Parents' Guide to

1979 Revolution: Black Friday

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense, captivating, violent, personal recreation of history.

Game Mac , Windows 2016
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Since this adventure isn't intended to be a game "just" to be fun, it's worth stating that what it lacks in visual prowess and pacing it more than makes up for with its writing, acting, and music. These things ultimately carry you through moments where sections play weirdly or awkwardly; the best example are self-conscious additions of game-like sections, such as portions where you're prompted to take photos, but the focus erratically shifts on its own and you have to patiently wait for it to align in a mini-game to get what you think you need. This is similar to Telltale Games titles, which 1979 takes cues from; it also drops in fights and chases meant to change up the flow but instead hinders the story progression, which is the main attraction here. 1979 also ditches inventory management, leaving you free to wander, explore the scenery, talk to characters, and focus most of all on soaking it all up.

And if you've never heard of the 1979 Iranian Revolution or paid much attention to that area of the world, this is a fantastic introduction and primer on understanding its history. But what it really does well is personalize and make something that seems stodgy and inaccessible (history), showing how one person's story intersects with many others'. That said, it does feel as though the game tries to be fuzzy about which faction espouses which beliefs (possibly in an attempt to demonstrate how groups get radicalized and subvert their original causes), which may spur people to do further research and reading after playing. If they don't, they might wind up with misinformation.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Subjects: Social Studies : citizenship, geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, history, power structures
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, applying information, asking questions, deduction, investigation, logic, making conclusions, Self-Direction : goal-setting, initiative, personal growth, set objectives, Emotional Development : developing resilience, empathy, handling stress, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking, self-awareness, Communication : asking questions, conveying messages effectively, listening, multiple forms of expression, presenting
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: iNK Stories
  • Release date: April 26, 2016
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , History
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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