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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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
123 of 148 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
This is a horror game about Susan Ashworth a 40 year old lady who is suicidal and suffers from depression.
The game is about the choices we make and the consequences from making those choices.
A very good story and voice acting. Worth your time.
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45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 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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36 of 37 people (97%) 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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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
The Cat Lady is fanatically sick, twisted, and disturbing. WTF did I just play? And why did I enjoy every bit of it? I am honestly speechless.
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34 of 38 people (89%) 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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27 of 32 people (84%) 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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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The Cat Lady is a point-and-click horror adventure game. You are Susan Ashworth, a depressed woman without friends. Her only companions are cats. She is known in her neighborhood as the cat lady. The game begins with the suicide of the protagonist. In death Susan encounter the Queen of Maggots, who makes her immortal and gives her the mission to kill five psychopaths referred to as the "parasites." Susan then returns to the world of the living to wake up in a hospital bed and is soon forced to carry out her mission.
The Cat Lady is extremely narrative-driven, like a sort of horror visual novel. The puzzles are pretty easy. There are several endings and your choices throughout the game determine which you will get.
The graphics are well-chosen for this indie game. The colours are mainly black, white and greys but with a bit of colour in every scene. The game uses colour to help the player find the relevant objects.
The music is great, it really adds to the experience. The voice acting is good, nothing really big to complain about.
If you like horror games and point-and-click adventures then you will like The Cat Lady.

Sounds 8/10
Graphics 7/10
Gameplay 7/10
Atmosphere 8/10
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
The Cat Lady is a dark, disturbing point and click adventure that truly lives up to those descriptors. I have yet to come across a game which covers such controversial topics and heavy adult material with such...grace. Most games, and media outlets in general, wouldn’t get near the plot of this adventure with a 10 foot pole; covering depression, suicide, drug and alcohol use, tragic deaths and psychological disorders in a way which does not sensationalize the issues but instead is able to put you inside the life of someone surrounded by them.
Gripping is one of the best words I have to describe my experience with The Cat Lady. After every play session I was left on edge and more than a little introspective about the issues in my own life. I think this title is incredible, progressive, and truly gives something to the art of game creation.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is awesome!
The story is very good, someone should make a movie with it, the music is good, the artwork is not that bad, you get used to it and start to like it and the puzzles aren't boring.
If you like psychological horror games with great story, you should try it out!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
+ Decently Good Story
+ Great atmosphere
+ Ability to make some choices about the character
+ Character Development
+ Engaging main characters (Probably depends a little on personal experience)
+ Music is pretty good
+ Cheap
+/- Graphics are obviously not great, but they can also add to the atmosphere
+/- I personally liked the voice acting, but you can hear the feedback of the mic somewhat often (not really all that distracting though)
- A few impossibilities/absurdities here and there (the mundane ones, not the supernatural)
- On the shorter side (I finished everything there was to finish in 11 hours and I was probably going rather slowly)
- Interface can be a little clunky at first
- Resolution is low as ♥♥♥♥, I think 600x900, which can make it buggy to start non-windowed.

8.5/10, I am not sure I would say its a masterpiece, but if you're looking for an indie game to spend some time on, pick this up and give it a try. I would say this is one of the better indie games I have found on Steam, but that's just my tastes.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
I am enjoying every click of this game!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Really really great game!

At first glance a lot of people would mistake the unique art style for bad design, but the game's art style actually really adds to the atmosphere. Strong dark-light contrasts and only the occasional splash of vivid colours make the game creepy and intriguing.

One of the numerous things that make this game so great is how well done the protagonist is. Susan Ashworth is a lonely middle aged woman on the verge of suicide. She suffers from chronic depression, and only finds comfort in the company of the neighborhood cats, partically a black cat named Teacup, who visit her flat whenever she plays the piano. Because of this she is dubbed by the other residents from her building as "The Cat Lady". Her background, the way she talks, looks and what she says all fit the character to a tee. The voice-acting, partically Susan's, in this game is really impressive, too.

The story itself is one of the most interesting and unique out there. This isn't your typical horror game. There are a few jump scares here and there, there's the creepy atmosphere, scary characters and all that, but the game focuses more on what's going on inside the mind of Susan and the people around her. Although the game has very dark themes, the overall message of the game is quite positive and it's one that should be heard, especially by those who suffer from depression themselves.

