Want to go on a narrative road trip through 70s Italy? Read on….
Wheels of Aurelia is a narrative road trip game set in the roaring Italian 70s, its main premises is that it is half a racing game and half interactive fiction. It tells the story of Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous “Via Aurelia”.
Wheels of Aurelia plays like an old-school isometric arcade racer, with the main exception that you get to chat with your passenger while driving. The story which enfolds in the car are a world of dynamic and interesting ideas with it, expect terrorism, kidnappings, and political turmoil.
“It will introduce you to that world and its dynamics through a cast of characters that you have never met in a video game. “
The story is a choose your own adventure style game with multiple choices leading to different story arcs. Based on your choices – and the places you’ll decide to visit – you may end up in car chases, illegal street races, or in tense debates that will make you wonder who your travel companions really are.
Simple Arrow keys and the space bar control everything. Up and down for dialogue choices, left and right to move the car and space bar for speed.
In our play through, we got challenged to a race to Siena, but when you get to a fork in the road – you don’t have to go directly there. The road forks in two and you decide the direction of the story, we decided to change it up and the story when differently to expected. (No Spoilers).
We like the story and the multiple playthroughs possible. We have only really scratched the surface of a very different game. The driving takes a bit of getting use to and this is not a game to rev-up to but one to sit back and relax to. Good, easy and relaxing.