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.
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Very Positive (676 reviews) - 92% of the 676 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 15, 2011

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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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Very Positive (676 reviews)
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Hipster Dan
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Well that was a short easy fun interesting weird game :)
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Caela
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Simple yet interesting puzzles, engaging art style, and a history lesson in one.
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AaToSMeD
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
There's really not much to this 10minute game... but the last part did reminded me of Xenogears on the PS1 where in the 2nd disc, it just narrates the story instead of you the player, doing any of it... so in this case... you don't do anything, game is done.
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alex.l2k5
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This took me 16 minutes to complete. It has effecting haunting music from NIN. It's a physics game at heart, the gameplay is minimal, it's more like an interactive story book. The art style has been compared to Monty Python, but it is more like an early illustrated book. Good game, well worth a look considering it's free.
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DoMonRai
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
The Cat and the Coup is rather an interactive history lesson than a political game. The "collage style" appearance totally reminded me of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I like it.

And now to something completely different: 'MURICAAA!
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s3eeed
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
The game was pretty nice it gives you a nice overview, and it was fun playing as the cat. i encourge the team to update the game and include more details and make it longer id buy it. i also wish to find more games like this a great way to learn and have fun.
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ZE|TGE|§T
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
I really loved this one. It's very quick and the puzzles are pretty simple, but it gives information on an important yet seldom talked about moment in history. It's an overall awesome game if you're looking for something unique to play in your free time.
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Centervillain
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's hard to give a free game a negative review, especially when it's not much of a game but a visual history lesson - so I won't. That being said, I do feel like they stopped short. Gameplay ends about 1/2 of the way thru history and the rest is just visualization and text. Great perspective for Americans as we don't normally look outside of ourselves, nor understand the ramifications of our policy on the international community. Just wish it were longer and I had better drugs. Still trying to decipher the whole cat thing. The music was cool.
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Sawtooth the Edgelord
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Most eductaive acid trip I've ever been on!
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OtoSeli
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
That was weird but interesting ten minutes which i really enjoyed playing this game, deffinetly worth to experience this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I really loved this one. It's very quick and the puzzles are pretty simple, but it gives information on an important yet seldom talked about moment in history. It's an overall awesome game if you're looking for something unique to play in your free time.
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63 of 66 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
On the first layer: Wonderful visual design with a pleasant soundtrack to back it up. Every inch of this game has a vibrant aesthetic.
On the second layer: A brief history lesson on the Irani Revolution, told from a non-Western perspective, which is very rare to a Western gamer, told via the scenes themselves and the occasional snippet of newspaper in the background.
Put together: A short, but impactful, beautiful, and expertly created piece of historical art.

And it's got a kitty in it. I like kitties.
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This isn't so much a game as it is a piece of interactive art, telling you a story as you solve relatively simple puzzles. It keeps you engaged with the story of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh with its surreal art. You "help" the doctor plod along his path to his inevitable fate and in doing so may feel as if you are either betraying him or punishing him. That depends on your politics.

If you're an art and history fan, I'd give it a play.
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
5-minute free breaktime game where you learn some summarised modern history whilst playing as a cat vandalising things. Can't fault it, seems like a great delivery system to me.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2012
Not really much of a game but a entretaining interactive trip that's well worth taking for the 15-20m it lasts.

The imagery of the artwork as you move from scene to scene is enough to warrant it. For a free game its an impressive if brief achievement.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
If you're like me and you're in that incredibly specific niche of people that both like artistic video games and lament the CIA's ousting of Mossedegh, then you'll like Cat and the Coup. Otherwise, hey, you might learn something.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
A short but interesting game. The concept is engaging, and I learned some history as well. Definitely worth the time.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
This little gem may be political, and extremely "artsy", but it's also 15 minutes of pure enjoyment. And since it's free, there's absolutely no excuse not to try it!
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