The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall.
User reviews: Very Positive (448 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 15, 2011
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"Politics and puzzles. Art and animation. Cats and coups. A little bit of little-discussed history that’s all too relevant to what’s happening right now."
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The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 87 MB
    • Video Card: nVidia or ATI accelerated 3D video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
The Cat and The Coup is a very short game where you kind of play a history lesson... as a cat. I like history and I love all animals, and I really love games where you get to play as animals. I first got interested in it when I saw the art, which is this really cool style that looks kind of like a scrap book. I was further interested when I saw that you get to play as a cat. It took me 20 minutes to play through it because there aren't any real directions and a couple of the rooms were really confusing for me, in regards to what you had to do to progress. In order to get further into the brief history lesson, you have to interact with the environment in such a way that leads the human to fall out of the room you're in and into the next room. The music in the game, paired with the art and photos, gives it a great atmosphere. I am definitely having my history buff friend play this, just because it was an interesting game. I got to have fun while learning something new. Now if only all history classes were taught like this, I think more kids might pay attention.

Did I mention Nine Inch Nails is on the soundtrack? Because Nine Inch Nails is on the Sondtrack.

Edit: I just wanted to add that the mechanics of the game remind me of The Bridge, so if you played and liked The Bridge, you'll probably enjoy this game.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
The Cat and the Coup is a visually arresting, surreal history lesson chronically the life and death of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh. Half edutainment, half bizarre art project, it's an entirely unique and wonderfully creative 15 minute fall down an abstract rabbit hole, reinforced with the snippets of real world events that somehow only make it all the more unusual. Personally I found it a brilliant experimental experience, though for as odd as it is I can just as easily imagine a dozen entirely different opinions about it, which perhaps says something to how weird a game it is. Thankfully I don't have to decide for you whether to give The Cat and the Coup a look, as it's entirely free and will take just a small portion of your day to complete. At the very least it's almost certainly the oddest use of a Nine Inch Nails song I've ever found, which in itself I find strangely compelling.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
This is a very interesting game. It tells the story of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first Prime Minister of Iran, and you play his black cat. As the cat you lead him through his own story. The graphics are stunning, and it is a bit educational as well. It triggered me to look up more about the past of Iran to understand it a bit more.

It only takes 30 mins and it is free, so I recommend to try it out.

My rating for this game: 7/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
This game had me at "The Cat". It's a game about Iranian history, simple puzzles, capitalism, and cats. The only questionable part of the former sentence is whether the game is a game or not. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and most of the time is spent reading. Either way, I found it quite enlightening and touching.

Definitely worth playing, mostly to see a different style of interactive media.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
The proof that a video game doesn t have to be a game to be impressive.
I would call The Cat and the Coup a masterpiece, even though playing this game isn t challenging or even fun in any other way, then finding the way the truth about what happened is revealed awesome.
And this might be the point. The Cat and the Coup is maybe more art than game. More history lesson than entertainment media. More experiment than the perfection of a certain concept. For this I love The Cat and the Coup.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
A really cool way to present a bit of history couched in a bit of gameplay. More games like this on Steam, please.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
As it says, it's an informative short chronicle of an Iranian coup in the 1950s. It's portrayed very effectively, with pure symbolism and a surrealist art style. Absolutely fantastic and very interesting. I was moved a lot in 13 minutes.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
A brief, solemn experience that I highly recommend for one of those rainy days.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Interesting. Nationalized oil remains a hot button topic. Not sure US and Britain are any more to blame than the deposed leader represented in this game though, for the current state of Iran. I'd like to see a more fair and thorough accounting for the events depicted in this game rather than the one sided argument presented here.

If nothing else though, this game looked nice and certainly opens the topic for debate once again.
It's free. Check it out and decide for yourself.

For me, I give it 2 out of 10 for lack of integrity and very focused political agenda, but 6 out of 10 for at least opening the discussion to a wider audience, even though it was done in a somewhat irresponsible fashion.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Genuinely love this game. Beautiful visuals, the music is haunting, and the story important.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
A quick, free 'game' that explains some Iranian history through the use of symbolism and cats. Even if you don't know symbolism, it will be easy enough to understand what's going on and what it's saying

Don't expect a lot of gameplay though, it is not intended to give you long lasting gameplay or mind bending puzzles, but it is good at what it is intended for.

It's free, quick to download, and I would say worth some time to check it out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
After completing this game i realized that there is something special about this game, something you cant explain with words. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is relaxing and fun, the music is really freaky but still relaxing at the same time so why are there no more games like this? I highly recommend you to try this game out, its a history trip you wont forget.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
It's free and takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

Gives you some history of Iran if you're not caught up with being the jackass cat knocking an old man out of a house repeatedly. It looks pretty good aesthetically with that mimicing of Indian (?) art. Also one of the Ghosts I-IV songs plays (I: 9) near the end which was cool.

Learn history, is free, is short, is weird, nine inch nails song, be cat who is mean to old man,
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Okay, I don't get it, well, I slightly get a part of it, I know it is about some guy, and it is interesting.
It is a nice art game, I would recommend checking it out since it is free.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
this game was fun yet informative
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
The Cat and the Coup, a beautiful indie game that's part puzzle, part point and click, all acid trip. It's art style is heavily influenced by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame, and is effective in expressing the chaos of the "little" tale it has to tell. Be forewarned-the game is surprisingly short (I managed to beat it in four minutes tops), but despite the time constraint, it powerfully conveys the tragic, emoitonally heart-rending real-life tale of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected leader of Iran and the CIA's long struggle to overthrow him.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
you can get through the game in 15-30 mins but it is very well worth it it's very interesting, beautiful and teaches some things you most likely would never have known about iran and since it's free and won't take much time out of your day you might as well try it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
A great game for just 16 minutes.

The art style is very appealing and it goes really well with the soundtrack, which is really nice by the way.

The story is pretty interesting for just 16 minutes and it's pretty sad.

Oh and the game has cats in it.

9/10 becos I want moar.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Trippin' balls, man...

But seriously, this has "modern art" written all over it. For those that hate games that are light on gameplay and heavy on metaphor... well, that's exactly what this game is.

It's strictly linear, with no chance for exploration, and there are just a few sorta-puzzles to keep you entertained while you go backwards through time without context. Then, it reverses, and you see the events play out in the proper order in context, with the disguised elements revealed for what they really are.

It's free, so if "a 5-minute game telling the story of the rise of the Shah of Iran" sounds like it might possibly be interesting, there's no reason not to play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Such a beautiful little game. I encourage everyone to devote the few minutes of their time it takes to play through it. Personally, I could never pass up the opportunity to try a game that tells the story of the Iranian coup. But this piece of art is unique on its own right in every possible way.
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