Melody's Escape best represents rhythm synthesizer that generates various movement keys depending on the theme and digital nature of your favorite songs. The environment is always altered between each song you choose so everything is fairly different and randomized. As such since this is a rhythm game, a lot of the gameplay is created based on the music's movement. Some parts of a song can jump from being very fast paced to having a sudden drop in movement.Gameplay
All of this is represented in the terrain and pace of the gameplay as it plays out by having our main character Melody doing forms of sprinting, sliding, jumping, gliding and diving whenever you properly tap or hold down the appropriate movement keys (WASD or arrow keys). This fills your star count and begins accumulating points or none at all for yourself depending if you hit directly on a beat at the right time, barely, in-between or miss. The longer you can go without missing a beat, the higher score you'll earn yourself once the song finishes whereas missing will simply reset your beat count back to zero.
The mechanics are very simple to understand and may seem rather effortless at first but eventually once you get a hold of the controls you'll eventually adapt and realize that aside from arrow movement keys, there's also cones pointing in certain directions as well. They're are dependent on whether you can press either WASD keys at the right times similar to the arrow keys. So, you're controlling not only one set of controls but a pair now.
Lower difficulties (relaxing and medium) require the use of up to four keys from one set of controls which allow for a more casual and relaxing experience whereas higher difficulties rotate between both sets of controls, using cones (WASD) and pointers (arrow keys) which can really set the difficulty to another level as it'll challenge your ability to multitask by focusing not only on the rapidly, rotating cones and pointers but being engrossed in the music itself (the keys for cones and pointers are customizable).
Speed also plays an important factor as you can miss a tap or two simply because the screen can sometimes just dive headfirst into a sudden burst of movement when you're attempting to focus on the next set of keys. There's a custom mode where you can decide on what keys and what type of movement you want in a song which allows for everyone's different play styles and more freedom to listening and playing alongside your favorite songs.Visuals/Steam Workshop
The game has a very basic color palette whenever Melody travels through generated levels consisting of cliffs, plains and hills. The shapes and geometry is highlighted in the background as black but the colors themselves (green, pink, blue and yellow) are seen in the movement keys. Whenever you tap a key at the appropriate time, Melody will do a specific feat based on where she's headed and the color represented will radiate alongside her flowing hair.
There are alternate hairstyles and outfits for Melody from her default but since modding is supported here, you can also choose to customize various outfits for her, different color themes for the environment and interface as well as unique skins which can entirely transform Melody into a different character you want to play as. This allows you to customize what you want and it's a welcoming sight for more personal freedom. Currently, this is the far extent of using mods in Melody's Escape.Tempo and Impairment
However, sometimes when you attempt to sync with some songs, you may notice that there's a certain tempo diagnosis before you start a song. These range from having no tempo at all, poor, good or excellent. This detects and tells you whether or not the music file you've chosen won't flow as well or have synced movement which can break some immersion in certain parts of the song.
Another thing to note is rather important and may have an effect on some people as the game can go absurdly fast at times. Certain songs, specifically the upbeat ones can lead to dizziness or eye strain due to focusing on keys that fly by and a constantly evolving screen. Those are the two major factors that have occurred in my experience so far and this is a simple warning to those who can't handle that.Final Thoughts
Melody's Escape is very enjoyable for an early access and proves to be a simple, yet colorful, unique experience that can certainly enhance your favorite songs for you to be immersed in and playing alongside every beat. Aside from possible simulation stress that can occur, the game is flawless and is simply something you would enjoy in a rhythm game based on your musical preferences.