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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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!

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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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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
130 of 134 people (97%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
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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88 of 94 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 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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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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.

Susan/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A friend recommended The Cat Lady, and it was on my Wishlist for a while. The recent Steam sale had it for a ridiculously cheap $1.99.

I was almost immediately drawn in. Nearly everything was done right for this sort of game; atmosphere, plot, dialogue, music, the art. The only thing I didn't care for initially was the character art.

Cat Lady is brillant for a while but slows down for part of the mid and later chapters....too much filler. I also didn't like the sound quality of Mitzi's voice, especially compared to how crisp Susan's was. I found the climax disappointing, thought the epilogue was good. Late in the game even the dialogue, so good for most of the game, started to feel forced and no longer "real".

So while I did have some qualms, overall this is a worthy title for those who like these kinds of games. Notably, there are layers of originality throughout that make it a winner, even at full price.
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