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!
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Very Positive (871 reviews) - 81% of the 871 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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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.”
http://indiegames.com/2012/12/indie_royale_profile_they_brea.html

About This Game

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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.

Features
  • 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" - Whatsyourtagblog.com
  • ''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.'' - Indiegamemag.com
  • ''a journey of discovery that is both rewarding and surprisingly horrifying'' - Plus10Damage

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
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Very Positive (871 reviews)
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lufa pytanie
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
this overappraise, this hysteria about 5 min flash games nowadays makes me feel weird, and this is the scary part about this game, what are 99% reviewers talking about? eerie
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✿ Fluffy Cloud ✿
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Short game; but very fun. Great atmosphere.
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vaz
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I got it because there are frogs in it.
But a fun game nonetheless. Worth it if you get it on sale.
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Ace_Card_Bernard
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Set your expectations super low and this game is fair. About as solid as a decent flash game. Don't go in expecting anything great. Enjoyable experience. 6/10/
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Andy.
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
The game is great, definitley play it. However, I was challenged to either play 10 full hours of They breathe or complete every achievement. I only managed 4 hours and could not get 3 of the 8 achievements. I went into this a scared, excited and foolish boy and I came out as a changed, hardened and very damaged man. They breathe almost drove me to madness and resulted in an obssession that cost me my marraige. The amount of frogs sacrificed and the fact that they died in vain keeps me up at night. That is punishment enough. I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry, my amphibian amigo's. I couldnt save you.
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Footloose20005
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Finally got round to playing through this and I have to say that this was a very nice little experience. You play as a frog and you have to dive deeper and deeper into the lake while trying to save other frogs, avoiding creepy creatures that look like underwater cows and also remembering to collect enough oxygen to stay alive. I think the game took me about 25 minutes to finish and it’s defiantly a game I want to play through a few more times to try and improve. I also love the games art design and also the sound effects can be quite creepy. So overall yes I would recommend this especially since it’s a cheap game.
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imaginarytoby
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This game has basicaly no content. There is one bad guy and you do the same thing for 30 min. I got do board i could not finish it. I got to the part with the big jelly and it just kept repeating so many times. Send two enimies, wherigh for one to die, kill the other..........Send two enimies, wherigh for one to die, kill the other...........Send two enimies, wherigh for one to die, kill the other........Send two enimies, wherigh for one to die, kill the other.....and so on. Im not shure how many times it takes because after what was now 70% of my game time I stoped and got a refund.
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dux0r
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
A short, intriguing and sombre journey as a frog swimming deeper and deeper into the flooded forest, They Breathe is a short and interesting 2D title with shallow gameplay and story elements, but at the low price, that's probably plenty.

Highlights

The best parts of They Breathe all stem from the art design and light story elements. Despite no linear progression or anything intricate nor detailed, and absolutely no dialogue, it still manages to deliver a light backstory to the world and creatures that inspire intrigue and interest. I didn't understand the meaning of certain things and eventually realized that was an intentional design so that I would draw my own meaning or ideas from what was going on on screen, and while They Breathe is still ultimately a fairly shallow game, it's been left open well and probably offers enough to make it worth while.

The control design also deserves mention. While at first the controls feel too slow and unresponsive compared with other titles, they fit with the underwater theme and help lightly immerse the player to feel more like the struggling frog. The lack of direct tutorial or story elements (which were originally included) also really helps the discovery factor and immersion, making you feel more like the frog, slowly discovering just what's going on.

Mistakes & Annoyances

The main issue of contention with They Breathe is simply the length. The very low price offsets a lot of the potential pain of paying too much for too little, but it's still a game that essentially boils down to a 2D "platformer" with shallow gameplay and some light story elements. It has some nice elements like a pleasant art design and interesting artifacts, but the short length coupled with the lack of challenge unfortunately means that They Breathe is little more than mildly interesting, but then at the low price, maybe that's enough.

Recommendations

Available on Steam at just $1.99/£1.59/1.99€, They Breathe is a tepid recommendation. It doesn't offer anything great, nor unique, and isn't likely to have you play through more than once or twice, but for the short play time it will probably absorb you and make you at least raise an eyebrow. Simply put, if that justifies the price for you They Breathe is worth a buy.

