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: 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...
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.
Excerpt: Despite the over-corporatization of the video game industry, not every game is going to be a consumer mega-hit like whatever Call of Duty game that happens to be coming out any given November. Sometimes, these little-known, niche titles can be real gems in the rough (Demon’s Souls, Trine).
Excerpt: Catherine and direct variants, Katherine and Kathryn, were popular names for girls from 1911 to 2011, collectively second only to that powerhouse of tradition, Mary. In the 80s, they placed 9th when counted all together.
Summary: If you’re a connoisseur of innovative video games, then Catherine should definitely be a part of your collection. While it’s not for everyone and is perhaps too challenging for many, it’s a high-quality game that begs for a try.
Conclusion: Overall, Catherine is a strange beauty of a game that deserves to be given a spin in your console. Whether you decide to only go out on one date or end up becoming engaged, that's up to you, but please give this one a chance.
Conclusion: That's despite this being a game that merges dating sim, tower block puzzler, nightmares and life-altering choices on life, love and responsibilities. But it isn't. It's just rare to see something so inventive and steadfastly outside convenient genre classification.