The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released its first video game in an effort to promote the country’s culture and heritage.
Italy: Land of Wonders “portrays beauty and tradition” [Italy] through an interactive and fun experience,” according to a press release. Available for free, the mobile game is on both iOS and Android, and supports 11 languages.
The game allows the player to assist Elio, an old lighthouse keeper, by collecting 20 sparks to ensure that the sun shines once again over Italy. The game features five ‘guardians’ based on the nature, cuisine, art, performance and design of Italy’s cultural heritage.
Italy: Land of Wonders There are also 100 puzzle levels, each consisting of a 3D reconstruction of an iconic Italian landmark. The game aims to please those who are already familiar with Italy, and those who want to learn more about the country.
Lorenzo Angeloni, Director General of Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation at the MFA, said: “It is our job to take advantage of any opportunity to promote our country and its culture to the world.”
“Italy: Land of Wonders This is not just an entertaining mobile game – it is a genuine Made in Italy product, skillfully blending culture and technology. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of our country: it is an adventure accessible to everyone, helping to discover the beauty, creativity and taste of Italy ”he said.
Music within the game will range from opera and baroque to Italian films, as well as “original scores inspired by the great Italian classics”. The game aspires to be an effective learning tool for schools teaching the Italian language.
You can learn more about the game here.
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