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  • Summary: Based on true stories and historical events, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is an interactive drama about choice and consequence, chaos and order.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. May 15, 2019
    90
    As a whole, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a quick and blunt showing of an important piece of history that's made to be accessible to our generation. As a game, the gameplay is straightforward but sometimes clunky, the visuals are lackluster but portray what they must, and the music bolsters the game's chilling tone and narrative. There are some bugs in the visuals and longer load times, but they're minor hiccups when taking into account the game's loftier goal of sharing this important piece of history with people who are largely unaware of it.
  2. 85
    A brave and inspiring work that provides an evocative window into a world-shaping historical event, what 1979 Revolution: Black Friday lacks in audiovisual presentation it more than makes up for with sheer guts, heart and that most rarest of things - a soul.
  3. Jul 30, 2018
    80
    1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a valid narrative adventure, which deals with a very important historical event. However, the technical sector is very lacking.
  4. Jul 30, 2018
    70
    Technical hiccups and a few narrative shortcomings hold it back a bit but its honest look at the Iranian Revolution is unflinching, educational, engrossing, and hopefully inspirational for those trying to make games capable of enabling cultural empathy in its players.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 23, 2018
    70
    To make a game based on real events can be difficult, but thanks to the nuanced writing it becomes clear that in such a conflict, there is no black and white. It’s an earnest attempt at tackling real events, teaching you about a foreign culture in the process. [Issue#153, p.86]
  6. Aug 27, 2018
    60
    iNK Stories’ effort to create both an enthralling story and a factual window into history is admirable, and while it doesn’t quite stick the landing, it’s still an interesting game with plenty of historical information to paw through after you’ve completed it. The price tag is a bit too steep for a three-hour game, but history buffs and Telltale fans alike should see value in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.
  7. Aug 7, 2018
    43
    As a historical narrative told through a personal perspective, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is certainly a capable piece of media but as a video game, it quickly falls apart and simply doesn't feel finished.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 24, 2018
    10
    Great game - cool to see my culture represented in a video game, felt like a distinct world to explore and I liked the story.
  2. 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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