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 (2,485 reviews)
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"iNViNCiblezX
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
THIS game is really cool music game.Make listening to music way more interesting.
Need some extra stuff like objective and maybe some story though.amazing game anyway.
I recommend buy it on sale.
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laviathan
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great game.
Only thing thats needed is it to be linked to soundcloud, like in audiosurf.
It would then be 10/10
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Ashlaid
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
So this game is really awesome. I love that it uses the music you have on your computer so you can have a very diverse music selection. I also love the colors, it's a very visually pleasing game.
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SilentDistractions
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is really fun! I got it to relax to...something to do while enjoying music or just to zone out for a bit. And it got better after I realized I could change the colors via the workshop (there is an executable that makes this super easy) since as a colorblind person, I can't distinguish the default colors easily, making it much harder to react.
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UMISD
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The game was fun at first but after 30 seconds i already had a headache, this was due to this sort of blur that makes me see 3 of everything. Because of that the game is unplayable for me.
I've read that this has to do with my monitor but others have said that they have the same problem with a 144hertz monitor.

Until the developer fixes this (which he said he would on februari of 2014) im not playing again.
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Amagasaki
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I was kinda worried how it will work with my fav music... but well i would get dry eyes running on 10 minutes metal song again
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Blue Lion
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Hey thats pretty good
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Syntax Error
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Melody's Escape is another entry into the "Play Your Music" genre, this time as a visually attractive side-scrolling runner where both the track and obstacles are planned based on your song's tempo, rhythm and notes. Melody walks, jogs, runs or flies depending on the relative tempo of the music and you'll tap buttons to the music in order to control her jumps and slides as she collects colored orbs.

The music analyzer and track generator are pretty sharp and Melody will make soaring leaps on upward notes, slide down hills to downward beats and make dramatic slow-motion flips during pauses. As it builds the track, it tells you what it detected musically ranging from a steady 4/4 beat to "Energy Peaks" when it has trouble detecting the song structure (still fun if not as spot-on). Even on "Relaxing" mode, the game keeps you busy with constant movement -- made easier by only needing a single color per movement speed. On higher levels, you'll be expected to work all four colors on your controller constantly and then mix your direction pad into it.

Melody's Escape is a fun way to spend some time, made better by the surprisingly accurate music analyzer. Since you're likely playing songs of ~3-5min length, it's an entertaining way to spend some time without getting too involved. A few minor criticisms may be that it lacks any sort of leaderboard and some people may have musical tastes incompatible with the analyzer depending on how non-traditional your music structure is, leading to less impressive tracks. Still, this has been the best game for "playing my music" I've encountered yet.
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[GOTR] Gargletea体験版
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Melody's Escape is a good game.

It is a different game from Beat Hazard or Audiosurf.

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Millions of mods.

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Small gripes with the menu/file explorer side of things for sorting through all of your own music, but you don't spend very much time in menus anyway so its not a deal breaker.
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Silvia Nightwalker
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I love everything about this game its the most frustrating fun I've ever had. I would rate it 10/10 ^.^
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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15 of 15 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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Melody's Escape is another entry into the "Play Your Music" genre, this time as a visually attractive side-scrolling runner where both the track and obstacles are planned based on your song's tempo, rhythm and notes. Melody walks, jogs, runs or flies depending on the relative tempo of the music and you'll tap buttons to the music in order to control her jumps and slides as she collects colored orbs.

The music analyzer and track generator are pretty sharp and Melody will make soaring leaps on upward notes, slide down hills to downward beats and make dramatic slow-motion flips during pauses. As it builds the track, it tells you what it detected musically ranging from a steady 4/4 beat to "Energy Peaks" when it has trouble detecting the song structure (still fun if not as spot-on). Even on "Relaxing" mode, the game keeps you busy with constant movement -- made easier by only needing a single color per movement speed. On higher levels, you'll be expected to work all four colors on your controller constantly and then mix your direction pad into it.

Melody's Escape is a fun way to spend some time, made better by the surprisingly accurate music analyzer. Since you're likely playing songs of ~3-5min length, it's an entertaining way to spend some time without getting too involved. A few minor criticisms may be that it lacks any sort of leaderboard and some people may have musical tastes incompatible with the analyzer depending on how non-traditional your music structure is, leading to less impressive tracks. Still, this has been the best game for "playing my music" I've encountered yet.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
14 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
15 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 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 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Hey, this is a sweet little game. If you like music and if you like reaction-time based games, this is something for you.
Also the main theme "Regaining control" is a chill song I put on my mobile-phone now.

It´s just awesome you can create levels based on your own songs you import into the game.

♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Melody helped me escape Big Tony's basement.
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