Schrödinger’s Cat And The Raiders Of The Lost Quark
Schrödinger’s Cat is a fun, frantic, wacky and colourful puzzle-laden platform game. Following an emergency, the Particle Zoo is overrun with hungry leptons, sticky-fingered gluons and massive bosons. Schrödinger’s Cat must sort out this chaos!
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Mostly Positive (87 reviews) - 75% of the 87 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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“the funniest voice work since Psychonauts”
4/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Unique puzzle mechanics, lovely character design and good voice acting”
7/10 – hookedgamers

“The game is rife with humour and the perfect casting means that the terrific lines never fall flat!”

About This Game

Schrödinger’s Cat is a fun, frantic, wacky and colourful puzzle-laden platform game, set in a unique and quirky quantum physics world.

There’s chaos at the Particle Zoo! What used to be a cheery theme-park environment is now overrun with hungry leptons, sticky-fingered gluons and massive, stubborn bosons. The Zoo is put on lockdown, and the emergency services are called in to sort everything out. Those emergency services? Schrödinger’s Cat, of course!

Combine and create useful bits of temporary matter - copters, drills, bubbles and grenades - to combat and subdue all the subatomic critters running amok, and help Schrödinger’s Cat work out how they all got out of their cages in the first place.


7 frustrating environments

  • 9 overly chatty and annoying characters
11 Particle-Based Baddies
14 Quark Combos
  • Nonsensical task-based gameplay
  • A satisfying climax that only clever people will be able to enjoy properly!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600GT - ATI Radeon HD4650 - Intel HD3000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9400M 256MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Major Linux Distributions from 2010
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8600GT - ATI Radeon HD4650 - Intel HD3000
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (87 reviews)
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( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
fun and interesting 2d game
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( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
I have no idea why as I write this the game only has a meta rating of 59. Its has just hilarious physics based comedy and if you have even a passing understanding of quantum physics you will be laughing your socks off, even if you dont though its still got a really quirky funny sense of humour anybody could enjoy.

The gameplay itself is simple enough but deceptively so as the platform levels require you to really think at times. The game is essentially a platformer game with puzzle solving elements and a funny story told in cut sequences.

Definately worth buying and enjoying, even more so if factorals dont scare you :)
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
Pure awesome. Corny physics jokes in a well designed platform game, in which quarks make cute noises.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Being a Physics nerd I was really looking forward to having some fun with this game. Unfortuntely, I couldn't even make it an hour. The voice acting and sounds are soooo cheesy and annoying it was just unbearable. I think if it wasn't for that the game would have been a lot of fun. Unfortunately, unless you are five, I cannot recommend this game.
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
Irconically this game has pretty bad gameplay physics and very unstable physics overall.
The worst is that you may ghost through wall very often when your frame rate is low (happened to me three times in 10 minutes). The game is just buggy as hell and when you get stuck and want to reset your player, you either are lucky and fall out of the level and die, or you cannot move out of the wall anymore and have to start over the whole level.
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Mr.megacham |
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Buggy piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Overall: 7.5/10

I'm a Physics grad so I was bound to get this game the moment I saw its name! It was a pleasant surprise that the humour in the game too was wacky, corny and physics-y throughout. The writing is good, the mechanics and the concept are very well thought out. If you have played DotA, this is like playing invoker - instead of three orbs, you have to conjure combos of three quarks, and then use them to solve a puzzle platformer.

There isn't much of "story" to go with this game. You're the cat, and you must navigate your path through the Particle Zoo to reach the control center, AKA Nucleus. There are three baddies: Gluons, Leptons and Bosons. Beating each of them is different and you must go through their respective habitats, which are quite well designed and vary from easy to moderate difficulty. The levels in between are generated randomly, "procedurally", whatever that means. Except for achievement hunting, there is nothing like "easter eggs" in this game, and it's pretty much linear. I would recommend to limit playing this game about 30-45 mins, or 2 to 3 chambers at a time (whichever is smaller). That way you won't feel the game or the jokes to be repetitive, and you'll go through it over ~10 days (my gametime includes the one night I forgot the game in minimize and slept off). Catching baddies and solving puzzles is satisfying in moderate doses, and the 3-4 "boss fights" are also a good change of pace.

Impressive parts:
-All the voice acting is done by one guy. Whoa!
-Achievement hunting is fun but non essential, exactly as it should be.
-The 3 Baddie habitats are tightly designed.
-Next to no bugs (in fact only one well-known bug: infinite loading at the start, which is easy to resolve).
-Soundtrack is just enough repetitive to be in the background and just enough dynamic to not be annoying or boring.
-Press TAB to zoom out and check out the area around. What an amazing way to incentivise pre-planning over hit-and-trial attitude! Really impressed me, more platformers should have this.

Not-so-cool parts:
-There could've been a tighter story. Something that brings more twists-and-turns in the final aim and the gameplay.
-The cat when moving in spaces 1 unit in height, must crouch, and it does so automatically too. However, this makes jumping into spaces that are 1 unit high a real pain. It simply can't be done, it just happens when it wants to. I had three such sections in the randomly generated boss runs, and that too near the end. It was frustrating to waste my time just because the mechanic of jumping into crouching is pathetic.
-Procedurally generated or not, so many platform set-pieces simply CANNOT be repeated. Especially in the later stages when you die more, the deja vu is very disorienting and breaks the whatever-limited-immersion the game offers. Mind you, the puzzle parts are never repeated, but the filler sections are chock full of repetitions.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if your answer to one or both of these is yes: Are you a platformer fan? If so, this game is definitely a worthy addition to the collection and your experience. ---OR--- Are you a nerd who likes unnecessarily corny but very precise physics humour? If so, buy it for the dialogue and keep the puzzles for some mental muscle flexing. However, unless you say yes to both, I would recommend you to preferably buy this game when on sale. I know it's only $10 but frankly, the price tag is valid only of you're going to LOVE the experience. The content alone is worth half that.

