This game has you hooked by the story alone. the puzzle and levels in between are good as well, but the story drives this game. Its definitely a mature game and make sure little ones aren't around when you play. This actually gave me nightmares a few times because i played it before i went to sleep. Not a good idea. Love it non-the-less, had to buy it for myself to play the other modes.
posted by 3rd_St_Saint (TERREBONNE, OR) May 24, 2014
Member since Nov 2011
Let me preface this review by saying: I'm a fighting game fan first and foremost. I'm not used to story or having to think too much past weaving under punches or shooting for takedowns.
That being said, Catherine is an indie game that is as close to flawless as is possible for what it is trying to achieve. Think 'Indigo Prophecies' meets Box Puzzler - the 'game' is half comprised of simple Mass Effect 3-like conversations while the other half rests in nightmares.
The sound is the best part of the game aside for the conversations and customizable text messages [oh, and they are fun] that subtly play on the storyline. Conversations sound realistic, the classical music mixed with J-Pop electric guitars aren't annoying and the ambiance and the setting of the game are all mature and capture the topics in the game without making it feel awkward or hokey at all.
If you've never played a Japanese dating sim and aren't familiar with the lack of direct control over your character, then this game will frustrate you quickly. If you like them or have been wanting to try one, this is as good an introduction as any to that kind of market and it's in English.
As was mentioned before, the puzzles are Very Difficult around the middle of the game onward. I chose Easy and stayed with it, as the story is what caught my eye. It's a great change of pace for those with open-enough minds to try it!
posted by LadyGemini1 (POCATELLO, ID) Apr 16, 2013
Member since Dec 2012
I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I rented this game, but I'm so happy I did.
The puzzles are addicting. I never found them too repetitive either. They also change depending on which level you select.
I always had the urge to keep going because I wanted to see what happened in the story. I love how what you chose to do impacts the story line as well. I actually replayed it several times to see all of the different outcomes.