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 (936 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, 2014

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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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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is an amazing rhythm game that has easily earned it's spot in my favorites.

+ Hypnotizing visuals
+ Steam Workshop (there are A LOT of skins/hairstyles to choose from)
+ Difficulty settings. 4 preset difficulties, and a custom mode!
+ Played all kinds of different music without a problem (It even played the 1-hour mixes I threw at it!)

- In-game V-Sync is/was kind of broken, but this was easily fixed by using a control panel for the V-Sync.

If you're still on the fence about buying this, just look at my hours and ask yourself if that's worth the price. ^-^

Spoiler: It's definitely worth it!

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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
I love it when I play this game in front of people and I get looked at like if I was an alien.

10/10 Would play overload in front of people again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
A great rhythm game powered by your own music. I kinda prefer the choice this game made with interfacing your music over other rhythm games that are powered by your own music like Audiosurf or Beat Hazard. More like a traditional rhythm game like DDR but still with a style of its own.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
A great Rhythm game. Take the music you've got, and play a game to it. Many ways to customize the difficulty. Very very rarely do I ever come across a song that doesn't feel like it's mapped correctly, and the system usually knows when it's done a poor job, so you can at least steel yourself for that possibility when it arises.
Great visuals.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Early Access Review
10/10

After playing this for a short time, I realized how many songs I really do have on my computer.

If I had the time and patience to play all my songs through, my game time would be over 600 hours.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Early Access Review
Being an old fart who played almost all Rhythm games since Bust a Move (Bust a Groove) on PS1, i would say this game is very good. actually the best from the (play your own music) games. the gameplay consists of colored buttons that appear in the air (colors matches the buttons on the xbox controller) and arrows that appear on the ground, on the easier difficulties you can use the arrows to hit both ground and air notes, or just the buttons to hit all notes. if you choose intense or higher then the buttons will be used for air notes and arrows for ground notes.

+ Graphics are good and the whole atmosphere is great with the rain and the colors..etc.
+ Solid gameplay, with difficulties to suit your skill level.
+/- Soundtrack, depends on what music you listen to :D
+ note generator works great so far with the tracks i played.
+ plays many audio formats (MP3, M4a,Ogg, even aif files)
Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
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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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
My first Perfect run was on the Russian National Anthem.

10/10
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Early Access Review
This game is like if Audiosurf met bit.trip Runner. The gameplay is similar to Runner in that your character moves at a fixed speed and you need to avoid obstacles by pressing buttons on the beat of the song, but, like Audiosurf, it's made using your own songs.

Things I liked:
  • Levels created quickly from MP3s -- short load time (unlike Rhythm Zone)
  • Nice graphics without being overwhelming
  • Comfortable difficulty
  • "Easy to learn, hard to master"

Things I didn't:
  • Sometimes the button presses seemed a little off-beat
  • I wish you could increase the difficulty without changing the button configuration
  • No title screen music?

Overall a good game, but some kinks that are still being worked out, I guess.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
This game actually works on all songs
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Early Access Review
I Highly Recommend this game for these reasons...

1.Its a nice change of pace
2.The whole idea of the game is Really cool i mean a whole stage being generated to the music your running to is awesome
3.The stage generation is actually dead on when ever you have to hit a button its the same time as a beat
4.The colours of the game is pretty
5.Character customization is included sure its limited but its still awesome
6.Steam Workshop and all
7.Finding your music in the game to put in is really easy
8.It has a "Recent Music" spot so you can re run on Music you have ran to before
9.It actually keeps a score of each song
10.Its still in Early Access so anything not in it can be added
11.It has achievements

So those are some reasons i recommend this game

however if you do end up playing it and the beats are ever off in the game thats your computer lagging i personaly havent had this problem but ya know XD
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Early Access Review
(Early access review. I really hope they fix the motion blur.)

PREPARE YOUR EYES don't play this game for prolonged periods of time, the intense BLURRY side-scrolling can be nauseating. That's my only real problem with the game; after every song, I take a 15 minute break to rest my eyes.

The REAL selling point for this the novelty of getting to play your favorite songs. I tried piano pieces, theme songs, arhythmic experimental tracks, video game soundtracks - they all work, and it's a marvelous feeling getting to choose what song to play to.

I admire the programming's ability to detect the beat of songs. The arrows/notes don't fall into the typical predictable beat of the song, instead there is a degree of complexity to it, a synchopation.

Like I said, the only downside is the intense side-scrolling can strain your eyes badly. If you're a fan of rhythm & beat games, this is the first one on Steam which I think really captures the spirit of the genre.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
The game has a great concept and is super adorable. The look is gorgeous, and is a great buy if you're looking just to push buttons and really relax with your music.

My nitpickiness all comes from being a serious hardcore music gamer. I'm not talking just Guitar Hero or Rock Band. I also played DJ Hero 2 competitively, as well as competitive Beatmania IIDX and Pop'n Music and Drummania. I've played Frequency and Amplitude, as well as Space Channel 5, Parappa The Rapper, Mad Maestro, Technic Beat, Vib Ribbon, along with many many other rhythm games.

The auto-beat mapper seems a bit sloppy sometimes, although it does a better job than other ones I've seen. It's great to at least get the game off the ground. I hope to see a built-in soundtrack with proper-made stages for it, not just auto-generated ones. I would strongly prefer a stage editor so I can make proper stages to some of these songs that don't beatmap well or that just get poor stages for no good reason.

I know it's in early access, so I am excited and looking forward to improvements. Sure, I have problems and nitpicks with it, but.... I didn't buy it for a top notch superserious music game, I bought it for something pretty looking to relax with that is fun to play. This definitely fits the bill.

If you're looking for a chill and fun experience, buy it. It's great. <3
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