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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VoteBinLaden2016
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
7/10, however, I would recommend to buy this at any price under 10$.

Melody's Escape is pretty basic in terms of game content. What it doesn't lack is creativity. The game can take any song on your computer, and basically uses different atributes (tempo, energy peaks, rhythm) to create a procedurally generated obstacle course. Like I said, thats about all it does, but it certainly preforms well.

Personally, I admire the software that must have been written by the devs to create such a nice generating system.

The game also runs very smoothly, even if I play on my laptop.
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Tsunderika95
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Melody's Escape is a nice and original rhythm game, though it could be better in my opinion.
Also, the audio detection algorithms should be improved.

Pros
  • Very original
  • Fully customizable appearance
  • Plays well with keyboard and controller
  • Both PlayStation and Xbox controllers' button colors are available as default color schemes
  • Allows you to play any song on your computer
  • It's quite easy to make mods
  • Steam Workshop support for color schemes, skins and hairstyles
  • 4 default difficulties, plus the custom difficulty and autoplay mode

Cons
  • Sometimes it doesn't analyze the song properly and you end up with random obstacles or it's all kinda off-beat.
  • Might cause eye strain or motion sickness. If that happens, check here and here .
  • No multiplayer
  • Kinda repetitive; you might get bored easily after a while.
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MoPhaux
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I love rythem games. But this game is too simple. Im used to things like DDR with super fast reaction times. Or guitar hero on expert. Even on the hardest setting this game is easy.

Pros

None in my opinion.

Cons

Predictable
Cant perform complex actions
Slow even on 160+BPM Songs
Does not catch solos or individual notes well
Same pattern of note laying. It puts notes on the down beat of 4x4 patterns, and thats about it.
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Cloud Seifer
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
When I first got this game, I wasn't expecting much and I thought it was overpriced to be honest. However, as soon as I loaded up the game and heard the epic menu music, I knew I was in for a treat. I found out how to play and gave the game a go on Medium with one of the included songs, and I was having the most fun I've had in a while trying to sync my keystokes with every beat. The included music in this game is great. It works seamlessly with the beat tracker, while also matching the overall theme of the game. I quickly became a believer in Melody's Escape, and I hope everyone will give it a chance before writing it off like I did, it's worth the price tag.
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AlabamaAngyl
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
If you're looking for a game to bide your time with until the Steam Summer Sale, try out Melody's Escape. Part rhythm game, part side-scroller, and lots of fun. The great thing about it is that while the included music is great, you can use your own and it will make levels based on the music you use. It's what the new Amplitude should have been.
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Kazinsal
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I've been summarizing this game as "Audiosurf meets Bit.Trip Runner" because that's the best way to describe how this game works and just how dang fun it is.

The first two or three songs you play on a difficulty other than "Relaxing" are going to be a bit of a stumble because your brain probably isn't used to colours and directions and directions with colours mapping to buttons on your controller. After you're used to the way the game translates tempos and moods to obstacles to avoid and colours to hit, you're going to have a lot of fun dodging and jumping and sliding and kicking through your favourite songs.[ You want a controller for this game. Yeah, you can play it with a keyboard, but it's kludgy and kind of uncomfortable. The control directions are also switched between your left and right hands on the keyboard vs. the controller. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBuuzw7w4bA]Watch the full review from Cordilon Gaming on YouTube.[/url]
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qwertycrackers
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
If you love electronic music, this game is simply a must-buy. I don't normally enjoy rhythm games, but the advertisment of being able to feed in any sound file and have it turned into a rhythm level hooked me. So for a nominal fee, I bought the game and downloaded this little thing expecting ~30 min of fun. But what I got was an addictive and engaging expirience that let me appreciate the music I love and listen to on a whole new level. This is the game that broke my Dark Souls III streak and took me back to the rest of gaming. This is the game that has distracting me from playing the brand new Hitman levels.

Some recommendations:
  • Probably more fun if you already have a good set of music to play it with. A good place to start would be with F777's Ultimate Dance Machine or with Waterflame
  • I use a controller and I think the game would be playable but less ergonomic on a keyboard.
  • The level-generation algorithm is superb, and works for a lot of music, but I did manage to make it do some wonky stuff with music such as Idina Menzel's "Let it Go."
Overall, a truly excellent game at a very low cost. Easy 9/10, maybe even 9.5/10.
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SquirrelQueen
( 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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lolo
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
how do people keep up with this JESUS
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Flip [ENG]
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
after playing for 40 minutes i clicked off my screen to see a distorted google chrome that appeared to be moving left to right.

