Stray Cat Crossing is an indie pixel horror game about an encounter with a mysterious little girl named Cat. Explore a surreal world filled with colorful characters, challenging riddles, and dark secrets.
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Very Positive (328 reviews) - 92% of the 328 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2015

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Stray Cat Crossing is an indie pixel horror game developed in RPG Maker.

STORY:


You find yourself in a roadside clearing. A little girl named Cat is crying nearby. She needs you to take her home, where you’ll encounter bizarre monsters, ethereal places, and heart-wrenching secrets about Cat and her family.

FEATURES:


  • A strange, surreal world to explore.
    Face-switching babies, Giant masked caterpillars, Talking rams and owls, oh my!
  • Challenging riddles and puzzles to solve.
    Can you outsmart these cunning creatures? Test your wits to survive!
  • Detailed 16-bit pixel art
    Gorgeous pixel graphics reminiscent of the SNES and GBA.
  • Original post-rock, ambient soundtrack
    Soothing guitars and humming synths lull you into a false sense of security.
  • ~2 hours of gameplay:
    Might as well be a feature film!

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 x 768 pixels or higher desktop resolution
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz equivalent or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
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Overall:
Very Positive (328 reviews)
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motoko104
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
Great short game with wonderful art and story. Soundtrack was plesant as well. Overall a worthwile game to purchase and play.
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Nathan
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
Highly recommended. The surreal atmosphere and puzzling sequence of events will keep you on edge until the conclusion of this glorious, rather unique game!
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scythingyou
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 6
I stumbled across this yesterday, and thought it looked interesting. I recieved it this morning, as a gift from my boyfriend, and i would definitely reccommend it to others. I enjoyed every second of it, and plan on beating it time and time again.
Loved the graphics, story telling, characters, and the atmosphere :)
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efickes
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 3
I have played this game twice....and cried both times.

I feel like out of all of the games I have ever played on steam, Xbox, Playstation, Wii, or Nintendo this has been my number one. It's short, but not too short. Could you finish it in one sitting? yes, but maybe bring some food before you sit down.

This game has the perfect combination of creepy & weird mixed with humor & reality. I like how from the very begining you are left in the dark about EVERYTHING. You don't know anything about anything. You have to solve riddles and meet new charcters to slowly start peicing together the story of who the main character is and what happened in the past. It's bizarre, funny, heartbreaking, and overall a fantastic game.
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Sandie
5.3 hrs
Posted: July 26
Absolutely astonishing.
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StrifeCorps
2.7 hrs
Posted: July 23
Much like random candy found in your pocket, it was short, sweet, mysterious, and overall satisfying with a touch of lingering questions.
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Illuminati Dorito
2.5 hrs
Posted: July 20
An absolutely beautiful game and story. The pixel art is absolutely amazing, the music is atmospheric and fitting, and the story is interesting and captivating. There's so much symbolism in the story that you're left with just enough left unanswered to keep you theorizing, which is something that I love in a game like this. It's also decently spooky, especially in it's first chapter, and it managed to genuinely creep me out in a few sections.
My only complaint would probably be that it is a bit short. I would have loved multiple endings, though, so I could put a bit more time into it. Overall, though, definately worth the $3, and I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys somewhat-creepy rpg/puzzle games.
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RannieK
3.0 hrs
Posted: July 8
This game was pretty good and the atmosphere was enjoyable. However, the story does fall through midway but the puzzles were a lot of fun. I liked the characters and I did fall for some of the jump scares. All in all it's a good game for what it's priced but the play time is roughly 3 hours give or take so you can expect to finish this in a single sitting.
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LIGHTSTHEHUMAN
4.9 hrs
Posted: July 8
Stray Cat Crossing
Release Date: August 28th, 2015
Genre: Pixel art / Indie / Horror
Price: $2.99
Demo: Yes
Input: Keyboard / Controller
Length: ~ 2-3 hours
Rating: 9.5/10
Review: Stray Cat Crossing puts you in the shoes of an unnamed female protagonist on the side of road who stumbles into a lost little girl by the name of Cat. After an exchange of conversation, you offer to take her back home and off the late night street. This is where your adventure begins. It has an excellent soundtrack that fits the art style and its gameplay, you will be lulled into a false sense of security as you begin to piece things together and discover the real reason why you are there. With its fantastic 16-bit pixel art, riddles, puzzles, unforgettable creatures & characters. Stray Cat Crossing is a work of art you definitely do not want to miss.
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Scarab
3.7 hrs
Posted: July 7
So I just finished this game today, after spending only 3 hours but it felt like a very complete experience, and I don't particularly feel it needed to be longer.

