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: 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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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 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: No bundled music, you need digital music files on your disk to play. 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
    • 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
    • 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 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
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Badgerborn
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 3
In way this goes above replay value, considering you can play almost any piece of audio this is more like the game that never ends!
8,5/10
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PriSM
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24
Workshop is filled with teenage weeaboo girls. Other than that it's good.
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zeroroute
( 38.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 24
I have no clue as to why this is stil labelled as an Early Access title.

If you've played Audiosurf you may already be intestered in this based on the videos and screenshots. This is a similar title except it uses the gameplay style of the also highly addictive Bit Trip Runner. The presentation is pretty sleek and simplistic but it doesn't matter much as you'll be focusing on "notes" most of the time. You can also replace the titular character with some nice Steamworks creations (shoutouts to whoever added Neku from TWEWY, that was a clever idea).

As you can see by the time I've logged into this it's definitely worth a buy.
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Mèo ❤ | Goyanggi
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 23
For those who love music this game is for you, a sort of "Guitar Heroes" but more in the style of a course with your own music to play casual or if you like the increased difficulty or challenge the best let the bot play for you and enjoy your music with great animation.
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Dr. Shotgun Surgeon
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 22
the game syncs up very fast and well to all of my music!
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/)BN(\Coloratura
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 21
Melody's Escape is a rhythm style runner game ... I really do enjoy this type of game and there is not a whole lot of rhythm games on steam. so I decided to buy this game a while back and I had loads of fun with it this game really surprised me for just a random purchase out of the blue. There is a few problems that I do have with the game though... well 2 problems really it has no library of its own songs, I think this game would do great if it had some of its own songs in the game so you don’t have to go off finding music in files and such it gets kind of annoying though if Your desktop isn't messy like mine is and u can actually find stuff, it’s as simple as dragging the mp3 file into the game. Another little problem I have with the game is that if you play it for long periods of time it can tend to be a bit stressful on the eyes, sometimes I feel like when you hit a button to a corresponding beat the shine you get from hitting it is a bit too bright and I haven’t really found a way to change that. Other than that the game is great and if u have a few bucks to spend and some songs on your computer this would be a great pickup. The game also has workshop support so if you don’t like the runner character you can change it to whatever you want. This game is great for those people who want a good rhythm game on steam and I would highly recommend it.
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PlastiCat
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 19
A very simple rythm game that lets you play your music. The only problem Ive had with it so far is the motion blur but you get used to it. Even though its early access it feels like a completed game. Well worth it!
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jjl2357
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 17
Pros:
- Can play with own music library. No, seriously, this is the best part, it cannot be overstated how epic it is to have Melody don rocket boots and literally fly to the rhythm of your favorite music. This is the only rhythm game I've found that can take most of my music and generate a good quality level.
- Intuitive controls.
- Wide range of difficulties. (Yes, relaxing mode is terrible and I pretend it doesn't exist.)
- Moddable. (In my eyes this mostly makes up for any flaws in the automatic level generation system.)

Cons:
- Music with unusual rhythms do not generate well.
- Level generator strangely creates more difficult levels for slow piano/guitar songs than for fast-paced e.g. rock.
- Long, soaring orchestral notes tend not to get mapped to slides, unlike long vocals.
- Screen can get a bit blurry during flying sections.
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Puddin
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
waifu runner 2015

8.54/10
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Raze
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
Its like Audiosurf and BIT.TRIP runner had a daughter.
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Tetolyz
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 3
Great Game,

Worked with all my songs, and really fun to unwind it.

10/10 :D <3
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GravitiBoy
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 28
Melody's escape is a very fun, and beautiful game.As it is still early acces, it's surprisingly great.

The game itself is simple: You have to press buttons to the rythm of your music. Yes, it realy is that simple.

The best thing about this game is, that you can choose any music you want, the game will "Build a Map" after the songs rythm.It's unbelieveable that it even works that well.

Do i recommend this game? Yes, hell yes. But i would wait a little until maybe a sale comes up (as i did) but it's worth every penny!
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[Oheyy] Soul
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 25
This Game Really Sucked For 2 Reasons
- The Game Can Make You Have Issues With You're Eyes
- (Opinion) For Some Of The Songs I Used The Game It Self Couldn't Use The Correct Pace Of The Song, Whereas Games Like Audiosurf Use The Pace Of The Song To Its Maximum.


Yes I Know This Game Is In Early Access But There Are MANY Improvments That Should Be Made To This Game.

Good Day.
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Flash Fiction
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 24
Where do I even begin, this is such a fun game! There's a bit of a lerning curve where you're developing your reflexes, which took me maybe 8 or so hours for me.

