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 (758 reviews)
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.”

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
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This game has fun gameplay and a dark story! The gameplay has an eerie feel to it like something is happening that you dont know. Because there is! Have you ever looked at the moose's head upside down? Try it! As you discover the story you survive on one thing, no its not drugs... Its oxeygen!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Best frog nightmare simulator on the market, period.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Why are they smiling? WHY ARE THEY SMILING?!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
really weird game but pretty fun once you understand all of its crazieness. for a simple game that a few guys just made its pretty cool so yeah i totally reccomend it. get this ♥♥♥♥♥tttttt
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