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1979 Revolution: A Cinematic Adventure Game

By Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent, intriguing first-person perspective of revolution.

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An immersive experience, this game allows players to experience a snapshot of what it was like in Iran during the revolution, but it's not just blood, violence, and demonstrations. Learning about Iranian culture through the conversations and encyclopedia helps integrate kids' knowledge of the violent revolution and the human side to the story.The real appeal of the game is that it puts players in the shoes of a person in the midst of conflict and strife. You see how families can get caught up on opposite sides of the issues, and it's rarely clear what the "right" answer is. Sometimes it doesn't even matter what you choose. And, as with reality, the lines between right and wrong are blurred and distorted, challenging players to make difficult choices. The game's content is based on actual people and events and is based on first-person accounts, though there is some controversy around the story it tells. Though the animation of the game is a bit stiff, it isn't too distracting, but many of the voices are very quiet, and the text that pops up on the screen is a little haphazard. Subtitles are small, and it's hard to tell where you're supposed to look, with text disappearing faster than you can read it. The game also doesn't have much built-in help, except occasional notices about what you're supposed to do. You just have to wander or tap things or look around. There's a time limit on many options, and it's easy to not respond in time. The mobile version also seems to have some control glitches, so that tapping or swiping doesn't always register, which can cause your character to die. Despite its flaws, this type of game introduces an exciting way to blend gaming and historical learning in a seamless and immersive world.

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