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The Cat and the Coup: free, fun and beautiful documentary game about a CIA-funded coup

The Cat and the Coup is a free documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. It plays like a simple physics puzzle game, it looks like a storybook with artwork inspired by Persian miniatures, it features music by Nine Inch Nails, and if you give it just 15-minutes of your time, it'll teach you the story of a really fascinating period of American and British history involving communist paranoia and a CIA-funded coup d'├ętat. A video, screenshots and some thoughts below.

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Voting now open for the IGF Audience Award

Here's your chance to vote for your favourite indie game of the past year in the Independent Games Festival Audience Awards. The 30-game shortlist has been whittled down from 391 entries, and includes games like Amnesia, Minecraft, Cave Story and more. Read on for the full shortlist and instructions on how to vote.

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Independent Games Festival award winners: some categories not won by Minecraft

The IGF awards ceremony took place last night at GDC, recognising the best new and forthcoming indie games. Minecraft was the obvious favourite to win the overall prize, which it did, but it wasn't the clean sweep some expected. The Technical Excellence category was instead won by first-person horror Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Design went to low-fi 2D Rogue-like game Desktop Dungeons. Here's the full list of winners and nominees, along with where you can play them or at least see them played.

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