Right from the start in 1979 REVOLUTION, players are thrust into the action of the chaotic time before and after the 1979 Iranian revolution to overthrow the pro-Western Shah. In this interactive story, you claim to be just a photographer, but your friends and family are involved in the demonstrations and politics, and since you're connected to them you become involved, too. You've been sent a bunch of pictures of the revolution and are then caught by police and put in Evin Prison where you're interrogated and where your captors try to trick you into giving up your friends. The story then jumps back in time to just before the revolution. Now you're with a friend, watching a crowd demonstrate for a change in government. Throughout the game, you spend time with friends and family, taking photos of items and events, and walking through the streets filled with activity and demonstrations, with all your photos getting recorded in the game's encyclopedia.
This encyclopedia helps players learn about the cultural aspects of the Iranian people and the revolution, including such topics as the tradition of offering and drinking tea, receiving gold coins on your wedding day, political posters, and important people and places in history. It's also where you can compare your game photos with actual photos taken at the time, deepening the experience. A combination of video and interactive scenes, the game occasionally lets you quickly choose a course of action or piece of dialogue, and more active scenes let you dodge and jump. If your character dies, you can retry that scene. Also, since the game has three profile saves, players can try out different options.