9/10 almost died trying to play this game well
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DeathWitch
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Amazing Game!
Played Rap God on it and nearly lost my fingers.
It was fun!
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Polly
( 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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Deathrose47
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Pretty fun game and works well with my Xbox One controller, the concept alone to me makes this worth checking out but I picked it up on sale so you might want to do the same if your unsure.
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TOXIC TIGER
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
amazing game! music lovers will love this and the synced gameplay is good. and all for the price of £6.99, could be cheaper but this is a amazing game.
i wish i you could have a accuracy system and multiplay where u can race against your opponent on songs.


<get osu u ♥♥♥♥>
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Gaw [IDLE]
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Feature Details Score
Gameplay VERY repetitive. Watch a gameplay video WYSIWYG. 2/5
Graphics XNA game, basic and boring. Obviously no FPS problems. 3/5
Music Sync Rates each track as adequate/good/excellent. Sometimes it uses Energy Peaks. It's only playable when Excellent, which is rare. 2/5
Settings Greatly improved since Early Access. There are problems though. 4/5
Vibration Adjustable, by default VERY strong. Sadly it is continual, and will quickly drain controller batteries. ?/5
Steam Workshop Can change characters and bad forced colour tint. 3/5
Online Connectivity None. In all respects. 0/5

Songs tested:
Foreign Beggars - Apex
Chemical Brothers - Battle Scars
Kanye West - Barry Bonds
David Bowie - Magic Dance
Safri Duo - Bongo Song
SuperSweep - NO GAME NO LIFE
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Norazo - Andromeda (노라조)
CFO$ - SAWFT Is a Sin (Enzo Amore)
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Bloodlust
( 2.9 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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Note
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
This game cured my crippling depression.
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Zexton
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
i've always wished a world like this ,with electronics music (deadmau5 is my favorite) dominating the chart.


thank you so much for this incredible game.10/10
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 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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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Melody's Escape is quickly becoming one of my favorite rhythm games, beaten only by the original Audiosurf.

Pros:
+ Challenging, includes several difficulty levels and supports custom difficulties
+ Good track generation for all different types of music
+ Mod support makes changing characters, hairstyles, and color schemes very simple
+ Supports calibration to account for audio or visual latency
+ Nice visual style
+ Inexpensive

Cons:
- Visuals can hurt the eyes after a few hours
- Backgrounds lack much variety, although this is pretty minor, as you won't really be paying much attention to them anyways.
- No online leaderboards as of May 2016
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
10/10 I had a great time playing this game(and cried a bit).

--Favorite Songs So Far--
Coldplay - Fix You <<(The culprit)
Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
Chevelle - Send The Pain Below
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Played for about a few minutes. Discovered I didn't actually have music in my music folder.

Ran around the house trying to find old CDs.

Found Dragon Force's Inhuman Rampage from the year 1936 [2006]

Popped in CD.

Melody doesn't stop flying.

Through the Fire and the Flames is for once not the hardest song in a rythm game [BLASPHEMY! Thoughprobably because it's not techno/electronic. oh well.] (NOTE: this is on the hardest difficulty. I just picked this game up about a few hours before purchasing it)

Melody gains super powers from Dragonforce or something. Because in their music, there are many cases where she DOES NOT STOP FLYING. [Except for through the Fire and the Flames. Only sometimes she stops flying in that one. Sometimes.] Make it better, a lot of themes Dragon Force uses in some of their music is flying freely. Glorious!!
City for Eternity gets really hard at the end though, though it's late enough into the song that messing up there doesn't entirely matter.

This game is awesome, and I would recommend it for anyone who loves rhythm and music. I don't usually have my own rhythm and music games, and after picking this one up, I had to share!
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55 of 88 people (63%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
DO NOT PLAY IF YOU'RE A MUSICIAN.

I personally find this game both entertaining and frustrating. I wasn't sure whether or not to vote up or down.

PROS:
Intriguing graphics
Mostly good gameplay
Comes with music
Option to watch a computer-controlled AI go through the level perfectly

CONS:
Rhythm-based gameplay is EVER SO SLIGHTLY off. I'm not even mindlessly ranting either. I'm the percussion section leader, so I know what I'm talking about. The "advanced algorithms" are good, but sometimes they're not quite precise. There always seems to be an annoyingly slight delay on when I should actually be pressing the buttons in order to get 5 hearts.

