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 (878 reviews) - 82% of the 878 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

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
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (878 reviews)
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alnoso
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It's a really good game. I suggest playing it all at once, without looking at any gameplay videos on YouTube or anything simillar beforehand, as, while there isn't that much to spoil, the game is best experienced when you gradually discover things on your own, rather than having some guy with a strange shirt tell you everything and ruin the experience. That's what makes the game fun, the fact that you're discovering things rather than simply doing what you're told.
Definetly recommend it, especially now that it's on sale. It's short, but pretty surreal, dark, and somewhat depressing.
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Stickman
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I picked this up for nothing in a sale a while ago. Definitely worth it.
It's a short trippy ride you should experience for yourself.


Gameplay here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zmWHiPdFH0
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sendingsignal
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
10/10 did breathe
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FROGPILE
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
The nightmares keep me up a night. Everytime I close my eyes I can see the frogs I failed to save. I hear their voices calling for me to save them but those frogs are already gone. I must carry this burden; this curse. I am only a frog.
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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
( 3.7 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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Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
The nightmares keep me up a night. Everytime I close my eyes I can see the frogs I failed to save. I hear their voices calling for me to save them but those frogs are already gone. I must carry this burden; this curse. I am only a frog.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I picked this up for nothing in a sale a while ago. Definitely worth it.
It's a short trippy ride you should experience for yourself.


Gameplay here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zmWHiPdFH0
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219 of 259 people (85%) 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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49 of 67 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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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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