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 (2,180 reviews) - 93% of the 2,180 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 1, 2012

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December 22, 2015

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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November 24, 2015

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!

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

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

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
122 of 128 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
The Cat Lady is a game for the mature audiences only. The game deals with dark materials like suicide, death and many more things. But will you want to play it ?

In The Cat Lady we play as Susan Ashworth, she's a 40 year old woman who lost everything she cared about. She has no friends and she decides to take her own life away. But after committing suicide she is given another chance to make things right. She has to confront 5 people so she can live in peace.

Now I was following the project ever since it first launched on Desura, but I've never got the chance to finish the game until recently I decided to sit down and finish it and let me tell you this game is quite the experience.

The game is a very dark game and is not suitable for the young audiences and should only be played by adults. The whole time playing I felt unsettled of the very dark nature. The game's script is it's strongest feature which grips you until you finish the game and see how the entire story wraps up.

The game is a simple adventure game. You can go to two sides either to left or right and you can collect items and interact with the environment. The game is fairly simple and there's not much else I can say about the gameplay since it is fairly simple.

The graphics might not look great, but they're really good. I loved the whole black and white art style and it really settles the mood and makes you feel uneasy the entire time playing. The graphics are accompanied by a great soundtrack. While it's not the best soundtrack it helps build the atmosphere.

The voice acting is this games weakest part. The entire game has different audio quality ranging from pretty good to abysmal. But that's not that big of a problem.

The game ran incredibly smoothly from start to finish, until chapter 4 where there is a massive frame drop for a certain sequence, but it only happened in that part.

The entire game took me 7 hours to finish and I loved every minute of it. The game does have a bit of replay value because this game has some player choices that do affect the outcome of the story, but it's pretty minor stuff.

Some of the puzzles might seem hard, but for the most part it's really simple stuff nothing really cryptic.

Overall if you're not easily disturbed, I highly suggest giving The Cat Lady a chance as it's one of the best games I've played as of recent. The incredible story and characters will grip you till the end credits and you will love every single moment of it.

Final Rating:
9/10 A must own

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62 of 65 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2015
"...yeah, I've already been to hell. They don't want me there." - Susan Ashworth

Nearly all my friends were pestering me to play this game for a year now, and the title being my only clue to its content, I was expecting a somewhat sarcastic, maybe semi-realistic satire. Oh, have I ever been so wrong? The Cat Lady is a brilliant display of pure symbolism on the gravity of one notion: self - and also one of the most striking games that I've ever played. It is bold, brutal and unconventional. It is a downer and a punch to your gut that you'd be glad to have. Ironic, isn't it?

The Cat Lady is the story of Susan Ashworth. Susan is a 40 year old woman, who lives alone in an apartment in the forsaken part of town. Her one joy in life is playing the piano. That's also how neighborhood cats know that it is feeding time and rush towards Susan's balcony, to her neighbors' distress. The story starts with a radical decision on Susan's part: she decides to die and swallows a truckload of pills to put a point to the story of her life. As you may have guessed so far, our main character is suicidally depressed and unbeknownst to her, her suicide attempt is the exact moment that her life takes a turn for the creepy and the unexpected. Within the timeframe of a single night, Susan will be invited to take an offer and witness events unfitting even to her most morbid nightmares...

Let's start with a fair warning: The Cat Lady isn't suitable for all audiences. It doesn't only contain; it is based on themes such as suicide, depression, guilt, cancer, gravity of choice and of course, the value of life. The game is also highly graphic and even brutal, when displaying certain notions or psychotic conditions, using gore, sexuality and disturbing symbolic imagery to its advantage. Mind that, language would be the least of a fragile person's concern in this long list. You are warned. Lovers of the weird, the obscure and the surreal; please keep reading!

Now we are done with our warning, we can take a closer look on the game itself. Graphic wise, one would say there is nothing extraordinary. We have two dimensional environments in dark colors and somewhat dark figures drawn in a Vertigo Comics style walking on this linear environment, is that it? Nope. I think that the artwork is a major part of the atmosphere by establishing a sense of hopelessness, a darkness: a sense of being lost without a glimpse of hope for being found. We constantly witness the potential towards evil within human soul just by observing the environment and scenes of the story. Everything is pictured in shades of black and gray, with only dreamlike symbolic imageries possessing vibrant, even alarming colors to predict a shocking revelation.

The reality that we are presented seems to justify the gloomy perception of our heroine. I'd love to present some more solid examples in imagery, but that would be presenting spoilers, sorry. Suffice to say that the artwork in this game is chosen to be in synch with the main theme masterfully, and I also believe all that we observe presents Susan's perception of reality aside what would be actually real. Combined with a soundtrack medium to channel appropriate feelings such as sorrow, panic, serenity, humor, rage or hope; the game manages to create a striking atmosphere with so little in display.

Gameplay is deadly simplistic: I present you arrow keys to move or manage your inventory, and enter to interact. That's it. Oh, and if you are impatient or replaying a scene to hunt for an achievement, there is always space key to skip dialogue. But if it is your first playthrough, you'll want to pay attention to every single word! If you carefully observe the environment and all on-goings, you are in a symbolic feast and given some clues to the backstage of events. You are also given a couple of under-toned choices which may change the ending of the game - yup, the game has 3 different endings and some replay value.