* There's a selection of information available at http://www.theworkingparts.com/beneaththesurface/ which explains some of the story elements, development process and more. The password is given upon completion, for those looking to check it before buying, the password is jelly
* The soundtrack deserves special mention for being very sombre and pleasant. There's an interesting thread about it being made available here, with a link to the similar soundtrack for another game by the same team.
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Raid
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
They Breathe has been advertised in ways, and had tags associated with it that I'm not quite sure should have been. It is not a horror game, nor is it deeply artful. It's simply a horizontal scroller where you dodge enemies, grab bubbles, try to help other frogs, and wrestle with difficult controls.

It's really nothing remarkable, and I found it quite boring even during the first playthrough. If you're very curious and you can get it very cheaply then go for it, otherwise play something you enjoy.

*Edit to include response to developer:

I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my review for this game. I sometimes wonder if writing negative reviews is ever really worth it or valuable because I know that I will be presenting a negative take on someone's hard work and effort, and something they take pride in as well as stating why I did not like something in which others find enjoyment. On the other hand I would want the people who are considering a purchase of this game to understand exactly what it is they're getting and spending their time on. I know that you have the best intentions with your comment, and I respect your work and effort greatly. :) While They Breathe did not work for me, I do not fault you or others for enjoying it for the story you want to tell, or the ideas you want to suggest with its art.

Unfortunately, the 'twist' of using a flipped pale frog as the head of one of your enemies isn't something that is dark or even creepy. The jelly creature at the bottom of the lake which has frogs contained to it, releasing bubbles into the water, and the surrounding field of dead creatures, suggests that this is the great 'something' that is hording all the resources necessary for survival in the pond. There's the possibility that you, as the developers, are attempting to go deeper with that statement, that you are attempting to describe the human condition and humanity's greed, selfishness, and destructive power (the competition for bubbles) and how that power is used so that a few prosper and many others suffer. Maybe you're suggesting that an empire of wealth (the jelly creature and its bubble monopoly) are built on the fields of those who died to make it what it is (the field of dead), and how greed results in destruction of individuals. It could be that you're expressing your desire to inform others about the dangers in pursuing that path, that ultimately you'll become an extension of the terrible machine itself, if only to survive (the frogs that have become the 'heads' of the cow creatures) and that only someone with outsider knoweldge, or money, or truth, can save them from that existence. Perhaps the bubbles represent wealth, or money, or wisdom, and the player frog is a Jesus figure, or an intelligent business man, a messiah of some type who will descend into hell (that the other frogs chose in order to survive) to save them from their terrible mistake. And maybe you're trying to flip all that on its head and express that the pursuit of wealth isn't going to be something that takes you to the top (the surface of the pond), but actually brings you to the lowest of low (the bottom of the pond) surrounded by the sins that made you 'great' (the field of dead).

Those possibilities, even if true, just aren't at all effective as told within the construct of a frog descending horizontally on a screen, through a submerged forest, towards a jelly creature below, in the mud.

So, art aside, the game really is a simple horizontol scroller where you dodge enemies, grab bubbles, try to help other frogs (before they become cow heads), and wrestle with difficult controls. Any sort of 'horror' or 'dread' element attached to the game is a serious reach, and certainly nothing that warrants adverstising as such. I've played and enjoyed many games that created intense elements of psychological horror. They can leave you with ideas and such that are disturbing to meditate and contemplate. Horror doesn't mean jump scares and startling the player, I agree, but sometimes I think message can be lost in ambiguity ultimately leading to creating something that is far less than what it's supposed to be.

The Breathe purports itself as something more than it is, and perhaps some see it as an insightful commentary into the depravity of man, but it's really just a game where you play as a hard to control frog as he chases bubbles.
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Shmoox
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Took me more time to figure out the symbolic meaning of the game than the time I played it. Not sure if I'm dumb, it's deep, or if it dosen't even have a symbolic meaning at all and I'm just trying to fit peices of info into one another cuz I have no clue what is going on in the game.
Still worth and I'd recommend buying if you want a nice 20-50 mins of gameplay. Pretty artistic imo
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omayra彡
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
I didn't expect much but I got even less. Downright nothing.

