The Cat Lady Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on The Cat Lady by Harvester Games and Screen7. I purchased this game on sale so this review is for fun/practice.
The Cat Lady is a psychological horror adventure game that follows the story of a 40-year-old woman named Susan Ashworth. She’s a woman with severe depression and at the start of the game, she kills herself. Unfortunately, she finds herself confronted by a woman named The Queen of Maggots who tells her that she’s unable to die until she kills evil people known as parasites. These people range from cannibals to a person that uses dead women as art. The story is 7 chapters in length and I beat the game in 10 hours but I had the game running in the background at times (Sharing screenshots usually) so you can likely beat it faster than myself.
The game utilizes the keyboard to control Susan, instead of the mouse to make things easier, though, I would have found it easier to simply use the mouse. You use the arrow keys to interact with objects within the game world.
I should also mention that this game covers some incredibly dark themes ranging from suicide, murder, attempted rape and numerous other things that might cause a memory to trigger so I wouldn’t recommend this game to anyone who deals with these sort of things. The game also has a warning at the start of the game that says that anyone under 18 shouldn’t play the game which I agree with 100%. I also wouldn’t recommend it to those with depression either because it might make it flair up pretty badly. My own depression wanted to kick in a great deal but I kept it subdued during the game thankfully, didn’t stop the negative thoughts, unfortunately.
Overall, The Cat Lady is a superb yet incredibly demented game. That being said though, it’s one of the most accurate depictions of depression I can think of. Everything that Susan said during the early parts of the game are things that I, myself, feel on a constant basis. I have both Manic Depression and Schizophrenia and I’ve never seen a game, or really any form of media, say the exact same things that I say to myself, word for word.
It’s a difficult game to recommend even though it’s really good because of the many demented themes the game covers. If you can handle it then I definitely recommend it because it has a really good story to tell. I will also admit that even though there are some quality issues with the voice work here and there, the game itself makes this a non issue because it’s that good.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
The Cat Lady$9.99
- Excellent Story
- Accurate Depiction of Depression
- Great Artstyle
- Great Atmosphere (Sounds Great With a Headset)
- Can Be Really Disturbing (Not For The Faint of Heart)
- Keyboard Controls Were A Bit Annoying
- Not Recommended for Anyone Under 18, At All