I’ve had my eye on “1979 Revolution: Black Friday” for a while. In 2014, I interviewed Navid Khonsari, the game’s Canadian-Iranian creator, about his desire to pull off an unlikely feat: a fun, deep, playable adventure game about Iran’s 1979 revolution, in which the US-installed shah was toppled by Ayatollah Khomeini.
The game came out in April, and I’m pleased to report that Khonsari and his studio, inkStories, mostly pulled it off. There are some rough edges, but “1979” definitely nudges narrative-driven gaming forward.
As the game’s promo materials put it, “1979 Revolution: Black Friday” 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 1970s.”