Boring as hell. Well, no, even hell would be more exciting I assume.
The whole concept is ridiculous and the mechanics and graphics are just bad. Everything about this "game" is just bad.

I have absolutely no idea where the positive reviews for this game come from. Even for free this piece of crap wouldn't be worth wasting a single minute for. Sorry, I usually dont like to use such harsh words in my reviews... but really, it's the only ones that fit, this thing is just terrible. Not even worth wasting time for a detailled review for.

Just dont buy it (and if you get it as a gift dont waste your precious lifetime for it) - period.

(I just have 17 hours on record because I forgot to close the game over night. I played for 30 or 40 minutes or so; and even that was too much.)
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Mike
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
I played through the whole game once and even did some repetitions to get some achievements - Did I suffer during that time? Well, not exactly. But do I think it is as good as everyone seems to claim currently? No - definitely not.

It looks and feels like one of those flash game we had in the first half of the 2000s. You scroll down for 20 minutes and try to avoid getting hit by enemies. After that there is a little surprise, but the game is over nonetheless. So if you manage to get this game for (near) free from somewhere give it a try, but I can't really recommend it.
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Criscoween
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Neat, atmospheric game.
It's short, and priced appropriately.
I found it to be a breath of fresh air between some of the longer and games I'm playing.
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Morphy
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
A short 2D platform type adventure set underwater. You play a frog making it's way deeper beneath the waves encountering various enemies. It can all be finished in 15 minutes or less, graphics aren't anything great and the gameplay is pretty boring thoughout really.
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A mere silhouette
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
This is so fun. But i never save a frog, not even one.
I AM SO CRUEL
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Camosaurus
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
The game takes about 20 minutes to complete, it's fantastic* and there were no dinosaurs in the game, (or were there? See comments for dev intrigue) just frogs and **SPOILERS**, but I'd say it's worth the $2 pricetag.

It's a fairly disturbing little dive into what could be lurking in the depths of your pond from a frog's eye view. There are several achievements that take a fair bit of effort/skill to unlock so you'll have something to keep you busy while working on the trading cards.

I've just played through it twice consecutively (first playthrough's) and probably about to run it again as it's still kinda novel and I've only unlocked half the achievements so far and none of the cards, bummer.

***HOLD UP*** *SMALL SPOILER BELOW*

Cancel the entire review:

The dev just informed me there is in fact a RAPTOR CLAW in this game.

So everything else I said, PLUS dinosaur easter egg.

Amazing. Siskel and Ebert gave 5 thumbs (they had to borrow one).
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dinosaurplanet
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
This is a game about questions, curiosity, inference and implications:

~why are the bubbles rising?
~why are the leaves beneath the water?
~why do they breathe?
~why don't they breathe?
~why do they want the frog?

Short, bitter, rich...
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chaser
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
My friend got me this game for 30 cents because I like frogs. I finished it in 20 minutes and kinda didn't feel like it was worth my time. I mean you probably can't feel too disappointed in a game that costs less than $2 but this game didn't exceed my expectations at all. It isn't The Binding of Isaac, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons or To The Moon where the amount of value or time you can get out of the game far outweighs the money you spend. It feels like a sub $2 game. It's not bad but it's not very good either. Hard to recommend really.
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wolfie231
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
a really weird but really good game
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Elbo
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
Fun little adventure that shouldn't last over half an hour. I did it in one sitting. Great as a game to play between larger titles, for example.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Short game; but very fun. Great atmosphere.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
A short, intriguing and sombre journey as a frog swimming deeper and deeper into the flooded forest, They Breathe is a short and interesting 2D title with shallow gameplay and story elements, but at the low price, that's probably plenty.

Highlights

The best parts of They Breathe all stem from the art design and light story elements. Despite no linear progression or anything intricate nor detailed, and absolutely no dialogue, it still manages to deliver a light backstory to the world and creatures that inspire intrigue and interest. I didn't understand the meaning of certain things and eventually realized that was an intentional design so that I would draw my own meaning or ideas from what was going on on screen, and while They Breathe is still ultimately a fairly shallow game, it's been left open well and probably offers enough to make it worth while.

