Run, jump and slide to the rhythm of your own music library! In Melody's Escape, advanced audio detection algorithms transcribe the energy that you feel when listening to music into a synchronized gameplay experience, with a captivating and dynamic obstacle course.
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Release Date: May 20, 2016

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May 20

Melody escapes out of Early Access!

Melody's Escape has left Early Access and has now officially launched!

I would like to personally thank the community for all the amazing support and feedback received during this Early Access phase!

This 1.0 update adds 6 amazing music tracks from Shirobon. (including the song from the game's trailer, "Regain Control"). Each track's obstacle course was meticulously manually mapped for perfect synchronization with the game.

Loïc

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May 18

Update v1.0: now with music!

Major Changes

  • Added 6 amazing music tracks from Shirobon! (including the song from the game's trailer, "Regain Control"). Each track's obstacle course was meticulously manually mapped for perfect synchronization with the game. You can find those songs in the "Bundled Music" menu in the Music Selection screen.
  • The main menu now has music
Minor Changes
  • Reduced the terrain's "waviness" height ranges in Flying intensity, as it was too high in some cases.
  • The game now still runs at full speed when its window has lost focus.
  • "Double Low Tempos" adjustment mode (used in Intense difficulty and Custom) now only works on <=88BPM tracks instead of <=91BPM.
  • Fixed a bug preventing a track to load from cache when it only had "Walking" intensity for its entire duration, or no obstacles at all.
  • Updated track cache format. This will invalidate previously cached tracks and force a new analysis of each song when played.
  • The font size for the "toggle favorite" and "play all" text elements is now bigger.
  • Fixed not being able to exit the "Credits" menu using the Esc key or Back button.
  • Added an "Audio" option to disable the main menu's music.
  • Disabled the F1 to F5 "debug" keys, as it was conflicting with some players' "Screenshots" key. You can enable them again by using the "-debug_function_keys" command line parameter.
  • Updated the FNA framework on Linux and OSX

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Key Features

  • Use your own music library: The gameplay of Melody's Escape is completely powered by your music of choice (MP3, OGG, WMA, FLAC, iTunes® (AAC) and more!*)
  • Works with all music genres and styles: Whether you're a big fan of EDM, K-Pop, alternative, acoustic sessions or classical music, the game will always adapt to the song's energy and rhythm to provide you with a dynamic experience, and will keep you engaged even when your music is calm.
  • Workshop support: Customize the appearance of the game to your liking with custom skins, dynamic hair-styles and color palettes!
  • Each action is synced to your music: Every required input is synchronized to your music, allowing you to completely immerse and focus on the experience!
  • Very accurate and fast music analysis: Melody's Escape features extremely accurate beat-matching algorithms and is optimized to analyse a song in its entirety within a few seconds.
  • Slide on vocals and long notes: There is a strong focus on long vocals and held notes in the game, giving you the opportunity to slide alongside them, intensifying the experience of the most powerful parts of your music.

    * iTunes® (AAC) support requires Windows 7 or above (or the manual installation of the "BASS_AAC" plugin), WMA is only available on Windows.
    * MP3 support on Linux requires the third-party "libmpg123(i386)" library.

About This Game

Run, jump and slide to the rhythm of your own music library!

In Melody's Escape, advanced audio detection algorithms transcribe the energy that you feel when listening to music into a synchronized gameplay experience, with a captivating and dynamic obstacle course. The game will adapt in real-time to the intensity of your music and change the movement mode accordingly, from walking during very calm parts up to all-out flying when your music explodes!

Your goal is the help Melody avoid obstacles and collect floating light orbs, all of which are synced to the beats of your music of choice thanks to very accurate beat detection. With the 4 available difficulty modes, you can choose whether to have a relaxing experience or a very intense one.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.8Ghz Intel® Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD3000. DirectX 9.0c compatible with shader Model 2.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    • Additional Notes: Supports XInput compatible controllers only
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 or 8 for iTunes® music support
    • Processor: 2.66Ghz Intel® Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800GTS or ATI® Radeon HD 4830 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    • Additional Notes: Supports XInput compatible controllers only
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mountain Lion 10.8.5
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz+ Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+ support
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: libmpg123 (i386) is required to play MP3s.
    Recommended:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz+ Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+ support
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
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Very Positive (2,457 reviews)
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NecroDamer
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
this is the best Music-Based Procedural Generation video game i have played it so far worth the money and on sale for 5 bucks is a steal (:
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Xzyren
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This was actually way better than I thought it was going to be. Been playing nothing but Overwatch recently, and I bought this.
I didn't doubt the game or anything, but I didn't think I'd play it for two hours straight and not even notice the time go by so quickly. I just got back on my computer after trying to go to sleep just to play the game again. So yeah, would reccomend, 8/10 Jackie Chan Stunt Master.
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thermite187
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game was cool for a few minutes. I like these types of games but it became repetitive and near impossible in normal mode. If you really want a challenging game this would be it. Unfortunately because of how repetitive it is I can't really recommend it. Plus I had to download a special DLL just to play the MP3 tracks.
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Kya
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I really love this game!

