Escape room


What remains in the mind of a reader (or rather: the Reader) when - after turning the last page and closing the book - the light goes out? Our escape room for Festivaletteratura Mantua, "Ludmilla", aims at making players experience this question in the form of a game, immersing them in an imaginary, dreamlike journey inside the mind of the Reader, the protagonist of "If on a winter's night a traveler" by Italo Calvino, starting from its very last page.

By following the voice and clues of Ludmilla, the multifaceted co-protagonist of the novel, players will explore the intricate interweaving of Calvino’s 10 books-within-the-book, amidst analog puzzles and digital experiences, trying to “solve” them before the alarm clock rings and the dream comes to an end.
The voices of musicians Adele Altro and Marco Giudici (Any Other) will guide them through the game.

Available for groups of 2-6 players, Ludmilla was first presented at Liceo Virgilio in Mantua from Saturday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 10th, 2023, as part of the Calvino in gioco (“Calvino at play”) programme, a tribute by Festivaletteratura to the writer’s centenary.


A game by
We Are Muesli
Claudia Molinari
Matteo Pozzi

Creative direction
Claudia Molinari

Visual design
Nicolò Marchetti

Game design
Matteo Pozzi

Game writing
Benedetta Pierfederici

Game development
Ivan Notaroš

Additional art
Linda Francesca Amodeo
Florence Martinet

Voice of Ludmilla & synth
Adele Altro

Voice of the Reader
Marco Giudici

Printing and setup
Pietro Corraini Studio
Smurfit Kappa

Special thanks
Alessandro Della Casa
Ton Vilalta
Benedetta Cantoni