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  • Summary: The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18.

    By author Remigiusz Michalski (Harvester Games). The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day
    The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18.

    By author Remigiusz Michalski (Harvester Games). The Cat Lady follows Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year old on the verge of suicide. She has no family, no friends and no hope for a better future. One day she discovers that five strangers will come along and change everything... This suspenseful psychological horror game features stylized artwork, a simple keyboard control method and English voice acting, plus a compelling, atmospheric 70 minute soundtrack by Micamic.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. PC Master (Greece)
    Feb 4, 2013
    92
    A rare creation, a unique study on human behavior that exposes instincts, fears, desires that most of us would not even care to admit to ourselves. [February 2013]
  2. May 6, 2013
    90
    The Cat Lady is simply one of the most beautiful horror adventure out there, something that goes beyond a videogame and yet a work of art that only a videogame could have delivered.
  3. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    As long as you're not totally put off by the art design, there's no reason to not play The Cat Lady. It is not only one of the best games of the year, it's one of the best horror adventures out there.
  4. May 16, 2013
    80
    The Cat Lady could be defined as a “non game”: it’s a beautiful, sad picture of our lives. Maybe one of the most interesting horror adventures around.
  5. Jan 22, 2014
    80
    If you seek horror, The Cat Lady may sometimes freak you out, though probably not outright scare you. But that horror is in service of a touching character portrait--a portrait that's authentically, poignantly askew.
  6. Jun 3, 2013
    80
    The Cat Lady offers a unique and deviated world and a setting full of horror and despair, although the keyboard controls and an excessive backtracking remain flaws to be reckoned with.
  7. CD-Action
    Mar 5, 2013
    70
    Once or twice The Cat Lady made my heart race but the game would benefit from some more tweaking, especially when it comes to story coherence. [CD-Action 03/2013, p.63]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 5 out of 50
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    10
    Censor me, I don't care. This game is Play this game. If the Kings Quest series gave birth to Stephen King's baby this would be it. Dark,Censor me, I don't care. This game is Play this game. If the Kings Quest series gave birth to Stephen King's baby this would be it. Dark, disturbing, messed up in the head, and brilliant. If you're looking to be scared with loud noises and quick time events look else where, if you want to be told a truly unnerving story that will leave you thinking long after it's over, here it is. Not the kind of game that will hold your hand; it can be frustrating at times, but it never feels pointless or repetitive. If this game had AAA production values, it would be discussed as a Game of the Year candidate, without question. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2018
    10
    Obra maestra, este juego no es para todo el mundo pero si llegaste hasta acá, es porque te intereso aunque sea un poco, si es así no te vas aObra maestra, este juego no es para todo el mundo pero si llegaste hasta acá, es porque te intereso aunque sea un poco, si es así no te vas a arrepentir de jugarlo. Es la historia mas adulta que he tenido el placer de disfrutar y sentirme identificado con algunas cosas, habla de la depresión principalmente y es el primer juego que la proyecta realmente bien y crea una atmosfera tan gris y triste.
    Hablando de la parte jugable no tiene nada que envidiarle a ninguna aventura gráfica, sus puzzles están bien construidos y a la vez tienen una carga narrativa por la cual se puede conocer mucho mejor a los personajes ya que te das cuenta de muchos detalles. Tampoco tiene nada que envidiarle a un survival horror, la atmósfera es increíble y tiene un par de momentos que te hacen mirar atrás y comprobar que no hay ningún loco psicópata mirándote por la ventana.
    Este juego esta lleno de momentos, escenas, diálogos, personajes e imágenes que se te quedaran grabados en la cabeza, un arte increíble sobresaliente en las partes mas gore y una música (o silencio) que mantiene en tensión al jugador o da momentos memorables como las escenas de acción.
    En fin, a este juego le sobra personalidad, no puedo esperar mas para Lorelai.
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  3. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    An absolute joy to play.
    Touching on some profoundly serious topics in a way that only games as an art form can.
    Its only weaknesses are
    An absolute joy to play.
    Touching on some profoundly serious topics in a way that only games as an art form can.
    Its only weaknesses are brief moments of weak voice acting, however where the delivery may lack the content is still stellar.
    A vision of dark brilliance, a strong synthesis of an urban gothic setting and a magical realism plot that captivates the player. If you do not become emotionally attached to these characters, if the visceral 'meat-and-bone' horror leaves you untouched and the side stories of individual suffering loss and persistence do not stir anything within you -Then you have lost your taste for art and I can propose no cure. This is without a doubt a important work which I can only encourage you see through to the end.
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  4. Mar 8, 2016
    9
    I really, really love this game. I've played it twice now - the ending is slightly different each time, you see.