The gameplay isn't too "elaborate", as the game is story-oriented. I still found it fun, though. Usually you had a few "puzzles" in every of the chapters, which were relatively easy to solve most of the time, challenging enough to keep you interested; but not so challenging that you'd have to look up a walkthrough a few times in every chapter. The puzzles got more elaborate, and more fun, as the game went along.

If there was one bad thing I could say about the game, it'd probably be the occasional (I actually only noticed it maybe twice in the game) inconsistency in audio during some of the game's dialogues and such. Not a big issue, but it could bother some people. Oh, and the lack of auto-save bothers some people. However, you can save the game at any time, so as long as you remember to do it every so often (at the start of every chapter for example) it shouldn't be a problem at all.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
This game has the best character design i have seen in years. Never thought i could find the protagonist Susan Ashworth interesting at all. Who is she? she is a crazy cat lady who is depressed and tries to do suicide and awakens up in a hospital and then some extremely disturbing stuff happens that leaves you wondering what is real and what is not. Not exactly the normal big busted heroinne right? Susan is the polar opposite to not one but a whole load of design decisions that are so normal in games since day 0. Just for that, one must applaud the daring decision to make susan as she is and not make her 'dark' and 'emo' just to make her more easily approachable.

Opening 20minutes of the game is not impressive at all. Character literally looks as one would expect someone who wants to die right now looks like. Everything is gray and awfull. It easily kills of the interest in the game early but keep on playing and you start to understand why all looks so terrible. Story gets good. and really, really disturbing. Lots of blood, entrails, sick psychos and death in various forms. Susan is also just a mortal woman. (well almost) - No special moves or ways to hurt bad people unless the story give a specific way to do that.

8.8/10 horror game done right. Even better as Amnesia or Anna as this one opens up little at a time w/chapters and doesnt leave it all to the end.

Some small bad things to mention: Achievement collection could have been better. i won't be bothered to collect them all as they are mostly hidden achievements or something you get for selecting an alternate dialog. Load/Save system does not allow overwriting of saves for some reason. But these are all small things compared to how well this little indie game performed.

This game is another indie gem that has come out in later years to beef up the stagnating horror game scene that has been too fixed on dumb jump scares/zombies and for that i love it.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Where do I begin ... I randomly bought this game because it was very cheap (sale) and because the theme looked interesting to me. I normally never play games like this, but I can say I was positively surprised.

This game isn't for everyone, its subjects are dark: depression, suicide, murder, cancer ... It's for people who want to enjoy a good story about these kind of things. Even if you've never been in contact with them, the game is very good at explaining how a depressed person goes through life. The game can be quite confrontating towards people who've suffered from any of the topics above, but it's still an interesting experience.

STORY: really good. At chapter 1 I was interested, but I wasn't blown away or anything. At the end of chapter 2 I was completely hooked though. I thought this game was going to give me a nice, regular story about depression, but I was wrong. It throws things at you you wouldn't expect. Well the game is tagged "horror", so I guess I should've expected the story would become even darker & sicker than it already was ...
Quite linear story, but you can make some choices that change the plot quite a bit.

GAMEPLAY: Oddly satisfying. You play through each of the 7 chapters and have to explore your environment to gather items and to find out more about the characters. This game works with a kind of puzzle system: find X, so you can get to Y, so you can finally do Z. Quite obvious puzzles, but here and there you might have to think.
Also, there's a good balance between watching dialogues (that you can alter; really fun) and getting to play yourself.

ART: I honestly love the art of this game. The game often presents itself in a white/black-ish style, which I guess is quite logical regarding the subjects of this game. Now and then, there's also some colour to be found which emphasizes certain items/events in the game. There are some areas that could've been made better, but the most important areas in the game look really good, so no problem.

SOUNDTRACK: Just absolutely fantastic. Really makes the game a much better experience. The music changes from pretty calm, to eerie, to sometimes even agressive ... all depending on the situation you find yourself in. Also, pretty cool (and eerie!) sounds/noises are used, like cracking stairs and doors, screaming women, the typical jumpscare sounds you'll fall victim to everytime (or maybe the total opposite).

ATMOSPHERE: By far the most amazing thing about this game. Nothing much to say about it, you really just have to play it yourself to feel it.

So yeah, really good game. Love it a lot, despite not expecting it would be this good. Again, not for everyone, but if you want to give this game a fair chance and open yourself up to it, you'll find yourself dragged into this game and just want to keep playing. At the end credits, you'll just find yourself staring at the screen, asking yourself what the ♥♥♥♥ you have been playing (and most of all; why you enjoyed it so much).

