You're the world's greatest jewel thief! Well, second greatest. But if you and your team of talented crooks can steal the Black Cat, the world's unluckiest diamond, you'll be legendary!

“Thieves’ Gambit: The Curse of the Black Cat” is an interactive heist caper by Dana Duffield, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Play as male or female; gay, straight, or bi. Choose your methods and your motives. Will you be an honorable thief or a ruthless criminal? A technical genius or a master of disguise? Who can you trust, and who will you double-cross?

The Black Cat has never been stolen, its previous owners all having died under improbably unfortunate circumstances. Break into the palace of San Castellano, pinch the gem, evade the relentless Inspector Leclerc and get away before you succumb to the Curse of the Black Cat!

• 100,000-word tale of adventure and intrigue
• Fast cars
• High fashion
• State-of-the-art spy gadgets
• Double-cross or be double-crossed

What's New

Version 1.1.2

• Burglar achievement bugfix.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Fun Heist game

Zig Ziggenstein

This week it looks like we received two treats from CoG. While one was a heavy historical tale, this one is a lot more lighthearted and fun.

Your character is the second best thief in the world and in order to prove that you are the best it is up to you to hire some old compatriots and steal the Black Cat diamond (Pink Panther reference anyone?).

The characters aren't very fleshed out in the story. They all represent a particular skill that you might not have. There are some romance opportunities and the whole thing felt a bit like Ocean's 11 which is a good thing.

It seems like there is a little bit more going on than just the caper which is nice. I like how it hits all the familiar tropes of its genre. I was entertained and wanted to see where it went, but wasn't incredibly blown away. Took about one and a half hours to go through it on my first play through but I don't feel compelled to replay it to see what might change.

Wouldn't mind a sequel tho. :) Maybe one where I can choose people on my team from a bigger pool of options. And perhaps a bit more to do when planning and executing the heist.

Not perfect, but I'd buy it again

27th biggest fan

Well written and creative, but short and replay value is limited. It took me about 30-40 min to get through it the first time; about 20 max for replays. It's very easy and pretty linear -- which is nice but also boring; there's not much of a point to replaying since you got it all right the first time and tbh the choices don't seem to matter that much. I did like the game and I'd buy it again, but I think part of that is because new COG games are pretty scarce these days. It was good, but not as good as some of the others have been.

Good game, could be better


A very well written story, however most of your choices are Kinda meaningless especially in the beginning.. Although I did play it several times but I think your choices should impact the game more. Overall very satisfied with my purchase and definitely recommend it


Choice of Games LLC
37.3 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2014-2015 Dana Duffield


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