By the end of the day, The Cat Lady is more of an artistic statement with a story to tell rather than a game. When I come across either games or other media claiming to try and deal with depression, their selling slogan is usually "life is good; here is some sunshine and flowers, and unicorns puking rainbows!" Come on, that ♥♥♥♥ is cheesy, insincere and lacks any kind of insight to the actual problem. The Cat Lady presents a solid view point and taps to the reality of a problem brutally. Without exploring the perception, no one would be able to claim holding a solution, right? Here is the glimpse of the problem wrapped in a brilliant empathy simulation: an actual story crowned with the aphorisms of human mind.

In short, The Cat Lady is a must have for anyone that enjoys strong narrative and genuine symbolism; and mostly for the lover of the obscure. You'll remember this one, I promise you.

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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
The Cat Lady is an indie adventure game. It's typically referred to as a point and click game although it plays without using the mouse.

The premise of The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth. A very lonely 40 year old woman who cares only for her cats, who decides to commit suicide. What follows is a very surreal descent as the story progresses.

What I like the most about the Cat Lady was it's self awareness and it's message. The protagonist Susan comes across as extremely believable as a depressed suicidal woman. She's not particularly attractive, she often talks to herself, she's prone to outbursts and she genuinely comes across like someone you wouldn't catch a second glance at on the street. However her character is still extremely likeable, and her story is very well paced. Which keeps you invested until it's conclusion.

The game deals with very complex themes following suicide, grief, remorse, guilt and suffering. Stylistically the game is generally colorless, with high contrast splashes of color following very specific moments in the game. The game has a very peculiar art style where the characters look like very realistic sketches overlayed onto environments. It paints a very depressed picture where the world that the protagonist sees blends in together. Almost like it's all a distraction to her.

But the biggest thing I like about the Cat Lady is it's message. One of hope and perserverance, where one should involve themselves in the lives of others to truly feel any sort of happiness. Every objective in the game almost feels like a step in the main character's redemption. It's very engaging to see her undergo a character arc where she starts out completely hopeless and apathetic, to heroic and selfless.

The Cat Lady tells a story and most importantly tells it very well, and I dearly recommend it to fans of adventure games.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
Rarely have I been drawn into a game like this, especially these days. I'm not just talking about being addicted to a AAA game or some other game where when it's over you kind of start to forget about it eventually, if it's a game you can freeroam after it's over you might play it for a couple of more hours, mod it and so on but eventually it fades.

The Cat Lady however, is like a book that I just want to read about forever and I'm not a huge book reader mind you (American Psycho and anything by Haruki Murakami is basically all I read) this surrealistic world is beautiful and I wish there were hundreds of more hours to soak into. (Going to check out all 4 endings and achievements I missed though)

Not to mention the soundtrack, I'm sort of a video game soundtrack collector but 80% of it is basically memories and nostalgia so it's not just a big collection of pointlessness. Counting only my MP3s (and not FLAC) there's about 175GB in my VGM folder. And this soundtrack is definitely one of my all time favorites, a lovely blend of guitars, dark ambient, blues, jazz, piano and downtempo with a unique personality and style.

Turned out to be one of my all time fave games no doubt. I could go on and on in detail about the story and everything but it's better for you to experience it all, and I would like to end it here with my highest recommendations, fuzzy feelings, goosebumps and aural o r g a s m s. (Why is that word censored?)

Here's a magnificent trailer of the game if you haven't seen it:
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
This game is honestly very deep. Meaningful beyond words. To some players the contents might be very disturbing, as it includes suicide, death, depression, cancer, a ton of swearing, and a lot more. If you're easily disturbed, or a young player, I would not recommend you getting this, as it's not fit for young players at all. I felt creeped out through most of the gameplay. I would recommend this to MATURE players only.

The gamplay is simple, fun, and nothing tricky required. The graphics might not seem so amazing, but they are. They fit perfectly with the game, especially concidering what it's about. The soundtrack is pretty awesome, aswell. Together with the graphics, the soundtrack gives it that.. uneasy feeling, making it seem dark but amazing at the same time. I wasn't too thrilled with the voice acting. At some parts it sounded terrible, some parts being too soft, or too loud. One thing that really bothered me though, was somewhere in chapter 4 I think, there's a scene with some fog. My frame rates dropped down to 1/2 for that entire scene. I'm not sure if others have had this problem, but everything ran smoothly through the rest of the game.

The puzzles are quite simple, and easy to work around if you stop for a moment or two to think. I got stuck more times than I'd like to admit, some parts can be tricky, but the answer to the puzzle is always obvious. Or so it seemed. If you get stuck, there are some guides offering help.

This is one of those games where what you do, what you decide, will affect your ending. I tried my best to go after the golden ending, and I can honestly say I was happy with what I found. The ending I got made me feel sad, but happy at the same time, and that's just what this game will do to you. It makes the player feel something. Playing through this you'll get a hint of what depression is like, but at the same time you'll see what true happiness is. The game perfectly captures emotions.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Overall I think if you're a fan of adventure/horror type games then this is for you. This is one of the best games I've had the pleasure of playing recently, and I think if you give it a go, you'd agree! So, prepare to be hit right in the feels.

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