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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!
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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Residue: Final Cut, now on Steam!

August 5

Yes! The Working Parts' second (first, actually) game Residue is now available on Steam, alongside They Breathe!
Right now, there's a -20% release sale up until 8th August!


Hope all of you They Breathe fans get a chance to check it out!

Short info about Residue
Up-tempo adventuring and family drama ensue when the survivors of a disastrous charity project return to the dead ships in the former Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. Residue tells a personal story by letting you explore a larger-than-life, ridiculously detailed rendition of one of our world's most fascinating (and horrifying) locations.

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They Breathe Original Soundtrack, available now on Bandcamp.com

July 9


The full soundtrack for They Breathe is now available on Band Camp. For free and up! Hearing this without the all-too-familiar context of the game we spent months in, we're starting to get why people get so creeped out...

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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 the 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" - 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

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Single Core 500 MHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
191 of 224 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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109 of 124 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
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/
Posted: May 23
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43 of 57 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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55 of 83 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
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
Posted: May 16
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 22
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- Headline game for Xbox Live Indie Games "Indie Legends" promotion
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