Overall I recommend the game, though this comes with some caveats. I won't call them pros and cons since I think a lot of my gripes are more personal in nature and I enjoyed the experience.

Stuff I enjoyed.
  • Beautiful settings, and characters - The designers worked hard and it's surreal and jaunty. Initially I feared the game might be yet another play on the Wonderland theme that while interesting, I see too much of to care for these days (seriously, guys, try re-imagining another work of classical fiction for a change). Yet, in spite of the presence of at least one giant caterpillar and exceedingly creepy twins, it didn't feel 'Alice in Wonderland' at all.
  • General creepiness - if that were what this game was going for alone, then it definitely succeeded.
  • Decent writing and concepts with some genuinely unnerving moments.
  • Good for players looking for a shorter, condensed storytelling experience which is not too difficult in terms of puzzles.

Things to Address.
  • Difficult controls. The character movements feel "floaty" and sometimes jerky and could do with being tightened up a bit. The game is controller compatible, but there was no option to adjust the configuration, so I was left attempting to press the key to run (Y) and the key to jump (A) at the same time which made me feel like a contortionist. I switched to the keyboard, which helped, but there were still issues...
  • That. First. Running. Challenge. One of the earliest tests in the game... involves running away from something, This took an obscene amount of time to get the hang of. The game's sensitive controls were the major sticking point.
  • It's... not really horror to me. It's surreal and weird, but I'm the kind of person who has conniptions waiting at a strange drive thru at 8 pm and *I* didn't feel unnerved, which ought to tell you something. If you're looking for an intense horror experience you won't get it here. Unless you have a phobia of dolls or mutant insects. Then you're kind of screwed.
  • Lacklustre puzzles. There were not many of them - understandable, but disappointing, and those that were there were very easy to figure out.I understand that many would not consider that a bad thing, but I feel it might be disappointing for some players who were expecting a more genuine challenge.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
I have played this game twice....and cried both times.

I feel like out of all of the games I have ever played on steam, Xbox, Playstation, Wii, or Nintendo this has been my number one. It's short, but not too short. Could you finish it in one sitting? yes, but maybe bring some food before you sit down.

This game has the perfect combination of creepy & weird mixed with humor & reality. I like how from the very begining you are left in the dark about EVERYTHING. You don't know anything about anything. You have to solve riddles and meet new charcters to slowly start peicing together the story of who the main character is and what happened in the past. It's bizarre, funny, heartbreaking, and overall a fantastic game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
69 of 89 people (78%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
In this game you can:
-Get a nice picture taken of you.
-Make new cool friends that will never leave your side!
-Get your nuts cracked!
-Play with dolls!(With automatic talk back function)
-Walk in a nice beautifull garden.(And get to see exciting new species!)
-Go to the cinema! and eat some delisious popcorn while watching an exciting play!(You realy want to see this over and over again!)

All in all a nice family game that i recommend for everyone

10/10
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
I recommend this game if pretty visuals and beautiful soundtracks are major parts in your gaming experience.

I played the demo a few days before and was very excited to play the full version. The demo covers tthe first act of three in the game. I was interested by the Ghibli-styled horror, and the first act delivered some chilling moments. However, after the first act I felt the game tone the horror down. Nothing really comes after you and the sense of dread is replaced by wonder, which is alright by I really wanted a horror experience, especially after the first act. The third act is item fetching and LOTS of repetition, and the horror elements are completely sapped.

The story is interesting, but not without poor writing. Lots of unneccessary characters and too many unexplained details. It's not hard to figure out what exactly happened by the end, but there are questions that will nag at you.

This game has incredible visuals for a 2D game. The characters are well designed and the locations are incredible. This and the amazing soundtrack are the best parts about this game.

Gameplay is alright. You have a run button to go places faster and there is one instance where you have the option to jump. Puzzles are way too easy. There's only one or two instances where you might die, so the rest plays like an interactive novel.
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
A fascinating horror story that appears twisted in the beginning. There's a reason for the way it is presented, and it may or may not become apparent to the player as the story goes on. The concept of the story is pretty good. Although I already knew most of what was going to happen, the ending still shocked me and made me pretty emotional.

Strong points
- Story, graphics and music. The last two appears to be well thought out and designed to fit each other and the story itself. Among the three, the music garners my interest the most.

Weak point
- The Theater. From what I experienced, it has to be done in a rather specific sequence. Otherwise, if you messed one part up and saved over your only save file, you have to restart the game all over again since you can't gain that one item back.

