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 (1,013 reviews)
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."

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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 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
41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
"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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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I am enjoying every click of this game!
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
252.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
he 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 and featured artists Warmer, 5iah and Tears Of Mars.

The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
+ 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
(tl;dr version at bottom)
This game is just.. so amazing. I've never done a review before,
but with this game, just... bear with me.
PROS:
-Decisions make key differences
-Character personalities are unique
-Character voices are spot-on with relation to personalities
-Background, Character, and Scene art gives gives 'vibes' between what is safe and what is not
-Story is phenomenal and leaves a sense of wonder (some parts leave your imagination to it, but not too much that it's frustrating)
-Puzzles can range from simple steps, to thinking 'outside the box'
-The jump scares are great, and there aren't so many that it becomes predictably boring (I.E. Dead Space or F.E.A.R imo)
-The eeriness is nearly constant, and it's refreshing when otherwise

CONS:
-Occasional change in tone of voices, possibly just recording bugs
-First part of game includes some tedious wait time, (But assuming you can read decently faster than they speak, spacebar helps speed through boring dialogue)

BOTH:
-Includes a fair amount of guessing/chance to your decisions.

tl;dr? Buy it. It's on sale, and even if it wasn't, it's a fantastic puzzle/horror game with a great story. Job very well done.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
NOW THIS. IS VIDEOGAMES.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I was blown away by the Cat Lady. I expected it to be heavy on the existential malaise considering the starting point of the narrative, but while Susan can get a bit much with it ("I am alone." scritch scritch scritch "I am utterly alone...") she's far funnier and more engaging than she initially gives herself credit for. There are some genuine chills, some honest stomach churners, and the voice overs are superb. Ok, mostly superb, there's some groaners occasionally. But the VO for Susan and Mitsy is phenomenal! And who doesn't need a little more David Firth in their lives? If you are worried that it's going to be yet another experimental art piece light on actual gaming and heavy on the angst, do not fear. It's far more a traditional point-and-click adventure game in play mechanics. The puzzles are often simplistic (find the key, find the door, unlock the door with the key) but there's a few you'll have to think about. The story is engaging, the voice work is wonderful, and the art style is superb. Seriously, go play this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The Cat Lady has an amazing story and in depth characters.
Easily one of the best games in my steam library.
10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It is the story that makes The Cat Lady outstanding. It is an original horror story that had me in its grip for the whole time to complete the game. The main protagonist is Susan Asworth, a 40-year-old woman who in the beginning of the game swallows a whole bunch of sleeping pills to end her life. Her suicide attempt hurls her into a world of supernatural, darkness, madness, violence and perversion. A lot of disturbing situations and imagery goes on throughout the game. The story also deals with themes like depression and terminal illness — themes that rarely are a subject in video games. Somehow the game reminds me of the 90's cult classic adventure games Harvester and Sanitarium.

Even though The Cat Lady feels like a descendant of the nineties point and click adventure games, the controls aren't actually "point and click" style, because the player uses a keyboard instead of a mouse. It can feel a bit clunky at first, but it's not something that the player can't get used to. Also, the characters can only move left and right on the screen — the areas are not "pseudo 3D" like in the classic adventure games.

The graphics might be a turn-off for some of the contemporary gamers. It's pixelated, and I couldn't find a way to change the resolution or the aspect ratio, and was stuck with 800 x 600 resolution and 4:3 ratio. I didn't mind that. The graphics and overall visual style of the game appeal to me a lot. Also the sound design is enjoyable. The music fits the twisted and horrific tone of The Cat Lady. Voice actors are doing a great job.

The puzzles aren't too frustrating and there's not much backtracking. The game's rather easy and it took me approximately seven hours to beat it. There is an annoying "feature" that won't allow you to make more than 50 game saves and you can't delete the saved games in-game to make more room for new saves. You have to do it manually in the saved games folder. Other than that, the game worked flawlessly.

I loved the whole gaming experience and The Cat Lady surely is going to be a cult classic of the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The Cat Lady game is not an ordinary quest. It's more like a good (noir) movie than a game.
It has a good plot, awesome soundtrack and fascinating atmosphere.
If you like dark stories with good ending you must have this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Awesome game! It's dark and have some really freaky scenes, but a really interesting story!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I must say im amazed, not every game kept me awake all night untill I finish it. This one did.
I like that specific art or this game, smart and deep dialogues and also pretty cool music.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Eliminate your worst enemies, the ones you're most afraid of, the ones who don't deserve to live while they take innocent lives of others. Perhaps you've wanted to make friends, not as long as they're alive. They are beasts.

**Bit of Spoilers**
Stunning, definitely stunning. You're put into surreal situations, and the ambiguity of it all produces the eerie feeling the player receives during the whole game. The player will meet several people throughout The Cat Lady, all of which you were instructed to kill and left to suffer, with the exception of one, which the player themselves will select the fate of. It feels almost...rewarding to get rid of The Parasites.The voice acting is fantastic, surely one of the best I've heard. Each story is unique and very well-written, while the locations of items the player is told to find are rather linear, the events leading up to the final moments of each chapter are divine, and surely replace every small flaw this game may have. The ending of the game? Perhaps a bit cliché, but satisfying to sum up all the experiences the protagonist, Susan Ashworth, had to go through to finally lead a normal life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This isn't the type of game I normally play, but I got it as part of a game bundle and tried it out. The story was well done, and I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere. Good enough to play through to the end. Definitely worth picking up on sale.
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