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.
User reviews: Very Positive (824 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 26, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

“Melody's Escape is almost feature-complete and is in a very stable state.
During this Early Access period I will focus on polishing the gameplay and aesthetics, and with the help of the community's feedback I will add more features to the game.
The game will also be ported to Mac and Linux, and will get more skins, hair styles and color palettes, as well as a Workshop integration to share your own custom content with the world!

Please note that there is no bundled music yet, so you will need digital music files on your disk to play the game.

Your feedback is very important and welcomed! :) - Loïc
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"I personally feel this is perhaps one of the best rhythm based games I have ever played, and I don’t say that lightly."
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November 20

Update v0.7.4: New skin & haircuts + a mod editor

Patch update v0.7.4.0: New skin & haircuts + mod editor



Major Changes
  • Added a mod editor/studio. You can now very easilly create your own skins, hairstyles and color themes and edit them all in real-time (Windows only).
  • Added "slow-mo" jumps in running sections, for very specific occurences where the music's energy drastically drops during a few seconds. Those jumps can be identified on the song preview graph by a blue vertical dashed line (note that they are quite rare and mostly found in electro music)
  • Added new hairstyles: "Long Twin Tails", "Short" and "Braided Ponytail"
  • Added new skin: "White Dress"
  • Added new color scheme: "Dark"

Modding Changes
  • You can access the new Mod Editor in the game's installation folder, under the name "ModStudio.exe". I will soon write a tutorial on how to use this tool, but it should be quite simple to grasp the basics if you're already familiar with Melody's Escape custom content creation. The main advantages are real time color editing and texture reloading.
  • Added a "belt" skin element for the character skin (empty on the default skin). This element is drawn above the legs and is tied to the position of the "pelvis" element. You can use it for instance to draw a skirt above the legs
  • Hairlocks are now drawn above the static sprite of a haircut.

Minor Changes
  • Added some noise/dithering to the sky's background gradient, so that the gradient horizontal lines are less noticeable and to get a slightly more gritty visual result.
  • Removed the background gradient in menus screen as it resulted in visible horizontal lines with some color schemes.
  • The flying mode's backgrounds were slightly offset so that they don't intersect visually with the orbs anymore, for better visibility.
  • Hair movement now flow more naturally for all animations where Melody rolls (especially with very long hairstyles where it was too stiff before)
  • Flying mode is now slightly faster and running mode is now slightly slower
  • Multiple changes to the default color palette
  • Fixed folders with a dot "." character in their name being shown as playlists in the music selection menu
  • Fixed scrolling the music list with LB/RB shoulder button (or PgUp/PgDown keys) being able to overflow if the list was small.
  • Removed the "disable dynamic hair simulation" performance option as its cost was quite minimal compared to its high visual quality impact.
  • Fixed fullscreen mode issues when restarting the game on Linux
  • The Mac port is now using universal binaries, which should fix Workshop Skin loading issue that prevented some players from running the game after subscribing to a skin.

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September 2

Now available on Linux and Mac!

Melody's Escape is now available on Linux and Mac, as a native port using FNA/Mono.

Everything should be functional, except for a few issues with fullscreen mode that will be fixed in the next patch, and "drag'n'drop" which isn't working yet.

If you encounter any issues on those platforms, please don't hesitate to post them in the Linux and Mac support thread.
If the mouse isn't responding correctly after switching to fullscreen, you can use the keyboard to navigate the menus.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Workshop support: Customize the appearance of the game to your liking with custom skins, dynamic hair-styles and color palettes!

    * iTunes® (AAC) support requires Windows 7 or above, WMA is only available on Windows.
    * MP3 support on Linux requires the third-party "libmpg123" 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 3 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
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    • Additional Notes: No bundled music, you need digital music files on your disk to play
    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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound cards
    • Additional Notes: Supports XInput compatible controllers
    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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: No bundled music, you need digital music files on your disk to play
    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: libmpg123 is required to play MP3s. No bundled music, you need digital music files on your disk to play
    Recommended:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+
    • Processor: 2.8Ghz+ Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+ support
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
This is the second greatest female character running from left-to-right dodging obstacles in time with my music game I have ever played. The only thing stopping it from taking first place is its complete lack of wireframe bunny rabbit protagonists. I give this game 10 vibs out of 10 ribbons overall.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is a rhythm game where you play as a female protagonist and go on a journey based on the kind of song you are playing.

