Santa Ragione
Based in Milan, Italy

Founding date:
June 14, 2010


Press / Business Contact:


Triennale Game Collection
Wheels Of Aurelia (PC)
FOTONICA (mobile)
MirrorMoon EP
Milano Game Festival
Wheels Of Aurelia (mobile)

Via Gabbro 16
20161, Milan

US +1 (415) 335-1342
IT +39 (347) 038-6526


Santa Ragione is an Italian micro game design studio founded by Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi in 2010, creators of FOTONICA, MirrorMoon EP, and Wheels of Aurelia. Santa Ragione’s games focus on achieving a visceral response from the player, whether through the desolate landscapes of MirrorMoon EP, the uncompromising, vertigo-inducing speeds of FOTONICA, or the controversial politics in Wheels of Aurelia. The studio has a unique, experimental approach to accessibility that encourages exploration and personal interpretation, to achieve surprising depth. Santa Ragione’s inspiration comes equally from literature classics, evocative electronica, and contemporary art, to strive and stand out stylistically and continue the tradition of Italian design.


Founded in 2010 by longtime friends Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi, Santa Ragione is a design studio dedicated to developing games and video games. In 2010, Santa Ragione developed and published the board game Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space in over fifteen countries. The game was nominated for the prestigious Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming. In 2011, Santa Ragione launched the award-winning video game FOTONICA for PC and created the international indie game event LUNARCADE. In 2012, Santa Ragione released a music game for Pitchfork Media; In 2013, they launched their new game MirrorMoon EP, finalist at the Independent Games Festival award for innovation. In 2014, Santa Ragione launched a redesigned version of FOTONICA for iOS to critical acclaim. In 2016 and 2017 Santa Ragione published their first narrative game Wheels of Aurelia across all platforms, including mobile and consoles. Since 2013, Paolo Tajé is the technical director of all projects at Santa Ragione.



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Awards & Recognition

  • "Honourable Mention for the IGF 2017 Nuovo Award" - Wheels of Aurelia, 2017
  • "Indiecade 2016 Finalist" - Wheels of Aurelia, 2017
  • "Apple’s App Store: Best of 2014 Selection" - FOTONICA, 2014
  • "Honourable Mention for the IGF 2015 Excellence in Audio" - FOTONICA, 2014
  • "Nominated for the IGF 2013 Nuovo Award" - MirrorMoon EP, 2012
  • "54th Venice Biennale, Neoludica Selection" - FOTONICA, 2011
  • "Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Shortlist" - Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space, 2010

Selected Articles

  • "It’s a rare game indeed that makes the player themselves feel special."
    - Interview with Duncan Harris, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Milano Game Festival
A recurring festival for videogames that display the best narrative experiences across the world. http://www.milanogamefestival.com/.

A past series of exhibtions that display the most experimental indie games across the world. http://www.lunarcade.it.

Team & Repeating Collaborators

Pietro Righi Riva
Co-Founder, Director

Nicolò Tedeschi
Co-Founder, Art-Director

Paolo Tajè

Il Sumero
Secret Programming

Gabriele Brombin
Concept Art, Freelancer

Luca Francesco Rossi
Graphic Design, Freelancer

Michael Manning
Music and SFX, Freelancer

Nicolò Sala
Music, Freelancer

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