1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a 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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Release Date: Apr 4, 2016

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July 25

Soundtrack Edition Flash Sale and Behind-The-Scenes Series!

Hello Steam friends!

This week only the Game + Soundtrack Edition is 50% off until next Monday as a weekly sale! Take advantage of this great deal to check out 1979 Revolution: Black Friday if you haven't already!

We also wanted to let you all know we're starting a weekly Behind The Scenes series hosted on "Made With Unity" where we'll be talking about the different processes of making 1979 Revolution and our experience as a development team making the game.

Check out our first two entries:
Motion Capture Mania: https://madewith.unity.com/stories/motion-capture-mania
Dirty Business of Cinematography: https://madewith.unity.com/stories/the-dirty-business-of-digital-cinematography

Many of you are asking about localization and subtitles, we're hard at work right now to implement additional languages into the game, stay tuned as we'll have more information to share soon.

Thanks for your continued support!

-iNK Stories

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May 16

1979 Revolution Soundtrack Edition now Available!

We're very excited to announce the release of our official soundtrack for 1979 Revolution: Black Friday by our incredible composer Nima Fakhrara is now available in digital format on Steam with 21 original tracks from the game!

The album is available as stand-alone DLC but we've also created a great bundle offering that packages the game and the album together at a discount so you get the whole package at a great deal for $15.99. To celebrate the launch, this Soundtrack Edition is available at a 30% discount for THIS WEEK ONLY so be sure to take advantage of this offering if you haven't purchased the game yet!

For those of you who have already bought & played 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, we're very, very grateful for your support - so we've made the album FREE for those of you who have already purchased the game (before today) - the album should automatically download for you, but if not make sure to go to your downloads and enable the application to update.

Thanks again for the ongoing support, hope you all enjoy the music of the revolution!

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“It's a mesmerizing proof of concept - that video games can operate as historical fiction/pseudo-documentaries without dumbing down complex, controversial subject matter.”
Recommended – Eurogamer

“Smart and exciting blend of character-driven adventure and documentary-style.”
8 – IGN

“A Compelling And Unique Historical Thriller.”
8 – Game Informer

Steam Greenlight

About This Game

Based on real events and eyewitness testimonies.

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.

In this authentic, historically accurate, stunningly engaging experience -- you must decide who to trust and what you stand for -- as the world is set ablaze around you.

Key Features

CRITICAL 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.

CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE - Branching cinematic story told through motion captured animation and voice over performances. Discover the rarely seen world of Tehran in the 1970’s, through a striking visual style.

EXPLORATION - Explore the world of the collapsing city under martial law: covert headquarters, rioting protests, bustling city streets and more.

PHOTOGRAPHY - Take photos of the period accurate in-game world and compare them to the original archival photos captured by celebrated photojournalists.

UNIQUE GAMEPLAY - Including urban triage, interactive action scenes and photo processing.

KEY COLLECTABLES - Discover and unlock more than 80+ unique stories that color and enhance your experience of the Iranian Revolution: including primary sources like archival videos, home movies, graffiti, photographs and more.

BASED ON TRUE EVENTS - 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.