But it's a great experience that's a perfect mix of mindless and challenging.

If I could ask for one thing, it'd be for some form of lore or story. it doesn't have to affect gameplay, just a small section in the menu that's like "The story" and it's a couple paragraphs talking about the world and the character.
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Pretend
( 36.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
Wow.. This game is amazing, now if you like rhythm games this game is for you, but Melodys Escape is different because of just the bascis and how it works. Instead of just orbs that you press at the right time, there is a full obstacle course that you have to maneuver through it. There are also different moves you can do to get through the song. You can walk which is self explanatory, run which is a faster pace, sliding which allows you to slide to long notes of a song, and flying i would say, flying has a fast tempo and you can fly through the obstacles too. When you play this game play your music in the menu first, listen to it, then play the song through the game. You can feel a difference with the amount of energy between the too. All of the orbs are linked to the song and will not be off tempo, it may not get the exact note but it is still not off tempo, Do i recommend this game HECK YEAH!
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Willy The Fearful Pancake
( 47.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
Awesome game, whatever algorithm it uses works amazingly well. 10/10
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The Det
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 19
EDIT: I thought the developer left the game. He/She informed me in the comments.

Melody's Escape is a great rhythm game and much harder that other games like AudioSurf. While you can change the difficulty, easy feels, kind of too easy and medium is a huge leap from easy.

If you love rhythm games and want to be challanged, this one is for you.
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D YellowMadness
( 148.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 19
The only major flaw for me with this game WAS that the color pallet was confusing because I have trouble distinguishing certain colors but I downloaded a mod for that from the workshop so now I can't think of any major flaws.
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Tree Baron
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 17
Is good.
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Stary
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 12
You press buttons and music plays.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 21
Melody's Escape is a rhythm style runner game ... I really do enjoy this type of game and there is not a whole lot of rhythm games on steam. so I decided to buy this game a while back and I had loads of fun with it this game really surprised me for just a random purchase out of the blue. There is a few problems that I do have with the game though... well 2 problems really it has no library of its own songs, I think this game would do great if it had some of its own songs in the game so you don’t have to go off finding music in files and such it gets kind of annoying though if Your desktop isn't messy like mine is and u can actually find stuff, it’s as simple as dragging the mp3 file into the game. Another little problem I have with the game is that if you play it for long periods of time it can tend to be a bit stressful on the eyes, sometimes I feel like when you hit a button to a corresponding beat the shine you get from hitting it is a bit too bright and I haven’t really found a way to change that. Other than that the game is great and if u have a few bucks to spend and some songs on your computer this would be a great pickup. The game also has workshop support so if you don’t like the runner character you can change it to whatever you want. This game is great for those people who want a good rhythm game on steam and I would highly recommend it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
Pretty interesting game. Prollythe best rhythm game I've played so far. Game is stunning. You can use your own favourite songs in the game. This game could mess with your eyes since pretty much everything is moving,but I'd definitely recommend this game!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 6
Yo, so you remember Audiosurf? Beat Hazard? Course you do. In this game instead of being some fancy space ship you're this chick Melody who digs the tunes y'know... Anyway you pick a song from your lousy playlist (cuz we all know everyone's taste in music is awful), and the game generates a random track for Melody to run through (while you're controlling her of course)... I dig it, Always liked Audiosurf/Beat Hazard or any other game in which I pick a song and get to have something happen based on the song while I listen to it.


Uh... What else is there to say... OH YEAH.. DON'T FREAKING PLAY DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS, YOU WILL CRY!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 10
The best part of this game is being able to replay it as many times as you want, because for every song there is a different level.

Good songs to use:

Never gonna give you up, by Rick Astley.

Thats about it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 5
Probably the best rhythm game I've played so far. Melody's Escape takes such an innovative approach to rhythm game genre. It combines music, speed, action, characterization, and beauty into one. Join Melody, a character customizable to your taste through either basic customization or workshop mods, as she ventures through the rhythmic paths your music creates. Melody's Escape will enrinch your experience of enjoying your very own choice of music. The fact that the game depends on your music library means it can provide limitless variety of gameplay. Some people have pointed out that the game causes eye strain and the music synchronization can sometimes be a bit off. However, there now exists an option in the game that gets rid of the aspect that causes the eye strain, and the music synchronization in my opinion has now become very stable to the point where it works almost perfectly for most of the music choices. Not to mention that the developer has been adding a variety of options that enables us to really customize the gameplay experience to our preference. Therefore, I can say that the game is as good as complete at this point without many cons and the Early Access tag shouldn't bother anyone at all.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 26
I love games where you can play using your own music.
This game is extremely can be relaxing or very challenging, depending on what you want. Plus, the workshops items are fantastic.
I'd have to give it a 10/10 for how beautifully it is made, and 10/10 for my music choices~ :3
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 28
Melody's escape is a very fun, and beautiful game.As it is still early acces, it's surprisingly great.

