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 (2,020 reviews) - 93% of the 2,020 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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November 24

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!

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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“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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Debian 7
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 84 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The Cat Lady is a game for the mature audiences only. The game deals with dark materials like suicide, death and many more things. But will you want to play it ?

In The Cat Lady we play as Susan Ashworth, she's a 40 year old woman who lost everything she cared about. She has no friends and she decides to take her own life away. But after committing suicide she is given another chance to make things right. She has to confront 5 people so she can live in peace.

Now I was following the project ever since it first launched on Desura, but I've never got the chance to finish the game until recently I decided to sit down and finish it and let me tell you this game is quite the experience.

The game is a very dark game and is not suitable for the young audiences and should only be played by adults. The whole time playing I felt unsettled of the very dark nature. The game's script is it's strongest feature which grips you until you finish the game and see how the entire story wraps up.

The game is a simple adventure game. You can go to two sides either to left or right and you can collect items and interact with the environment. The game is fairly simple and there's not much else I can say about the gameplay since it is fairly simple.

The graphics might not look great, but they're really good. I loved the whole black and white art style and it really settles the mood and makes you feel uneasy the entire time playing. The graphics are accompanied by a great soundtrack. While it's not the best soundtrack it helps build the atmosphere.

The voice acting is this games weakest part. The entire game has different audio quality ranging from pretty good to abysmal. But that's not that big of a problem.

The game ran incredibly smoothly from start to finish, until chapter 4 where there is a massive frame drop for a certain sequence, but it only happened in that part.

The entire game took me 7 hours to finish and I loved every minute of it. The game does have a bit of replay value because this game has some player choices that do affect the outcome of the story, but it's pretty minor stuff.

Some of the puzzles might seem hard, but for the most part it's really simple stuff nothing really cryptic.

Overall if you're not easily disturbed, I highly suggest giving The Cat Lady a chance as it's one of the best games I've played as of recent. The incredible story and characters will grip you till the end credits and you will love every single moment of it.

Final Rating:
9/10 A must own

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Rarely have I been drawn into a game like this, especially these days. I'm not just talking about being addicted to a AAA game or some other game where when it's over you kind of start to forget about it eventually, if it's a game you can freeroam after it's over you might play it for a couple of more hours, mod it and so on but eventually it fades.

The Cat Lady however, is like a book that I just want to read about forever and I'm not a huge book reader mind you (American Psycho and anything by Haruki Murakami is basically all I read) this surrealistic world is beautiful and I wish there were hundreds of more hours to soak into. (Going to check out all 4 endings and achievements I missed though)

Not to mention the soundtrack, I'm sort of a video game soundtrack collector but 80% of it is basically memories and nostalgia so it's not just a big collection of pointlessness. Counting only my MP3s (and not FLAC) there's about 175GB in my VGM folder. And this soundtrack is definitely one of my all time favorites, a lovely blend of guitars, dark ambient, blues, jazz, piano and downtempo with a unique personality and style.

Turned out to be one of my all time fave games no doubt. I could go on and on in detail about the story and everything but it's better for you to experience it all, and I would like to end it here with my highest recommendations, fuzzy feelings, goosebumps and aural o r g a s m s. (Why is that word censored?)

Here's a magnificent trailer of the game if you haven't seen it:
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
You can’t truly enjoy nor appreciate a story rich game unless you’re in the right frame of mind for it. With regards to The Cat Lady, one could even argue that familiarisation with certain issues is an added prerequisite – but one needn’t have been suicidal or depressed in any of its varying shades to take away something from this game.

Most of us will experience moments in our lives where disappointment, inner-stagnation, regret, setbacks, and unfulfillment are going to outweigh the hopefulness and eagerness of getting out of bed to greet yet another day. No matter how you’re feeling or what you’re going through when you play The Cat Lady to its epiphanic end, it will challenge you to examine your own life and, if you’re lucky, graciously leave you with a renewed appreciation for living… we all have a day with no tomorrow.

The Cat Lady is an experience, not merely a game. Everything about it is superb: the story, artwork, character depth, dialogue, gameplay, mood, music, and voice acting. I cannot recommend this game enough, for the right player – as hinted previously, a certain degree of maturity is crucial to possess in getting the most out of this game.

The choices made in-game will basically give players a similar experience, but it’s a singularly individual, emotional aftermath you will be left with. It’s no good, me telling you anything more about the game than what the developer’s own synopsis states; and the less you know, the better. True, you are largely playing a 40-year old woman, but anyone can play Ms. Ashworth - young or old, male or female - and find some kinship. Susan’s (and Mitzi’s) strengths and weaknesses will (re)familiarise you with the human condition; the Parasites will forcibly remind you that monsters can and do exist among us; and the Queen of Maggots will give you enough food for thought to last some time to come.

Do you feel apprehensive or too intimidated to try The Cat Lady? Well, that’s a great start. I, myself, did not play this game for some time after first purchase (via in 2013) because the possibility of being unsettled was something I had wanted to avoid. I then played it, of course, and knew it would be a game I’d want to experience again. I am still aware of the thoughts and feelings The Cat Lady instilled within me two years ago – for me, the experience was positive, thought-provoking, and time very well spent.

Readying myself for a second go at The Cat Lady, I felt compelled to write this review. The Steam version has achievements, but please play it through naturally, the first time; make obtaining the achievements secondary for the sake of the experience that awaits you… and what an experience it is.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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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