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  • Summary: 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    Taken on its own, this may be one of the most important games created in terms of historical significance, and in blending life events, narrative and cultural immersion, captures the essential truth of the human experience.
  2. May 9, 2016
    85
    There are minigames which break up the constant narrative, such as bandaging someone up and taking tons of photos, but ultimately 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is much more of an interactive story than a game. It just so happens to be a story which is so well written and performed, that it will make you wonder about yourself as a person.
  3. Apr 19, 2016
    83
    Revolution 1979: Black Friday is a good historical adventure game that hit the player with its beautiful and dramatic narrative.
  4. Apr 11, 2016
    80
    1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a game for those interested in history being depicted in an interactive format and it succeeds in providing that information but it also succeeds in providing a look into another person’s culture. There is not many games that attempt to do this and do it with the touches of compassion that are clear in the game.
  5. Apr 26, 2016
    80
    1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a groundbreaking game, not in terms of gameplay, but in its depiction of real historical events in an accurate, thoughtful manner, and its exploration of a genre rarely touched by video games.
  6. Apr 22, 2016
    80
    It shows some flaws in terms of interactive storytelling, but nonetheless 1979 delivers a tense political thriller with strong characters.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 20, 2016
    60
    Very intriguing documentary about the Iranian revolution, which however lacks in gameplay. But if you want to be entertained and learn something, do not hesitate. [Issue#264]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 14, 2016
    10
    As an iranian i can confirm that the story is pretty much true, we throw one scumbag out, but got hundreds of them in return, pretty goodAs an iranian i can confirm that the story is pretty much true, we throw one scumbag out, but got hundreds of them in return, pretty good game, it made me sad Expand
  2. May 17, 2016
    10
    It was about time for a game of this caliber to be released. I remember seeing something about it on Fast Company back in 2013. It caught myIt was about time for a game of this caliber to be released. I remember seeing something about it on Fast Company back in 2013. It caught my attention because it was a married couple creating it and I thought that was pretty cool. Anyways - back to the game:

    I very much enjoyed playing it. I'm looking forward to a sequel (if the team decides to make one, of course). It was great getting to know the different characters (really liked the main character's parents - not featured much but reminded me of my parents) and I was pleasantly surprised at some of the most important decisions - I have to admit, I had to take a break here and there because I was actually trying to analyze/predict the outcomes. I've played many of the telltale-esque games out there and I have to say, this game's story and attention to details in a historical thriller really surpassed my expectations - usually you see the historical accuracy being compromised but 1979 did the period justice.

    I don't review content that often but iNK is an indie studio and I know they can use the support from pleased customers. So I'm happy to do that here.

    I hope if you're reading this, it helps you make up your mind in getting the game and supporting a new genre which I think it's going to be a superb addition to the gaming industry.

    Cheers!
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  3. Apr 13, 2016
    10
    I stumbled upon this game and am shocked by how much I loved it. I felt like I was living inside a Homeland Episode. Not only did I feelI stumbled upon this game and am shocked by how much I loved it. I felt like I was living inside a Homeland Episode. Not only did I feel like I was thrown into a totally new world (Iran in the late 70s) but I was making choices -- where I had to make quick decisions on things that really mattered. The fact that the whole story is set in real events just makes the whole experience that much more awesome!!! Am recommending it to all my friends. Thanks 1979! Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2016
    9
    I'm a converted fan of 1979! I was really hesitant about playing the game beforehand. I had preconceived notions about the development teamI'm a converted fan of 1979! I was really hesitant about playing the game beforehand. I had preconceived notions about the development team trying to push an agenda, but literally within the first few scenes all of those ideas were gone

    1979 isn't trying to BE anything, it's just telling a story. The interpretation of the game is completely up to the player. You get a chance to experience being on the streets, hearing people debate about what THEY think is the best way, and you get attached to the characters!!!!! The storytelling was amazing, the actors performances were incredible.

    Def give 1979 a chance, you may be pleasantly surprised!
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  5. Apr 9, 2016
    9
    As someone who study history professionally, I sometimes do not like some mainstream historical games that are eurocentric and politicized.As someone who study history professionally, I sometimes do not like some mainstream historical games that are eurocentric and politicized. Out of curiosity, I purchased this game the moment it came out because the topic always fancinates me. Before playing it, I thought this game is more or less going to be another game preaching you how bad Khomeini was and how he "stole" the revolution. However and fortuantely, I was completely wrong.

