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They Breathe

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In the first game by 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 rules of the forest - horrible as they may be.

They Breathe is a critically acclaimed indie gem risen from the depths of Xbox Live Indie Games. In thirty short minutes, the game leaves it up to you to figure out every part of its increasingly bizarre universe, in order to survive the onslaught of unexpected creatures and ultimately comprehend their true nature. No matter how your descent to the bottom of the forest takes shape, it is guaranteed to give you the chills without a single word of dialog.

Keep your eyes open, for there is darkness beneath the surface. And you're not at the bottom yet.

  • Surreal atmosphere
  • No hand-holding
  • Hand-drawn HD art
  • A story told through gameplay
  • ''Making of'' feature

What people say
  • This game is only 2$, but I feel like this experience is scarring me for life - Markiplier
  • "The scariest game on earth" - GameGrumps
  • "I approached They Breathe as a game, but it ended as an experience" - Whatsyourtagblog.com
  • ''They Breathe is deceptively creepy [...] disturbing in all the right ways'' - Destructoid
  • ''Some games evoke such a strange feeling that you can't help but be sucked in. They Breathe is one of those games.'' - XBLIG Silver Award, NeoGAF
  • ''The atmosphere that The Working Parts has managed to create is praiseworthy.'' - Indiegamemag.com
  • ''a journey of discovery that is both rewarding and surprisingly horrifying'' - Plus10Damage
Release date
The Working Parts
The Working Parts, Lando Bros
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen, iPhone 1 1, iPhone 1 1 Pro, iPad Seventh Gen, iPad Seventh Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 1 Pro Max, iPhone SE Second Gen, iPad Pro Second Gen, iPad Pro Second Gen Cellular, iPad Pro Fourth Gen, iPad Pro Fourth Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 2 Mini, iPhone 1 2, iPhone 1 2 Pro, iPhone 1 2 Pro Max, iPad Air 4, iPad Air 4 Cellular, iPad Eighth Gen, iPad Eighth Gen Cellular

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Single Core 500 MHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 512 MB available space
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Last Modified: Feb 15, 2021

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May 27, 2014
CREEPY ASS GAME | They Breathe
May 28, 2014
이 게임 제작자 천재 아니면 싸이코다...진짜 소름 끼치네... : THEY BREATHE
Sep 4, 2018
17살 개발자가 제작한 심리적 공포게임 (Fractured Minds)
Nov 18, 2019
They Breathe: The Froggy Horror - PART 1 - Steam Train
May 26, 2014
들어가면 안되는 물속에 들어간 개구리, 공포게임 "They breathe(그들은 숨쉰다)" 게임스토리 정리
Aug 26, 2019
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They Breathe reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
I didn't really expect anything from the Game. Actually, I only bought it because it looks funny. And it's also kind of weird When you're dragged underwater as a Frog by Underwater cows (or rather Jellyfish with Frog Heads?). I didn't quite understand the Meaning behind the Game, but it's still quite fun.
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Microsoft from French
my opinion is mixed. Recommended to buy in promos. This game is short, the hardest thing is to know what to do when you start playing it. The graphics and audio are not unpleasant. The gameplay is simplistic. Lifespan: finished, we do not start again (except for the successes if not done). Price: Finally an independent who sells not a games that is worth 2 euros 10 times its price.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Short Review They Breath: In short-after ~ 20 Minutes of Play came the End Credits. Interestingly, I don't find this a big Shortcoming, so the Atmosphere stays dense and the (fairly simple) Gameplay doesn't wear out too much. Overall, the Game feels like a Work by Edward Gorey or the "Books" made of monsters, it's not a real Horror, yet a certain Malaise remains constant. -> If there is a high Discount on it, you can definitely get it.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Played once and then put away, but have been entertained for half an Hour. The Art-style is very beautiful and combines the same Elements into fundamentally different Shapes. Is something hard to describe, but very well done. The Atmosphere is also very dense, although simple Means are done. Since the Game explicitly does not give precise Instructions and literally throws the Player into the cold Water, I don't want to give away at this Point.
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Microsoft from Spain
Incredibly Short and exciting, I can not complain about how short it is because in other Analizis gave it to shine and also the same game makes it clear, the truth is that the price is worth it and discounted I take it for a cost $10 Mex (less than a dollar) It is also convenient to have a small work of art in your library, the sound is the best of the game and puts you very well set in the game. Pd. Something Replayable with the achievements that are really difficult to complete.
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Microsoft from Spain
I love the conceptual games, that try to offer an alternative experience, and that's why I was interested in this title. Of entry, neither the graphics, nor the music nor the sound effects, manage To Configure a particularly attractive audiovisual universe. The game itself consists of chasing bubbles with a frog, while the camera slowly descends, and avoid some pretty absurd bugs (like a swimmer's oxen) that try to make you puñeta. There's No more. The "Horrorif Story" that they discuss in some criticism, is quite simplistic and obvious. If we really feel like exercising our mental onanism, there are much deeper and suggestive titles.
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