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 (1,912 reviews) - 93% of the 1,912 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 1, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"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."


“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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
139 of 152 people (91%) 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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38 of 39 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Fragile and yet so strong. Flawless.
Pictures emotions and sounds completing
each other so perfectly. That's this brilliant game.
The voices and thoughts so refreshing, so full
of .... absence of trash and wannabe intelligence.
Music puts a crown on this game's head.
It's always hard to move one when you finish a game
that truly touched your heart but this one ... I miss badly.
I still have my cats though <3
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Review: The Cat Lady

Writing a review about this game, although I haven’t played it for a while now, may sound strange to you, but I can’t let it drown in the abyss that is called Steam. It deals with problems like depression, loneliness, social and moral decay of society, problems that became stronger in Modern times. "Time is Money", isn’t that one of those sentences everybody hears or even says every day? If I ask you, whether or not you can tell me what the name of your neighbor is, how many of you could answer that question? And not to mention that sweet anonymity the internet has to offer, literally forcing millions of people to present their point of view to others, even if they haven’t been asked for.

So what is this all about? Meet Susan Ashworth, middle-aged, cynical, depressive, cat-loving and about to commit suicide. Spending her last breaths with her beloved Tomcat, Teacup, Susan finds herself in another world, not knowing if this is life, death or even something worse. A woman, calling herself “Queen of the maggots”, is waiting there, offering Susan something that will bring her in touch with five different strangers. And it seems like they don’t want to hold a tea party at all.

I won’t and simply can’t spoil more information about the plot right here because it might alter your whole experience while playing, so let`s have a look at the game’s execution instead. The Cat Lady aims to be a psychological horror adventure, that is divided into different chapters and presented with side scrolling 2D-graphics. Although people seem to look strange, undefined and even ugly sometimes I can’t imagine a better setting for this game, especially in combination with the well drawn and often animated backgrounds. Items will get highlighted if they can be used, clicked or interacted with, some can be stored in a small inventory. Puzzles aren’t very hard at all, the plot is all that matters. Most of the time you have to find Object A, combine it with Object B or interact with Object C, but still there are some really special interactions while playing the game that I will never forget, may they be offensive or simply unique. You will also encounter many dialogues that may have a huge impact on your game or even ending so be aware of what to choose in the conversation trees.

This game is rated 18 and that for some reasons. Violence, murder, suicide, anger, rage, ♥♥♥♥ and psychological terror are only the tip of the iceberg of what this game has to offer. Since these themes only refer to human behaviour that has been like this for ages, there is nothing to feel offended about. It is illustrated gruesomely, but never without an aspect of art, like there is even a reference to a certain book of Stephen King that I don’t want to spoil here. Besides that, people who aren’t at least 18 yet may lack some experience in life. Understanding or feeling what this game wants to show can be hard for those who have never felt what living a life can imply sometimes.

Before I start to summarize the points I mentioned above, I want to bring up the amazing soundtrack. It manages to walk the line between honeymoon daylife and the feeling one might get, right before getting engulfed into the abyss of depression and psychotic horror.

Big Text, Quick Facts:

  • A mature plot one can hardly forget - realistic core meets terrifying fiction. Or the other way around?
  • Although depressing and cynical to the core - Susan is credible and pleasant!
  • Wonderful artwork (just look at chapter 5)
  • Well written dialogues
  • Some unique mechanics the player must use to proceed
  • Ugly, disgusting or unkind - but interesting side characters
  • Multiple Endings
  • Fitting, engaging and enjoyable Soundtrack
  • Cats

  • Topics might offend people
  • Some puzzles won’t challenge experienced adventure players


I know I wrote a lot above but words cannot describe what playing and finishing this game made me feel. This is easily one my most beloved stories a game could offer, including all its violence and hate. You don`t have to suffer any mental problems to understand how Susan could get into all this but you might need some morbid interest and a big package of black humour to help her through it. I call it an indie masterpiece with great artwork, sound and plot.

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
"Have you ever felt like a game was made just for you? Like it was pandering to your own sensibilities and sense of humor?"


The Cat Lady is a 2D sidescrolling adventure title that features dark, macabre settings and situations. If you're sensitive about suicide or think mental illness is merely matter of willpower, you might not enjoy or understand this game.

If you want to know enough about the story, I'll talk about it here, but it'll be blacked out for those who wish to skip this part of the review.

The story starts with a 40-year-old lady named Susan Ashworth, who abruptly ends her life at the beginning of the game, but instead of being brought to a traditional afterlife, she's brought to some strange place in between life and death where she meets a mysterious old woman who explains that Susan has a job to do back in the world of the living: Kill "parasites". After convincing Susan that she should give this life a chance Susan revives in a hospital wondering if she just had a really awful coma experience or if what she experienced while dead really happened.

The voice acting usually hits the mark and I feel like a lot of the characters are actually having a conversation instead of reading lines. There's a few actors who felt phoned in (two, in fact), but they're so minor it didn't really bother me.

The puzzles aren't really difficult, but sometimes finding the right item or information to progress can be frustrating. Exhausting all of the game mechanics will help you out though, as you can grab, use and examine objects, and the adventure game pro in you should always do all these things. Sometimes though you will have to just mess around with fussy positioning of your character.

There is a problem with some of the layering taking up massive amount of resources while in the highest "resolution". The resolution is probably actually 800x600, but there is some texture options that the setup offers that allow you to make the game look as it was intended with crisp background. The character models suffer a little and look a bit pixelly, but I didn't think that detracted too much from this title being that it didn't require mechanics that revolved around precision.

There are multiple endings, but I just played through it once and the ending was really emotionally satisfying.

All in all, I'd say that I really, really enjoyed my time with The Cat Lady and I think people who have similar dark tastes as I do would as well.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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