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The main poster for the game.

The Cat Lady (2012) is a single-player indie horror game developed by Remigiusz Michalski of Harvester Games.[1] note It was released on December 1st, 2012 in English, and is now available in French, German, and Spanish as well. The game features Susan Ashworth, a middle-aged cat-loving woman suffering from depression, and Mitzi Hunt, a young woman bent on avenging her lover's suicide.


DevelopmentEdit

The Cat Lady was developed by Remiguisz Michalski using the Adventure Game Studio platform.[2]

A demo was released on September 15th, 2012, and pre-orders were made available on the same day.[3] The game was released on December 1st, 2012.[4]

Plot summaryEdit

"Susan is just a person next door, the kind of neighbour we never pay much attention to because they keep to themselves. We all know people like that. We just assume they like their privacy and have their own set of friends they like to hang out with… but in fact, they have no one.
She’s very lonely, but she thinks she likes it like this. Or even thinks she deserves to be lonely. She made a mistake in her life and now she’s paying for it.
"
— Remigiusz Michalski, interview[5]
Susan and Teacup in the intro

Susan and her favourite stray cat, Teacup.

Susan Ashworth, a lonely "cat lady" suffering from depression, attempts to commit suicide by swallowing an overdose of sleeping pills. She wakes up in an alternate world and meets the "Queen of Maggots", an enigmatic old lady who claims to understand Susan's distress. The Queen of Maggots grants Susan immortality and gives Susan a mission that she must fulfill in order to become happy: find five evil human beings called The Parasites, and kill them. Susan returns to the world of the living despite her wish to die forever.

Susan crosses path with a young woman called Mitzi Hunt. Mitzi is on a mission of her own, and Susan becomes a part of Mitzi's mission of taking revenge on the man who encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide.

There are multiple endings that you can obtain. Michalski, the game's creator, has stated in an interview that he considers one of them to be canon.[5]

GameplayEdit

The game is plot-heavy, and motion takes place in a side-scroller mode. Options to interact with objects pop up when Susan approaches them. An inventory bar at the bottom of the screen displays the objects in Susan's inventory. Dialogue trees appear in certain conversations, allowing the player to choose the direction of the conversation.

Certain options allow the player to "style" Susan's background and character to their taste, while some options have an impact on the ending the player receives.

See Achievements for a list of achievements available in the game.

List of voice actors and actressesEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The game's soundtrack is available as a CD album from the official website, featuring music by Warmer, Josiah "5iah" Orsie, Tears Of Mars, and Michal Michalski.[7] Additional music tracks were composed by Richard Henley and Pal Hjornevik.[6]

Sound clips used in the game were taken from various internet sources, including freesound.org[6] The offical Cat Lady video game soundtrack has a total of 12 songs used in each chapter. The CD Soundtrack includes:

1. Space Cowboy Blues (Used In Debut Trailer)

2. Noises She Makes In Their Bed (Main Menu)

3. Inside (Chapter 1)

4. Storytelling (Chapter 5)

5. Don't You Worry Love (Chapter 2)

6. In My Head It's Like Hell (Chapter 3 during Susan's breakdown)

7. The Will (Chapter 4)

8. Two Stone Rings (Chapter 3)

9. Good Lord Knows That I'm Greedy (Chapter 4)

10. What's The Whole World (Chapter 5)

11. Forever (Used In End Credits)

12. Sojourn (Used In Release Trailer

ReceptionEdit

The Cat Lady has an 8/10 ranking on Gamespot[8] and an 81/100 Metascore on Metacritic.org, with a 8.4/10 user score.[9]

The game won "Best Story" at the 2012 Aggie Awards, hosted by Adventure Gamers.[10] The game also won "Adventure of the Year" from the editors of Adventure-Treff, a German gaming website.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Harvester Games- The Cat Lady. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  2. The Cat Lady Adventure Game Studio. Retrieved on 2014 April 1.
  3. "Big night tonight: the demo is officially out" Facebook. Retrieved on 2014 April 1.
  4. "The Cat Lady is OUT!!!" (01 December 2012) Facebook. Retrieved on 2014 April 1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Remigiusz Michalski (Harvester Games, The Cat Lady) (12 July 2013) Alternative Magazine Online. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Game closing credits.
  7. Official website: Music from the game The Cat Lady official website. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  8. Kevin VanOrd. The Cat Lady Review GameSpot. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  9. The Cat Lady (PC) Metaritic. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  10. AG Staff (20 February 2013). 2012 Aggie Awards FEATURE Adventure Gamers. Retrieved on 2014 February 11.
  11. Adventure des Jahres 2012: Ergebnisse der Redaktion Adventure Treff website. Retrieved on 2014 February 12.

External linksEdit


List of chapters
Navbox Prologue thumb Navbox Chapter 1 thumb Navbox Chapter 2 thumb Navbox Chapter 3 thumb
Prologue Chapter 1
"House in the Woods"
Chapter 2
"Second First Breath"
Chapter 3
"River"
Navbox Chapter 4 thumb Navbox Chapter 5 thumb Navbox Chapter 6 thumb Navbox Chapter 7 thumb
Chapter 4
"Bullet for Susan"
Chapter 5
"Some Flowers Never Bend Towards the Sun"
Chapter 6
"The Legend of Cat Widow"
Chapter 7
"Don't Feed the Troll"

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