[Forbidden Games] Catherine


Welcome to the thirty-ninth entry of this column in which I review forbidden (and forgotten) retro games with adult contents.

A lot of the games that will be revisited here will have, as well as adult themes, some contents that may offend somebody. But please remember, we are here just to re-discover something rightfully forgotten, so don’t take it so seriously, we don’want to offend anybody. Just have fun and laugh 🙂


Benvenuti al trentanovesimo episodio della rubrica in cui recensisco giochi proibiti (e dimenticati) con contenuti per adulti.

Molti dei giochi che saranno recensiti qui avranno sia contenuti per adulti, sia contenuti che potrebbero offendere qualcuno. Per favore tenete a mente che siamo qui solo per riscoprire cose giustamente dimenticate, quindi non prendete il tutto troppo su serio, non vogliamo offendere nessuno. E fatevi ‘na risata 🙂

Today’s game is Catherine.

This time we’re finally not facing a crappy game like others covered in this column and that came out on successful platforms such as PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The company behind it, Atlus, made its first appearance in 1986, cutting its teeth on the NES and developing games at least well known like The Karate Kid, Friday 13th and Xexyz and they also opened an american subsidiary, Atlus USA. Catherine, giving the (relative) success, got a sequel that came out last year, Catherine: Full Body.

Il gioco di oggi è Catherine

Stavolta siamo di fronte ad un gioco finalmente non pidocchioso come molti di quelli presentati in questa rubrica e uscito per PS3, Xbox 360 e PC Windows. La società che ci sta dietro, Atlus, iniziò nell’86 facendosi le ossa sul NES e sfornò giochi tutto sommato conosciuti, come The Karate Kid, Friday 13th e Xexyz e aprì anche una filiale americana, la Atlus USA. Catherine, dato il (relativo) successo si guadagnò un sequel, uscito l’anno scorso e chiamato Catherine: Full Body.

Why is forgotten?

This section at least this time has to be empty since Catherine is first of all a recent game and second, one with a recent sequel, so all but forgotten.

Questa sezione almeno per stavolta sono costretto a lasciarla in bianco, dato che è un gioco prima di tutto recente, e in secondo luogo con un sequel recente, quindi tutt’altro che dimenticato.

Why is forbidden?

For sure the first things the game is more associated with are the erotic cutscenes although there’s never nothing over a certain level of decency. Most of times the erotism is more whispered than explicit and unfortunately (at least this time) relegates in the background the puzzle soul of the game. Anyway Catherine got an M rating from ESRB, so only for a mature over-17 audience that shares with games such as Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto V, Resident Evil and so on. Probabily a bit too much though.

Di sicuro le prime cose che si ricordano e quelle per le quali il gioco fece più notizia sono le scene più disinibite anche se in effetti nulla va mai oltre la soglia di decenza. L’erotismo è molte volte più sussurrato che esplicito e sfortunatamente (almeno per questa volta) fa passare in secondo piano l’anima puzzle del gioco. Ad ogni modo il gioco si è beccato un rating M dall’ESRB, quindi adatto ad un pubblico over-17, che condivide con titoli come Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto V, Resident Evil eccetera. Probabilmente eccessivo.

Why is fun?

The game is quite strange: it’s a mix of puzzle, horror elements and erotism in full weird japanese style, in its own way complicated and with different endings depending on how we tackle the story. As a good puzzle is destinated to a particular niche of gamers who will find it intriguing and in its own way intricate. Anyway it’s a game that deserves a try even by the gamers who aren’t familiar with the genre.

Il gioco è strano forte: è un mix di puzzle, elementi horror ed erotici in pieno stile weird giapponese, a suo modo intricato e con diversi finali possibili in base a come affronteremo la storia. Da buon puzzle è destinato ad una nicchia particolare di giocatori che lo troveranno sicuramente avvincente e a suo modo complicato. E’ comunque un gioco che merita un’occhiata anche a chi è digiuno del genere.

How can I play it?

This time we can go 100% legal: having been released on popular platforms like PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and in recent times it’s very easy to find. It’s not one of those 10 cents games like the FIFA ones but a complete version in good conditions costs around 15€ (at least in Italy) for the console verisons.

Per una volta possiamo ricorrere a mezzi legali: essendo stato rilasciato su piattaforme popolari come PC, Xbox 360 e PS3 e soprattutto in tempi recenti, è molto facile da trovare. Non è uno di quei giochi da 10 centesimi come i vari FIFA e una versione completa in buono stato può stare anche sui 15€ (almeno in Italia) per le versioni per console.

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

  • Gals Panic, versione erotica di Qix
  • Miss World ’96
  • Games&Girls 2

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Catherine, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Come componente erotica, Catherine era molto all’acqua di rose (e per me, va bene così) alla fine, erano più spinte e allusive le immagini teaser.
    La storia era semplice, ma non pretestuosa, e piuttosto bella; però era un puzzle game davvero difficile, anche a livelli di difficoltà molto bassi faceva sudare sangue, in certi quadri…

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  2. I have not played this game and it seems like a very unique and interesting game. It seems very unusual for a game reviewed in this column to be successful enough for a sequel to be produced and to be developed by a company that had been in business for 30 years (instead of collapsing after the game was released). The last picture reminded me of Okami, with the cartoonlike character and the lettering at the top right. The mix of puzzle game with horror and eroticism also seems strange. I like the use of different endings, that feature can make games more interesting as the player works out how to unlock different endings.
    What is the weird Japanese style? What are the puzzles like in the game? What is the meaning of the rams on the box cover?

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    1. I try to explain, but I’m bad with English (I’m still studying it, self learning) so… I’m sorry! 😛

      It’s a peculiar game. The software house, Atlus, is renowed because of JRPG series like Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, and Catherine inherited some of the weird atmosphere of both, even if it’s a puzzle game.

      The plot is: a lot of men – mostly single or engaged, not married – have strange nightmares of climbing a tall, improbable (not physically coherent) tower to escape from a monster or from the fall of the tower (the tower base is slowing crumbling, one row after one row, but higher floors are not).
      If a man isn’t quite fast, he falls in the nightmare and die in the real world.

      The main character is a 32 years old man, engaged with a woman that wants to marry with him, but he has some doubts.
      After getting drunk in a hangout with friends, he goes to sleep, dreams of the tower (puzzle game) and in the morning, find an unknown, sexy and naked woman in his bed!
      But the plot is much more strange and not so spicy…

      The game. You must climb the tower, but the road is not traced, so you must create a “stair” moving one block after one block, because you cannot climb more than one block ay time.
      You encounter some enemies (like sheep-men and ram-men, or giant ants) that try to make you fall from the tower and some menaces (like the crumbling base of the Tower or a monster climbing after you) can kill you.
      People dreaming are seen like talking ram or sheeps – in front of other eyes, even main character is seen as a ram. I think is a “scapegoat” or a “sacrifice to God” simbology, but I’m not sure, I played this game a lot of years ago and I won’t try to explain more because the risk of fatal spoiler.

      It’s a good game, with a more than decent story, but very very hard to finish, even in easy mode.

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      1. The game seems very unusual, with the grounded story of a man worrying about marrying his fiancée, coupled with the nightmare of climbing the tower. It sounds very interesting how the dream of the tower was used in the game and how it was made into a puzzle game.
        What caused the difficulty in the game?

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      2. The game requires a very fast thinking. Some levels leave little space to errors, you’ll have little room for trying your solution.
        For a puzzle game, Catherine has a lot of tension and adrenaline XD

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