Featuring Performances By

Navid Negahban (Homeland, American Sniper)
Farshad Farahat (House of Cards, Argo, 300: Rise of an Empire, State of Affairs)
Omid Abtahi (Damien, Hunger Games, Better Call Saul, Argo)
Bobby Naderi (Fear the Walking Dead, Under The Shadow)
Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night)
Nicholas Guilak (Of Gods and Kings, 24)
Ray Haratian (Argo, Under The Shadow)
Mary Apick (Homeland, Beneath The Veil)
Fariborz David Diaan (The Brink, Stoning of Soraya, Weeds)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6.X
    • Processor: Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: 512MB NVidia or ATI Graphics card
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.8.X
    • Processor: Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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2.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
I never thought I'd play an educational game this good. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
Good Game, and a lot of tough decisions to be made. But to be honest a little short. Good story telling and decision making just again a little to short but then again that is the story that is being told....
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13.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
I bought this game on sale and really enjoyed it for the price. I was really drawn into the stories and the characters. The decision making happens really fast and there were definitely moments where I was on the edge of my seat. However, the best aspect of this game is how much I learned about the Iranian revolution and Iranian culture. It does have an abrupt ending and doesn't take that long to play, so if you find it on sale, it is a worthy buy.
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I Am Tyler Corbine
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 14
Enjoyable enough game, the first hour is slow but you really see it pick up on the back end. The graphics aren't top notch, the animation is okay, but the voice acting is solid and there's enough good in this game to make it worth a play. Interesting experiment, not perfect, not great, but an experience I do not regret.
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Ankh af na Khonsu
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 2
It had some potential, sadly fell short trying to imitate telltale without telltale-size budget.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Yes it is short. Yes it has flaws. But the mere fact that there is a game that tackles an historical subject, and does it well, should really be supported. I love it for that, and do not at all regret paying full price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
the game is really good, but the abrupt ending........ more episodes please, maybe from the POV of others
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The idea of the game was really nice and also the mechanics between photography and history learning was great, but the gameplay kinda lacked for me. The camera was incredibly anoying and the decission making had to be so fast, that I almost didnt realize ofthen what was happening. Story was kinda shaky too but in the end it was not so bad. So I would recommend trying it, just to see something out of the history.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I didn't know much about the Iranian Revolution before I read the comic Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I highly appreciate those personal works of art that tell a perspective you won't find in articles or Wikipedia, but that are crucial to understand the complexity of the society at this time and get you much more invested in history than facts.

That's why I recommend this game. Though kind of short (roughly up to three hours) and importing the problems I have with Telltale games, I really enjoyed the mixture of historical events presented with original material and some details about Persian culture and what Iranian life was in the 70s.

What I didn't like was the timer and the pseudo decisions you could make. Most of the times it felt stupid, gamey and unnecessary to tell the story. Same goes for the action passages and quick time events. Instead of copying that from Telltale, the creators should have added more depth to the characters, which is completely missing - or solely relying on unexplained stereotypes.
Another problem I have with the game is the lack of interactivity. Many scenes are more movie than game where you can only react with a text box you couldn't completely read because of the timer.

The usage of the camera as gameplay element and way to tell the role of the media in times like these, was something I really enjoyed. Though it's more a searching for the right spot to shoot instead of a real free form tool, I like how it helped you exploring a scene more followed by a comparison of original pictures from that event. These photos, background informations and also the use of Farsi in combination with English is what left a strong impression on me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
If you're looking for gameplay and length, this is not the game for you.

If you're looking for an exciting story that respectfully and accurately reflects the Iranian revolution of the late 70's, look no further.

The voice acting and dialog work well to immerse the player in the story, which itself is a careful balance between historically complex and emotional material. The characters' motives make sense in context of their experiences, and many decisions in the game that only lend themselves to bad consequences show how dire the situation really was.

It's clear that the game was made by an indie developer. Animations of extras are crude and 3d models are recycled, but this doesn't take away much from the experience and the game accomplishes everything it sets out to do very well. If you're interested in history or other cultures, you must pick this up. Hopefully, we'll see more games like this in the future.
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77 of 91 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Mang, What can i say about this game?
Want numbers out of /10? scroll down.

You're a photographer that is in an Iranian jail cell being interigated. Being forced to tell your tale through whatever means neccessary. Be warned, you can die during interigation. It would be better if you tell him what he wants to hear. This isn't Merica.

-Historical events links with pictures + Captures a bit of emotional stress
-Story flows better than expected
-Action scenes
-Graphics ain't bad. again, looks like a telltale game.
-Sound is great as well. Voice actors did amazing
-After main chapters, it will cause you to have a discussion on certain beliefs or issues with friends and family around the table.

