A brief review of Harvester Games‘ 2012 click and point psychological thriller – The Cat Lady. The game takes roughly 8 – 10 hours to complete the main story+ achievements.
Developed by Harvester Games, The Cat Lady is a psychological thriller presented in a point and click format. I’m not going to spoil the story in this review, it is far to enjoyable to do so (and those who spoil stories are among the most deplorable members of our society). The Cat Lady revolves around a protagonist named Susan and her interactions with those around her, with an emphasis on people’s secret lives and the masks or normality they wear when interacting with society.
Game Specs – Low/Mid
CPU; 2.4 GHz Dual Core. RAM; 1GB. GPU; something that’s compatible with DirectX 9.0c. OS; Windows. STORAGE; 1.5GB. SOUND; needs to be DirectX compatible
While Susan’s story is enjoyable, the major impact of the game comes from it’s unique graphics. Presented primarily in black and white, with the exception of blood and gore which is presented in a vivid red. Additionally, the collage and blur effects are used sparingly, so that when they are implemented they create a much greater impact on the player. The voice acting throughout the game as well as the sound effects were also amazing!
What I didn’t love about the game
This is more a generic thing to criticize about the game, I realize. However, the point and click element does become frustrating at times, especially when objects cannot be found. The aforementioned use of black and white can make it difficult to discern static objects from non-static ones, and with the lack of walk-throughs online (yes I resorted to them for a specific instance where I had no idea what to do) specific instances within the game can cause one to give up. However the mystery surrounding the narrative provides a strong drive to finish the game.
Final Word on The Cat Lady
Regardless of my grievances with the play style of point and click games. This game’s art style and narrative alone make it an essential play for those inclined towards psychological thriller, horror, mystery, adventure or deep narrative based games.
4/5 – “A beautiful experience, with a few surprises thrown in. Essential for horror or creepypasta lovers”