The Cat and the Coup is a documentary videogame 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.
The Cat the and the Coup was created by Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad in 2011 and funded by The Advancing Scholarship for the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. This “documentary game” won an award at IndieCade 2010 and has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 Independent Games Festival.
The game is currently in the process of a remake for the Playstation 4, and I have been working as a technical artist, revisiting the original art assets, optimizing for 4K resolution and integrating them into the game. One of my main responsibilities is also to maintain the art production workflow, which I implemented myself.
I also had the chance to showcase a demo of this new version at E3 2017, alongside Peter Brinson.