The control design also deserves mention. While at first the controls feel too slow and unresponsive compared with other titles, they fit with the underwater theme and help lightly immerse the player to feel more like the struggling frog. The lack of direct tutorial or story elements (which were originally included) also really helps the discovery factor and immersion, making you feel more like the frog, slowly discovering just what's going on.

Mistakes & Annoyances

The main issue of contention with They Breathe is simply the length. The very low price offsets a lot of the potential pain of paying too much for too little, but it's still a game that essentially boils down to a 2D "platformer" with shallow gameplay and some light story elements. It has some nice elements like a pleasant art design and interesting artifacts, but the short length coupled with the lack of challenge unfortunately means that They Breathe is little more than mildly interesting, but then at the low price, maybe that's enough.

Recommendations

Available on Steam at just $1.99/£1.59/1.99€, They Breathe is a tepid recommendation. It doesn't offer anything great, nor unique, and isn't likely to have you play through more than once or twice, but for the short play time it will probably absorb you and make you at least raise an eyebrow. Simply put, if that justifies the price for you They Breathe is worth a buy.

* There's a selection of information available at http://www.theworkingparts.com/beneaththesurface/ which explains some of the story elements, development process and more. The password is given upon completion, for those looking to check it before buying, the password is jelly
* The soundtrack deserves special mention for being very sombre and pleasant. There's an interesting thread about it being made available here, with a link to the similar soundtrack for another game by the same team.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Took me more time to figure out the symbolic meaning of the game than the time I played it. Not sure if I'm dumb, it's deep, or if it dosen't even have a symbolic meaning at all and I'm just trying to fit peices of info into one another cuz I have no clue what is going on in the game.
Still worth and I'd recommend buying if you want a nice 20-50 mins of gameplay. Pretty artistic imo
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
The game is great, definitley play it. However, I was challenged to either play 10 full hours of They breathe or complete every achievement. I only managed 4 hours and could not get 3 of the 8 achievements. I went into this a scared, excited and foolish boy and I came out as a changed, hardened and very damaged man. They breathe almost drove me to madness and resulted in an obssession that cost me my marraige. The amount of frogs sacrificed and the fact that they died in vain keeps me up at night. That is punishment enough. I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry, my amphibian amigo's. I couldnt save you.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The game takes about 20 minutes to complete, it's fantastic* and there were no dinosaurs in the game, (or were there? See comments for dev intrigue) just frogs and **SPOILERS**, but I'd say it's worth the $2 pricetag.

It's a fairly disturbing little dive into what could be lurking in the depths of your pond from a frog's eye view. There are several achievements that take a fair bit of effort/skill to unlock so you'll have something to keep you busy while working on the trading cards.

I've just played through it twice consecutively (first playthrough's) and probably about to run it again as it's still kinda novel and I've only unlocked half the achievements so far and none of the cards, bummer.

***HOLD UP*** *SMALL SPOILER BELOW*

Cancel the entire review:

The dev just informed me there is in fact a RAPTOR CLAW in this game.

So everything else I said, PLUS dinosaur easter egg.

Amazing. Siskel and Ebert gave 5 thumbs (they had to borrow one).
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218 of 258 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
This game is the equivalent of a parfait slathered in whipped cream and layered with strawberries, yoghurt, graham crackers, and entrails.

It's cheap, it's delicious, you can eat it in under 30 minutes and by the time you get to the bottom you're absolutely terrified.
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117 of 134 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
In They Breathe, you play as a sad frog that dives into a lake and sees some rather horrific stuff.

This game could be simply described as "Art" and as art, it is rather hard to review. The game lasts about 30 minutes from start to finish, but plays out a lot like the old Atari games. Meaning, you do have some replay value.

The gameplay of the game is very simplistic, you move the frog in the water with your directional keys and press space to speed up momentarily. The game is set in different "layers" of levels in which enemies will spawn, and after defeating these said enemies you are moved to the next layer.

Music in They Breathe is ambient but beautiful and really fits in the underwater atmosphere of the game.

I would like to say so much more about the game but by doing that i would risk spoiling some of the story it has in it, and that's something you certainly have to experience for yourselves.

Also, dont you just love the ":C" face the frog is making in the cover picture? So adorable!

All in all, They Breathe is a fun game and for the price of $2,00 is very much worth the purchase.