All in all, had lots of fun, and a great experience playing and not playing Schrodinger's Cat ;)
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( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Difficulty curve needs work, as does the story/humor.

Then again, I'm not very far in.
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( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
This is one of the best games I have ever played for humor, the gameplay can get repetative at first, but once you get a bit farther it changes up a bit. Still one of my favorite games. A lot of chemistry/physics jokes.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
You can fall through the floor and get stuck in the first level forcing you to have to restart the level and go through the dialogue without skipping it. A disappointment of a game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
This game is good. And isn't.
Only by playing it, will you find out!
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Update after completing the game. Although this list is a lot of negatives, I think the game was definitely worth its asking price. It really needed some ironing out, but the execution is otherwise amazing.

+ Voiceacting is good. Cartoony as hell, but good.
+ Art style is cool. Also cartoony.
+ Animations are fairly smooth.
+ The setting and story are both unique and GREAT, and I wouldn't hesitate to describe the whole game as "cute."
+ The puzzle solving mechanics are very interesting. There's a lot of unique abilties you have, and they each have a different cost. There are usually several different ways to approach every situation, and you have to think ahead to avoid wasting certain resources.
+ Failure doesn't usually mean a lot of restarting - it usually means you'll have to try again a different way, since you've wasted resources.
+ The difficulty ramp has a good, satisfying feel to it.
+ I love and look forward to the dialogue. It can be cheesy, but it knows that.
+ The characters aren't incredibly remarkable, but they certainly aren't boring templates.

- VERY buggy. Enemies can get stuck in unreachable places, entire areas can become uncompleteable(although you can reset an area if that does happen), green goo is sometimes instadeath, sometimes not(something that I speculate has to do with getting stuck between non-square hitboxes), there are several buggy animations and behaviors in some enemies, and yet other enemies' movement is too wonky for a perfect clear to be worthwhile.
- Damage is not always properly communicated. If you're not paying attention, you won't notice that leptons and bombs actually do hurt SC. Sometimes, green goo makes it look like it didn't damage you because nothing really happens - but it did.
- The procedural generation of the main areas is unfortuantely not quite as interesting as it sounds, because you get so many resources that there is little to no challenge in any of the puzzle portions - it's all platforming, navigating and not being chewed up by electrons.
- SFX are just a tad annoying.
- Camera movement is awful in some zones.
- Jumping control takes a while to get used to. You can usually stop on a dime, but you gain momentum in a very unstable manner.
- It feels like there's a lot of unused potential in the way antiquarks act.
- Short play length - about nine hours if you're not unrealistically going for a perfect clear. Fifteen to twenty hours in that case.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
This astrophysics major definitely recommends this game. The humor is AMAZING, and I definitely love the theme--there aren't many games with living subatomic particles out there.
The game provides a good platforming challenge, especially the "RUN!" levels, where you're forced to come up with combos on the fly.

There are a few design elements that are a bit strange, though. I can understand why the neutrinos are invisible, but where are the photons? You got gluons and W & Z bosons, but no photons?! Also I have NO idea why a tauon would eat you when it has zero size to begin with....and the strange matter apocalypse is ruled out by cosmic ray collisions. Just saying.

But video game wise, this thing is really really good.
Now I just have to pitch that idea for an RPG where you combine atoms into molecules and make them fight each other...
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Buy this game if you like bad science puns, bad jokes, challenging puzzles, and terrific voice acting.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Great fun. The learning curve is spot on, you quickly get the hang of the various combos. Only played for a bit but dying to finish up work and get a good session on! The voice acting is also superb. Tremendous value with the 20% off the first week!!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
This is one of my first reviews and it may be positively up quarkian in nature. I caught a fleeting glimpse of the title of this game and I knew that it must be mine; it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The humor and style of the game feels like a nostalgic take on platformers from the 80's - 90's, such as Earthworm Jim / Gex / Star Fox, while the modern upkeep on the gameplay and art style is sophisticated and smooth. As big a draw as the wise cracking protagonist, the spiffy art, or the silky gameplay may be the best part of this game by far is the SCIENCE NERD HUMOR OMG!

If you are a nerd, a geek, a science dork, if you ever knocked someone out with a science textbook before.... this is the game for you! It's challenging, engaging, and dear fluffy Cthulhu funny.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
Super cute game :D kinda slow at first but once you really start getting into the gameplay mechanics its really fun. Lots of funny little characters. A good casual platformer for someone who wants to enjoy the game and solve some puzzles rather than be frustrated. I got this game on sale but its totally worth the price.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
It's a downright shame this doesn't have more publicity then it does, because this game is downright fantastic. Wonderful design decisions all around, from the very clever use of the open world puzzle platforming combined with a resource management mechanic (if you want to look at it like that) to make the player think on their feet when facing their challenges. Combine that with a nerdy sense of humor combined with well done voice acting, and you have a game that you should pick up.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
I'm enjoying this puzzley platformer so far. One thing that surprised me about this game is that it has a conversation system with well animated and voice acted characters. That's not something I'm used to in a platformer and along with solid character writing it gives the game a lot of it's charm, no pun intented (though uh... this game has a ton of physics puns).

Also, the player character (Schrödinger’s Cat) uses "time to make the donuts" as a catchphrase which is totally awesome in my book.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2015
The puns are so cringeworthy it makes it worth the price alone.
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