Inspired ByOrlando Furioso

Inspired ByOrlando Furioso

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What inspired the minimilist story in Roterra conveyed by story panels and video?  Dig-iT! Games Suzi Keehn looked back 500 years ago to the epic Italian poem "Orlando Furioso" for inspiration. The rest is history.

The central game mechanic evoked the perspective shifts of the 16th century epic poem “Orlando Furioso” by Ludovico Ariosto, in which stereotypes are turned on their heads – and it is truly the journey that matters … not the destination. The strong female characters in the poem, who repeatedly challenge medieval perceptions of women as mere accessories, resonated with the team; this resulted in Angelica – the fearless central character of Roterra who overcomes the betrayal of her beloved brother and numerous environmental challenges to regain her rightful place as Roterra’s Queen. Themes are woven throughout “Orlando Furioso” that repeatedly force the reader to question what they believe to be true: A story told from one perspective turns out to be remarkably different when seen from another character’s point of view; the line between hero and villain is constantly in flux. Our designers internalized these forced shifts of perception as they worked to create the world of Roterra – where orientation changes at the push of a button.
Orlando Furioso Poem Inspires New Game
Angelica Confronts Orlando in Roterra Game Story
The 16th century classic "Orlando Furioso" influences another 21st century production in the new adventure puzzle game Roterra.

500 Years of Orlando Furioso Influences

Roterra is not alone in finding inspriation from this Italian classic but perhaps the first game to do so on the App store

Music Inspired by Orlando Furioso 


The website Classic FM has complied a collection of music inspired by the classic poem.

Lully: Roland (1685) The french king Louis XIV commissioned a new opera Lully which premiered in the stables at Versailles. You can listen to the ouverture here.

Haydn: Orlando Paladino (1782) A rare opera by Haydn you can read more about a 2009 production of this opera here.


500 Years of Orlando Furioso

Recent articles that share the history of the poem over the past 500 Years

Orlando Furioso: celebrating 500th anniversary of the first Moon landing by the Irish Times

A tribute to Ludovico Ariosto: Orlando furioso’s legacy in pop culture by Marion Bracq

The Orlando Furioso Atlas

Orlando Furioso via Wikipedia

Angelica by Lorenzo Lippi

Angelica Painting By by Lorenzo Lippi

Explore The Poem 'Orlando Furioso'

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