Rebecca Quintana of Vivid Gamer writes, "Plain and simply, Catherine is unlike any single game you’ve ever played, as it is basically a unification of two genres: one part visual novel, one part puzzle. “That sounds like a graphic adventure,” you may say, but the two genres are so disparate that someone who walked in on you playing the two portions might not even realize you were playing the same game. On paper, this might sound like a recipe for disaster, and I’ll admit, the game gets off to a rough start. Somehow, though, Atlus makes it work. While the experience might not be for everyone (but really, what Atlus game is?), it is something, when taken as a whole, that is a unique experience worth your time."