This was a beautiful offering and an interesting way of encouraging engagement with historical events.
The graphics and interactions are symbolic. I experienced this as more of an interactive text with an element of ‘game’ to make more of a connection than just reading/watching might.
The animation style is very friendly, for want of a better word – it feels real because it’s not trying to be realistic; it’s a collage in exactly the same way the story is a collage. I love it when the medium of storytelling matching the storytelling.
The story itself was well out of my sphere of awareness, being not American, not Iranian, not British, and not born until the 80s, so I probably missed a lot more depressing references. My main reaction to the actual content, historical and real, was “huh, well, typical” in relation to the US/Britain, with the game-structure/text-structure meaning any empathy I felt was for Mossadegh, knowing nothing else of his term of service than what the game showed.
This was in beta only; will be interested to see if the format develops into a more complex textual unwrapping of history. It’s a very innovative format in any case.