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 (982 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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April 21

Update v0.8: Trading Cards, public Workshop and more

Update v0.8: Trading Cards, public Workshop and more

  • Added Trading Cards to the game! (and smileys/backgrounds/badges)
  • The Workshop is now public and visible even if you don't own the game.

Game changes
  • Added new border decorations for the ground on Running and Flying mode. The reasoning behind this was that the grass was a very high density repeating pattern, scrolling very quickly accross the screen, and it may have an effect on the "motion blur" feeling that some players are experiencing. The new borders are much more streamlined and should feel more easy on the eyes.
  • Added a "zoom-in" feature, you can now select "120%" as zoom value in the General options menu.
  • Slightly shifted light orbs' position towards the ground in Jogging and Running sections, so that it's easier to focus on both orbs and obstacles at the same time.
  • The game will now detect streaks of very low FPS (<30FPS) and suggest at the end of the track to the player to disable Anti-Aliasing or Post-Processing to alievate performances issues.
  • Added new character skins "Uniform" and "Prototype" (a copy of my "Classic Melody" Workshop item)

Interface changes
  • Added "Favorite Folders" to the bottom of the main folders list. This menu choice automatically extracts and lists all the different folders from your "Favorite" tagged files, allowing easy access to your common music folders.
  • Added help tooltips to most options items.

Misc changes
  • New on-disk track caching format, which now stores obstacles and track intensity data directly (and for each difficulty density type) instead of the music audio profile, reducing the size of cache files by a factor of 10. This change greatly speeds up track loading from cache, especially for very long tracks, and solves very rare cases where the cached version had different obstacles than the first "live" analysis, due to floating point rounding issues. All previously cached music files will now need to be re-analysed again.
  • Fixed a potential crash scenario related to manually modified Workshop mods folder names

Linux
  • Updated libbass to 2.4.11, which has improved compatibility with recent PulseAudio versions. Hopefully this should fix the audio garbling issues encountered by some users.

Mod Studio (Windows)
  • Fixed the Hair Editor's treeview size when using Windows magnified text size above 100%.

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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 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
    • 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. 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • 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
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
Okay. So here we go.

I love this game already. As a starter. Let me say what it already is if you haven't caught on already. It's a rythym game. The reason I got it is because for some reason I love the concept of someone just running away from something to rather awesome music, or just some jazzy soothing tunes.

The farthest I got in the rythym gaming is Guitar Hero and some of Rockband.

This game is probably going to get me back into the swng of things, and maybe I'll have a new addiction. (Probably not.)
It's just worth the ten bucks to me. It works as an MP3 player as well, but imagine yourself running away from a Cerebus while running to the notes of GWAR, or just running from your own freedom while listening to Evenascence or if you want a more fun time. Black Label Society or Paramore. Its up to more imagintion, and thats what I love about these games. They're stimple and creative. All you have to do is use the arrow keys or the W,A,S,D, keys to play.

To me its beautiful and it's unique in its own way. It's art style looks absolutely great, and I know it has been used before, but it just seems fitting for such a game.

But heres the best part. Having trouble finding the music in the game from your library? No problem! Just find the music in your folder, and you can drag them to the game library and it'll read it from there. Which is pretty amazing.

I have only an hour in and I already love Melody's Escape. The art, the idea, and just everything about it is amazing, and will probably be the main reason I get back into rythym games. It's the only game I have installed on my personal laptop, and it runs well from there. It doesn't take long to download and its not such a burden to work with. It's easy and it's simple.

I recommend Melody's Escape. It's ten dollars and they will be worth your boredom.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Early Access Review
Definitely a great game, for both casual people who would like to play their music, to medium gamers who would like a challenge (but not too crazy), to hardcore players who want to have their eyes bleed ;)

I would like to point out the the slow motion on drops is amazing. Makes it so cinematic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Early Access Review
This game is impressive. No other game have suck a beautiful atmosphere and plain great music analyzing system. Playing a song is as if the rythym was designed by a real person, not by the machine. The gameplay is addictive just like most good rythym game. highly recommended for rythym game player
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
THE GAME IS STILL IN EARLY ACCESS, SOME OF THESE MIGHT BE FIXED OR DIFFERENT

PROS
-Music sync is good or really bad depending on the genre
-Character model looks amazing
-Running is smooth
-Steam workshop
-Nice slow motion on "drops"

CONS
-You have to disable all of the background scrolling to even play the game without puking
-Motion blur?!
-Focus should be on the right, but I seem to always watch the character/feet
-You most likely want to zoom out more
-Not steady 60fps
-Running platform looks horrible
-Looks too simple
-Button inputs are not clear enough

I've always been a fan of flashy rhythm games like Beat Hazard and Audiosurf and I believed this could be another favorite rhythm game for me. The character and its visuals look really cool, but the motion blur and the background scrolling makes you want to literally puke.

You cannot focus on the notes at all since everything comes at you with a blur. Games like Beat Hazard with huge flashy visuals doesn't do this to you, most likely because the screen doesn't move with a huge blurriness. I couldn't play the game more than 5 minutes with default settings so I had to alter the zoom to minimum with no background scrolling, which made the game a bit more bearable. The gameplay is very minimal and gets very repetitive after awhile (a common issue with these types of games), different modes and unlocks would be good. Custom settings for the course should be used.

The game needs to get rid of the blur. Better input system and better looking "platforms".
I recommend buying/playing the game when you get no more headaches after couple minutes or in a sale if you really want to try it out by yourself. I will keep my eye on the game and hopefully it will get better over time, for now I can't recommend this game.

(Game was reviewed on Version 0.8.0.0)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Early Access Review
I just bought it today and wow it's awesome I'm already addicted :D
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Early Access Review
Love this game so much! I like how you can chose your own music to use and the dynamics of the game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Early Access Review
I first wasn't sure about Melody's Escape but I was sure it was good! So I gave it a shot!
AND NOW IT'S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE GAMES!!!! The beat points are very well synced into
the music which makes it even more jumpy and exciting! In many songs I was tapping my foot and
knodding my head to the music! I loved it!

*Good syncing in with the music

* Awesome effects

*Makes the music more jumpy

*IT'S JUST AWESOME!!!
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33 of 39 people (85%) 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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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.3 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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26 of 36 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
11.7 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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.7 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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16 of 20 people (80%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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14 of 18 people (78%) 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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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Early Access Review
Up. Down. W. A. Left. S.... oh I'm sorry, I was just playing the game,
Yes, this is a review on the wonderful game of: "Melody's Escape"!
You played as Melody, the princess who is trapped in a constant music melody that she can't get out of.
The songs you play, force her to keep running and running away from fate, but do you care? No.
Game is great, and note actually match up with the beat of the song, unlike a lot of music games.
Left. Down (hold). W. W. D. D.... I'm so sorry.. its hard to multi task.
As I was saying, if you have MP3, FLAC or M4A format songs on your computer your all good to go.
If your planning to get this game to play Youtube tracks on, please don't.
Youtube compresses songs which tend to make them go off beat which will happen if you try to use them in this game.
Please, go buy the game and keep Melody running!
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8 of 8 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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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.9 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
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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