Recommendation to potential players
- Keep one save file at the start of the Theater before interacting with anyone so that you don't have to restart the entire game if you mess up by accident.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Stray Cat Crossing is a short, but intense tour into the rabbithole.
The story's start is pretty simple - you find the young girl called Cat wandering on the streets, and you offer her to take her back to his house - even giving your scarf to her not to catch a cold on your way. But you realize only after her entering the house that she still has your scarf, which is really dear to your heart, so you enter Cat's house to find her and ask her for your scarf.
While the short introduction also plays an important part in understanding the whole story, the real content of the game starts after entering the house. On your left you see a blind girl, eyes covered with bandages, holding a camera, meekly asking you if she could take a photo of you... and then you can pick your save slot :) The game developers really cleverly implemented, and inserted the savepoint system in the game that it's actually a person, who appears at numerous spots during the game, always reflecting to your current actions - it's wonderfully immersive

After speaking to her, you see footprints on the ground, which lead deeper into the house.
The game consists of three different parts of the house, three chapters - each really different from the other ones, they build on the previous ones but there's a common thing in them - they are all has their own creepy characters, themes and actions that can send shivers down one's spine. Each chapter gives you a clear goal, and you can reach it by completing smaller goals, sometimes puzzles. The characters of the house had a similar feeling to me like in Silent Hill - they do have a strong resemblance to asian, or rather japanese horror-creatures, but what sets the macabre tone the best is that they are all clever, thinking - and has no real intention of hurting you. But, if it's possible, they won't let you go.
The game only has one point when you can die while you're just walking around, but it's more like an event, like a QTE is for a game - and it has a save point just before it, so it's safe to say that while saving is advised, it's not easy to get yourself killed. Which is nice, because you'll be able to spend more time exploring the house, and to see VCR-like short video-cuts appear, that unravels a little more about the story, while conveniently raising the creepy-factor a LOT.
I don't want to spoi the story, especially as the game is short, can be completed in three hours and it's really worth to be experienced rather than just told about. But as it can be guessed from the lack of combat, the game's story revolves around pretty serious matters, and it's elements presented through the game's symbols, with the whole story explained at the end. While the third, last chapter got pretty tedious compared to the first two, the game really did a great job by not making the story overly simplistic, and at the same the explanation was presented in a way that does not make the player feel stupid for not getting it during the game.

While the art style seemed a little at first (the characters are pretty big compared to the environment) the game did a perfect job at introducing, then gradually unfold and solve a story while making me feel intrested, weirded out, or at some points just staring onto the screen. I've got the game from a bundle that cost maybe 1.5$ ; but I think if someone's looking for a more creepy-weird, than a scary horror and finds the art direction attractive, I can absolutely recommend the game even at full price. It's done with RPGMaker but uses own art, has a great soundtrack and has a really nice story with a proper ending that's quite memorable. It was a great experience for me.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
It was really hard to decide if I can recommend this or not, at first. Ultimately, I can absolutely recommend it.

The music and art alone is worth more than 3$. The music is full of expression, and the art is incredibly surprising, considering it's an RPG maker title.

The gameplay itself is what made this so hard for me. The game played well enough, but when it came to your objective, it was needlessly difficult(Lack of detail.) The ending, though, is what bothered me. You play through the same scene(Same for the most part) five or so times, unless you mess up and need to do it more. It was VERY annoying.

But the story and it's expression made up for that, hands down. The characters are absolutely wonderful, and although it didn't scare me in the least, the creepy atmosphere never died down. If you are a fan of short stories(Especially creepy-pasta type stories), this game is perfect for you, as well as admirers of art and music. This game has a quality far surpassed 3$.

TLDR, 8/10. Great music, great art, okay gameplay, incredible characters and great story. Also comes with the games OST.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
There's a surprising number of RPG Maker horror games, if you've never looked. Most ditch the RPG trappings entirely in favor of a minimalist retro-2D walking simulator style, and most of those tend to be boring or poorly designed. But every once in awhile you'll find a gem in the pile, and Stray Cat Crossing is one of those gems.

Your lovingly-rendered character happens across a small girl wandering the road at night. The girl, Cat, runs off with your treasured scarf and you follow her all the way home like the worst sort of creeper just to get it back. Don't feel bad, though, because her house is full of all kinds of nightmare beings. SCC is a surreal adventure game through symbolic realms of guilt and loss, expressed in a magnificently detailed and colorful art style. Characters are memorable, environments are vivid, and the atmosphere is excellent.

