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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Overall:
Very Positive (2,406 reviews)
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Wrath
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Melody's Escape is a rythm based reaction platform that can create a game based on the music you choose for it. for me it has worked very well and i love that it can. it has given me exactly what it promised me and its music you get just by buying it is also good (obviously my opinion). The only problem i have with this game and this might just be me but it can be hard to follow the screen with the moving setting and strains your eyes. Over all mechanics wise there are only a few song types that dont work well.

7/10
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ZeroKing
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
fun to play and add your own music to it!
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Spirit_Of_The_Wolf
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Really enjoyable music based runner. It is cool and casual gameplay that is well worth the price. While it can't handle EVERY song you throw at it perfectly; it will work with most quite well. Almost any electro/chillstep/electronica works and many others from varying genres work as well with some misses. The simple customization of the character is cool as well. 8/10
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♥Darkini blessy♥
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Awesome game.Cool gameplay and awesome steamworkshop, liking the graphics and the number one of all, The music choices on it and your own music on your computer ^^
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NiGHTS Into Wet Dreams
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Achievement hunters, you're in for some rage.
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Apegod69
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 23
Ape escape harambe rest in peace
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the true drwasp
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
THE GOOD
.fun gamplay
. customizable sound wifu
.decant level to music synchronization
. vibrant backgrounds
. responsive controls
THE BAD
.no online score board
THE UGLY
. none
RATING 10/10+
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Deacon Syre
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I was disappointed for two reasons.

1. low framerate (like when you have vsync on) conflicts with controller input.
2. audiosurf had a better analysis algorithm

So, if you're playing on M&K and didn't play Audiosurf. Get it.
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Teh
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 21
07/10.
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Poland Euro Cup 2016
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I would first have a lot of downloaded music. It does not mater if its legal or not legally downloaded. So you get what you pay for, and that is hearing music while you play a game like OSU. Just that this one is easy to start playing but if you go up different levels it will take forever to master it. I also got quite board of the game. Not from my music. All you do is look at the screen and press the right button and colors, so it will get boring quite quickly. Overall I think this is a great game and you should consider it.
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89 of 114 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
So . . . this is a tough one for me. I'm NOT a twitch gamer. I thought the idea of being able to mash buttons in time to my own music was a cool idea and the graphics and art style of Melody's Escape speak to me. That said, I enjoy . . . harder music. Not death or speed metal (or really metal at all), but more of the post-hardcore, Vans Warped Tour band list variety. And herein lies my dilemna.

The game itself is fun and pretty to look at, in it's minimalistic way. But, with my own music imported, something feels . . . off. I don't understand the reasoning (or even the rhythm) behind when I am to hit, tap, hold, etc the buttons for my songs. It feels random, and worse so: off-beat. Now, I understand that this is likely largely in part due to my music selections. But, that's what I want to play.

When I tap on beat to the song and I get offsync somehow with "error" or "too late" messages, I get a little frustrated. (BTW, I've been a drummer for over 25 years so I'm perfectly capable of keeping time). I know it's a game, and ultimately the score doesn't really matter, but to me - this does.

So, in conclusion, I enjoy the game in small doses, but until I get the feeling of actually playing my music (instead of a random level kinda-sorta timed to my music in parts, possibly . . . maybe . . .) I cannot recommend it. At least not at full price.

  • Cool minimalistic art style
  • Ability to import songs saved onto your HD
  • Syncopation and timing issues that just feel "off" (at times)
  • Seemingly randomized levels (at times)
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Developed by the Belgium devs from Icetesy, "Melody's Escape" comes with a premise to offer a fun game that generates platformer levels using any music (or audio file) you have on your PC. Supporting formats like MP3, OGG, WMA, FLAC, iTunes®, and even some video files, this game can read almost any track.

But where "Melody's Escape" stands above other procedural rhythm games like Audiosurf, Riff Racer or even Crypt of the NecroDancer? The audio detection algorithms of this game are based on notes/vocals detection, instead of beat detection, like the other games previously mentioned. Music compass plays a big role here too. While the levels synchronize perfectly with a tempo of 4/4, it goes great too with tunes far from the traditional, like Dream Theater and Soundgarden.

Above all things mentioned, “Melody’s Escape” is a joy to play. Yes, the gameplay it’s pretty simple: just run to the music track and try to beat your own score (no leaderboards included), but it’s also fun as hell. You can easily lose track of time playing this game, and there’s always a new song to try and some neat surprises I won’t spoil to you.

For a better experience and to avoid eye strain and headaches that some people experience, remember to turn off the blur and zoom out the playfield (75% instead of 100% is perfect), on the options menu. Have fun!

PROS:
*Plays well with keyboard and controller
*Can read almost any audio and video track
*Satisfying gameplay
*Steam Workshop support for skins and color schemes
*You can make it relaxed or tense as you want - 4 difficulty levels

CONS:
*No leaderboards
*No multiplayer (would be a blast if this had co-op)
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Started out with Gorillaz, Hypocrisy, and Imagine Dragons.
Got overly confident.
Put on Headhunterz...
Realized I made a terrible mistake...
10/10 would have soul crushed again.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Melody's Escape is a musically generated endless runner/platformer/rhythm game with a very simple setup and premise and features a sleek looking little visual package. Completing the package, you plug in your music and the game builds stages around each song's rhythm, and then you play a fairly simple game of DDR/Stepmania/name your music game to make Melody do all sorts of cool things in time with the music. Ideally...

This is sort of the deal breaker, and where the game may fall apart depending on your taste in music. The game's rhythm detection algorithm can really only detect very simple and pronounced 4/4 beats. Try throwing anything else at it, and you end up with a spastic spam of icons that are in no way in sync with the music or fun to play whatsoever. Even detecting 4/4 beats, the generation still seems to vary in how each individual "note" may be off-rhythm. For being the very core part of the game, this detection and level generation needed to be tighter.

It's a game that can wow you with some fun visuals when everything comes together and matches up to a song, but again, unless you're a fan of very specific types of music, it's probably best to pass this up.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I've been waiting for a game like Melody's Escape since Audiosurf and Beat Hazard. It's pretty much just as good as those, if a little more bare-bones and perhaps with a little less replay value.

Most tracks sync well, some not so well, but overall the experience is enjoyable. The 'Intense' mode, which is essentially the 'Normal' mode, is just that--intense. It's challenging, sometimes infuriatingly, but exhilarating if you're on a roll.

If you love music, have your own collection to use and enjoy rhythm games, Melody's Escape is a safe purchase.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Ever feel like you just want to run away from it all, just put on your headphones and escape? This is the purpose of this elegant game. Melody's Escape provides a visual, fluent and oddly calming platform on which one can further "feel" the music one listens too. Melody's Escape is that escape.

+Pros+

+ The colours are beautiful, the colour scheme works perfectly in complementing the style of the game.
+ Song analysis is pretty well developed, it works nicely. Guitar rifts, drums and long vocal note are represented perfectly. However, certain sections could be improve, but its very minor.
+ Works with all types of music, from EDM to Death Metal. This leads to an infinite number of levels.
+ Easy character customization (I made Miku in like 3 seconds :3 )
+ A nice challenge curve. Start with relaxing, on a smooth song.
+ Cheap as!
+ You'll have moments when the level perfectly matchs the song...

It's amazing.

-Cons-
- Menu screens can be a bit plain, but this could change as the game develops.
- The change between the city backdrop to a grass/organic world? Kinda throws the theme a bit.
- Mod maker not that simple
- Motion sickness after a while, just look somewhere else after a bit.


Melody's Escape is an amazing game and is definitely worth your time if you love your music.

9/10

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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7 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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