June 30, 2022

1979 Revolution: Black Friday – Nintendo Switch Review

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday drops you into an explosive situation in Iran’s history when its people were at war with its government and themselves. You play as Reza, a young photo-journalist caught up in the political turmoil of 1979 Iran. You must make choices that influence your narrative while being torn between your friends, family and your political beliefs.

The game adopts the TellTale formula of a narrative driven experience guided by conversational choices that change the outcome of the story and the entire story-arch is broken up by quick time events and mini games.

The game takes place during the revolution to remove the current government from power, by interacting with NPC’s you will soon come to find out that the people leading the revolution have differing ideas on who should take power if the political movement succeeds.

When you are not absorbing the environment and talking to the other revolutionaries in your company you will be looking for items and cassette tapes which give you more context about the factual history and people involved in the real life movement depicted.

As Reza your weapon and footprint in the revolution is your camera, you will be asked to capture images of rallies and political figures to help influence conflicts and the story.

Now the QTE’s and mini games aren’t really any sort of challenge and at no point was I under any sort of threat of failing these. I did die twice during the entire length of my play through but that was to see how far I could push a line of conversation before I faced any sort of consequence.

The graphics are varied, peoples faces and reactions are great but simple environmental textures seem washed out and under developed, You will see when you play it but belts seem to be the animators Achilles heal.

The story felt honest and was well crafted and the pivotal narrative choices I made felt important and had real weight to them. One choice you make genuinely feels like a no win situation and is a very hard choice to make. The entire story took me about two hours to play through which seems very short but it encouraged me to play through multiple times and see how different decisions changed the outcome.

The characters feel genuine and help impact the answers you give and decisions you make. You will spend most of your time with 1979 Revolution overwhelmed in mistrust and deceit as your character would in that situation.

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is less of a game and more of a interactive tale of political unrest and friendship that tries to educate you on its subject matter giving you a better understanding of your protagonist’s moral dilemma. Its short play time means you will have the chance to play through multiple times and lends itself perfectly to the Switch’s handheld philosophy.

At no point did it try to push any political or religious ideals down your throat letting you observe the many complicated themes and characters and make your own unique narrative. If you enjoy narrative games then give this one a try!

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  • 8/10
    Overall - 8.0/10


1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a well crafted narrative game that gives emotional weight to your choices that influence your protagonists story, only held back inconsistent graphics/textures and a very short playtime that may put people off.

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