The Cat and the Coup – A documentary+game

“The Cat and the Coup” is a documentary in form of a game about CIA’s ousting of Iran’s Mossedegh. It’s technically not a game in the “game” sense, it’s just a story told in a very interesting manner. You get to play as Mossedegh’s cat, and your job is to coax him out of each room and in the end uncover the story of Mossedegh’s ousting by the CIA and the events that led to it.

The art is intricate and beautiful, and so is the soundtrack, and you will be immersed in this game for the short time (it took me 15 minutes) you’ll take to play it through. You’ll either enjoy it or learn something new, so it’s totally worth your time.

I won’t really reveal much more here as it’s just 15 minutes of gameplay, so saying something at this stage will be equivalent to ruining it for you, though there’re technically no spoilers for a documentary.

It’s completely free and just a 59 megabyte download on Steam, so you should go ahead and give it a whirl. Here are the links to the game and the official game website.

You can also just download it off the website if you want.



Why I still prefer Travian 3.6 over 4

Travian is probably one of the most famous browser games out there, because it contains the best game play and environment when you compare it with other browser games. I was a very big fan of this game, still am, and used to play it regularly. Now, as a “veteran” in this game, I do not like the new Travian 4 at all, I mean, it defies the whole concept of a browser game. Here I will state the reasons for this, and if God gives Travian Inc. the sense they need, they will promptly launch the 3.6 competition server they were asking Facebook users about.

  1. Travian 4 is a graphic-intense, heavy game. It takes more than a millennium to load it on a mobile phone; which means that it cannot be played on the go. The image-heavy nature of this new interface ruins the whole “light browser game” effect. This is just a vain attempt at making people’s thoughts shift from game play to graphics. Graphics were never the attraction; it was always the game play, and these graphics are coming in the way of the game play.
  2. The extended role of heroes, sort of makes me uncomfortable. You become more of a person hiding behind a hero who has to be sent to a thousand places to gain experience, do this, do that. This was the case earlier too, but heroes came later in the game, and the owner of the account came way ahead of the hero. Heroes were valuable then, they are commonplace now.
  3. The charm of 3.6 is missing – For instance, look at the “Map” section of the game. The earlier map was “open”, it didn’t have a lot of details but told you all you had to know. Using the map was a fun experience altogether. This new map is like a 2D plane, unlike the previous map, which, need I remind, was tilted and looked like an actual map, not like some barren desert encrusted with craters.
  4. The pieces do not fit; the game’s different parts are not in harmony with each other, like in 3.6, in which everything was perfectly linked and synced, and the game was wholesome.

Travian 4, while it makes some improvements in the messaging system and reports system – has a lot of demerits. I believe that Travian Inc. should just take out the pros from Travian 4, inject them into the 3.6 model, and we’ll be good to go. What is more concrete evidence than all of the above is that thousands of people actually share the same opinion here. Earlier in April, Travian Games on their Facebook page put a post, saying that if the post got 3600+ likes, a new 3.6 competition server would be set up. 3600 likes were obtained in less than one day.

I’m looking forward to this new server, though even if it doesn’t come, Travian is Travian, and even with all of its demerits, Travian 4 is the best browser game out there, in my opinion.