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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Luihutin
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
TLDR; Do not pick up if your musical tastes don't bend towards more clear beats and pop songs. Or just plain volume.

This is a bit iffy musical game - on one hand it's great that it plays fine with most common formats, but the filtering and searching for songs does some common mistakes, like the fact that backing up from a folder bumps you back at the top of the main folder. A pain if you have thousands of folders and you're just browsing.

The beatmapping is also a bit difficult at times, not properly mapping stuff like completely ambient or classical pieces, or some really heavy metal tracks. It's mostly for pop, obviously. Occasionally you might get lucky and the beatmap looks like something that goes with a song.

There's a lot of room for improvement, but when it does work, it really works. The workshop is also a nice little piece of additional eyecandy if you tend to pick it up for longer periods of time.

Unfortunately my limit came trying "Roller Mobster" by Carpenter Brut - the beatmapping was so nonsensical that I simply couldn't handle the game any longer. It smells like it's all tied to just simple loudness of the songs, both the beats and the speed, and that's not how music works.

If you have the patience to keep scrounging for songs that work fine with this then by all means get it, but it's just too disappointing to me.
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Seasonsgray
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
If you need any system that can run music and you moving with the beat, this Is the game for you.
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Kleedrac
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Do you like Bit Trip Runner? Wanna play it to far better music than the bundled-in techno? GET THIS GAME! Seriously it's far better than AudioSurf in a few ways (not that AudioSurf was a bad game) and it's just a ton of fun!
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EmeraldGirl
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
it was great listening to my favourite music while playing this
super addictive
9/10 because i think i didnt get a tutorial
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DelKatey
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The music detection algorithm used is pretty accurate most of the time, far more than most other music rhythm games that also allows you to play your own songs, on other platforms, like Android, PSP, etc.

Melody's Escape also supports FLAC as well, which is somewhat uncommon currently, which is a plus, if you like to store lossless music files.
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Len Kagamine
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The game promises to be in sync with your music, Oh boy, It does that and more. The beats are perfectly in tune to the most odd of songs. Dont even get me started on the graphics and special effects either! This game is well worth the money to be able to be put into a trance of musical bliss.

TL;DR
Good.
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TheAquilaSamurai
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Really good rhythm game that wonderful animation and colours as well as adapting rather well to your own music. With a mod studio aand instructions included in the game's folder it's easy to see how the steam workshop for this game is filled with amazing skins that allow you to run as some of your favourite characters hopefully.

Got rather good at the game on intense difficulty, so thought I'd try overload......seems I forgot my ladder to over the huge difficulty step there :P Luckily I'm currently using the custom difficulty tool to make the difficulty increase a bit more manageable.
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DeadEevee
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
P-Good Stuff here. Also pretty good music collection!
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Hhey
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I thought this game would be great when I saw the reviews, but the controls feel off sync with the markers half the time and it's just bland a lot of the time.
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DDRJake
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
This game offers nothing to a fan of other rhythm games.

The notes you have to hit feel off beat, the animations&effects lack any weight to them and the colouring of bright commands on a dark background are hell on the eyes.

If you want to play a game which is generated by your music, Beat Hazard would be my recommendation, but not this game.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Melody's Escape is another entry into the "Play Your Music" genre, this time as a visually attractive side-scrolling runner where both the track and obstacles are planned based on your song's tempo, rhythm and notes. Melody walks, jogs, runs or flies depending on the relative tempo of the music and you'll tap buttons to the music in order to control her jumps and slides as she collects colored orbs.

The music analyzer and track generator are pretty sharp and Melody will make soaring leaps on upward notes, slide down hills to downward beats and make dramatic slow-motion flips during pauses. As it builds the track, it tells you what it detected musically ranging from a steady 4/4 beat to "Energy Peaks" when it has trouble detecting the song structure (still fun if not as spot-on). Even on "Relaxing" mode, the game keeps you busy with constant movement -- made easier by only needing a single color per movement speed. On higher levels, you'll be expected to work all four colors on your controller constantly and then mix your direction pad into it.