    The developer claims the plot is based on a real story. The protagonist, Reza, is from a wealthy family. He studied abroad in Germany. When he came back to Iran, he almost came across the ongoing revolution by accident. Iran was not it once was anymore. After seeing what he saw, he decided to participate in it. Whereas, his involvement troubled him with countless dillemmas, compelling him to pick sides. On one hand there is his brother, on the other are his friends and cousin. You choices affect how the game progresses.

    This game excites the hell out of me. Walking on the street, you feel as if you are living through the revolution yourself. Seeing people protesting and suffering, you are compelled to feel sympathetic towards them. The political figures in this game are entirely real. When I was the graffiti of Khomeini on the street, I was like "Oh my God!" and my heart was beating so fast.

    Yes, historical figures matter. But history is, in fact, made possible by the little people. This game does not pick a political side nor try to preach you liberal democracy. Instead, it tells you the paradox and contradiction existed in the revolution, making the choices hard to make. Ideal is idealistic because it is not reality. The moment when you threw the stone, it changed you forever. Is violence necessary? Is family more important than ideal? Is life more important than freedom? Would you sacrifice the 1/3 for the other 2/3? You are the one to answer these questions that we are still unable to answer today.

    I feel I can relate to this game so much. I also come from a wealthy family. My parents also lived through a different revolution. I am also idealistic yet realistic. My ideal betrays my spectum but I feel it is right. My reality does not allow me to follow my ideal if I were to keep my status. I believe in democracy yet I see authoritarianism as a highly efficient system. I love my family yet I want to pursue my ideal.

    I think we all are the same. We are all contradictory. What a game!
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  6. Apr 23, 2016
    5
    The game looks like Taletale game. So, we seen it before.

    It is definitely not for me. The story is about Iran and Islam, and that is not
    The game looks like Taletale game. So, we seen it before.

    It is definitely not for me. The story is about Iran and Islam, and that is not my favorite subject.
    Christ is my Lord and that is it...
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  7. Jul 31, 2018
    4
    1979 Revolution: Black Friday
    A telltale Game that actually runs well
    1979 Revolution is 2 hour a choose your own adventure game in the
    1979 Revolution: Black Friday
    A telltale Game that actually runs well
    1979 Revolution is 2 hour a choose your own adventure game in the style of telltale game...
    it actually runs better than any telltale game ever has.. But it’s nowhere near close to being any good.
    This game tells the story of a photographer during the Iranian revolution that started in the summer of 1978. The game starts out by telling you that its base on real stories, real people, and real events…
    The story has its fair share of twists and turns, but it’s just not ever good…
    There’s a decent cast of characters here…. But aside from your main character, there’s not nearly enough time to develop them to make decisions in this game as impactful as they should be…
    By the end of the game I really had no idea who’s side I was on, but the game makes you choose…
    You also have to make a choice out of nowhere towards the middle of the game of who betrayed the group and you have little to no information, connection, or time spent with these characters to even make an educated guess..
    All of these moments if huge decision making is what makes this game a little enjoyable, I just wish I spent more time with the characters I have to make decisions for, because I ultimately ended up feeling like I was just going through the motions of a poorly delivered story...
    The choices here during dialog is handled poorly as well..
    You have little to no time to think, you have to react to statements and situations almost instantly which I don’t have a problem with... but the developers made the mistake of make you point the analog stick in the direction of your choice and then press x to choose it…
    And I feel like this is the slowest possible way to handle decision making in a game, and with such a short timer this lead to too many moments of my character not saying anything.
    I really hope this game can be patched with choices being tied to separate action buttons like they are in the telltale games to make for a more smooth experience…
    Though either way I feel like dialog choices don’t do much to shape the world around you... it really just comes down to decisions of passiveness or aggression during key moments of the story that can change things even little..
    Outside of choosing dialog there are brief moments of walking around and interacting with the world a little...
    This is where the game does what I feel is the coolest part, there are moments for you to take pictures and after doing so the real picture from the real life event shows up on the side, and I felt this really brought life into this game.. it helped immerse me into this world that on its own has a rough time doing…
    Overall 1979 Revolution Black Friday just isn’t an interesting or enjoyable game…
    it’s a disappointment from start to finish…
    It functions.. It runs smoothly... but that’s about it...
    you’re not missing out on anything by skipping it...
    I give 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
    a 4.5/10
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