Catalyst is an unsettling interactive narrative into the world of psychotherapy. The story is told through newspaper articles, notes left by a disgruntled secretary, unwelcome letters, audio tape recordings and a unique journal that evolves throughout the game based on the player’s own insightful analysis of an unusual therapy session.
After the mysterious death of Dr. Pokorny, Dr. Novak, relatively unknown by many, takes over the illustrious psychotherapy practice. At the same time he inherits Mrs.Ruzicka, the secretary of the deceased psychologist. In the hands of Dr.Novak, the practice is less then flourishing.
One morning, Dr.Novak receives a box of audio tapes – Recorded psychotherapy sessions to be exact – and he is asked to listen to them and give his insightful analysis of its content.
Sadly, things take a turn for the worst for Dr.Novak. His troubled mind seems to be getting the best of him...Or does it?
You decide. You are this psychotherapist. You are Dr.Novak...And your task is to carefully analyze and give your insight on the recorded therapy sessions.
Ultimately, your answers will determine your own fate, Dr. Novak.
Fully narrated psychotherapy sessions by Joseph K. Krachtovil himself.
Three different endings based on the player’s insight.
Interactive desktop with controllable timespans making days shorter or longer.
Immersive storyline delivered to the player via letters, notes, journal entries and audio recording.
Eerie musical score and visual FX.
MATURE CONTENT DESCRIPTION
The developers describe the content like this:
This interactive fiction deals with subject matters such as suicide, death, mental illness, depression and other topics that could make some readers uncomfortable.