Melody's Escape is a fun way to spend some time, made better by the surprisingly accurate music analyzer. Since you're likely playing songs of ~3-5min length, it's an entertaining way to spend some time without getting too involved. A few minor criticisms may be that it lacks any sort of leaderboard and some people may have musical tastes incompatible with the analyzer depending on how non-traditional your music structure is, leading to less impressive tracks. Still, this has been the best game for "playing my music" I've encountered yet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
After playing this game for almost 4 hours (which is not a lot) i think i can make a review.

Melody's Escpare is a rhythm game in which you can choose one of your own tracks and the game will automatically make an obstacle map out of it. Melody's escape is simple but still its not an easy game. In the game you can use a keyboard or a controller i prefer a controller for the best experience but playing with keyboard is fun too but harder to get used to. The control schemes are not hard in this game cuz it only requires only 8 buttons.

Gameplay: In the map that the game created your job is to get trough the obstacles by pressing the right buttons which will possibly be the arrows for you. There are also ''floating orbs'' that can be collected by pressing the right buttons, but when you are catching floating orbs in instnse difficulty it will require other keys to catch not the arrows. Here the normal setting is w,a,s,d keys so you dont have to sit in an uncomfortable pose to play the best.

Overall i think who likes rhythm games should get this cuz its addicting but to get used to it you need to play a little.

While i played the game the only problem was that sometimes it doesnt really percieve some things but other than that its a good game.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I like playing video games, I also like listening to music. This game has both. It's a fun side scrolling rhythm game that has multiple difficulties for everybody to enjoy. This way you could either sit down and relax to your favourite song, or you could give yourself a challenge and use your reaction skills to successfully complete the level
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
If you need any system that can run music and you moving with the beat, this Is the game for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I was kinda worried how it will work with my fav music... but well i would get dry eyes running on 10 minutes metal song again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Hey thats pretty good
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Do you love listening to music?
Do you love playing rhythm games?
Do you love simple yet beautiful sceneries?
Do you love colors?

If you answered yes to all of those, you'll fall in love with this game.

Melody's Escape is a must buy game if you're into rhythm games. But it doesn't offer the "Button Mashing" feeling that Osu! (Also another great rhythm game) gives me, instead it throws me into a fast pace quick reaction time platforming gameplay that goes perfectly well with the music playing at the background whether it's electro, dubstep, japanese songs, you name it. The game perfectly detects the tempo and beat of my music and does a nice job of staying on beat in-game.

The gameplay is relatively simple, you press your directional buttons to jump, slide over obstacles and you hold it to fly across platforms and you also have to tap buttons to clear the beat that you encounter. It's simple but takes time to get used to especially if you're playing songs with fast beats.

The background is simple yet elegant, it matches with the mood of your music. Sometimes it's on fire, sometimes it's a beautiful aurora and the colors of the buttons that you have to press is nice to the eye and easy to see even though the game is moving fast. It also matches the colors of the face buttons of my controller! (Currently using a Logitech gamepad with an Xbox style facebuttons.)

Overall, Melody's Escape is a must buy for any rhythm game fans out there and a must try for others too.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
TLDR; Do not pick up if your musical tastes don't bend towards more clear beats and pop songs. Or just plain volume.

This is a bit iffy musical game - on one hand it's great that it plays fine with most common formats, but the filtering and searching for songs does some common mistakes, like the fact that backing up from a folder bumps you back at the top of the main folder. A pain if you have thousands of folders and you're just browsing.

The beatmapping is also a bit difficult at times, not properly mapping stuff like completely ambient or classical pieces, or some really heavy metal tracks. It's mostly for pop, obviously. Occasionally you might get lucky and the beatmap looks like something that goes with a song.

There's a lot of room for improvement, but when it does work, it really works. The workshop is also a nice little piece of additional eyecandy if you tend to pick it up for longer periods of time.

Unfortunately my limit came trying "Roller Mobster" by Carpenter Brut - the beatmapping was so nonsensical that I simply couldn't handle the game any longer. It smells like it's all tied to just simple loudness of the songs, both the beats and the speed, and that's not how music works.

If you have the patience to keep scrounging for songs that work fine with this then by all means get it, but it's just too disappointing to me.
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