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 (352 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
44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 2
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 21
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 29
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
I'd recommend it!

Some would say "it's not a game if you can't die", which if false because you can't die in jigsaw games too.
Others may say "it's nothing but a pretty slide/PowerPoint presentation", and that would be true if it wasn't for some interactions you have to do to progress.

So, what is The Cat and the Coup? It's a FREE and brief game that tells us a story. The main focus is in the story, of course, not in fancy gameplay.
You could read a couple of paragraphs in Wikipedia or in a History book, or play this highly illustrated 10-20min game to know the story.
Well, I'd recommend the latter.
Posted: August 1
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
10/10 would history again
Posted: June 11
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