I wanted to play Catherine the first time I saw a picture of the case. Don't think too perversely, here.. It caught my eye, and made me look into it more. It's the same way with all anime-like games for me. I'm a big fan of anime and therefore when I see a game that has that look, I find an urge to play it.
Anyways, Catherine is a very different game. You play two different games.. a game of socialization in the day-time and a game of survival at night. What you do in the daytime affects what you do at night. For instance, as you will learn shortly after starting the game, the more you drink during the day, the faster you will move in the nightmares. Positive message there, eh? That's why it's rated M, kids..
I enjoyed this game especially because when I thought it was coming to a close.. I was WRONG. :D I was very happy to find that the 'end' I thought was an end was not an end! Still with me? I had about 3 more hours of gameplay after that point. That's what catches me most in a game. When a great game isn't over.
The gameplay is pretty simple. A puzzle game where you stack blocks to reach the exit. Don't make your staircase fast enough and you will either A: Fall and die, or B: Get hit by a boss and die.. or fall and die. Pretty simple, yeah? But they add little things here and there to keep you on your feet. Trampoline blocks, ice blocks, spike blocks, bombs, etc.. It makes the way you travel up very unique. Though, depending on your difficulty setting, the blocks you have to play with will change. I found the easiest setting was challenging.. especially so later on towards the end. I admit, a few times I used Youtube to cheat..
The voice acting is great, as is the graphics. Music too.. All of the sound and pictures is really really good. I can't think of a single flaw in either aspects.
As far as the entire game is concerned, the only reasosn I didn't give it a score of 10 is because after beating it the first time, I was too exhausted to start over anew.
posted by Chitwnboy (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Aug 18, 2011
Member since Sep 2004
The game Catherine was very different from other game out right now. It feels like your like watching a anime movie with a twist that gives you eight different endings depending how you answer questions thru the game. You also began playing all the nightmarish puzzles and its really creative and challenging. I recommend for puzzle solving players.If you don't care for the story, you sure will enjoy the gameplay.
When gamers think of "mature" games we usually expect sexual themes and violence and there are small amounts of that in this game, but it's mature in a different way too. As a 32 year old gamer, I really enjoyed playing a character that's my age for a change. This game openly challenges the "life script" by suggesting that marriage and/or parenthood aren't ideal for everyone. This is the first game I've played that so explicitly said (through conversations with the main character's friends) that settling down might be the wrong decision. The puzzle game play was fun, but I was more excited by the story itself. The only reason I'm giving this a 9 instead of a 10 is that I would like to have seen the other character's problems resolved. You learn about them in the dreams, but the only story that's actually completed this the main character's.