The debut of ex-Rockstar director Navid Khonsari, 1979 Revolution tells the story of the Iranian cultural revolution that saw one tyrant overthrown only for many to find themselves at the mercy of a very different, but equally hostile regime.
Players assume the role of a young apolitical photographer named Reza who can only keep his head down for so long before the country's political turmoil starts endangering his friends and family.
Anyone who's played a recent Telltale title or Life is Strange will be at home in 1979's choose-your-own-adventure format wherein you make dialogue choices under time pressure and occasionally blow through a quick-time event when things get hairy. But much of the time you're simply exploring, listening and learning.
Indeed 1979 is educational, but it's far from dry. Compacting a country's multi-year ordeal into a two-hour adventure means the pace is rather quick and the life-and-death ordeals wouldn't feel out of place in The Walking Dead.
"1979 Revolution has some rough spots, but it's a mesmerising proof of concept - that video games can operate as historical fiction/pseudo-documentaries without dumbing down complex, controversial subject matter," I wrote in my 1979 Revolution review.