In conclusion, it still feels like an early access game. It needs a bit of tweaking.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is the very definition of the feeling of wanting to run away from reality by listening to your favorite music.
You literally run away while listening to music and jumping, ducking and flying through, over and under obstacles in intense rythm challenges. The graphics mesmerize the mind with it's colors and speed in the medium and harder difficulties.
This game is also a great stress releaser in the relaxation mode when mashing one and the same button for a while before switching to another.
I am not the greatest in rythm games but this one totally takes the cake for all that i've played and I could continue my pro's but then I have to make a much bigger list, let's not do that. ;)
10/10 from me, very good game!
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Tried Rashid Theme From SFV in overload difficulty.

E-sport is real.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
Do "Let's dance" by David Bowie.
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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
At first I was unsure if I should buy this game or not. It was on sale so i thought it wouldnt hurt and it turnes out that I made an amazing decision. This game is amazing it lets you play the game to your own music and is overall great for the price. To some this game might get boring fast because it is a "Time Waster" but overall it is good. I would 100% reccomend this game and hope that you have fun playing it.

Songs I mainly used
Stressed Out - Tomsize remix
Menody - TheFatRat (I think thats the name)
Straight Up - Avenza
Six Shooter - Cyote Kisses

Over all I give this game a 8/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is perfect for procrastinating.
So if you're looking for a game to make you feel bad for not doing anything with your life, this game is perfect for you.

- Can be very frustrating at times though. *throws keyboard out the window*
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I always liked the rhythm games while still being mediocre at them, and that's why I played a LOT of Project Diva on my PSP in the past (and never beated Hatsune Miku no Gekishou on Extreme), so when I was randomly scrolling the sales and found this game it immediately caught my attention, and I have no regrets buying it.

Gameplay wise, it's great. It's challenging, never straight up ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t (no seriously, go watch some osu or Project Diva on Extreme) and enjoyable. My PC can't handle the high quality, but even at minimum is still beautiful to watch.
The music analyzer is good, really. Even when it can't find a good 4/4 tempo it can still make some good beats out of it. Obliviously it's not perfect, it can't replicate the huge tempo swings on other rhythm games and some music will inevitably be more accurate or well tuned than others, but on overall it makes the best out of any kind of music. I tried with videogames BGM, Vocaloid, and Japanese/Korean vocal music (Anime OST as well).
The only minor lackluster part for me is the stock music selection. There are a couple of tracks finely mapped to be the best gameplay experience, but they are... not enough. The main idea of the game is using your own music, but some more manually mapped tracks are kinda necessary.

Even if you are not a huge fan of the rhythm game genre it's worth a shot, it's a promising game that I'm sure it will get even better with time and good feedback.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Great use-your-own-song game with a fantastic song analysis algorithm. Recommended.

First generation technology of this sort of thing was pretty bad. Vib Ribbon for the PS1 is the first game I know of that tried, but Audiosurf and Beat Hazard made it very popular in the early 2010's. While they improved the formula significantly, it still mostly seemed to just detect the BPM and 'pulse' the levels to the rhythm, changing gameplay elements as the song's speed or volume changed. These games required a pretty good deal of your imagination filling in the blanks to really feel like you were playing the song, not just playing a game with background music.

Not so with Melody's Escape, which feels very, very 'right'. I played through an album's worth of music with varied tempos, musical styles, and instrumentation and I would say that it felt like I was playing a hand-crafted track about 85% of the time. This absolutely blows previous games of the genre out of the water.

As for the gameplay, if you ever played Vib Ribbon, this is pretty much exactly that. It's very solid and time-tested rhythm gaming. Hit the button when you see the symbol.

This is a good way to chill out and experience an album in as relaxed or intense of an environment as you like. The difficulty options in this game are very varied.

If you like rhythm games or just listening to music, Melody's Escape is your go-to game. Once you try it, you won't be able to go back to Audiosurf.
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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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Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
First of all I recommend to play this game with a controller.
It is much easier and healthier for your wrist.
It is possible and manageable with the keyboard but playing it for a longer time on keyboard can hurt your wrist. ;-))

The modification of the Melody protagonist is nice.
Especially when you use the Steam Workshop.
There are many options and possibility to modify her. It's totally worth checking out.

The really big plus point is that you can use your own music.
You can choose every song from your own music library / playlist.

Using my own music library I can confirm that you can use all kind of music genres as long as the song is not monotonously.
The best songs to use are those which are more diversified - in pace, volume, signing, etc...

