Excerpt: Catherine is a very special game, and also a very special combination of a story with many layers and gameplay that on one side seems completely detached, and on the other side is the perfect metaphore for it.
Excerpt: Catherine has intrigued those following it from the start: a game exploring feelings about relationship fidelity, where your choices have an effect on the outcome – what possibility! Then the main game mechanic of climbing a tower made of boxes to escape your nightmares was shown and was intriguing enough on its own for me to want to try play it (weird story or not).
Excerpt: When we talk about ‘adult themes’ in video games, it’s been almost solely due to an incredibly high level of gore or obscene shock factor. Outside a rare few – though the freedom modern indie developers now enjoy has helped rapidly increase that number in recent years – the idea of a game being somewhat adult themed has meant that it contains something that makes it not visually suitable for youngsters.
Summary: Personally for me the block puzzles kept me entertained for the first half of the game then, as their number and complexity increased between story segments, it began to frustrate and annoy. This is of course a problem when more than half my time with the game was spent puzzling. But that is not where I found my enjoyment with " Catherine ".
Violent puzzle game with a sexually charged story.
Common Sense Media
30 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Catherine is a violent and sexually charged relationship simulation/block puzzle game. Players split their time between daytime sequences in which a 32-year-old man finds himself caught between his pregnant girlfriend and a mysterious vixen, and evening nightmares in which he must shift blocks to climb a tower so as to avoid bloody, gruesome death at the hands of monsters and sadistic traps.
Conclusion: Even if the game can get frustrating at times, there is nothing here you cant over come. Everything here is so rare, between the vibrant colorful art design, and adult themes, any one who claims to be a gamer should play this game.
Conclusion: But slowly but surely you'll get there, just as i am doing. The controls are pretty basic, mainly the directional stick or pad and the A button. The graphics are nothing to shout about but their presentation keeps the running anime theme there in both the 3d and 2d sections of the game.