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 (1,464 reviews)
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
111 of 125 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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92 of 101 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
"The Cat Lady" will hurt you. The story of Susan Ashworth, a failed suicide forced to take a different path, will cause you pain and a degree of mental anguish - and that's okay, because there are some things that *should* hurt when you experience them, even through the proxy of a video game.

The game can be thought of as having two halves that intertwine with each other throughout. One half deals with Susan Ashworth's confrontation with five "parasites" - serial killers whose exploits are depicted with unsparing detail. This portion of the game is suspenseful, gory, horrifying, and ultimately not all that interesting; the shocks and surprises are so over-the-top that they're easily dismissable as something that only happens in the world of make-believe.

The power of "The Cat Lady" comes from its other half. This part of the story is far more personal, dealing with the past trauma that led to Susan's suicide attempt; her growing friendship with a young boarder named Mitzi with a haunted past of her own; and their efforts to save each other from the inner darkness that threatens to consume them. Their stories are dark, but the game wisely introduces a lot of humor in their relationship as well ("think of a vegetable") that occasionally descends into outright farce (the babysitter scene comes to mind). This balance, along with the excellent dialogue and voice acting, make Susan and Mitzi seem very real, and that makes it impossible not to emphasize with them both.

And that makes the game's soul crushing scenes all the more devastating. The one that hit me the hardest involves an argument between a husband and wife, one that begins with petty accusations and descends into shouted accusations that visibly bludgeon the characters. There's no physical violence or over-dramatized threats, and the scene is all the more terrifying because of it. The situation is understated and real, as are the tragic consequences, and I was unable to shake the uneasy feeling that I was watching the lives of two real people fall apart.

"The Cat Lady" allows the players to make choices along the way that decide Susan and Mitzi's ultimate fate: whether they conquer their pain or fall prey to it. I'm oddly proud that I managed to achieve a measure of peace for them both. When I was done, I briefly thought about playing through the game again to view the other endings - but I quickly decided not to. It is wrong to play with human lives and cause idle grief, and by the time the credits for "The Cat Lady" rolled I was unable to think of Susan and Mitzi as anything other than real.
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85 of 101 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This game is a masterpiece.

I had planned on writing a comprehensive review, but blergh.

Just play this game. It's incredible.
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52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Loved it! At times a bit slow maybe, specially at the start. But...

1. Awesome atmosphere
2. Interesting storyline
3. Sick and gruwesome
4. Did I mention sick?
5. Great voiceovers
6. In depth characters
7. Did i mention sick?
8. Low budget , but made in a way that it is just very artistic. Really well done.

Felt more like an interactive story for most parts as a game. ( like a story told with a picture book, not a movie.) But the game part was pretty decent too. Some nice puzzles. Not too easy, not too hard. Finished the game in one breath.

9/10
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 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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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 22 people (86%) 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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
I don't know why I gravitate towards games that deal with mental disorders, particularly depression and anxiety, but The Cat Lady is one that captivated me from the start. The game starts out with you committing suicide and ending up in what I can best describe as a purgatory of sorts. In order to save your soul you're tasked with taking those of deranged and depraved lunatics in trade. Each and every chapter is somber and more than just a little depressing. For anyone who knows what it's like to suffer such things it really hits the mark. The endings (for there are about three or so of them) really make an impact when you take the game as a whole into account. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to play a dark and somewhat twisted game. Just a word of warning, though. Don't play if you're already feeling down.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
The Cat Lady is one of the best horror adventures i've seen, dark atmosphere dark music dark everything. Perfect gameplay weird story but brilliant. You really have to play this game, no screenshot no video can give you the experience you will earn when you played one hour of this masterpiece. So are you able to find your way through this nightmare?

Welcome to a REAL horror game: " T H E C A T L A D Y "
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
The cat lady is a point and click adventure game, but describing it only so would be an understatement. The puzzles are easy and solving them mainly gives way to an emotionally invested story. You are Susan Ashworth, - the cat lady- and you have just done what you wanted to do for a long time: committed suicide. You soon realize though that this is not the end, as you get sent back to life with the mission to kill some so called "human parasites", people who have done even more unthinkable things than yourself. Be prepared, this is indeed a horror game with a few disturbing scenes that mainly uses its bleak atmosphere and despair as its tools instead of jump scares.

Pain, depression, fear, hope, love, are twisted in a dream-like fashion in the form of a game. Its charm lies In that essentially, it embodies everything that makes us human. If you are drawn to things that will stir you up inside, this game is for you. The story of the Cat Lady will haunt your mind long after you have finished playing it.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
This game is excellent! Dark, depressing and bloody. The story is disturbingly wonderful. The art style is gorgeous. The music is beautiful. Fans of adventure games of any genre NEED to play this.
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13 of 15 people (87%) 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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19 of 26 people (73%) 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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8 of 8 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This game is pretty much a scary gem in itself. When I first saw it, I debated buying it for awhile (until it went on discount that is) since I assumed there would be lots of cats in the game. There are kitties thankfully, but the real focus is on the CAT LADY you play as. Cats, cats, cats.


Graphics are a bit grainy but this is fine since it reminds me of older detective style games on computers, but with killers being killed instead. The cutscenes looked great and some the backgrounds and background things were creepy good. Really nice to see small details make things a lot better. Funny how the walls outside of every Flat though are seemingly decaying and yet no one has ever bothered to paint and fix it up.

The audio vaired for me. Susan's voice fell flat most of the time but that's alright since she's getting over having just killed herself and depression as well. Then some of the other voice actors either had popping sounds with their microphone setups or there was static hanging in the background as they spoke their lines. Seeing David Firth of Salad Fingers fame do voices in this game was also pretty cool.

The dialogue was kind of all over the place. A lot of misspelling of words (intentional or not) and it sometimes overlapped with audio. I noticed with the Nurse that sometimes her lines would repeat when the subtitles changed to the next set of subtitles. I also noticed (either due to how often I saved or just the game itself) that from Chapter 4 onwards that the subtitles stopped appearing EVEN WHEN the subtitles are turned on.

The music was nice, ranging from ambient to grunge rock. Sad to see the soundtrack is not available for purchase on Steam, although it can be purchased from the main site.

The story itself was very well written and the twists and turns were nice. Although the plot with Joe and his wife is not mentioned after showing them in a hidden room... Just listening to the story each character has to tell makes the game a lot of just standing around listening though.

8.5/10
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8 of 10 people (80%) 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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