-Not a telltale game. Not enough details involved to make it a complete story. <- Main issue for me
-If it was more drawn out and more time was dedicated towards telling the story + dialog, it would have been an amazing story. SO, needs to be longer. <- Main issue for me
-Not enough Feels.
-Short chapters that didn't need to be solo chapters at all.

It's nice to see someone take a stab at the whole telltale way of making games. However someone does this, you can see the differences between them. As well as when they try not to be like telltale.
-Lack of depth.
-Controls were bothersome at times.
-Trying to cram everything into 1 game rather than an episode like release.

Things like those above. You'll notice them from time to time, but for a short moment. Luckily the game has a little more to offer than being a copy cat and will bring you right into the story, asking you for more when you get to the end.

Visual: 8/10 - good work!
Gameplay:6/10 - needs polish
Story: 7/10 -needs more
Replay value: Some to little.
Having a country label you as a spy for making the game: bonus points
Overall: 7/10
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79 of 96 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I've always been wary of games that try to tackle historical events, because they rarely seem to get their subject matter right. There's something disrespectful about historical games like the early Call of Duty titles, which placed players into real wars that real people fought and died in, exploiting those experiences by transforming them into mindless entertainment for the masses. Tackling this kind of heavy subject matter requires a degree of nuance that bleak loadscreen quotations or pressing F to pay respects don't even begin to provide.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday doesn't share those problems. Created by Rockstar Games veteran and Iranian national Navid Khonsari, whose family escaped the turmoil the title aims to portray, the game tells the story of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which lead to the deposition of the Shah of Iran and the end of the Pahlavi dynasty. The influence of this period in Iranian history cannot be understated, yet knowledge of this point in history remains woefully elusive to the American public consciousness.

It's fitting, then, that the game starts out with so much exposition. This isn't a Call of Duty title looking to capitalize on history as a mere backdrop to action-heavy gameplay. The Telltale-esque title places players into a series of unfolding events as an Iranian photojournalist recently returned home from Germany. Early in the story, players will take a walk through a protest-crowded street, snapping pictures and listening to their companion expound on the issues facing Iran leading up to the 1979 revolution. Westernization, income inequality, government censorship - the developers are clearly aware of their audience's unfamiliarity with the setting and do a fantastic job of the setting the stage for the players.

It all comes naturally; your character, after all, has been out of the country for awhile, so it stands to reason that he might need to be caught up on current events. After snapping a photo, players are presented with a quick blurb of information and given the option to learn more, leading them to small snippets of Iran's history in the game's journal.

Fortunately, unlike many titles tackling heavy subject matter, 1979 Revolution is at least somewhat able to stand on its own as an entertaining game. It's informative without being preachy, and engages players with choice and consequence and quick-time event systems Telltale Games or Life is Strange veterans will find immediately familiar.

1979 Revolution is best described as a political thriller, and it isn't long until your jaunt down exposition lane is interrupted by the proverbial ♥♥♥♥ hitting the fan. It's a character driven story, showing Iranian nationals with a variety of different political and religious views reacting as their country is turned upside down. The voice acting is crucially well executed, thanks to a cadre of veteran film actors. Almost everyone involved with the project has a prior work that I've seen or am at least familiar with; I recognized the voice of Mozhan Marnò from The Blacklist, House of Cards, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night immediately.

The game is an indie title though, and you can tell that the funds for its actors may have been diverted from other areas of its limited budget. The art assets in particular leave a bit to be desired; it will quickly become apparent that character models and animations are being reused for the game's extras. In a game like this though, pursuing flawless writing and voice acting for its characters ultimately should trump almost everything else.

1979 Revolution does end a bit abruptly. It's not as bad as say, The Banner Saga, but I was expecting the narrative to go on for an additional chapter, or maybe for it to show a bit more of the revolution's aftermath. It's not a bad ending per se, but it does sort of build and build and then just end in the middle of its own climax.