Its very addicting and fun to play! The beats are also very accurate. Its challenging as well, which is always a welcome trait to a game! I highly recommend this game for anyone who is a fan of rhythm games. Its definitely a worthwhile purchase. Plus the creator is very helpful should you have any problems with the game. They're quick to reply and eager to assist.

Definitely a great game. :)
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Dj Bloxman
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I like music. I enjoy playing instruments and tapping on desks to a beat pounding in my head. I like the few rhythm games I've played in the past, such as AudioSurf and its sequel.

If you like music in many ways, this is a pretty good game.

Also, the music bundled with it is pretty good.
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LongBoneGrunter
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Absolutely brilliant.

What can I say, this game caught my eye and I thought it was more of a gimick.

After figuring out where my I tunes library was located, this game has me hooked. Many hours will be lost listening to my favorite songs and playing this game. I hesitate to compare it to rockband, but yeah a little. However if you compare it to rockband, its rockband with YOUR music.

Easy to learn, hard to master, all in all my favorite game this summer sale!
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Hope
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Very relaxing game and a surpising good tempo beat sensing. This game also offers many diffrent ways to change the layout and how your character "melody" looks along with lots of other mods in the workshop. I would recommend this game to those who aren't hardcore OSU palyers unless you want relaxing gameplay. Great game 10/10 would buy again.
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masterdeasaster
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A game made for players, who enjoy music a lot!

The goal is basically, to hit the keys in the right time, while your character is running in a 2D-world. This is based on the rhythmn of the song you are playing.
When you fail to do so, you for example do not manage to jump onto something. But the good thing is, that you will just respawn, without the track being paused or something. So every time you play the same track, it will take the same time, regardless of your performance. This keeps the gameplay very fluid and even more fun.

AND the tracks are not established!
You can just play every song, you got on your pc!
The selected songs will then be analyzed and a level will be built out of the gathered data.

It actually surprised me, how good it worked.
When you hit the keys in the right time, you can really feel the rhythmn.

You also do not have to import all your songs into the game, but can just play them directly from your harddrive.

It's definitly worth checking out, when you like to listen to music whilst playing videogames.

Some good vocaloid songs I have tried:
>Tractrix
>Fake or Fate
>Unravel
>Last of Me
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Fading Rose
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
First thought: Hey, this game is pretty catchy!

2 hours later: Well, I'M really getting into it!

50 years later: I dedicate my life to this game.

10/10 would dedicate life again
(the controls are not explained and therefore bit difficult though...)
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The WrongName [LSD DAMAGED]
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
OMG. This Game is soooo AWESOME! You can play the music from the Game OR FROM YOUR COMPUTER! AND THE STEAM WORKSHOP IS SO PERFECT! THIS IS MY GAME <3
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Melody's Escape is a musically generated endless runner/platformer/rhythm game with a very simple setup and premise and features a sleek looking little visual package. Completing the package, you plug in your music and the game builds stages around each song's rhythm, and then you play a fairly simple game of DDR/Stepmania/name your music game to make Melody do all sorts of cool things in time with the music. Ideally...

This is sort of the deal breaker, and where the game may fall apart depending on your taste in music. The game's rhythm detection algorithm can really only detect very simple and pronounced 4/4 beats. Try throwing anything else at it, and you end up with a spastic spam of icons that are in no way in sync with the music or fun to play whatsoever. Even detecting 4/4 beats, the generation still seems to vary in how each individual "note" may be off-rhythm. For being the very core part of the game, this detection and level generation needed to be tighter.

It's a game that can wow you with some fun visuals when everything comes together and matches up to a song, but again, unless you're a fan of very specific types of music, it's probably best to pass this up.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Started out with Gorillaz, Hypocrisy, and Imagine Dragons.
Got overly confident.
Put on Headhunterz...
Realized I made a terrible mistake...
10/10 would have soul crushed again.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Ever feel like you just want to run away from it all, just put on your headphones and escape? This is the purpose of this elegant game. Melody's Escape provides a visual, fluent and oddly calming platform on which one can further "feel" the music one listens too. Melody's Escape is that escape.

