That videogames in general do not soley rely on gunfire, swordsplay and loud noises, but on an engaging narrative as well, has been clear since gaming milestones like Bioshock and Dear Esther. But that they can portray a thrilling historical drama can be seen by playing Navid Khonsari’s new game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday. The game tells the story of the Islamic revolution in Iran from the point of view of a 20 years old photographer, who at first participated at Chomeini’s rise to power but now has positioned himself against the dictator‘s regime.

Skillfully Khonsari – who has earned first recognition through his work for games like Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto – is able to connect Iran’s history with the fate of ordinary people like you and me living in these times. Therefore he is able craft an enriching and teaching experience like no other game designer before.