Is it possible to keep your virtues in a time of crisis? Do you succumb to your innate anger in a snap decision, or stay defiant in the face of certain death? Who do you trust in a time where everyone is untrustworthy? Welcome to the questions you have to answer, sometimes in a few seconds, in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.
Following in the footsteps of Telltale Games, indie developer iNK Stories offers something different, something grounded in harsh reality instead of focusing on zombies or Handsome Jack. Partially spearheaded by iNK Stories founder Navid Khonsari, an Iranian-Canadian former Rockstar Games developer, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a very personal project, one that Khonsari has dubbed a “vérité game,” an interactive documentary based on real life stories and anecdotes from the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The premise itself is promising, and has not been without controversy- Khonsari and most of his production team were banned from ever entering Iran for example, making the game have real-life consequences for its own developers.