PROS
- In sync with the music very well
- Background is very colorful
- If you miss an obstacle it won't hinder the song
- You can customize your character
- 2 types of difficulty which are song difficulty and game difficulty
- Controls are almost solid (get a breif animation delay every now and then)
- Great rhythem game since Audiosurf

CONS
- Doesn't sync with spotify (only works with songs on your computer)
- Playing for a long peroid of time can hurt your eyes (due to colors and color changing)
- Sometimes the buttons don't register when you hit them on time (By sometimes I mean only 2-3% of the time this happens)

Overall
The game is great considering the price, it's also a new way to enjoy your music you almost feel as if your in that world working your way through the tune of the song. With steam workshop avaiable for this game as well i'm expecting there will be tons of new customizations for the character and possibly more backgrounds which will make the game even more awesome to play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
This game kicks serious ♥♥♥. I wasn't sure at first, but once I got to playing it, I noticed how relaxing it is to punch buttons and keep the beat with some of my favorite songs. Very simple, and I've noticed myself getting steadily better, especially since there's no consequence to missing a beat. Most casual game I've ever played. Only thing I'd change is the movement of beats and obstacles, they're a little stuttery and tend to make my eyes hurt. On the plus side, I play it every night because it makes my eyes really tired, and it helps me sleep. 4.5 out of 5
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
Absolutely flawless. Honestly. Very enjoyable gameplay that surprisingly does not get old or tiresome. The character animations are perfect, the appearence is very attractive, and the controls are quite good. Any kind of music works and it uses the music you have on your computer. It's amazing. Well worth the cost. Honestly, I don't see why it is still in early access. The game is perfect as is.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
Great game but let me say one thing "My eyes!!!!! >.<"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
Makes all of my songs fun and I love it.... But I sure do feel a little dizzy after all the movement...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is worth buying if you are looking for a simple rhythm game that uses your music. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot of gameplay within. No progression, nothing to unlock, no leaderboards of any kind, just picking a song you have and playing the level created from it. You should only get if you don't mind the simplicity.

Video showing all the gameplay elements:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t321inEutFo

Follow my curator list for future early access game recommendations:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6856568-Should-You-Play-This-Game/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
Really a good game,Well designed and the syncronisation with the songs is perfect.
Worth the price
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Early Access Review
This game is the best "use your own music" rhythm game since Audiosurf.
The gameplay is very in-sync with the music and a lot of songs can be pretty challenging.
If you have a big music library then you will be busy for many hours.

9/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
Early Access Review
Very fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Early Access Review
I've tried other music games, but this one is my favourite. It's pretty, challenging (thanks to different difficulty levels), and since you choose the songs, you can play whatever your mood is!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Possibly one of the greatest games i've ever played!

It creates the levels brilliantly, compared to other music importy thingy games, and... It's just amazing!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
Some games try implementing motion blur. Some games have it naturally.

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Early Access Review
I saw this game before it was introduced to Steam during random trips around the internet. At first I thought it was going to be like most all other rythem games with the same repettitive motions. But when actual gameplay was released I freaked out. It combined the childhood thing a lot of us did in the car when we imagined the person or animal running outside the window; jumping, sliding, grinding, and preforming ninja moves over anything in our way. Melody's Escape combined the mental simulation of your faveorite music with minimal, yet beautiful detail and eye catching movement. With the added bonus of the Steam Workshop this game can take on any form that your imagination can think of.