The game itself is simple: You have to press buttons to the rythm of your music. Yes, it realy is that simple.

The best thing about this game is, that you can choose any music you want, the game will "Build a Map" after the songs rythm.It's unbelieveable that it even works that well.

Do i recommend this game? Yes, hell yes. But i would wait a little until maybe a sale comes up (as i did) but it's worth every penny!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 23
Me and a friend of mine were talking about a game like this and how its a shame something like it didnt exsist... about a week later I found this, and it does what it sets out to do. Making beat maps for any song on your computer. If I had to say anything bad about it, it would be that sometimes the fps goes down the drain, but that could just be a "me" problem, and the controls do take a bit of time to really get used to
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
240.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 10
Melody's Escape was quite the surprise to me.

I'd like to say that I like rhythm games. I find them very entertaining and relaxing yet at the same time challenging. This is something that is hard to achieve.

That being said Melody's Escape is what you would expect out of a rhythm game; nice visuals, game play based on the music, and lots of hand - to - eye coordination struggles. However once I bought this game and started playing it, I found it very hard to stop playing it. What draws me to Mel's Escape is that the game is done in such a way that it's challenging, yet at the same time very enjoyable. The game doesn't penalize you for failing, records your progress and encourages you to keep trying better every time.

Anyways the concept of the game is very simple. You control theactions of the heroine, Melody, as she embarks on an adventure through the music. You know it's like an escape from reality, much like how most music enthusist do when they put on those headphones. Anyways Melody's pace is based on how energetic the music is, the slowest being a leisurely stroll through the city and the fastest is flying through the air like a super heroine. It is up to you to keep up with the beat.

Although this is not the first time I have played a rhythm game which scans your music library and makes gameplay tracks out of them, Melody's Escape is certainly unique. This game is all about you and the music. Also this game seems catered to a more casual demographic despite having four difficulty settings. Finally the game is very customizeable in the visual aspect and even comes with a modding tool in the steamapps>common> Melody's Escape folder. You can make your own skins, and has workshop compatibility.

A couple of downsides I have found is that Melody's Escape struggles with music with variable tempos. Those often end up feeling underwhelming no matter what difficulty setting you have the game at. Another thing is this game lacks any sample tracks, so if you want to play this game you will need a couple of mp3, mp4, m4a or w/e files to get a good experience out of it. Finally since this game is a fast paced side scrolling runner, your eyes may fatigue after a while of playing this game. You can do a number of things to reduce this however so it is nothing major, that is unless you're sensitive to motion sickness.

Anyways I give this game 8 epic head dives out of 10.
Feedback: This game needs to hit full release soon and could use some sample tracks and perhaps the option to craft custom stages. However as it is Melody's Escape is very playable, has a great amount of replayability and overall it is a pretty solid game. This is definately a must have for the rhythm game enthusists and people who appreciate music. Trust me you will have a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
As a singer/guitarist, I give this game a firm 11.5/10 for making me hate every song I've ever loved and/or performed.


Note:
If your keyboard/controller is the slightest bit sticky on the keys/buttons..

..you'll know about it.
And you will suffer the consequences.



Seriously though, this game is great, I really do recommend it to anyone.
I don't normally go anywhere near this type of game, but this has gotta be one hell of an exception!
I even got a badge for the damn game, I just love it so much! XD
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 10
This Game Is Simply One Of The Best Timing/Rhythm Games I Have Ever Played... Seamlessly Loads Your Music And Makes A Playable Level Out Of It Is Awesome And Yes I Know There A Quite A Few Games That Do This Now. But It’s The Perfect Type Of Game For People Who Like 2D Side Scrolling Rhythm Games :3


Pros:
-Works Well
-Fun and Relaxing
-Loads Fast
-Relaxing Art Style
-Uses Your Own Music

Cons:
-You Can't Access The Menu To Customise Your Character Unless You Have Internet Connection Otherwise It Will Load Forever And Need A Restart


9/10 ~Always Room For Improvement ;)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 9
Great rhythm game. Run, jump and parkour on your favourite music tracks.

