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Catherine (2019) is a narrative puzzle game about a young man torn between two lovers, struggling with the temptation and consequences of infidelity. During the daytime, you interact with characters in a visual novel that sets up the nighttime traversal challenge. It stands out for its (sometimes dated) tackling of mature subjects and the ambition to address the consequences of our mistakes and the difficulty of identifying the right course of action.

Vincent Brooks is haunted by supernatural nightmares that related to his conflicting feelings for his longtime girlfriend Katherine and new friend Catherine. You help him decide on the best course of action during the daytime. The real novelty, though, is the nighttime puzzles. Here you traverse block-based towers to deal with the disturbing scenarios you encounter.

As you progress through the game the choices you make determine how the story evolves. The original game offered just two romance options between the two C/Katherine characters. The recent Full Body update adds some more nuance with a third character, Rin, who helps the game escape more blacks and white conundrums.

The result is a deep romance narrative game that has some brilliant brain-bending platform puzzles. It's from the team being the Persona games and has that same sense of high production.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Catherine 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Narrative, Platform and Sequencing game with Adventure, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 16 hours to complete. Some routes through the game take longer. To see all the different aspects of the game can take hundreds of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for frequent scenes of strong, gory violence and strong language. The game stars Vincent Brooks, who struggles with what he wants romantically in life. Gameplay transitions between cutscenes and nightmarish puzzle platforming, where the player will push and pulls blocks to climb a tower to escape death. The player will be presented with morality questions, which will guide them toward one of multiple endings. Violent scenes vary in strength from a man slapping his hysterical girlfriend around the face to calm her, to a woman stabbing another in the stomach after a brief struggle, and scenes of human and fantasy characters being crushed, stabbed, hung and dismembered by a variety of traps and scary demonic monsters. Heavy blood and gore effects are used throughout. Offensive language includes the words ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’, ‘*!@?*’ and also includes sexual expletives such as the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong sexual themes, violence, alcohol use and coarse language.

CostsCosts

Catherine usually costs £15.99.
 

Catherine

Steam Store PC £15.99
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox 360

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Platform, Sequencing (Adventure, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Cartoon

Developer: Atlus West (@Atlus_West)


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