    To (briefly) cover the
    I really, really love this game. I've played it twice now - the ending is slightly different each time, you see.

    To (briefly) cover the plot, the game focuses on Susan Ashworth, a depressed middle-aged woman who decides to take her own life one night. I won't spoil any more, you'll have to play yourself!

    Instead of singing the game constant praises, I'll list the pros and cons below.
    * Very unusual protagonist. You won't necessarily agree with everything she says, but hey - you can see what the world is like from someone with a mental health issue.
    * Memorable characters. I liked Mitzi in particular.
    * Great storyline.
    * Choice. Or, at leat, the illusion of it.
    * Puzzles.
    Cons (they're all really small)
    * The dialogue is sometimes very cringey, not helped by the voice actors really overdoing it at times.
    * The voices were poorly recorded in some cases. Mitzi in particular sounded rather distorted.
    * Visuals don't always match the sound exactly.
    * Animations are a little jagged around the edges.

    But hey. It's an indie game - and a fantastic one, at that.
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  5. Apr 15, 2014
    9
    Amazing game, and incredible story. This game runs about 8 hours on average, the puzzles and solutions to problems are MUCH easier to figureAmazing game, and incredible story. This game runs about 8 hours on average, the puzzles and solutions to problems are MUCH easier to figure out than most point & click games, which makes for some smooth sailing so you can progress the story consistently. The story is one of the best I've seen in a game for a LONG time, and I play hundreds of games. If Harvester Games had a large budget, this game would've definitely been GOTY material. But instead it's underestimated and overlooked by other popular games. If you want a good scare-not a cheap jumpscare-but a scare that messes with your mind for days on end, then get The Cat Lady. The atmosphere is also a very strong point, it reminds me of Scratches. It's perfect for setting the mood of a very dark, and depressing game. Your actions and choices matter a good amount, and the achievements on Steam are fun to get. Very awesome game, you need to get used to the graphics/animations and gameplay (there isn't much gameplay), but if you can do that, you'll experience one of the best horror stories out there. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2017
    8
    It was good, easily an 8, though most people are scared of not giving it a 10 in case it would be considered uncool. The main problems wereIt was good, easily an 8, though most people are scared of not giving it a 10 in case it would be considered uncool. The main problems were the graphics and gameplay/difficulty's simplicity; graphics were extremely basic, including the very simplistic animations, while the gameplay was too simple and easy; it was hard enough to be considered a game but it was relatively easy and simplistic.

    However, the game in overall was fantastic, or at least much better than 95% of what's out there. The atmosphere of horror it tried to produce was fantastically done, the characters too real, and the story almost perfect (it did not make sense in some cases but that can be forgiven since it was the point that it was kinda psychotic to begin with).

    All in all, all adventure fans will love it, but be warned it's scary.
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  7. May 14, 2014
    1
    Ayn Rand meets The Goonies. This isn't a game but an excuse for a immature person to ramble on about his childish and annoying philosophy ofAyn Rand meets The Goonies. This isn't a game but an excuse for a immature person to ramble on about his childish and annoying philosophy of life. It's not horror, merely gross. It's not meaningful, merely fatuous. Vengeance is what makes life worth living--oh boy is that original. It has all the emotional impact of a wet cigar. If you love long tedious conversations by an excited 17 year old who has taken Philosophy 101 for the first time in his life this game is for you. Otherwise, pass it. Expand

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