17.11.1989 (ZX Spectrum)

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17.11.1989 is an interactive fiction adventure game, created in Czechoslovakia as a protest against the events of November 17, 1989 (the beginning of the "Velvet Revolution") when a student demonstration in Prague was brutally suppressed by the riot police. The object of the game is to avoid the police cordon, find a video camera and a tape in an apartment building, then film evidence of police brutality from an unseen spot.

The game is controlled by typing in one-letter commands in order to walk around, explore areas, pick up and use inventory items, or wait in place. Careless behavior may result in the protagonist getting captured and beaten by police.


17.11.1989 ZX Spectrum Opening a door with the key
17.11.1989 ZX Spectrum Game information: why was it created, and a disclaimer that it's not meant to make light of the events
17.11.1989 ZX Spectrum You enter the subway, and end up beaten savagely by five policemen
17.11.1989 ZX Spectrum This screen shows up after a Game Over

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The game has no specific title used in-game or on the loading screen. The closest thing to a title is the filename of the game's BASIC loader, "17.11.1989".

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The text on the loading screen translates as: "We don't want violence!!! Never again 17.11.1989. Who is to blame?"

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JudgeDeadd (22221) added 17.11.1989 (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 01, 2014