The Cat and the Coup

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The Cat and the Coup
  • Peter Brinson
  • Kurosh ValaNejad
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release 2011
Genre(s) Puzzle game
Mode(s) Single-player

The Cat and the Coup is a 2011-made documentary puzzle game by Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad. The game follows the life of Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, and his subsequent downfall through a CIA- and MI6-engineered coup during the 1950s.[1] On June 15, 2011, the game was released on Valve Corporation's digital distribution service, Steam.[2]

The Opening Puzzle of The Cat and the Coup

Development and release[edit]

The Cat and the Coup was developed over a three-year period and was funded in part by The Advancing Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. Over the course of its development, it received multiple awards, including IndieCade's documentary game award; it was a finalist for the Nuovo award at the Independent Games Festival and Runner Up for the Knight News Game award at Games for Change.[3]


  1. ^ Chun, Kimberly (2011-03-10). "'Pixels, Politics and Play'". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  2. ^ The Cat and the Coup on Steam
  3. ^ Albor, Jorge (2011-03-17). "The Fate of Documentary Games". Popmatters. Popmatters. Retrieved 2011-06-27.