Overall, the game succeeds in bringing a historically accurate, better understanding of the titular revolution to those who play it. It's not a deep look and it doesn't get too bogged down in historical details, instead focusing broadly on the people of Iran as they lived through this formative moment in their nation's history. 1979 Revolution is worth checking out on that basis alone if you're interested in experiencing a sample of pre-revolution Iran and how it evolved to become the nation we have today.

If you're not interested in that, I'd find the the title harder to recommend. This is a game of ideas, and it follows that the title is inextricably linked to the message it wants its players to receive. Standing on its own, its narrative isn't as satisfying as a Telltale Game and its gameplay doesn't touch Life is Strange, but if you're generally interested in experiencing a bit of history, that can make the title shine.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a short game at just over two hours of total playtime, and is available on Steam for a full price of $12. I'll leave the value judgment up to you.
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
1979 Revolution: Black Friday is an adventure point and click game developed and published by iNKstories, releasing on PC, PS3, 360 and iOS in April 2016. The game focuses on the Iranian Revolution, from 1979 that led to the overthrow of the dictatorial regime of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in Iran.

The game play is your run of the mill point and click adventure game, but resembles more of a Telltale style environment, where timed dialog choices are prominent throughout the story, as well as quick time events. Thankfully the QTEs are few and far between, allowing you chance to sit back and relax the main element of this game, the gripping story.

The most important feature of a point and click game is obviously going to be the plot, 1979 Revolution ticks all of the right boxes there. Following a historical timeline of events with slight blurred lines between reality and what you see in the game, we follow Reza and his good friend Babek as they look to exploit the terrorist regime in Iran to start a revolution. You meet important characters along the way and you will develop relationships with them depending on actions and dialog choices throughout. The story takes you through dips, turns and dramatic outcomes, and potentially leaves the plot open for a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of this game, not only is it an interesting plot, but it teaches you something, which is always an added bonus when it comes to video games.

Graphically this game looks decent, nothing spectacular, but there are hundreds of worse looking titles out there. It looks like an early GTA title in terms of textures, animations and work environments. Still pleasant to look at, but don’t expect state of the art graphics and clean cut visuals here. The voice acting on the other hand is brilliant, all characters are well voiced and fit their character’s perfectly. This game would not be what it is today without this top notch voice acting. I can’t imagine I would of enjoyed it nearly as much if it was text based.

There isn’t any difficulty to 1979, The only time you will fail at any point is if you miss a QTE, and then you can simply replay it and pay more attention! While the game does have different choices to take throughout the plot, the ultimate ending will near enough be the same regardless, which is a bit of a shame as I always like it when games clearly make your choices matter.

It is also worth noting that this game is very short. The story is spread out across 18 chapters, but this still only took me under an hour to complete. You will find a bit of replayability though due to the different paths you may follow, as well as tons of collectibles and achievements to hunt for as well. For me though, I’m only going to want to play through it once.

Overall, 1979 is a really good adventure game, but the only thing that lets it down is the lack of content that gives this game any longevity. If the story could be expanded or lead onto maybe an Episode 2, then it would be well worth the £8.99 but purely because it is so short, I can only recommend 1979 Revolution: Black Friday when it is on sale.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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60 of 70 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Like most other Iranians, I get very excited about anything that has to do with us and our history, so when I heard about this game's existence I bought it right away. Now that I finished my first time playing it, as much as I hate to ruin the 69 reviews I thought I could share my thoughts:

I can't recall any other game that really focused on a historical event like this and not only told the story but also let the player become a part of it. You can make some choices that really help your character or the ones around him, or be their doom. That's already something that quite a few big game titles don't manage.
But the story telling is flawed. Some characters have no personality or are so rarely there that there is really no reason to care for them, and there aren't many characters to begin with. I ended up only caring for two characters, and the second mostly just because his role just hit home for me.
And just when things are really heating up, the game ends. And it's not even a big ending that really feels like one, it's more like listening to music and during the chorus your speakers just suddenly die. A lot of questions should have been answered, but aren't even mentioned again, and you simply don't get much deeper into what was happening which is a pity.