9/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
I regret hesitating to buy this game for this long. It's totally worth its price. Beat detection is pretty good, especially with songs that has a "running" feeling in it. I've played Audiosurf (for a long time enough to unlock all achievements), Audiosurf 2, Beat Hazard, Rhythm Zone and Polynomial (which is a something I regret a lot); and so far I can safely say Melody's Escape is on par with Audiosurf's song-analysis, if not better.

A "must-play" for all players who enjoy rhythm games, and something I'd mention to all my friends.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is a nice rythm game. I like it a lot because it's customizable (e. g. Skin of Melody, background) and the gameplay is amazing. You might think: "This is a rythm game. It's gotta be both boring and hard at the same time. There's no way I could do that." I'm telling you, that's completely wrong.

While you're playing the track, you can listen to your most favorite songs. But don't let that song overwhelm you, you still have to control Melody.

Even though some tracks might be hard even on the "Relaxed" difficulty - you can't lose. There's not even a scoreboard allowing you to compare you with your friends or other people playing this game.

So yeah. These are my reasons for recommending this game. You definitely have to try it out.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
This game hurts my eyes so bad but it's feels so good and awesome playing your music as you run free of everything I just don't care if I go blind *_*
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Early Access Review
This game takes some getting used to compared to Audiosurf. Your button presses have to be spot on in order to play effectively. Of course, if you don't feel like button tapping, there's a visualizer so you can at least watch your music being played. But just like Audiosurf, being able to play with your music adds virtually infinite replayability. Not to mention the art style is nice, and your character is actually kinda cute (reminds me of a Vocaloid girl, in fact). Still a good buy for $10, but if you're weighing between this and Audiosurf, I'm going to say right now: You're probably better off with Audiosurf. Much more accessible and newbie-friendly, and it's the same price.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
I saw a trailer for this game a while back and I hadn't really thought to act upon it until just yesterday, and I can say for certain that this beats any other rhythm or music game I've played. The controls are very much so Guitar Hero-esque, but each one does different things when prompted, so you might duck under a floating platform, hop over a bump, and so on with rather visually pleasing aesthetics.

What really grabbed me, however, was the gameplay that is custom-tailored to the music you set the game to. All you have to do is drag and drop your music file onto the game window and off it goes, analyzing the music file and creating a series of obstacles for you to overcome as you run through alongisde the song. No other rhythm or music game I've ever played has had this kind of system where it makes the level for you just by analizing the song. Others I've tried were Frets on Fire, Stepmania, and the like and all of those required you to place the notes/beats/moves yourself if you wanted to play a game with your own song, which, if you enjoy doing that, then keep playing those ones. In the meanwhile, I'll be playing all the songs I want, as soon as the urge strike me in levels that are customized and built right at the very get-go.

And as far as the visual graphics go, the captivation and beauty of such simple design elements are quite stunning, and are such a specific kind of beautiful that it doesn't distract you from the gameplay, yet you can admire it in its entirety while you're playing the song through.

All in all, 9/10. Positively addictive and truly a beautiful-looking game. The musical analytical system is so brilliant, I could see other developers trying to emulate this sort of system for themselves. Bravo, game devs. Bravo.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Early Access Review
The beat detection and level construction is great. I haven't played a bad sync yet (I've played for a couple hours). It's fun, the graphics are nice, and it works with all of my music, which is great. If you like Audiosurf or other music games, you'll probably want to check this out. I was a bit nervous paying $10 for it, but I'm glad I did. If you're worried about it playing well with your songs, you can probably stop worrying about that. Fun game, and hopefully it'll get even better with future updates. The only negative I can think of is that the graphics have a tendency to blur pretty badly. This might depend on what type of monitor (refresh rate, size, panel type, etc.) that you are using though.

Edit: I am happy to report that an update and an option to remove anti-aliasing has tremendously helped this game on systems with integrated graphics. It is now perfectly smooth and a joy to play on my Surface Pro. 60 fps all the time. You shouldn't have any trouble with your laptop or pc with integrated graphics assuming the rest of it is pretty decent. ;)
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