Factsheet

Developer:
The Working Parts
Based in Göteborg, Sweden

Release date:
7 December, 2011

Platforms:
Steam
Desura
GamersGate
Xbox Live Indie Games

Website:
www.theworkingparts.com/theybreathe

Regular Price:

USD$1.99
EUR€1.49
GBP£1.49

Description

CAN YOU SEE IT? In the first game of The Working Parts, a lone frog descends into the depths of a flooded forest, not yet knowing the full extent of its tragedy. To survive in a brutal, oxygen-obsessed ecosystem, you must help it see the patterns and hidden truths that make up the system - horrible as they may be.

History

They Breathe was finally Greenlit on April 17, 2014. Originally developed as a complete remake of a 2009 school project, the game was first released exclusively on Xbox Live Indie Games on December 7, 2011. The Working Parts were releasing their first game, and needed a safe environment in which to experiment, but the goal was always to make a bigger splash on the PC once they had amassed the know-how. As the reviews and interviews started rolling in and the game's curious impression on the world was a fact, it was time to open the floodgates. Coming from a small indie studio juggling several other projects, it wasn't until late summer 2012 that They Breathe finally made it to portals like Desura and GamersGate. Now it's swimming around out there, driving the world mad one person at a time.

Features

  • An increasingly surreal aquatic journey of disturbing sights and horrible discoveries
  • Designed to minimize hand-holding, the game leaves you to your own devices and experiences
  • Gorgeous hand-animated HD art-style inspired by Swedish folk and children's tales
  • A mysterious story where the game's environments, rules and mechanics are the only clues
  • Extensive "Making of" feature and online gallery

Videos

They Breathe Trailer YouTube

Screenshots

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Awards & Recognition

    • "XBLIG Silver Award" December 2011
    • "Kotaku's XBLIG pick of december/january" February 2012

    Selected Articles

      • "They Breathe is proof that you don't need realistic graphics or complicated gameplay to tell a horrifying story."
        - Nick Vannucci, Kotaku
      • "They Breathe succeeds immensely [...] interesting and deeply atmospheric."
        - David Geeson, Indie Game Mag
      • "The true definition of an indie gem, They Breathe does things differently because they can and because somewhere along the line they knew they should. 9/10"
        - Tristan Rendo, Clearance Bin Review

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      About The Working Parts

      Boilerplate
      We are the makers of Residue and They Breathe. We like hidden secrets and interactive stories.

      More information
      More information on The Working Parts, our logo & relevant media are available here.

      They Breathe Credits

      Hugo Bille
      Spider

      John Sundell
      Web Guy

      Viktor Nyström
      Senior Graphics Twin

      Magnus Nyström
      Junior Graphics Twin

      Ulf Hartelius
      Sceptic Programmer 1

      Johan Fröhlander
      Sceptic Programmer 2

      Kristian Johansson
      Man of Sound

      Joel Bille
      Musician

      Contact

      Ask Hugo about story and design!
      hugo@theworkingparts.com

      Ask Mange/Viggo about graphics!
      mange@theworkingparts.com

      Ask Johan about tech!
      johan@theworkingparts.com

      Ask Ulf about absolutely anything!
      ulf@theworkingparts.com

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