Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    Catherine Classic is a good choice to review the fantastic journey of love, madness and dreams, which happened 8 years ago, before Catherine Full Body's releasing.
  2. Jan 14, 2019
    Unusual puzzle platformer with great anime presentation, which thrills especially with its adult story.
  3. Jan 10, 2019
    The mixture of dialogue adventure, mystery thriller and challenging puzzler didn’t lose a beat. Seven years after its console premiere this still is a captivating experience.
  4. Jan 22, 2019
    Catherine Classic is a port to PC of one of the more unique and surreal gaming experiences around. Scary, thought provoking, and beautiful to behold, Catherine combines horror, romance, puzzles and platforming into a must play experience for anyone. Highly repeatable and challenging gameplay defines this true classic cult hit that begs to be discovered and rediscovered despite outwardly obscuring its true nature behind the standard expectations of a game in this style.
  5. Jan 10, 2019
    Catherine is a genuinely funny, fun and altogether unique experience, even now. It merges brilliantly challenging puzzle gameplay with an Animé adult-romance story that is as equally compelling as it is entertaining. It features interesting and deeply flawed characters, particularly the protagonist whose emotions directly affect the challenges he'll face. All of this contained within a game that has aged particularly well due to the colourful and Animé-style design.
  6. CD-Action
    Dec 11, 2019
    Eight years after the original this sexy horror didn’t even get one wrinkle! It’s worth to give it another chance even if you’ve scored with Atlus’ work before. [03/2019, p.79]
  7. Aug 29, 2019
    Catherine Classic may have lost some of its freshness over time, but it remains an intriguing title for those looking for a game that defies expectations. Its more adult style may seem too simple for some, but it's something that very few visual novels attempt to do. The puzzle aspect remains hellish in difficulty but is still fun once you learn all of the tricks and can deal with the imposed time limits. For longtime fans, there isn't much here to bring you back, but unless you don't have your PS3 anymore or an Xbox One to play the Xbox 360 version, Catherine Classic is worth checking out.
  8. Feb 7, 2019
    Catherine Classic may not be the definitive way to experience Vincent's journey of self discovery, mainly due to some pesky technical issues, but it is a solid port nonetheless, with a few improvements of its own. Faster loading times, crisper visuals, and dual audio support, elevate the title from beyond just another bog standard PC port. It is unfortunate that English audio clips in when playing in Japanese, but Catherine is so thoughtfully designed, and so well-written that it's easy enough to endure the port's more disappointing qualities in favour of the incredible experience underneath. Catherine Classic is a great alternative to the PS3 original, if flawed.
  9. Jan 30, 2019
    As a conclusion to this improved edition, Catherine: Classic brings us back a title that has already gone through the consoles of two generations. And it does not have much more improvement than seen in previous editions, apart from some graphic improvement. Still, it's still a very good game, complete, with replayability and hours. It becomes heavy in some places, because the story slows down and does not advance as fast as we would like, making the experience longer than we would expect.
  10. Jan 14, 2019
    Catherine Classic continues to be one of the most fascinating and unique games of last generation. And the good news is, you no longer need to hook up your last-gen console to enjoy this gem of a game.
  11. Jan 11, 2019
    The journey to finding out what it means to you is certainly one worth taking.
  12. Jan 10, 2019
    An adult video game that is neither exploitative nor pretentious, but instead weaves a fun yet incisive tale about all too human characters.
  13. Jan 10, 2019
    Catherine is a fantastic game, and it being on more platforms is great news, even if it doesn’t offer any new content or relevant new features.
  14. Jan 16, 2019
    Its story and characters are definetly the Game’s forte. Scenes range from endearing and relateable to completly absurd and hilarious. All the while Gameplay is interesting at first, but becomes pretty tedious and - in parts - nigh unbeatable in later stages of the game. But at no time did we consider quitting, because the creative story and great dialogue always pulls you back in, as soon as you get annoyed by the puzzle sections. Atlu’s erotic-dating-adventure manages to deliver extremely well on various fronts, but sadly falls short of its gameplay variety and interactivity in terms of story. Nonetheless, all the other parts of the game are strong enough to elevate Catherine to a truly great experience.
  15. Jan 10, 2019
    An odd hybrid of life sim and puzzle game where both flawed halves somehow work well together.