It should be also noted that the developers provided me with a review code, all thanks to them! \m/
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79 of 84 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Is It Worth a Buy?

Allow me to explain why I'm going to say yes and no. If you were to spend a dollar for every hour of entertainment, this game gives you exactly two hours, even with unlocking all the achievements (Meaning if that's how things worked, this game would be a fair price). Does that make this game bad, No, of course not. This is one of those games where it's one and done and you are satisfied, for the most part. Yet you feel empty, you go back and do all the extras, somewhat more satisfied than you were before. However, this game has atmosphere, it's not horrifying. No, it's creepier, and it really captures how helpless you are as being the frog you are. The only logical thing you would do is swim to survive.

Pay Full Price?

Again allow me to explain why I'm going to say yes and no. If you do all the little extras I would say yes. If you are just going to play through it once, it's questionable. The questionable thing to do is to buy it full price because this is one of those games that are, short and sweet. It really depends on you, the buyer. Most people don't like paying $1.99 for 20-40 minute experience, but some do. If this game is 99 cents or below, it's a definite buy. Again, it still is dependable on you the buyer.

Sharing With Others

Just like many other creepy horror games you want to share this game with your friends. Does this still apply for "They Breathe"? Yes, of course it does! Something so innocent such as a body of water seems too cute. Is it predictable what you find below the body of water, somewhat. However, it still has the creepy atmosphere that you are surviving as this frog in some sort of nightmare.

Game Feel

One of the negative reviews here complain about the controls are clunky. However, I played with the keyboard just fine and was able to achieve a perfect game. However, everyone is not me. Remember you are frog underwater, the movement is slowed and almost like a light coating of ice. It feels to some extent realistic, but again I had no problem with the controls. *RAGE QUIT SPOILER* You will feel desperate and agitated when you attempt to save all the frogs, it's simply due to the fact that you have that icy movement and keyboards do not have perfect diagonal movement. I have not tried with a joystick of some sort. Despite the keyboard having not perfect diagonal movement, it's manageable.

Overall Recommendation

I would say yes to the full price, if you are going for a perfect game, sharing with others, or if you are going to play through it once, it is still satisfying. However, you might feel empty because of the amount you paid. If you do not want to pay a $1.99 simply wait for a sale. If you can't wait for a sale then buy at your own risk, but you most likely won't be disappointed. I myself enjoyed this game; it had a nice atmosphere and makes its debut short and sweet. If I had to give it a formal score, I would give it an 8/10.

Notes

I want to apologize that this review is not formatted. Yes, there is a "Formatting Help" button below the review box. Tried several times had trouble. If someone could help with the formatting I will take the time to format. *UPDATE* Formatting and revision will be done EVENTUALLY. My priorities aren't steam reviews right now. However, I do hope to find the time to get revision and formatting done. I would also like to apolgoize for it not being done yet.
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
If they don't they die... go fig.
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48 of 66 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
It's a nice little game, good atmosphere, nice drawings and a lively background moving on the waves a bit.

The game's a bit short, but I wasn't expecting any long tales of infinity for only 2 bucks.
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48 of 66 people (73%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
Best frog nightmare simulator on the market, period.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Interesting and unsettling.

Gave me a very real feeling of dread that I can only describe as "I do not want to be here". No popscares or sudden loud noises. Just a damn good example of how environment design, sound mixing and unique mechanics can set such a great mood.

Unfortunately contains a few (seemingly random) game-breaking bugs where enemies refuse to spawn. It's a short game though (~30 minutes), so starting over doesn't feel like much of a chore.

Highly recommend.
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
You play as a frog that want to dive into the depth of swamp.
In the depths you need to breathe, you need oxygen that can be found trapped inside bubbles.
You have to battle with underwater cows and jellyfishes for the oxygen since they also want to breathe.

Do everything you can to survive, sacrifice your fellow frogs, kill the jellyfishes!
Breathe, Breathe and survive!
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2015
What is a hero? What does heroism have to do with a froggy horror game?

Heroes are not always the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, the most popular, or the cutest. A hero can be none of these.

In fact, a hero can be completely, utterly, helpless.

Powerful weapons, shiny armor, fancy spells, even legends of exploits... these mean nothing to a frog, and to your knowledge, you are not the poisonous kind of amphibian.

