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Indie Game Spotlight: Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia, developed by Santa Ragione, follows the story of Lella, a restless woman who is driving along the western coast of Italy during the roaring Italian 70’s. As she travels the famous “Via Aurelia,” she’ll meet a ton of colorful characters.

The developers say that during the 1970’s in Italy, there was terrorism, kidnappings and political turmoil. So, depending on who you meet and where you choose to stop as you drive along the coast, you may end up embroiled in a debate with a priest or competing in an illegal street race.

This isometric racer with an interactive story focuses on having a lot of replayability. There are 16 different endings, with each playthrough taking about 15 minutes.

The game currently has a “Mixed” score on Steam. There are 8 reviews posted, two of which are negative, and the other 6 are positive. Because of Steam’s new review score policy, not all reviews count towards the overall review score of the game, hence the Mixed score.

One Steam reviewer praised the diverse conversations, saying “Discuss feminism and a woman’s right to choose, while racing against neo-fascists and listening to 70s-style Italian pop music. Debate papal politics with a priest or talk Juventus F.C. with a hitch-hiker as you zip through pretty towns that dot the Italian coastline. These are not the kinds of conversations you would typically find in a video game, but they feel right at home in this vintage road-trip setting. And to be honest, it is in these conversations that you find the real meat — and arguably the point — of this game.”

Wheels of Aurelia is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can grab it on Steam for $9.99.

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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