  16. Jan 18, 2019
    Catherine Classic is a fun puzzler, with a great art-style and a fairly catchy narrative. But Vincent lacks appeal as a protagonist, he’s just so bumbling and incompetent and irritatingly unsure of himself. If nothing else hooks you, the puzzles will — but I’m questioning why this game is a classic, I just don’t think I got it.
  17. Jan 10, 2019
    Catherine is a fascinating experiment, but it’s rather uneven and has not aged well.
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  1. Largely, though, Catherine Classic is a pretty fantastic rerelease of a cult hit that people have nattered on about endlessly since its debut. Being able to finally play it on PC is wonderful, and having other game modes — Babel, where you unlock harder stages by getting gold trophies on normal or hard mode in the campaign, and Colosseum, a competitive multiplayer mode — gives it a lot of replay value.
  2. Jan 10, 2019
    All told it’s a solid little package, however, and Catherine is still full of charm in how it delivers its whacky, mind-bending storylines – even though how it approaches some topics is deeply flawed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 108
  2. Negative: 12 out of 108
  1. Feb 24, 2020
    Good game but with some serious flaws. The main one is that it's extremely repetitive since while the puzzle game is interesting it does haveGood game but with some serious flaws. The main one is that it's extremely repetitive since while the puzzle game is interesting it does have its limits and it reaches a point that it becomes mostly the same without much room to grow other than doing speed runs which isn't the cup of team of most people. The other flaw is that while that story isn't horrible it does get quite silly and simplistic and similarly to the puzzle game it does get quite repetitive especially for the largest part of the first part of the game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2019
    This game is nothing special. I must say that, while the block puzzles throughout the game are fun at the beginning, they quickly turnThis game is nothing special. I must say that, while the block puzzles throughout the game are fun at the beginning, they quickly turn outright frustrating and completely convoluted. I hated the block puzzles. They were boring and I wish I could just skip them and get to the story part of the game. Speaking of, the story is pretty stupid but also funny at parts. It's about a thirty something year old man being super dishonest to two different girls. One of whom he is already dating and about to marry, the other is some blonde bimbo who showed up and seduced him while wearing what is basically lingerie. The whole time, he bangs on about how guilty he feels to his friends and does nothing about it until the very end. I'd say it's pretty standard and not that interesting but I got a good ending so I was relieved at the end as opposed to being even more pissed off. Overall, this game is limiting its audience by a lot. I only played it because the creators of Persona, a series which I adore, made the game. I'd totally recommend playing persona 3, 4, or 5 instead of this. Full Review »
  3. Jan 20, 2019
    This game is absolutely terrible. 2/10 for the puzzle aspect, although puzzles that have time limit are actually an excercise in frustration.This game is absolutely terrible. 2/10 for the puzzle aspect, although puzzles that have time limit are actually an excercise in frustration. You cannot stop and think, you need to sort them out RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE CLOCK IS TICKING. No, this is not fun at all, so be warned if you want to go ahead with it anyway. Plus, there's the story. The story about a guy that wants love, but is in general dishonest with both of the girls that show interest in him and is to make a choice between them. And on top of that, there's the game mechanic that forces you to think in a conventional way of society rules. Marriage is pictured as the only possible happy outcome (despite 9 different possible endings to the game) of any relationship where people stay together, which is utter nonsense. The only way the game can end in a kind of "free" way, is completely fictional involving demons, lord of hell, goddess of love, etc. There's no possibility to just be with whoever you want to be, have kids with whoever you want and not having the choice of "either or" in front of you all the time. Monogamy screams out of this game so much that it makes me sick. Not to mention, dishonesty. The game creators didn't come up with the possibility to just tell the truth: "Look, I want to f*ck you both, you're up for it or not?". End of story. But then there would be no possibility to come up with this convoluted, dramatic, eyes-rolling, frustrating, cliche story. But I guess that's Japanese style. Sex is always perverted and shameful, relationships are always dishonest, true desires and feelings are always expressed at the end with the big effort and struggle. If you're Japanese, you'll probably like it. If you think marriage and monogamy is the only way to live your life happily, you'll probably like it. If you're a woman, you'll probably like it as well. If you're a man without complexes, that likes to set your own rules with everything, you'll find this game story rigid and boring. Use at your own risk. Full Review »