You begin this journey out of mere curiosity. You continue out of survival.

As I played They Breathe, I honestly felt building wonder and terror as horror itself rose to meet me. Every wave was electrifying. I admit, I sweated. Some might say profusely. By the end, at the climax... fire ran through my body, threatening to paralyze me.

But do you even "win the day"? What does that even mean to a frog?

They Breathe is a purist distillation of what many other games hide, and lose, behind an advertised front of graphics, features, and voicework of all sorts. Here, you will not find much in "game content", reflected by the small download size and very small price.

But you will find a soulful, wordless look at the very heart of a hero, represented with the simplicity of a frog and the honesty of nature itself.

If you seek timelessness in your collection, They Breathe is a pearl of great price, sold for *scoffs in amazement* a 2 dollar bill.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
They Breathe is a game where you play a frog who has to save his own life and if you can also the other frogs who you meet.

How you save yourself and them?
You have to take breathe from air bubbles and to bring the other frogs to the air bubbles that they can breathe. In the higher „levels“ you will also meet some enemies who try to catch and hold you so that you can’t breathe… uhm yeah they look a bit like cows (what is really.. idk crazy???) and jellyfishs…

Anyways my pro-arguments-list is as short as the game: The graphic is well animated and cute. Plus there are achievements.

Now my contra arguments:
• simple sound
• no story told in the game
• no main menu
• really short game with no extra missions
• TOO EASY which made it boring for me
• no other options or minigames
• Why the ♥♥♥♥ some people are saying this game is scarry??? Since when a swimming frog is scary??

Price: 1,99 €
Well… you can’t expect much from this low price but really I have played free games on my smartphone which have taken more time and attention from me. :x
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39 of 56 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 22, 2014
What's so wonderful about They Breathe is that it not only leaves the story up for you as a player to discover, but also manages to make the gameplay mechanics and the set wonderfully intertwined, making all of its 30 or so minutes about uncontrived discovery. While it may be lacking in the production values department, I can assuredly say that anyone would be better off for having played They Breathe.
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57 of 88 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 16, 2014
They Breathe is a thrilling and ominous horror game that can display so much story without a single line of narrative. While going into the story and gameplay is bound to spoil the good parts due to the length, being about 30 minutes, know that They Breathe is a well made game worth the entry point of two measly dollars.

For video footage and more thoughts (via commentary), check out this video here: http://youtu.be/sMKatNu2jBE
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is a short and very weird game. Quite unique experience.
I'd say it's worth the price.
8.5/10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
They Breathe is a strange game that can not be categorized into any genre. You play as a frog that jumps into a body of water. Not sure if it is a pond or what. Your goal is to save as many drowning frogs as you can by pushing them into air bubbles until they regain enough to swim away to the surface. I use the word goal lightly as it doesn't really matter if you save them or not. The two enemies is a cow like creature and a jellyfish which will consume you. If a jellyfish consumes a drowning frog it becomes much more powerful. You can defeat these enemies by either waiting until they run out of breath or guiding them into air bubbles. They get stronger and faster when they get a air bubble so it may be better to simply out maneuver them until they drown.

Environments are cool and spooky looking the deeper down you go. The game itself actually has a creepy vibe to it which suits it perfectly considering all the animals you will see drown. The moody music you will hear throughout is pretty great too. There isn't really much to talk about this game as it is a very simple game and also about 20 minutes long. It's not an expensive game by any means but that may turn some people off. Not much to do other than dodge enemies and collect bubbles to stay alive. That does lead to some pretty cool moments where you have to decide if your own life is more valuable than the random drowning frog next to you. Even if you die though you will respawn in the last check point which will be just right before an enemy encounter.

I don't really see the point of dragging this review out. This is a good and interesting game with a very memorable ending. The short length of the game is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand it keeps the simple gameplay from getting stale but on the other hand it is a 20 minute game. I do think this is a game worth experiencing but do expect an artsy type of game instead of a gameplay focused one. It is certainly unique I'll give it that and it's visually appealing. Though there is no real reason to replay it once you finish so be sure of what you are getting when you purchase this. Recommended to those that want a very short but memorable experience.
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