical or devoid of plotholes, but I wouldn't focus completely on where you are and why due to the surreal nature of the game. Instead the focus should be on the characters, and really think of them as people, mainly Susan and Mitzi. Perhaps this interaction between cynicism and optimism - the existential crisis - isn't relatable to everybody, but it doesn't have to be, it's a game filled with greatly written dialogues and amazing visuals, interesting story elements with profound symbolism at every corner.

“Bleak, uncertain, beautiful”
This is a game where the visuals really mean something, where the artstyle, while bleak and macabre, is still incredibly powerful with salient bright-red blood and shocking aesthetics. The photorealistic nature of the game makes the visuals really speaks to you, it impacts you in a way not many games do. It makes every moment tense and terrifying especially considering how well the visuals are paired with the music. It creates phenomenally thick atmosphere of eery beauty. The characters move in an uncanny and rigid way which really adds to the overall uneasy “feel” of the game. It's a game where you can find the ugly beautiful, or just find it ugly. Although “ugly” would be totally suitable considering the circumstances.

Music, oh wow-wee!
The music in this game goes from heavy distorted riffs with beautiful and powerful vocals to the minimalistic, somber piano pieces. The music is used perfectly in this game. When the piano kicks in during some of the monologues or some of the more laid-back dialogues you are just sat there awe-struck, amazed at how much you are drawn in. The music is overall very fitting and wonderful, matching each moment more or less brilliantly.

Uh oh, characters!
The characters in this game are remarkably fleshed-out. Especially the main character and her relations. The way they talk to each other, they way they seem like they have some real connection on a personal level. How they argue about some of our protagonists more cynical ways of seeing the world, of how she look at other people, it felt very believable, it was written amazingly. From the “parasites”(the main plot impetus) we get some quite cool performances with some of the voice acting really convincing the player of how twisted, cruel and weird they are. How despite not being able to die we have reason to fear these people solely because of what they might do to us while we're still alive. I could write for hours on the relationship between Mitzi and Susan, but I wouldn't want to give much of it away out from its context.

This is one of my favorite games, although that means nothing, it's really a game that I could insert myself in to, to feel like it was talking to me. It was a personal experience for me, which it may not be for everybody. Probably not for most people. But I think most people can enjoy the quirky/creepy characters, the insane visuals and the great music. That most people can enjoy the story which holds up fine just as an adventure. You can view this game from different perspectives and still thoroughly enjoy it for it's different characteristics. I played this game almost a year ago and it's still fresh in my memory, it's truly one of the best experiences I've had in gaming. Personal or not. It's a game that is grown up. It's a game that will show that this industry have something to it as well. That this is also art. The thing we spend our time on, the things we think about, it's also important, this is more than a time sink, our interests have merit. Our tastes are more than visceral bloodshed. This game is perhaps not best suited for most gamers, but I long for a day where games like this has a bigger place in our medium, where profoundness trumps “fun” for a bigger portion of gamers. I only have one thing to say now, thanks, for everything.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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110 of 121 people (91%) found this review helpful
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103 reviews
11.5 hrs on record
The play style of The Cat Lady is simple and intuitive. The entire game is controlled with the keyboard – left and right arrow keys to move, up to examine objects and areas of interest, down to select items in your inventory, and enter to select an option. The interface is minimal as well, with just a bar across the bottom of the screen to display items you’ve collected.

I really enjoyed that this game was side-scrolling. The ability to actually control Susan, rather than scanning a cursor all around the screen as in traditional, point-and-click adventure games, made the game a much more engaging, organic experience. This isn’t ♥♥♥♥-talking point-and-clicks in any way – the ability to navigate Susan through the nightmarish environments just made the game feel a lot more personal, and less zoomed-out, which works since The Cat Lady is more about your interaction with others than solving elaborate puzzles.

The Cat Lady is not a game about ridding the world of evil. It’s about accepting that sometimes ♥♥♥♥’s rough, but you have to find your happiness in spite of it all. It’s about learning to smile in the face of horror, and realizing that your fear of others is just a result of your own weakness.