P.S: some people have unanswered questions after playing the game. Apperently playing "downfall" would answer some of these questions (though I can't confirm as I have not played it myself).
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
ㅡ'press any key to live'

+First impression:
the NAME, is just GORGEOUS. i mean, look.... the Cat Lady :3

full-voiced (with very strong UK accent),
absolutely stunning story, dreamlike scenery (like, deer wandering around), and multiple endings.
BUT the Game system/Level design got me relatively long time to kinda...get used to. (lags, and I failed several times to... SAVE)

the first girly(?) game i ever played on steam, i really enjoyed playing through.
9/10 would play it again. please fix.....the...game system... :error:

Oh and.... Don't feed the trolls.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
While i'm only four hours into this game, it has already been proven that this is an experience that I won't forget anytime soon.


Get this game. You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
My graphics card had decided to die on me and as I was waiting for my new one to come in the mail I decided to get my gaming fix from a little game called "The Cat Lady". I like cats, and I joke about becoming a cat lady one day. It was supposed to be strange and dark which i'm never opposed to, and the graphics were at the level I needed them to be so I figured why not? What started out as a half-joke became one of the best gaming experiences i've ever had.

If you are used to high end graphics you might initially be put off by the visuals of the game, but trust me when I say you will get over that very quickly. I, in fact, became fond of the dark 2D visuals. The voice acting was of a quality that is difficult to find in even blockbuster games; very believable and genuine. I was honestly impressed with the way they were able to make these characters come to life and provide authenticity to the story.
The soundtrack was immersive and lulled you into the events appropriately. It was never jarring or detracted from the experience, but in fact enhanced it (i'm one of those gamers who is sensitive to soundtracks, the music chosen for a game is very important to me to fully realize the experience so this is a big plus).
The gameplay involved the expected puzzle solving sequences and other tasks (like performing investigative jobs, eliminating subjects and completing day-to-day activities), but it also involved a lot of decision making, often relating to some very powerful subject matter. Life, death, depression, abuse, suicide, and more. I found myself completely wrapped up with the impactful dialogue and accompanying visuals, this was truly the highlight of the game. Although it was satisfying to take out the "parasites" in this game, I was much more concerned with the welfare and communications of the main protagonists, and very curious about the introduced supporting characters.
You will care about Susan and Mitzi. You will actually want these 2D images to survive, to get stronger, to get better. You will wonder who Joe Davis is and what his story and motivations are. You will want to adopt a cat. Most importantly, you will be given some powerful insight into the nature of depression and how isolating it can be. It truly is a very unique experience. Highly recommended, even to the most hardened headshot-junkie gamer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
8/10
Overview: Point and Click Adventure Horror

The Good:

+ This game tackles serious issues that many games don't. Issues such as depression, mental health, loneliness, mortality.
+ The main character is not your typical conventional character and that in itself is refreshing

+ The overall story is good and filled with many different horror elements.

+ Most of the dialogue is good however there were a few times when I found it unbelievable.

+ I found the puzzles to be very well designed and for the most part made sense and fit the narrative nicely. It can at times be a bit easy especially if you are a novice of the genre

+ Depending on how you respond to people, it alters the story in a slight way

+ I am not a big fan of heavy metal/rock but the music fit perfectly in this game

+ Easy 100% achievements


The Average

Lack of mouse support is a bit odd.

Walking is a bit slow and the animation leaves something to be desired.

The game fails to explain the actions/motivations of certain characters

Some of the dialogue is a bit cringe worthy

Conclusion

This game is very sick and twisted. If you love this genre and horror then this is a good game to check out. The fact that it was made by a handful of people should also be commended. If you know someone with mental illness or suffered yourself this could be a game that will resonate with you as it touches upon a lot of issues that many people face and can relate to what the main character is going through to a degree. It is always nice to play a game like this where developers are not afraid to tackle serious issues and make a good game out of it as well.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Awesome visual novel, METACRITIC 81/100 ?? really ? are they drunk ?
The Cat Lady deserves more.

Cons:
  • clunky animations
  • sadly, it ends :C

Pros:
  • Awesome voices, most of them are perfectly interpreted
  • Nice puzzles, never repetitive
  • Nice plot
  • Oh the feelings
  • Freaking Awesome soundtrack (and I'm kinda choosy about music)
  • Charismatic characters
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