Have You Played… The Cat & The Coup?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

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.

Give The Cat and The Coup half an hour of your life if you haven’t already. It’s free, it’s bold, it’s very pretty, and it teaches a spot of history without quite feeling like it’s teaching a spot of history. It’s not dry – it’s surrealistic and sinister, beautiful and brooding. ‘Historical art’ might be a better way of attempting to describe how it tells the 1953 Irani revolution from the Irani, rather than Western, perspective.

There are puzzles of a sort, but it wouldn’t be fair to pretend they were anything more than brief interactions in order to progress to more art and ideas.

Also you get to play as a cat who knocks a load of things over, so it’s right up there in web meme central too.


  1. amateurviking says:

    It is a lovely way to spend half an hour or so.

  2. Fenix says:

    As an Iranian, I’m proud of RPS for recommending this game.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Grumble grumble no link in the article grumble have to do a Google search of all things on a Sunday grumble too full of pork to do anything grumble.

    Oh here you go then: link to thecatandthecoup.com

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    Lexx87 says:

    Hey that was a fun learning experience – time for a bit of wikipedia to expand on what that was talking about.

    Perfect Sunday stuff Alec!

  5. freaky_dug says:

    I’d never heard of this game before, and it was well worth a play through. Thanks!

  6. Gap Gen says:

    They’re currently doing a sequel set in the 2010s, although it seems a bit unimaginative because it’s also about the West embargoing Iranian oil until its leadership becomes desperate enough to realign itself with Western interests.

    • Harlander says:

      History always repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as cliché?