William Kirk at GameCloud writes: "I often enjoy games which dare to think outside the box and do something different, and this is one of the few where I can legitimately say there is almost nothing else like it. I mean, a romantic horror / social-sim / puzzle-platformer that’s framed as a fictional TV program? It sounds like I just made that up. What first caught my attention about Catherine, though, is the taboo nature of its narrative—at least for video games anyway. It’s a truly unique game that succeeds in telling a compelling story that’s brimming with loads of interesting dialogue and characters, as well as delivering highly addictive gameplay that’s as brutal as it is enthralling. Catherine may just be one of the best puzzle-platformers that I have ever played. It’s got some quirks, and the sexual themes may deter some players, but trust me, it’s worth a shot!"