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Meowing. Meowing. Meowing! Meowing in your head.

The Cat Lady, a visually bewildering point-and-click adventure game with dark and violent theme and a mad, genuinely unnerving story, is available 25% off on GOG.com. That's only $7.49 for the first week!

People are imperfect. That's a fact. But just knowing it, and seeing the extent of their imperfection, makes a colossal difference. So filled with fear, and aggression we are, us humans. Always threading so close to the edge of sanity, keeping the madness at bay only by means of everyday habits and social contract. But on the inside? What kind of insane thoughts fester the mind of the people you randomly pass by on the streets? What sick ideas would you find, if you had the ability to look into the minds of your close ones? Your neighbors? Your co-workers? You'll never know. But admit it, deep inside you're terrified of what might be going on in other people's heads. The true human nature might be the greatest horror in existence. This is a game playing on those fears.

The Cat Lady uses the classic point and click mechanics to tell a story that will put your mind way outside your comfort zone. It depicts violence, fear, and psychosis in a way that's both surreal and unsettlingly realistic. Its original art style adds even further to the depressive and unhinging mood. If you like an occasional trip to the other side of sanity and you're not afraid of some explicit imagery on the way, The Cat Lady will be an experience you won't soon forget.

Sometimes, we like to challenge you to stare deep into the void. Today is one of these days. Go on, get The Cat Lady for only $7.49 on GOG.com. Play it. Stay sane. Come back for more.
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szablev: Looks interesting, although I'm not sure if the "dark/gory/gritty" look is just a gimmick or is there something more behind it. Wishlisted for the time being.
It's not just gore for the sake of gore, that's for sure : ) Never feels forced (like it felt in later Saw movies) - gloomy setup usually serves character building. And five characters in this game are serial killers.
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Novotnus: if you can sit through 20-minutes-long conversation about life and stuff and enjoy it - you'll like (or even love) the game.
Can you save the game in the middle of those 20-minute-long conversations?
Nice and gritty indie release.
Yet, another case of GOG listening to the community and delivering.
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kalirion: Can you save the game in the middle of those 20-minute-long conversations?
In the part I was thinking about (conversation with dr Xavier Zellman in the very beginning) yes, you can save (the doctor tells you to count to 10 and talk to him again when you are ready); in other instance an interactive flashback kicks in mid-conversation).
Besides, there's no "game over" here. You can do some things better, some things worse, the game will continue no matter what.
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szablev: Looks interesting, although I'm not sure if the "dark/gory/gritty" look is just a gimmick or is there something more behind it. Wishlisted for the time being.
This game really has a plot which is amazing. It isn't just about the gore (which there is a lot) but also it goes into the deeper questions in life
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wormholewizards: So this is the most wanted indie title few months ago? Not bad.
Actually, it's pretty bad (the situation, imho). What was the most wanted thing few months back, is just a bleak memory of today.

I don't think it's going to sell that much.
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F1ach: I'm tempted by this, but watched a gameplay video and it looked really boring, can someone tell me whats good about it please, just looks slow, plodding and badly voiced.

Thanks for any insight :)
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Novotnus: Depends on what kind of horror you like. If you enjoy fast-paced modern approach or jumpscare-based media, you probably won't like TCL.
On the other hand, if you enjoy well written characters, mystery and existential questions; if you can sit through 20-minutes-long conversation about life and stuff and enjoy it - you'll like (or even love) the game.
Quick survey from the top of my head : )
Hellraiser, Halloween of Friday 13th? If Hellraiser - you'll probably like TCL.
Early Peter Jackson (Braindead, Bad Taste) or David Lynch (Erasehead, Mulholand Drive, Twin Peaks)? If Lynch, you'll probably like TCL.
Graham Masterton or Stephen King? This one is hard, as the game has some Masterton-like aesthetics, but storytelling is rather King-ish.
Baldur's Gate or Planescape: Torment? [yeah, your avatar kind of answers this one ; )] If Torment - you'll probably enjoy TCL.
Those are, of course, my personal opinions. If you want to check the game before buying, try the demo here:
http://www.screen7.co.uk/games/download/download-tcldemo.php
Those comparisons are very helpful Novotnus :) While I would dislike the game based on most of them, the PS:T one is quite compelling, think I'll take a punt, have a sip of rep for your trouble :)
This game is about me (sub in dude for lady). Now THAT'S creepy!
Alright! I have been looking forward to this release, and now it's here! Wishlisted!
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F1ach: Those comparisons are very helpful Novotnus :) While I would dislike the game based on most of them, the PS:T one is quite compelling, think I'll take a punt,
Maybe that's because I told you about my personal preferences : ) If you like Jason and Michael more than Pinhead - you'll find a mysterious, mute killer in TCL as well... If you enjoy early Peter Jackson - you can like psychotic nurse in chapter 4 (and I liked her too... actually I almost missed my bus to work because I couldn't leave the game before killing her and her Ed Gein-like husband).
Play the demo - it's really good. And\or give those a read:
http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/24014/page2
http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/reviews/787/
http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/23373
http://www.justadventure.com/article/319/reviews-the-cat-lady

