Recurring nightmares can be hard to live with. The main protagonist in Catherine, named Vincent, has trouble sleeping well.
Meet Vincent. He’s working a 9 to 5 day job, doing his own thing. He’s not good with money, easily spending the months payment in a week or two. When his long-term girlfriend, Katherine, gets pregnant, she starts to talk about marriage and Vincent should meet her parents, he starts to panic. He like his life as is, and is terrified of making any changes, especially when it comes to tie any knots and making promises. He then meets Catherine, a sweet girl in a sexy outfit and the next thing Vincent knows is that he wakes up at home with Catherine besides him. Did he just cheat on Katherine? What should he do from here, and what should he say to the girls? He has to decide between the free untied life with Catherine and the more prosperous life with Katherine with family and a home. Is Vincent’s nightmares caused by his anxiety and bad conscious over the cheating or is it something more?
Intriguing story with morals and fun plot twists
The game consists of two different play scenes on top of all the cutscenes. Yeah, the cutscenes are pretty extensive – we are talking about almost Metal Gear Solid style-length so brace yourself for sitting through lengthy dialogues, the story is good enough to not miss out on. The secondary scene is on the local pub/hangout place where Vincent hangs out with his friends, including some of his co workers. Here you can check your phone (which levels you’ve finished and messages from ingame characters including answering them in your own way), talk to your friends and other visitors at the pub – talking to certain people and respond to them in a right way will influence the story and you can save lives. You can also play an arcade game, inspired by the gameplay in the primary playscene, which we’ll jump to now.
In Vincent’s nightmares you are forced to keep climbing for survival, as the bottom boxes is falling into the oblivion – in boss battle levels you are even chased by something big and horrible that are trying to kill you. These bosses can vary from being something that Vincent fears, like the baby on the way, or a very scary version of Catherine. To survive and beat the levels, you have to find your way up to the top of the pile of boxes, even if it means you have to move the boxes, climb on the sides of them and run for your life when it comes to special power-up boxes. There’s exploding, stabbing, falling, crunching boxes and much more.
Taking a leap
With fun puzzles, surprising characters, great animation and very talented voice acting, you are sure to love this game if you’re into the puzzle genre. The best part is that this is something new, something innovative, and should be praised at taking a leap to give gamers something new to experience. The replayability in this game also looks like it’s high as there is 8 different endings to the game – you can always jump on youtube to watch the 8 different dialogues, if you aren’t an achievement addict or a trophy hunter. If you are, you’ll have the work laid out in front of you.
Miss; A very weird and in the end, unbelievable story, but then again, it’s a game, and games live on imagination.
Need; The game was over rather quickly and the experience at the cafe was rather dull and repetitive.