What I like
- Colorful
- Nice graphical effects
- Character customisation with Steam Workshop support
- Supports 4K and is well optimised
- Multiple algorithms to build tracks, Tempo and Energy Peaks. Tempo usually works best.
- Works well with pretty much any song (be careful with Metal though)

What I don't like
- Fast speeds cause eye fatigue (max settings)
- Audio and visuals are out of sync sometimes
- No global scoreboards (nitpick)
- Feels a little girly (nitpick)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 8
This game is stunning. I love how you can use your own Music in the game. But this game IS pretty hard, especially when you first start. I think this game is worth checking out.
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71 of 79 people (90%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 16
>Decides to play 5 minute BMTH song
>Misses one note
>Silently cries on the inside
>RESTART IT LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED

Honestly though, it's a nice game.
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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 20
As a big fan of rhythm games, I really enjoy playing Melody's Escape.

Pros:
+Songs are tracked within seconds
+Each song delivers a different and unique track (endless replayablity)
+Fairly easy to pick up and once you get the hang of the controls it is very enjoyable
+Very slick, sweet art style and effects

Cons:
-Some songs do not track as well as others. This is saddening if you're a big fan of death metal such as myself since most of these songs track poorly, except Rings of Saturn for some odd reason... (If a song says it has no steady tempo detected, the track quality is not that great)
-An option to edit and upload tracks would be nice, especially for the afformentioned poorly tracked songs that could potentially be made into really good tracks.

There is a lot of fun to be had here and I would recommend you pick this game up if you are a fan of rythm games like I am.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 27, 2015
Pros:
~Tight controls,anytime you do a mistake you feel like it's your own fault.
~Beautiful graphics,very minimalistic but bright and colorful at the same time without distracting you.
~It syncs up to the music almost perfectly.
~Very addictive and a great timekiller,you can waste an hour or more and barely notice.

Cons:
~Eye bleeding,when Melody starts rollin' it can get tough to focus on button inputs.It gave me a bit of a headache after a while but the game is still in early access.

7,5/10 Gonna play "Run Nancy(aka Freddy's theme)"with Melody again!
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 20, 2015
We've all got a past... and these ghosts
are holding us back...


You scroll through your music folder as the
rain patters down outside, loud and relentless.
Your headache has been killing you, but you
have Steam opened in the background as a
Mayday Parade song, 'Angels', drones away
to break the monotone. Then your eyes see
something you haven't touched since a
promotional sale.

MELODY'S ESCAPE.

You blink your tired eyes and glance at the
clock, which reads 12:35am. Quite late, but
you have a morning class for Friday tomorrow
and you groan. Summer-Rain texts you, she's
asking if you feel fine. You message her a lie,
telling her that everything is alright, as you
try to find a way to organize a proper playlist
for your walk to class tomorrow.

A few minutes later you receive another text.
Thinking it's Summer-Rain again, you unlock
your phone only for your eyes to stare at the
phone's screen with the message sender, and
even more strange, what the message says.

MS. NOVOCAINE-
Hey. Sorry to message you out of the blue
like this. Can we talk?


You feel like throwing your phone, and the
rain does not help with your mood right now.
You think about old times, old days, and the
worst part is that you feel too conflicted,
between a familiar person you were fond of
and the new person who holds your heart,
tenderly and gently, whatever remains of it,
your fractured and broken soul.

But Summer-Rain has been good for you,
good to you. Although she has had her share
of being haughty or highbrow, she was never
as controlling, demanding... or cruel... as
Ms. Novocaine was. Your emotions a swirl,
you end up looking once at your music folder
before taking the songs:

Intoxicated by The Cab
Niton (Club Mix) by DJ Eric Prydz AKA Pryda
That Girl by All Time Low
Just the Girl by Click Five
I Fooled You by Awaken the Giant
Fool's Game by This Century
One Man Drinking Games by Mayday Parade
Three Cheers for Five Years by Mayday Parade
To the Moon for All I Care by Search the City
and rounding out the short playlist is the
acoustic version of Clocks and Timepieces
by Evil Us.

You play as Melody running to the rhythm
of each song as the backdrop and colors of
each rhythm target alternate and change
color alongside Melody's hair. The faster the
tempo of the song, the more frenetic that
Melody's pace becomes. You focus solely
on Melody and her escape to the rhythm
(although escaping from what you are not
sure)
but the game is arresting visually in its
simplicity and fast-paced, criminally easy
design choices.

You have a plethora of styles to clothe the
austere Melody and a wide selection of
hairstyles to complement her sleek physique.
Played from a permanent 2-D perspective,
you end up playing her with a short bob cut
with a tank top and miniskirt, evoking your
memory of Ms. Novocaine, and you feel all
the more guilty for it. The songs tug at all
the right places and hit all the right
heartstrings.

