1979 Revolution: Black Friday

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Developer: iNK Stories

Decide who to trust and what you stand for -- as the world is set ablaze around you.



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1979 Revolution: Black Friday  is choice driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse. Play as Reza, an aspiring photojournalist, and make life and death decisions as you survive the gritty streets of Iran in the late 1970’s.

The year is 1978, the place is Tehran, Iran. You are Reza Shirazi, a striving photojournalist, who after studying abroad returns home to find his people in a bloodied uprising against the ruling King, the Shah. Led by your best friend, Babak, you are swept up by a web of underground activities and meet a vivid cast of characters. As the revolution tears through your country, friends and family, the fates of those around you hinge on the consequences of your choices.

The choices you make will shape your experience in the Revolution, and the fates of those around you — both in the present and the future. Based on real first hand testimonies of freedom fighters, witnesses and casualties of the revolution which helped define the 21st Century, as well as those who were imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

PC / Mac ($11.99)

Gamasutra, Kotaku, Polygon


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  1. 10
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    Really enjoyed this game – I knew nothing about the history before playing but I feel like I learned a lot while also getting to experience a really interesting story.

    The game itself is super engaging, clearly it was something very personal to iNK Stories and they did a great job displaying the complexities and dynamics that must have been happening in Iran at the time.

    The characters are interesting, the story is compelling, and the history is true. It’s really an incredible achievement that something like this got made and is done so well – I’m really glad I picked this up.

  2. 9
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    It’s hard to find a good political thriller that is actually accurate to history. I liked how it captures personal stories within a larger backdrop (the Iranian Revolution) At first I thought it was gonna be a bit of a history lesson but I was surprised that since the beginning I kinda forgot it also supposed to be an ‘educational’ asset and it didn’t feel like I was watching a glorified documentary like some games out there with no essence or backbone.

    I think some of the animation can be improved but coming from an indie I thought they did really well.

  3. 10
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    Amazing game – history told right. Games is such an amazing medium to tell the stories that need to be heard because we the players can EXPERIENCE the emotions of the people involved.

    I like that the game included so many snippets of extra information sprinkled throughout the world and that the game doesn’t push you to interact but you are rewarded if you do.

    Overall the experience was one I’ll remember for a while, definitely recommending this game to anyone who, like me, knows nothing about the Iranian Revolution, though I definitely do now.

  4. 7
    Nicholas Sertich
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    Black Friday is, at its core, an excellent game. It tackles a part of history rarely thought of in the west. The game’s Telltale-eque gameplay was engaging enough to make me want to explore the game world, search out more of the supplemental reading, and most importantly really connect with the characters and care about their plights.

    I reached the end of the game wanting more, which actually was my biggest problem with it. The game feels like it ends at the first act climax of a three act story. Very little is resolved in the end, and practically none of the questions set out in the intro were answered. For a game that is not episodic, and does not have a sequel in the works, this is not acceptable to me.

    The graphics are not the cleanest, and the game is not terribly well optimized, but that isn’t why you play this game. In short, this is one of the best historical, non-simulation games I have ever played let down by ending a third of the way through the story.

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