Wheels of Aurelia does something that most racing games don’t even bother with, and that’s telling an interesting story. The game follows Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous Via Aurelia. Set during the roaring 70s, Lella is introduced to a unique cast of characters and together they discuss politics, terrorism, kidnapping and many other things affecting Italy at that time in history. A narrative road trip along the Italian coastline.
Half racing game, half interactive fiction, Wheels of Aurelia plays like an old-school isometric arcade racer, except that you get to chat with your passenger while driving. 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 question who exactly your travel companions are. Results can vary significantly as there are ten different endings to earn across multiple playthroughs.
Wheels of Aurelia is available now on PC, which is packaged with the awesomely addictive soundtrack. Developed by Santa Ragione, Wheels of Aurelia is also expected to hit PS4 and Xbox One on October 5. You can check it out here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane