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 (1,055 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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May 1

Update v0.8.1 Sound effects and new skins

Update v0.8.1 Sound effects and new skins



Sound effects and text popups
  • Added in-game sound effects (all are optionals and can be disabled!). By default only "errors" sound effects will play, but you can enable them for all obstacle success and hearts in the "Audio" options menu.
  • Added sound effects and animations for the hearts score animation during the post-track score overview.
  • Added "TOO LATE" error text for failed obstacles which didn't receive their input in time. Pressing the wrong button will instead display "ERROR" (and play a different sound too), so you can distinguish between timing problems and incorrect input.
  • Added a small timer to prevent spamming multiple "ERROR" messages and sound effects when repeatedly pressing incorrect buttons (for visual feedback purposes only, it still resets your score multiplier everytime)
  • Adjusted floating-text popups positions and made their transitions smoother during intensity section changes

Skins
  • Added 2 new skins: "Prototype (Inverted)" and "Black Dress"
  • Modified all default skins to make the "shadows" on the background legs/arms much lighter
  • Added the default hair texture to the sample hairstyle mod folder (it was missing on Windows builds)
  • Updated the "sample skin" texture

Misc Changes
  • Reverted the Running section ground border to "grass", as it was better looking and the alternative didn't help with the "blur" feeling encountered by some players (as I incorrectly assumed it would).

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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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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
19 of 23 people (83%) 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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
Playtime and Time/money
I haven't had much time to play this game as of writing this review but it has a seemingly infinite duration, same as other games such as Audiosurf, so for this review I will exclude this part willingly because there is no good way to determine a set $/hour value to this game.

When the gameplay is based off of user created (more like music created) levels it lasts forever, this is however coming from someone who does not get bored from rhythm games.
You may be wondering why I would want to play other rhythm games if I don't get bored of them, and my answer to that is that some are beautiful, and some pose a new challenge. this one is both of those and is my current favorite game to listen to music to in.
Exactly what is this game?
Rhythm game. You press buttons/keys and you complete various actions to set a higher score and to not fail at running through the level. the levels are based on the beat/tempo/sound of your songs that you supply it. Any sound file that you use will most likely work, I've tried this with mp3s and wavs but not much else because who really uses much else?
Difficulties include pressing one button to complete the actions, pressing 4 buttons that correspond to color, pressing 8 buttons that correspond to direction and color, and lastly a combination of more spots to hit and the previous difficulty.
So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: 1/10 You are a runner, you run to the music that is playing in your headphones, you can customize the runner in the workshop very easily.
  • Gameplay: 10/10 Does not, will not, get old. constantly challenging, high skill wall and after you beat that to the point where you can do everything flawlessly the game is still fun to play while listening to more songs.
  • Presentation: 10/10 Honestly beautiful game. There is a bloom effect on a vector style of the game. as a person who is heavily interested in a minimalist style of art this is just my thing. You don't need much to say a lot. and what you leave open, you leave a canvas for others to think and fill in.
  • Soundtrack: 11/10 Your own soundtrack. what more can be said?
  • Replayability: 10/10 Would there ever be a time when this game could be dated and unplayable? No. Will there be more immersive or better looking games that are rhythm games in the future? Possibly, but what you have here, is the newest and the best looking one that is also REALLY nice to older computers. Besides, even after a new rhythm game comes out, there's nothing that would make you unable to play this one. I could still go back to audiosurf if I wanted to, but by my personal preference I love the way that this game looks and feels.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
This is the best rhythm game on Steam
It is a real joy to play
But this game will steal your hopes and dreams
And make you f***ing pay.

This game is music Dark Souls
This gem is known by few
And you will go insane
If you get another f***ing blue.

Electronic, rap, or rock
Country, foreign, or mellow
You will never be able to find
Any f***ing shades of yellow.

It has (partial) controller support
So you can lay and play in bed
And you will praise the gods
When you see f***ing red.

It even has a Workshop
And the visuals are pretty clean
But the coolest sections will make you rage
And hate motherf***ing green.

This is a really fun game
As the other reviews will show
But do not take it from us
Play it your f***ing self self, though.

But really, this game will make you hate your down arrow key.

Praise The Red! \(*o*)/
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Early Access Review
This game is impressive. No other game have such a beautiful atmosphere and plain great music analyzing system. Playing a song is as if the rhythm was designed by a real person, not by the machine. The gameplay is addictive just like most good rhythm game. highly recommended for rhythm game player
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Early Access Review
Oh my god, did I seriously just play all the way through Worlds in one sitting? I did, and it was amazing.

Alright, so here's a list of pros and cons of this game:

Pros:
*Very smooth controls. Anytime you mess up, you feel like it's your own fault.
*Beautiful graphics. Very minimalistic, it manages to be bright and colorful without distracting you.
*It matches up to the music almost perfectly.
*Very addictive, you can easily lose an hour or more and barely notice.


Cons:
*MOTION. BLUR. When the speed picks up, it can get tough to focus on each direction. It gave me a bit of a headache after a while. This is really my only complaint however.

Stray Observations:
*I love the slow motion jumps that pop up occasionally. Very cinematic.
*I like that you can customize Melody a bit, however it still feels very limited. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if they don't add any more options, but it would be nice if they did.
*I like to imagine I'm a rebel on the run from a dystopian government. I dunno why, it just seems fitting.

All in all, great game! I'd recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
Best. Melodic. Game. Ever.


11/10 Because I love the way it is.

Also, there's a workshop thingy that's really cool.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is described by its creator as a 'rhythm runner'. It uses an advanced algorithm to turn any audio track from your music library into a course Melody has to navigate. While collecting power orbs, she'll have to jump over, slide under, kick apart, and weave around obstacles in her way. She'll also alternate between walking, running, and flying depending on the song's current tempo.

The rapidly scrolling directional and button prompts feels like a marriage between Dance Dance Revolution, Quick Time Events (QTEs), and precision platforming.

Since each song generates a unique track, and the different difficulties require different input methods, the game theoretically has infinite replayability. Whether you're a rhythm game fanatic, a multi-genre virtuoso or just someone looking for a fresh gameplay experience, you'll find something to like about this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
I have to say I'm disappointed. I was expecting the game to be like Audiosurf in the sense that you had direct control over your character, and the levels were generated such that properly navigating the level resulted in you naturally pressing buttons in time with the music. Instead, the game is more like Guitar Hero or DDR in that all you do is press buttons in time with visual and auditory cues- the player character and obstacles are essentially just decorations or visualizations.

I would have much preferred to have full control of the character so that I could jump, slide, etc. as I chose (it would be fine to have character travel still be automatic and based on music tempo, though). If this were done, the colored arrow indicators could even be removed, and the player could choose their inputs based just on the upcoming obstacles.

As it is, I feel constantly frustrated since I'm making inputs that, in a platformer game, would cause me to clear the obstacles, but in this game, since I missed the cue timing, I crash.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
30 Minutes on this game.
Melody's Escape + Terrible laptop = When the bass drops, my fps drops.
A really good rythem game! <3
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
It's fun yet extremely challenging. Fantastic rhythm game!
Just load your song files and start playing!
Better than Audiosurf? Yes.
Better than osu! and DanceDanceRevolution? We'll have to see. ;)
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.4 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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
10/10 would seizure again
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38 of 44 people (86%) 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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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
57.8 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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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
My first Perfect run was on the Russian National Anthem.

10/10
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
37.9 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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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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16 of 20 people (80%) 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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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 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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