Buy direct from Desura for single copy of standard game files. Deals for Steam keys etc must be bought via the publisher at the official website www.thecatlady.co.uk or Screen7.co.uk. Thank you & enjoy! ** VERSION 1.4 now available - with Fr, Esp & De subtitles + minor fixes. Note - v1.2 save games will NOT work with this version, v1.3 saves WILL ** The Cat Lady contains strong adult themes and is recommended only for players over 18. From 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. Windows PC. * NOTE: Unfortunately Screen 7 & Harvester Games cannot offer Mac support. TCL is for Windows PC
IN LOVE, IN LOVE, IN LOVE. In short, it's amazing. Easy controls, an engaging story, nonlinear gameplay, and a great soundtrack, including voice acting. It's something different that every gamer should experiment. If you want to try it out before buying, watch gameplay on YouTube. The demo doesn't represent the game well, even some of the voice acting is different. Use the demo to make sure you can run the game. That's it.
Words cannot do this game justice. I adore it so much that its few minor flaws become charming to me more than anything. Even after watching two Let's Plays, I was still compelled to purchase it for myself. The story is just beautiful. The main characters are thoroughly developed, they feel like people, not characters in a game. Guaranteed, you will become attached to them. The story is morbid and tragic, but there is a good dose of humor in it as well, and it fits in perfectly. Despite the heavy story, the humor never seems inappropriate. Words cannot cover how much I adore this game. The voice acting is brilliant as well, the cast did a great job.
Don't be intimidated by the "horror adventure" tag. The story overrides the horror. There are a few "jump scares" but it's not like a face jumping out at you, and honestly it's usually easy to tell when something is about to happen. The horror is more in the atmosphere and the details than in actual scares. Despite the overt supernatural horror elements, the story itself is grounded and believable. It doesn't feel like a fantasy game, it feels like it's happening in our world. It's amazing how the developer pulled it off.
You can cover the controls with one hand, and it isn't graphically demanding so even low-performance computers should be able to run it. It's very violent, but not gory. The simple graphics don't allow for gory details, which is appreciated by people like me with weak stomachs. There's lots of cursing too.
I've never liked cats and much prefer dogs instead, but personal bias and semantics are about all I can throw at this game.
"The Cat Lady" is, at heart, a point and click adventure game, with a a few good lashings of horror thrown in for measure. Although an atypical keyboard-only control system is used, this game subscribes to the familiar "gather items, solve puzzles, advance story" routine. Not that this is a bad routine when used to tell a powerful and immersive story, and that is exactly what the folks at Screen 7 & Harvester Games have managed to achieve.
The story that this game tells is dark, and make no mistake - it is definitely NOT for the faint of heart. However, beyond the shocks, thrills and unsettling eerieness that seeps out of every Dali-inspired pixel, there is a delicate thread exploring the dark recesses of our protagonist, Susan Ashworth's world. The pacing and delivery of the story is pitch-perfect: to my mind, there were no unnecessary loose ends and nothing felt rushed, yet I was always eager to learn more. Sparing the dayjob, I was not able to put "The Cat Lady" down!
But a good plot is nothing without a sense of immersion. Why do I want to know what happens next if I don't care? Fortunately, the characters in this "Blue Cup Noire" are developed well and evoke strong feelings in the player. Even, if the connection was one of revulsion, I still felt something from and for every one of the games cast. In part, I can say this is due to the voice-acting, with a noteworthy performance by Lynsey Frost as Susan. The soundtrack also plays a strong hand, supporting and creating the wide palette of moods evoked throughout.
The only thing that may leave players dissatified is the difficulty of the puzzles and that at times it plays more like an interactive story. I was rarely stumped by "The Cat Lady", but this was a minor concern compared to the emotional and psychological impact it delivered. For £6.99 it would be (and is) wrong to pass this
I can't say enough about the story line of this game. I have never played a game quite like this one. I almost wanted to give it a 9/10 for minor glitches or inconveniences, but the sheer quality of the story, the characters, and the dialogue more than make up for it.
It's an incredibly dark game, and thankfully not overrun by jump scares like many horror games are. The main character is utterly believable, and her struggles draw you in effortlessly. She is so easy to sympathize with. You want her to win so badly.
The dialogue is human, and surprisingly funny at points. I can't appreciate a well-written dialogue enough these days. It doesn't feel forced, and the humor is genuinely funny.
I thought my main hangup would be the graphics. I love good graphics in a game, and while these are not what I would call fancy, they mesh well with the overall style. They go from beautifully surreal to starkly realistic with flawless transition. The music is skillfully woven into these bleak settings to create an environment that you can almost feel on your skin.
I would absolutely pay for expansions to this game. I just can't get enough of Susan's world.
If you are looking for a story-driven horror game, buy this one. It is easily worth double what they are asking.
Just completed the game and it has been one of the most captivating games I have played in a very long time. I really cannot fault this - the music meshed perfectly, the voice acting was superb, sound effects excellent.
If you can, play using headphones - it really helps get the atmosphere.
I played using Crossover 12.0 on a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8.2. It ran fullscreen and flawlessly. Game saving/loading was faultless.