I wanna be the Catharsis

Creator: Hiddow

Average Rating
8.4 / 10
Average Difficulty
66.7 / 100
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68 Reviews:

The thing that makes this game so memorable for me is the aesthetic, which starts off dream-like and later becomes very foreboding and kinda unsettling. A lot of the level design is quite a treat for the eyes, and the backgrounds complement all the levels really well. The music adds to everything else.

This game is all platforming, no bosses. The platforming itself is definitely well above average in terms of quality and creativity. It's strange and challenging, and makes each save very rewarding. Some sections don't quite measure up to the more impressive screens, which gave me a little disappointment, but the great definitely outweighs the good in that regard. One section that impressed me early on doesn't use traditional obstacles at all, and I really enjoyed that. In fact, the shape and arrangement of the obstacles presented to you is often very unconventional.
I've based my rating off the normal difficulty. As for the other difficulties, each one doesn't simply alter the amount of save points, but the difficulty of the jumps, which is just one of many things that shows a lot of effort went into the game.

As far as I can tell, there is a bug with the save files where even if you start on the second or third save select, it will overwrite you first save, so beware, you can only keep one unless you backup the save file itself.

Oh, and...
There is no catharsis.

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Tagged as: Needle NoBoss EasyMode
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Rating: 8.5 85       Difficulty: 69 69
Mar 19, 2015
One of the most visually pleasing fangames I've played, Catharsis offers a variety of unique platforming and top tier spike art. Catharsis contains few "gimmicks" and it uses them sparingly, rarely have I played a game with gravity reversing saves I actually enjoyed. The easy difficulty is a good way to be introduced to the needle genre and the normal difficulty is a great challenge that nevers feels oppressive. Overall an A+ needle game.

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Rating: 9.0 90       Difficulty: 69 69
Mar 9, 2015
This game was made in 2013!!! What!!!

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Rating: 9.3 93       Difficulty: 60 60
Apr 9, 2022
I still think to this day that the atmosphere in this game is unmatched. This game has some of the most memorable screens in fangames. While i rate this game very high; it has a major downfall, that being the needle. Some stages like the first and the alternating spikes are great, however others, like the second stage and some individual screens are very mediocre. Having the atmosphere be this great does hide it well sometimes, that's why it only changes my rating a little bit.

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Rating: 9.2 92       Difficulty: 63 63
Aug 2, 2021
Cool game but im not a fan of this.

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Tagged as: Needle
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Rating: 8.0 80       Difficulty: 65 65
Mar 5, 2021