Factsheet

Developer:
The Working Parts
Based in Göteborg, Sweden

Release date:
7 December, 2011

Platforms:
Steam
Nintendo Switch
iOS
Android

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

Originally developed as a complete remake of a 2009 school project, They Breathe 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. In May 2014, They Breathe was released on Steam, later in 2019 the game was remade in the Unity game engine and released on iOS and Android. In 2020, The Working Parts made a deal with Bulbware to port and release the game on Nintendo Switch.

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
    • "Steamgames.ro Editor's Pick Game of the Month" May 2014 2012
    • "Pocket Gamer Top 5 Best Games of the Week" August 2019
    • "Pocket Gamer Bronze Award" August 2019

    Selected Articles

      • "They Breathe is proof that you don't need realistic graphics or complicated gameplay to tell a horrifying story."
        - Nick Vannucci, Kotaku
      • "If you haven’t played it and have managed to avoid someone telling you what it’s all about, I’d suggest playing it right now."
        - Adam Smith, Rock Paper Shotgun
      • "If you're looking for a jarring little atmospheric horror game then you don't need to look much further than They Breathe."
        - Dan Sullivan, Pocket Gamer
      • "They Breathe is disturbing in all the right ways."
        - Jordan Devore, Destructoid
      • "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
      Older Graphics Twin

      Magnus Nyström
      Younger Graphics Twin

      Ulf Hartelius
      Sceptic Programmer 1

      Johan Fröhlander
      Sceptic Programmer 2

      Kristian Johansson
      Man of Sound

      Joel Bille
      Musician

      Contact

      Contact us!
      contact@theworkingparts.com

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