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They Breathe
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Dec 5, 2012 @ 4:09am
Jan 26, 2016 @ 7:48pm

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Release date: Available now
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 system - horrible as they may be.

The same team that's bringing you Residue, also on Greenlight now!

What it is
They Breathe is a journey into the depths of a forest filled with water. As you swim deeper, you will come to slowly understand a world where nothing is as it first seems, and where everyone is after the same precious resource – oxygen!

We don't want to get in the way of your exploration, so we leave most of this game up to you to figure out on your own, from the controls to the grand meaning of it all. So far our critics have all agreed on one thing: this is quite possibly the strangest thing you'll play this year.

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

What people say
  • ''They Breathe is proof that you don't need realistic graphics or complicated gameplay to tell a horrifying story.'' - Kotaku
  • ''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.'' - Silver Award, Neogaf
  • ''The atmosphere that The Working Parts has managed to create is praiseworthy.'' -

Try before you vote?
There's a demo available on Desura (
The full game is available on the following places:
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Bonswizzle Sharizzle Jul 19, 2014 @ 10:21am 
I cant really make about wat its about
Bóbr z Czarnobyla May 29, 2014 @ 10:42am 
This so dark and has a lot of stuff that you won't notice the first time. This game will definately make it to Steam!
The Working Parts  [author] May 8, 2014 @ 2:25pm 
Hi Didi. I'll make sure you get one when the game comes out. Shouldn't be much longer now, we're THIS close to setting a final date! /Hugo
DiDi May 7, 2014 @ 9:54am 
Hi, I bought this game on desura, will u add the steam key in collections? thank u so much
harulf Apr 22, 2014 @ 12:56pm 
Thank you so much everyone for believing in They Breathe! We're currently making some tweaks to make it better than ever for the Steam release. But don't worry; it'll come soon, as will Residue.

To everyone wondering about getting keys: Yes, we will do our best to ensure that everyone who has bought the game in any form (GamersGate, Desura etc or in a bundle) will get a Steam key! Don't worry :)

/Ulf Hartelius, Developer
master chang Apr 17, 2014 @ 11:50am 
do gamersgate owners get a steam key? :)
thanks and congrats!
kamillo55855 (GameMiner) Apr 17, 2014 @ 4:14am 
Voted, Congratulation, Keys
ionutudor2012 Apr 15, 2014 @ 12:40pm 
Benji Apr 10, 2014 @ 8:01am 
It looks really unique! Seems like a cool plot for the game... And also i love frogs :3
nuprahtor Apr 6, 2014 @ 12:18pm 
This game is really interesting and unique