+Pros+

+ The colours are beautiful, the colour scheme works perfectly in complementing the style of the game.
+ Song analysis is pretty well developed, it works nicely. Guitar rifts, drums and long vocal note are represented perfectly. However, certain sections could be improve, but its very minor.
+ Works with all types of music, from EDM to Death Metal. This leads to an infinite number of levels.
+ Easy character customization (I made Miku in like 3 seconds :3 )
+ A nice challenge curve. Start with relaxing, on a smooth song.
+ Cheap as!
+ You'll have moments when the level perfectly matchs the song...

It's amazing.

-Cons-
- Menu screens can be a bit plain, but this could change as the game develops.
- The change between the city backdrop to a grass/organic world? Kinda throws the theme a bit.
- Mod maker not that simple
- Motion sickness after a while, just look somewhere else after a bit.


Melody's Escape is an amazing game and is definitely worth your time if you love your music.

9/10

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
472.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I've been with ME since it came into early access around two years ago. There's been ups and theres been downs and this game has changed a lot during this time. But there is one thing that hasn't. This has been one of my favorite games to relax into since it first appeared.

To be honest I didn't think I was going to fall for melody's escape half as hard as I did. I saw it on steam and thought it would be worth a few hours of fun. As you can see by my hours a few turned into a lot.

ME has basic minimalistic visuals meant to stimulate you with popping colors and shifting moods with the music, don't be fooled though in the background it visualizes your music in the sky as an aurora and that can take quite a bit out of the average potato computer. Due to the fast movements and vibrant colors its also prone to screen tearing if your moniter is more than three years old, it refreshes too fast. It may look simple to run but be sure you really are up to specs to play it or you'll kend up with a giant headache!

ME's beat system is one of the best. Almost as good as audiosurf, but in a different genre. It was primarily made for 4/4 beats since thats what the average joe would normally try to play music wise. If you try to confuse it you will just like you can confuse audiosurfs beat detection. For the most part any song that has a strong beat and steady tempo works great, its amazing fun to jump and punch and kick your way through on the beat.

The difficulty is below that of audiosurfs for the most part. This is a game made to relax and enjoy your songs to, not make you rage and scream. The game is fun but most of it is just visualizing your music to pull you into your songs deeper. It's good for a chill out day or just trying to unwind after a hard day, but if you're a hardcore OSU player of audiosurf top ranker you may find this game lacking after a few hours play for challenges. If you go into this game trying to pump yourself up and tensing all your muscles for a keyboard smash fest you will be dissapointed, because thats not what ME is about, and it never was.

I love using this game to listen to new music, it really lets me focus in on things I may never have noticed in the songs before, and it really helps me get into a good mood for whatever I need to do next. Definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys the little moments to just take a breather.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Has always thought AudioSurf will be his first.

Loses virginity with Melody instead.

Still no complains.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
No game has ever made me click "Add to Cart" faster than Melody's Escape. I really did like this game and it has potential, but I can only enjoy it in short spurts. I wish I had spent $5 rather than $10.

Pros for Melody's Escape:
+ Play to your own music
+ While it's not perfect, rhythms are accurately synced to music. I was surprised!
+ Fast loading time
+ Not glitchy
+ Higher difficulties make it harder to get perfect combos (Good challenge)
+ Some customizations for character and environment

Cons
+ Gameplay seems repetitive regardless of what music you choose. (Therefore, quickly becomes boring)
+ Rhythms switch between drums, vocals, and instruments randomly which can throw me off
+ Very few visuals and customizations
+ No risk of actually losing the game (Biggest threat is breaking your combo which doesn't do much to your rank anyway)
+ Quite a small game. Made me think "Phone app" rather than $10 game on Steam.

No hate. Just dissapoint.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This game is amazing, the idea of it is pure genius, not only will you never get bored of playing it but it never ends, literally every new song that comes your way makes a new sequence in the game, the more complex the the song the more challenging the game. it is my dream game combining two things i love, games and music. listening to a song just got a whole more interseting.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
My neighbors loved the music they started throwing rocks at my window to hear better and they called some officers to share music with ^^
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I played Linkin Park - In The End with a Dat Boi skin from the workshop.

10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This game is amazingly addictive. The tempo and synch for every song goes well with the beat and the transitions are smooth.

Melody's Escape truly defines what it feels like to listen to your favorite song. A landscape full of sound and colors that change dynamically as the music gets intense or slow. A trip that seems endless, yet you want it to stay that way. In its pure glory, it really is a escape from reality and an immersive experience into the world of music. A place to free your mind and let the music take you away.

If you've played color matching games in the past, you can't miss out on this one.
I recommend a controller for the full experience.
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