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 (533 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
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
This short puzzle game introduces you to an important event during the 20th century. As the cat of an innocuous elderly man under house arrest, you help him revisit his memories of the 1950s when he served as the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran before the coup d'état that wrongfully disposed of him. I recommend reading All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror after playing this game to further understand the history of modern Iran and the ramifications of the coup on the next century.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A short, bizarre and enjoyable game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
A beautiful game, the visuals, the art and the sound are all perfect and this game is still only in beta, the full release should see much needed bug improvements which I wait for with excitement. The game tells a tragic, but liberating tale in which you spectate in the view of a cat. The controls are tight and even beginners shouldn't have any trouble with this game. A true classic which will be looked back on by generations to come. If anything this game is ahead of its time. A real 10/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
10 minutes in...am I high?
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