Through the pain of the headache and the
pitter-patter of the rain outside which
seemed to crack again and again about your
skull, you clock in an impressive 'Full Hearts'
score, which shows you did not miss a single
beat. Then, the song 'Clocks and Timepieces'
plays, and Josh Frost's voice breaks through
to your core as it does every time.

Your fingers slip, and now tears flow.

We've all got a past... and these ghosts
are holding us back...


You kick yourself away from your desk and
fall to the floor, sobbing. Your phone goes
off a number of times, drowned out by the
Clocks and Timepieces assaulting whatever
remains of your battered heart, too fragile,
too wounded to try and reach for anything.

Your window opens, and the rain is audible,
deafening now. Something wet and sleek
clambers into your room, as the song's
piano patters out to silence. The figure
pulls back its rain-drenched hoodie and
Summer-Rain stands before you, makeup
smeared and looking absolutely cranky.

"I tried messaging you, and I happened
to see your ex in the neighborho-"
she is
about to finish her sentence but sees you
on the floor, trying to recover with your
eyes puffy, looking terrible beyond
measure. "W-what's wrong-" She begins,
but you rush toward her and hug her,
crying about how much you feel like you
cheated on her by remembering so much
about Ms. Novocaine, half-blubbering
something about your ex-girlfriend
messaging you and thoughts from the
past making you feel dirty and useless.

Summer-Rain closes her eyes slowly,
tightly, her arms holding you safe and
hugging you back with all the force
she can muster. "Idiot." She mutters,
trying to bury her chin into your own
shoulder as though she is fighting for
breath. "That girl really dug deep and
messed you up good didn't she?"
You
stay silent for a time and sniffle when
Summer-Rain runs her hands through
your hair before looking at you,
holding your face with her hands.

"I know it's hard after everything you
did for her and been through with her."

Summer-Rain whispers, her eyes half-
closed, her voice soothing and silky.
"But I'm grateful that you could still
soldier on, and now... you could find
it in your heart to love a girl like me."


You look at her in wonder and are
amazed to see her look into your
eyes still, before she smiles that smile
of hers. "I love you, you idiot. I love
you, no matter what."
She plants a
soft kiss on your lips, and you return
her kiss with your own. Both of you
lie on the floor, trying to kiss the
night away before falling asleep in
each other's arms.

...The Summer's almost over,
we're running out of... time...


MELODY'S ESCAPE.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 5
Best rhythm based game on steam in my opinion

+Lovely art style
+Character customization
+Workshop content
+Can use your whole music library
+Very colorful
+Various levels of difficulty, including custom where you can tweak settings to adapt to your skill level
+Movement style is great, the way you traverse the level gives the game a very unique feel

-Can give eye strain easily
-Depending on song, the light orbs (the things you have to hit) don't always match well to the song

Download Size: 185mb
Trading Cards: 5 in the set
Achievement Difficulty: Easy to 100%
Hours to 100%: 8

If you are looking for a great rhythm based game then this is for you, do not be put off by the early access tag.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 23, 2015
I don't normally indulge in rhythm games. The only one I would say I frequently play and have somewhat become adept in is Cytus on my tablet. I stumbled upon this game while browsing early access titles on sale, and what intrigued me the most was A) the art style, and B) the fact that you play with songs from your own library. Mainly the latter. So I was pretty excited to pick it up.

At first I was a little wonky, as per usual whenever I delve into a rhythm game for the first time. I was a bit disappointed that there was no real tutorial in the game, however. There is a "how to play" guideline that somewhat helps you get started, but I feel like a tutorial would have been a more hands-on experience. I certainly hope they'll add one in the future.

But with that aside, once I got used to the controls, I had a lot of fun. A controller and keyboard are both viable methods of playing. It all comes down to your preferred play style and which would suit you the most. Personally I found both to be quite fun. You can also customize the difficulty, which I thought was handy. So if you ever think that the set difficulties are too easy or too hard, you can create one that's just right for you. It's quite impressive that the levels tailor themselves to whatever song you pick. One small detail that I really appreciated was, one of the songs I picked had a drop in it, and right before the drop there's this dramatic slow-motion sequence that I thought was really, really cool.

If you're a rhythm game connoiseur, then you will DEFINITELY enjoy this game. Heck, even if you're not, like me, chances are you'll probably enjoy it too.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 26, 2015
I can say alternative osu! or Audiosurf

I cant play good for now :P
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