It can happen that in some songs that a slow motion effect occure - this looks awesome.
[For instance: in the song "Now or Never" by Nano - it looks great]

There is already a guide with song recommendations but at the end I will show you some songs which fit good in this game or which doesn't fit. (Based on my personal taste.)

At this moment I only have 2 1/2 negative points:
- After a while the gameplay gets too repetitive.
This can cause that the game gets boring after a while.
Don't play it too much in a row - only with enough breaks in between.
- It could use more variety of backgrounds [For example: more pictures, moving landscapes and objects; explosions??:-)].
I also think it could be more flashy.
- For some songs the game doesn't adjust to the pace of the song.
But I think this can be explained because not every song is made for this game.

Songs that fit good in this game:
Nano - Now or Never
Audrey Horne - Our of the City
Germ - Cold Grey Dawn (A New Beginning)
Pendulum - Hold Your Color
Pendulum - Whitchcraft
Pendulum - Blood Sugar
Wagakki Band - Senbonzakura
Fleshgod apocalypse - And The Vulture Beholds (Orchestral Version)
Fleshgod apocalypse - And The Vulture Beholds (Normal Version)
Autumn's Dawn - The Ashes of a life
Beartooth - Beatin in Lips
Arch Enemy - Yesterday is Dead and Gone
Ghost Bath - Golden Number
Babymetal - Ijime Dame Zettai
Garbage - S*x is not the Enemy
Garbage - Push It
Body Count - B*tch in the Pit
Cerebral Bore - Entombed in Butchered Bodies
Queen - I Wanto to Break Free
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Wagakki Band - Srtsuna Trip

Songs that partially fit good in this game:
Body Count - wanna be a gangster
Chthonic - Quell the Souls in Sing Ling Temple
Anathema - Fragile Dreams

Songs that doesn't fit in this game:
cannibal corspe - hammer smashed face
bad religion - no control
Cerebral Bore - The Bald Cadaver
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Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
The game was amazing. I played it for 2 hours without end and it felt great to play.
I'll start with cons, since there are some that I want to mention.
- No "early press" allowed. Some dodges I prefer to start slightly early, but this counts as a miss and disables the dodge and causes you to lose a lot of possible points.
- Rhythm detection only follows 4/4. This means that 3/4 songs don't detect nearly as well.
- Camera motion sometimes hides suprises like two consecutive presses/moves and won't give you nearly enough time to see it.
Pros!
- Really lets you play any song you want, even full instrumentals, and detects them well.
- Gameplay is consistent, without any song being too difficult or any being too easy.
- Awesome graphics. I was super suprised at some of the 'extra' animations that occur at various points.
- The middle mode (between Relaxed and Intense) is perfect for playing casually, allowing you to mash buttons rather than directions when you start panicking.

This is an amazing idea, and if developed further, could easily overrun other custom-written rhythm games like osu!. The fact that I can play any song whether or not someone else has written the beat for it is awesome, and something I've been searching for for a while.

8.5/10 would recommend.
1.5 -> would ask developers to improve timing sensitivity (or at least give an option to whether accuracy is between so-and-so milliseconds, etc)
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Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Five hours in, got a perfect score on Coldplay's Adventure of a Lifetime.

This game easily relaxes my mind, and really paints an awesome picture of my state whenever I'm engrossed in music. I guess you can say, I use the melodies to escape :D

If you have a large music base and are imaginative or/and an escapist, this game is for you!
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Recommended
2.9 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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Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I'll happily admit I'm not very good at rythmn games but I tend to enjoy them regardless. However this game had some issues which rendered it nearly unplayable, despite my greatest efforts to fix them.
Firstly, there's the incoming symbols and obstacles. They were nearly a blur and neigh impossible to focus on until I found out that you could zoom out the camera. That helped, but it wasn't quite enough. I also had to turn off the moving background to focus better.
Next there was the lag. I'm not entirely sure the reason for this but there was massive lag at the beginning of a song, and usually at the end as well. This may simply be the song sync and saving of my results, but it was a near-standstill until I returned to the menu.
I'm not sure if its just me, but I also found the symbols a bit confusing at times. I don't feel that there was enough indication to which direction to press, but as I said, that may just be me.
The good thing about this game is the fact that you can put any song or even video audio in and it'll auto generate a level and button prompts. This was something I would've loved in Kickbeat and it was done very well here.
I suppose that in summary, if you are a hardcore rythmn game player or just looking to drop £4 on a sale item, grab this. Otherwise, if you're more of a casual player of these games like me, or sometimes struggle to focus on a screen when there's too much going on, go get something else.
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