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 (806 reviews) - 82% of the 806 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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October 29

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!

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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
33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
"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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45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Best frog nightmare simulator on the market, period.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
From a young age, I've always had an irrational fear of polyps and coral. Something about their constantly pulsating fronds, that weird blend of plant and animal, just resonated with me on some primal level. I'd always thought if one touched me, I'd actually cry, so deep was my fear.

They Breathe brings that fear of unknown sea plants to life in a very real, horrifying way. There's something about the simplistic art style, the subtle sound effects and the way things drift past underwater which invokes the sense of something darker lurking, of an unknown purpose behind the weird creatures I observed as I played. It's an eerie, unsettling atmosphere, where it feels as if anything could jump at you, where creatures twist and mutate.

Everything about They Breathe seems masterfully crafted to heighten those twin feelings of despair and mystery.

Despair, in the superb animations of frogs flailing about, gasping for air, or struggling as tentacles slowly wrap around them.

Unknown, in the gradual descent, uncovering new aspects of the ecosystem while the sounds of more horrors to come drift upwards from below.

While the chilling reality behind the ecosystem of They Breathe became apparent to me rapidly, the game still stands out to me regardless. Despite being built around a simple twist, its mechanics and art mean that it can stand more than adequately on its own legs, condensing into 30 minutes what so many depictions of horror fail at in hours of screen time.

This is a game which not only confirms my childhood fears of polyps, but adds to them. This is a game which can inspire fear with a glimpse of swaying fronds off screen. And it's 2 dollars.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
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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