They Breathe is a short journey into the depths of a forest filled with water. As you swim deeper, it's up to you to figure out the rules of an insidious ecosystem where nothing is as it first seems, and where everyone is after the same precious resource – oxygen!
User reviews: Very Positive (847 reviews) - 81% of the 847 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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October 29, 2015

Become Green on Halloween!

If you like They Breathe, maybe you'll also like the new game (released today!) Bulb Boy! This game reached us because the creators were huge fans of They Breathe, and seeing both our heroes shared the green color and scared eye look, we thought we'd do something together! So yeah, during the Steam Halloween Sale, They Breathe is at 60% off and Bulb Boy launches, RIGHT NOW, at 10% off! Go get it!

Here's some info!

Bulb Boy
One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves. Find light in yourself!

Bulb Boy is an intuitive 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head (alright, it's a bulb...) inspired by Machinarium and Gobliiins. Solve puzzles, defeat wicked monsters and reveal bulby's abilities to unfold a twisted tale. Ohhh... And don't forget to save your Grandpa-raffin and Mothdog from the frightening darkness..

Key Features
DEFEAT THE MONSTERS -Explore the Bulb house, that is full of frightening creatures. Defeat the evil in all its forms and bring the light back.
BULB'S TALENTS - Being a boy that is a bulb comes with many talents. Not only does your head light up and allows you to survive electrical shocks, but it can also be unscrewed for use in strange places.
PLAYABLE FLASHBACKS - Play as other family characters. Relive Bulb Boy's childhood memories to uncover the mystery of the story.
BUBBLE SPEECH - No dialogue, just bubble speech. Watch the story unfold in animated clouds.
SECRETS - There are things in the house waiting to be revealed.
POOP - In many sizes and proportions.

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“They Breathe is proof that you don't need realistic graphics or complicated gameplay to tell a horrifying story.”
XBLIG Favorite – Kotaku

“They Breathe is a simple and short but ultimately fantastic indie game.”
9/10 – Clearance Bin Review

“The Working Parts have created a game that makes me want to simultaneously congratulate them and run screaming.”

About This Game

In the first game by The Working Parts, a lone frog descends into the depths of a flooded forest, not yet knowing the full extent of its tragedy. To survive in a brutal, oxygen-obsessed ecosystem, you must help it see the patterns and hidden truths that make up the rules of the forest - horrible as they may be.

They Breathe is a critically acclaimed indie gem risen from the depths of Xbox Live Indie Games. In thirty short minutes, the game leaves it up to you to figure out every part of its increasingly bizarre universe, in order to survive the onslaught of unexpected creatures and ultimately comprehend their true nature. No matter how your descent to the bottom of the forest takes shape, it is guaranteed to give you the chills without a single word of dialog.

Keep your eyes open, for there is darkness beneath the surface. And you're not at the bottom yet.

  • Surreal atmosphere
  • No hand-holding
  • Hand-drawn HD art
  • A story told through gameplay
  • ''Making of'' feature

What people say
  • This game is only 2$, but I feel like this experience is scarring me for life - Markiplier
  • "The scariest game on earth" - GameGrumps
  • "I approached They Breathe as a game, but it ended as an experience" -
  • ''They Breathe is deceptively creepy [...] disturbing in all the right ways'' - Destructoid
  • ''Some games evoke such a strange feeling that you can't help but be sucked in. They Breathe is one of those games.'' - XBLIG Silver Award, NeoGAF
  • ''The atmosphere that The Working Parts has managed to create is praiseworthy.'' -
  • ''a journey of discovery that is both rewarding and surprisingly horrifying'' - Plus10Damage

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Single Core 500 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
"They Breathe" gives you no clues as to what your objectives are. I had a bit of a guess from the title of the game but ended up quitting after a couple of minutes. I then read one quite helpful review which gave an overview of the gameplay and played it again.

It's a dark, simplistic game with a cool hand-drawn artstyle. I weirdly felt an affinity to my fellow frogs. If I didn't manage to save one I felt a little sad for him!

It will only take a short time to finish, twenty minutes or so, so weigh this up against the price you pay. Recommended purchase if you realise it's a very short game.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2015
Since when is a "darkened" version of Feeding Frenzy considered artistic horror?

They Breathe has been put on some kind of indie pedestal since its debut on Xbox Live Indie. Not just in the reviews here on Steam, but also within the tag-lines from reviews that are included in the store page description for this game. They talk about how artistically horrific this title is, and with a hipster sheen to their typed words, they seem to attempt to find a deeper meaning to the game than what is really there.

Let me put it for you plain and simple. They Breathe is a 2D down-scrolling game where you control a frog, avoid jellyfish, save other frogs and collect oxygen bubbles for 20-30 minutes. If you're good enough, you'll save all of your froggy friends and maybe complete the game without dying at some point. That's all there is to it.

This game isn't "chilling", this game isn't "the scariest game on earth", this game isn't "scarring". At best, this game is mediocre and mildly creepy for the most fleeting of moments. I'm not sure if the hype surrounding it is an exaggerated joke or not. I found it downright boring.
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
The number of fake reviews for this game is incredible. I guess I have to hand it to them for stuffing the ballot box so effectively. But, really, this is barely at a free flash game level.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
I had a hard time deciding whether I liked this game or not. It's a very simple, and pretty challenging game. But it's very short. You play as a frog and you collect bubbles of air as you dive deeper into a body of water. You also have to try and save other frogs you run into by bumping them into air bubbles and protecting them from jellyfish. After thinking about how I feel about the gameplay for a bit, I don't think it's very fun. I actually find it to be a bit tedious. It feels like I get stuck in situations where it's nearly impossible to save a frog, or survive an attack against jellyfish and that becomes frustrating. I find the small locus of control frustrating, repetitive, and not very rewarding.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
hmmm......frog snuff film or frog saving its buddies?
Cant be sure, but I do know it's a hellish place for a frog to visit.

Anyway, it was okay as a game. About 30 minutes realistically (card farming accounts for the rest of the time on my account).

All told, 5.5 frogs survived out of 10.
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