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PC game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday banned in Iran, accused of 'hostile intentions'

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday features a striving photojournalist, Reza Shirazi who returns from studying abroad to find his people in a bloodied uprising against the ruling King.

The narrative-based title from independent studio Ink Stories puts players in the shoes of a photojournalist and claims to present a "historically accurate" realisation of the uprising in Tehran.

Karimi also stated that the game has "not been well received by gamers," an evaluation that sits at odds with the title's "very positive" overall rating on Steam based on 108 reviews at time of writing and a Metacritic aggregate score of 81 out of 100.

Based on "real first hand testimonies of freedom fighters, witnesses and casualties of the revolution which helped define the 21st Century," 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is told almost entirely in flashback sequences from the perspective of protagonist Reza Shiraz.

The game was developed by former Rockstar Games employee Navid Khonsari – an Iranian-born designer who formed Ink Stories with his wife, filmmaker and visual anthropologist, Vassiliki Khonsari.

The game will be playable on iPhone and iPad on 16 June, with an Android version scheduled to follow at a later date.

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