The sound design is on point as well, but the real stand-outs are the bizarre video clips the game hits you with periodically. Every once in awhile, you'll be interrupted by a short scene that looks cut from the VHS tape in The Ring. These sequences are incredibly jarring and effective. I am not a fan of jumpscares in the least, but these felt well thought-out and earned. They add immeasurably to the atmosphere and help hint at future story beats, as well.

The story itself is quite good, managing to dabble heavily in symbolism and moralizing without falling into the traps other games often do. There's nothing forced or heavy-handed about the plot developments, and you tend to catch up with things as your tight-lipped protagonist does. The one place the game stumbles is in the puzzles, which start off strong and clever but end on some sour notes. The final sequence is honestly quite clever as well, but in a way that's not actually very fun to get through. It comes at the very end, though, so at that point there's no reason not to power through for the satisfying finale.

You'll finish the game in two hours or so, which is perfectly fine considering the price. They're a tense and emotional two hours that would be worth experiencing just for the cast and atmosphere. Luckily, the whole game pulls together to form something I can whole-heartedly recommend.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
This game is a delight. Replete with gorgeous visuals, enchanting characters, enjoyable puzzles, a soundtrack that hits home in all the right places, and an altogether fantastic atmosphere, it just doesn't disappoint in any aspect. If you like RPG Maker horror games, you owe it to yourself to play this. If you don't particularly care for RPG Maker horror games, you still owe it to yourself to play this.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Just finished this game, took me roughly 2.5 hours. What a wild ride! Stray Cat Crossing not only has amazing art and music, but also a story telling style that will get your heart racing and it will be on your mind even after you have finished the game.

Overview
At the first glance at this game, the store page screenshots show that the art style is very unique and eccentric. Having played the game I absolutely agree that the art style played a huge part in creating the atmosphere and immersion of the game. It's made with RPGMaker, however the loving care put into the art, as well as its detail and quality, make it hard to notice the engine at all.

Story thoughts
The story is about a girl Cat, that got lost. I really don't want to spoil anything by giving out details, as the story is a crucial part of this story, and emotionally impactful. I'll say that it's a story about memories and the past, kind of like To the Moon's themes. The way the story is implemented is quite outstanding, with different layers to getting to "what actually happened". In the end the story is revealed bit by bit, with symbolism and twists of reality. It indeed is very thought provoking and I'm still thinking about the events that happened and what the story is trying to say. I absolutely love games/ shows/ anime that do this! What came to mind after playing was Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli, and after this thought occurred to me I looked up the developer's site and it's listed as one of the influences. So kudos to them for conveying the atmosphere right!

Game play thoughts
The game play is generally very smooth, involving puzzles and some chase scenes. I had a lot of fun with the puzzles, and the difficulty is about just right for a game heavily focusing on story - made me use my brain but didn't make me overly frustrated. The first 2 acts are great, the 3rd drags out but felt worth it. However a gripe I had was the speed of talking which is on the slow side and unskippable. The game froze sometimes after saving (thankfully after saving not before!) But looking at an FAQ unfortunately this is due to some problem with the RPGMaker engine, and will not be game breaking on most machines.

Random tips
1. The chase scene seems hard at first but don't give up! It's actually quite short. You can only jump over the small holes.
2. The OST is free, included in the game files!

Conclusion
Stray Cat Crossing is a game with great storytelling, with a dark and creepy atmosphere. If you're looking for a thought provoking and emotionally impactful game, look no further! In addition the unique art style and soundtrack will draw you right in. I highly recommend this game - it's a steal at its asking price on Steam.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Stray Cat Crossing is an interesting game that is more about the story than any serious game play.

You enter a world that you leaves you guessing and your job is to try to figure out what's going on. The entire game is not your stock RPGMaker game. Custom Art goes a long way, as well as some FMV scenes. The characters you meet are interesting and very different from those you typically would expect to find. You can tell the creators put a lot of love into the creation of this game.

The puzzles are not too complex or hard to figure out and make sense.

My only complaints are the following:
  • The lack of full controller support.
  • The text speed is fixed and has built in pauses which drove me crazy. I read really fast and felt like I was waiting for the game often when I was done reading.
  • Act III is more of a chore than it is fun and drags out the last part of the game easily to at least 1.5 times what you've already done in the first 2 acts.

Overall the game is a great little adventure for a Sunday morning/afternoon and the price isn't bad for what the game is.

This game deserves a 8/10 for what it is, based on story, price, and entertainment factor.
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