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 (732 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.”
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About This Game

CAN YOU SEE IT?
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
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I was immersed with survival games when I blindly dived into this game so I was really determined to keep Glenn alive. I kept on taking the all bubbles and ignored the other frogs. Took me more than a minute to figure out what is happening with this game before I realized that They Breathe.

When I finished the game for the first time I think I was able to save only two other frogs. I thought that I would never touch this game again but I saw that this had achievements. I kept playing to unlock all of them and it took me pretty long trying to save all of the frogs.

I really like the challenges added to this game through the achievements. The game would be pretty boring without them.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Adrift and alone on a log, a little frog plunges into depths unknown, too explore and rescue his fellow species. Warmth and sunlight fade. Darkness grows. Near dead creatures lurk ever present, ready take from our hero the one thing he has to offer... His breath!

They Breathe, is a deeply moving, haunting, and bittersweet experience.

There were moments when playing this game, I felt my chest tighten up, or my breath catch. I felt desperate to get away from the things trying to envelop me, and wildly hopeful and joyous over each life I helped save. My emotions ran the gambit.

Gameplay is smooth throughout. During my session, I didn't encounter any bugs of any kind. Also, I found that the melodies and sounds lingered in my mind after I had stopped playing.... Nicely done.

The Working Parts, has created a gem of a game. Do yourself a favor and add it to your library!
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
fulfilled my life-long desire to embody a frog and rid an abyssal forest from all evil
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Um, yeah. The game's short, which is fair enough as it's also cheap, and sometimes there's something to be said for limited commitment. No harm, no foul on that front.
That said, reading the description and some of the steam reviews, I expected an eerie atmosphere, and I expected either some creepy, scary, unsettling denouement at the bottom of the pond, or some treehugger biosphere message. Or maybe something about harsh realities of survival in the natural world, for all I know. I didn't get either. I just gave a bunch of jellyfish the run around as I swam on down. Then, it ended.
I guess my only take-away from this game is that if you stick a frog on a jellyfish, it looks like a cow.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Frogs are awesome! So that's why this game was pretty fun. It was also short and not very difficult. Whilst creepy it wasn't very scary.

The achievements may be a pain to complete.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The game only lasts about half an hour, but you're sucked into it pretty much right off the bat. It's deeply atmospheric, and memorable.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This is the best game I have ever bought and is definitely the epitomy of story telling experiences. Your ability to choose your own path through the game puts you through constant morally-challenging decisions. If you do not already own this game I would strongly recommend it if you are looking for the best game of 1985. It has the best graphics and gameplay of any strategy game I have ever set my eyes on. It even beats the graphics of Unturned. The engine that they used runs as smooth as a baby's bottom. Easy 60 fps.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Cirno Imouto: i know what they breathe is about though
Cirno Imouto: frog in water
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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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
very hard very fun, quite confusing. worth the money.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
im speechless. tow frogs and nuclar cows with another frog. i give it a plus to confuse you.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I don't like this game. I don't like this game one bit.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Well, They Breathe was over after half an hour but I have to say I had fun doing it. From what I worked out, the aim is to collect air bubbles for your frog while stopping the Jellyfish getting them...I think?

About five minutes in, you will think there are swimming cows underwater with you, but sadly they aren't, these are frogs trapped inside jellyfish, that just look like cows (and make the same noises)

I can't really recommend you pick this up at any other time, apart from when it's part of a bundle.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
They Breathe is a short game. Only need 15-40 minutes of gameplay to finish this game. Well, It's cheap lol.
It's not that good but I love the story and the concept.
Beautiful art and a gloomy atmosphere. And a little bit disturbing for me :\
And this game is a little hard if you want to collect it's achievements.
If you want to play a short, dark game, buy this game.

8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Very short, but enjoyable. Get on sale for like a buck to feel like you got a deal.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Very Creepy and a brief play. Overall, it was a fun little game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
They Breathe is probably one of the better indie horror games I’ve played this year. Its playtime is rather short and at its core its a very simple game, but that doesn’t stop They Breathe down from being dark, captivating, and mysterious the whole way through. The game starts off innocent enough, you dive into the water and simply have to collect some bubbles to stay alive. Then you come across other frogs who too are fighting for a share of the precious resource. Rather you lend them a hand in getting a taste of the air or let them suffocate and drown to the depths below only for an enemy to take their place is up to you, though overall it doesn't have any real consequence on you as oxygen is plentiful which is sort of disappointing in itself. Though as you continue your descent you start encountering other, creepier cow-like creatures that without warning began to attack you and drag your froggy friends into the darkness under you.

Here is where the ultimate fight for survival begins as you continue your descent into the lake below and struggle to stay alive as every hit against you slowly kills you. The sudden change from relaxing to terrifying is intriguing, as the creepiness of the situation in front of you is what drives you to continue going down and to continue fighting just to see what’s at the bottom of the lake... for better or for worse. The atmosphere in They Breathe is spot on with the disturbing feel I always expect in horror games. The minimal music that plays behind the sounds of crashing, your movement, and the noises of the others all- unsettling and the dark colors in the art really fits the atmosphere perfectly.

My minor annoyance with how little effect saving or killing the frogs has on your play through aside, They Breathe is an interesting and scary experience that only lasts for about half an hour, but achieves so much in that short window of time that it makes the overall chance of experiencing it worth it all.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
What a strange little game... I knew going in that it was going to be a bit weird, but I certainly wasn't expecting THAT. It's one of those "WTF" kind of games, but in a good way.

Anyway, it's simple, creepy, and very interesting to play - even if it is quite short. I definitely recommend it.
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