I don’t have much of a conclusion other than GO GET THE CAT LADY. It’s a unique and engaging experience that I would hate to see fly under the radar. It’s definitely in my top games that I've played this year. If you like adventure games, cats, horror, good writing, and stuff with explicit content warnings at the beginning, this is the game for you!
Posted: December 17th, 2013
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91 of 112 people (81%) found this review helpful
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9 reviews
10.4 hrs on record
The Cat Lady is an interesting game. It certainly stands out amongst any other game I can think of this year.

To start with, I'll just say that this game is not for everyone. It Is VERY, Text heavy, and there isn't much in the way of Gameplay, but I hope you expected that before you purchase this.

The Game follows Susan, who recently commited suicide by swallowing pills, but she was brought back by something I won't say. From here, we follow her on a journey to stop seven "Parasites", bad people who can't be trusted.

Having not completed the game, In my short time i've seen a number of things.
The Character Design and Development is amazing, you really feel for just about everyone
The art is stunning, and the lighting effects are very stylised and attractive.
Overall, the Atmosphere is very tight, and clear effort was put into it.

However, I have also noticed a few negatives.
The game has crashed on me alot. Running Windows 7 64Bit, with plenty of RAM, So i'm not sure where the problem is.
The game doesn't autosave, which without realising, effected me more because of the above problem.
If text goes off screen, it is not possible to know what it means, but generally, you can understand.
The must is a mixed bag. The start wasn't great, but starting from the Hospital, it was very relaxing.
Most of the Voice acting is amazing, but some lines seem delivered with no effort.

TLDR: Text heavy adventure style game, with some technical problems, but worth every penny.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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65 of 73 people (89%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
17.2 hrs on record
The Cat Lady is one of the most unique and moving games I've ever had the experience to play. The story deals with Susan Ashworth a 40 year old woman who tries to commit suicide but fails and then has to struggle to find the will to live.

There's very much a horror element but not without reason or for shock value. Everything has a reason, a purpose and a meaning and while the game can be very dark and graphic I felt that fit with Susan's view of the world and other people in general.

I'm normally not interested in horror stories at all, but I feel that this is an emotional journey with a necessary horror backdrop to bring you into Susan's dark world of despair. I also felt that the unique art style of the game, which seems almost like an animated paper diorama, and the surreal nature of the game in general for me did help mitigate the horror aspect a bit. For those avoiding this game due to the horror factor I urge you to reconsider and push through it even in the areas that are disturbing. The ultimate experience I feel is very much worth it.

In spite of some very unrealistic situations, I found Susan to be one of the most realistically portrayed characters I've ever encountered in a video game. The dynamic between Susan and Mitzi, a young girl she encounters and assists her on her journey, was also excellent and a great contrast.

The game is voice acted and the cast on the whole is excellent, particularly Susan. With every tone of her voice you really do feel her pain and her struggle.

The ending for me was very satisfying, realistic and even uplifting. It was a great closure to a moving experience. Though note that there are multiple endings and even one extra special one that feels like a gift if you work to get it.

I would recommend anyone who is interested in non-standard video game experiences that really make you think, feel and see different points of view to play The Cat Lady and to please stick with it and not be put off by the horror. The experience of the game taken as a whole is very much worth it.
Posted: December 15th, 2013
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108 of 151 people (72%) found this review helpful
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0.2 hrs on record
I loved the Cat Lady. Whether you will love it depends on what you're looking for in a game.

The characterization in this game is outstanding. Susan is relatable, and her situation is intriguing, as are the other characters. The portrayal of depression doesn't resort to making Susan a stereotype. The gore is not cheap, but is used to evoke emotions including disgust and dread. There were times when I knew what was needed to progress but had to steel my nerves to actually do it. If you're in the market for a story driven and methodically building sort of personal horror, then this game is your genre.

Now, this game has things that will put some people off. It's not a cheerful game. There's a lot of gore and some very dark themes. There is a strong age warning on it, and there should probably be some trigger warnings as well. Additionally the game is slow building, has a very simple interface, and the art/animation, though it has a very well chosen aesthetic that worked for me, runs the risk of looking inexpensive or unpolished. These things might be ok or even a plus for you, or it might put you off the game entirely.

For me, the choice of whether to recommend this title comes down to this. The Cat Lady will prompt you and give you a choice to feel a certain series of reactions, including fear, disgust, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness and occasionally hope. If that is what you're looking for, then this story is worth your time.

Note: This review based on a single playthrough of the Desura version. Crossposted to GOG.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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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