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F1ach: have a sip of rep for your trouble :)
Thank you, kind sir!
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F1ach: Those comparisons are very helpful Novotnus :) While I would dislike the game based on most of them, the PS:T one is quite compelling, think I'll take a punt,
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Novotnus: Maybe that's because I told you about my personal preferences : ) If you like Jason and Michael more than Pinhead - you'll find a mysterious, mute killer in TCL as well... If you enjoy early Peter Jackson - you can like psychotic nurse in chapter 4 (and I liked her too... actually I almost missed my bus to work because I couldn't leave the game before killing her and her Ed Gein-like husband).
Play the demo - it's really good. And\or give those a read:
http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/24014/page2
http://www.adventureclassicgaming.com/index.php/site/reviews/787/
http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/23373
http://www.justadventure.com/article/319/reviews-the-cat-lady

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F1ach: have a sip of rep for your trouble :)
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Novotnus: Thank you, kind sir!
Yeah, the movies, I dont really bother with Friday 13, Halloween type movies, I kinda lean towards Zombies Vamps and Werewolves, I love Clive Barkers books (and games) but I dont care for Hellraiser, I guess I'm a bit odd, but I'll get the game as the gameplay I watched was of the demo.

Thanks again for your help Novotnus :)
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Novotnus: snip
Btw Novotnus, may I rest assured you'll take over the GOGWiki page?
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F1ach: Yeah, the movies, I dont really bother with Friday 13, Halloween type movies, I kinda lean towards Zombies Vamps and Werewolves, I love Clive Barkers books (and games) but I dont care for Hellraiser, I guess I'm a bit odd, but I'll get the game as the gameplay I watched was of the demo.

Thanks again for your help Novotnus :)
Glad to help. Always nice to see a fellow Barker fan around here!
There are some paranormal entities in the game, but (imo) they are more like Cenobites than classic monster you mention and they never threaten you directly (rather try to play with your head).
All right, I'm shutting up, I don't want to take over the topic ; )
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xep624: Do not be put off so easily Bloodygoodgames!

It is actually one of the first adventure games in ages that got me interested. Maybe it's not because the violence but because the themes and problems of real people in real life that it tries to discuss with the player - like violence at homes, drinking, loneliness, looking for a goal and meaning in life, etc. I have seen trailers and reviews for dozens and dozens of adventure games but they are all too cute and silly for me. I will definitely give this one a try, once my backlog will diminish and I will have some spare time. Wishlisted for now!
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Bloodygoodgames: That's why I'm not that interested in it at the moment. Too many years spent in non-profits dealing with people's 'real life' problems. Gets incredibly depressing and don't really enjoy that kind of game in my free time.
The game is great and I enjoyed it a lot, but judging from your descriptions, it's quite clearly not for you, BGG.
The story of The Cat Lady is extremely connected to the reality. It may do some gorey stuff here, and some abstract stuff there, but in the end it's all about depression and life. It's grounded in dirt and loneliness. And, again, that makes it quite exceptional and interesting, but also clearly not for everyone as it's the exact opposite of what you're looking for :D I mean, there's definitely hope to be found in the game, but it gets worse before it gets better.

I've also written a review some time ago if anyone's curious: shameless linky.
Fantastic. I'd been interested in this for a while, but holding off on getting it in hopes of a GOG release.