The gameplay was not that interesting for me aside from choosing what to say and occasionally how to act. What you can do most of all is looking for things and collecting them, which then give you a little insight on both what was happening during the revolution and also Iranian culture as it was back then and still is now, which is neat for those who don't know much about Iran but still perhaps too little for those who really know nothing.
More important information can be collected by taking photos, and you do that in a very basic "click at the right moment" minigame. Depending on how well the photo turns out, the more information you get.
There's also everybody's favourite thing in gaming history: Quick time events! *sarcasm*
Also, on two occasions I had to patch up people who were hurt and I have to say that that were just silly. Especially having to put bandages around the wounds, it looked really bad and out of place compared to the style in the rest of the game.

The game looks alright. It's rather obvious to tell which character models were worked on longer and which ones were rushed, and in just one scene, standing on one spot, I could count up to almost 10 copy-pasted NPCs. But I really did like the style they went with and enjoyed looking at the character I play. The environments were also done nicely, it really reminded me of walking down a street in Tehran.

I have the luck of rarely ever getting glitches and such in games, but there was this one point where I walked into a half circle of people in the hope that I could collect something in the middle, but then Babak closed the circle and I couldn't get out because he just wouldn't move. I had to restart the whole sequence and stay away from groups from then on which probably made me miss out on some things.

So, tl;dr: while this game is very flawed, it does go down an interesting path and I did enjoy my time playing it. It doesn't cost much, so I do recommend it as both a small "collect stuff and achievements" game if you enjoy those and an alternative to a short and probably biased documentary.
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317 of 472 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
From my perspective, I viewed this rendition of history as heavily pro-Tudeh (the Communist Party of Iran) and though it touches on the application of fiqh to Communists from the religious characters within in the game, "1979 Revolution: Black Friday" communicates its narrative as the Arab Spring in another lacquer. And that's a shame really. There is no equivalency to be drawn between the current Sunni revolutionary movements and the Iranian Revolution proper.

The developers did their homework for sure, but I couldn't get my character to become a Shia fundamentalist or lead him to become a basiji so what's the point of player driven actions or agency? Though Reza (the protagonist) is clearly Westernized, it didn't permit me the option of having a developing narrative drive a connection towards increasing his faith.

As an honest assessment, this game's presentation falls into this terrible milquetoast middle ground that simultaneously would ♥♥♥♥ off Shah loyalist expats and a contemporary Shia as the Tudeh are portrayed as harmless, albeit naive, saints. They're only critiqued as hypocritical, or worst of all, taken for the fools that they were. Aside from those notes, the game is a "rah rah go student revolutionary movements" within a general context and retelling that Pahlavi was a pretty bad leader (I agree only in part to this sentiment) and that the SAVAK weren't a friendly bunch.

The game does highlight what Iranian life was like from 1953 on as it modernized and, though there are some shoutouts to Mohammad Mosaddegh's overthrow courtesy of MI6 and the CIA through Operation Ajax, this only serves to reaffirm the developer's bias to the effect of -- "Wow, isn't it such a shame that Iran became an Islamic Republic."

To illustrate better, I'll draw my thoughts from another angle: imagine if the insufferable coming of age movie "Garden State" (2004) were combined with a youth political drama. Yeah, I can feel your excitement building already.

Another, different, and probably more substantive critique I could provide for those unaware of the political, social, or historical components within the game is that it could've been more expansive with a branching plot. You, Reza, the player, are permanently stuck as a dumb collaborator with naive revolutionaries. In this way, "1979 Revolution" truly sticks to history as it occurred.

Welp, those are my thoughts about this adventure game from a self-anointed, self-styled, and perhaps in this case, immodest scholar of the Middle East.
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