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 (737 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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"I personally feel this is perhaps one of the best rhythm based games I have ever played, and I don’t say that lightly."
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November 20

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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September 2

Now available on Linux and Mac!

Melody's Escape is now available on Linux and Mac, as a native port using FNA/Mono.

Everything should be functional, except for a few issues with fullscreen mode that will be fixed in the next patch, and "drag'n'drop" which isn't working yet.

If you encounter any issues on those platforms, please don't hesitate to post them in the Linux and Mac support thread.
If the mouse isn't responding correctly after switching to fullscreen, you can use the keyboard to navigate the menus.

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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 3 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
    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
    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
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
i always wanted to have something to do !! but guess what !! Loving this game is what i am going to do xD
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so damn awesome !!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
What I like the most about this game is it always feels fresh. I mean who stops collecting music? I get new stuff and I find myself thinking "Can't wait to check that song out on Melody's Escape".

Favorite Songs to Play so Far:

Hot Rails to Hell by Blue Oyster Cult
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Iron Maiden
Painkiller by Judas Priest
Creeping Death by Metallica
Katmandu by Bob Segar
Achilles Last Stand by Led Zepplin
Spirit Crusher by Death
Beyond the Ice by Blind Guardian
Jessica by The Allman Brothers Band
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt

My only suggestion would be adding some kind of album or playlist mode.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Early Access Review
So,
the great thing about this game is that it actually responds to your music. Think Audiosurf, which does a kinda decent job but is seemingly a bit random at times, or Beat Hazard, which is a really great game in itself but doesn't really respond to your music except for how loud it is. This game does a good job responding to the music and displaying it visually.
The customization is also really great. Steam Workshop in that thing makes it really awesome, customizing-wise you're on a really good way. The game itself is pretty minimalistic though, so it's not really that much to actually see. It's a pretty great game anyway. I'd suggest picking it up if you're into rhythm games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
Melody's Escape is a game in the same boat as Symphony or *groan* Audiosurfer. Each level is a song in your music collection of choice. Sadly, though, the game doesn't contain any preset tunes, but that's okay as long as you've got a thick selection to choose from. The game doesn't feature any campaign or story, for that matter, but perhaps that would ruin the charm. The game, aside from it's core components (which I remind you are top notch), is rather barren to say the least. Perhaps some menu music (FOR YOUR MUSIC GAME) and some more background elements would help, but I don't know. Local Multiplayer sounds perfect for this title, with 2-4 different players fighting for that perfect score (of course, not colliding). By now, you may be thinking I've been pretty harsh on the game and wondering why I recommend this, and with my answer comes the game's saving grace: Early Access! Just because these notable features aren't included in the game DOES NOT mean they won't be included, because this isn't the final product. While quite a few people I know are always skeptical about this Steam feature after multiple particular blunders (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE), but the devs seem pretty good about it so far. And don't forget that lovely Steam Workshop.
On to the actual gameplay, however! In this humble little game, you control the mysterious Melody as she runs away from, uh, something probably really dangerous and stuff. Yeah, that. It must be really dangerous, though, because she'd rather not face it head-on but instead take the scenic HELL OBSTACLES OF HELL route. Yep, this game isn't as easy as it may lead on. In fact, you better start off with Relaxing mode before even touching 'Normal', or you're gonna have a bad time. Now, slide your headphones on and take a trip through Melody's musical drops, hurdles, and slides, all synced to your chosen song! I have to say that for all the frustration and guilt (Melody's animations when she fails most obstacles are hard to watch) I had starting off, when you get that perfect ranking, you feel like a god. While some songs don't work well, or in some cases, not at all, the ones that do work REALLY work. I'd be sure to have the zoom all the way out, however, or you'll get one hell of a headache. If you can manage, I'd also suggest a 360 controller.

Final Statement: It looks like you can run away from your problems after all.
83/100
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
well it's great game to pass the time
but it's boring after a few hours
and it's not worth 10$
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
better than audiosurf, I guess.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Great Game! For $10, and considering the fact it isn't even finished yet. I would recommend this to any of those who are into 'Music Titles'. You play as a Female Character, and get to choose your own songs and play through the melody notes. There is Steam Workshop for this game for those of you who don't like the defaults as I didn't.
If you like Audiosurf, this is the next step.
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8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
It's fun and challenging, lets you use your own music, and is pretty muich fully customizable, from your character to the color scheme. Worth the price of admission, if you ask me.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
This is a neat game where you can choose your favorite music then as the character Melody run a obstacle course that is effected by the rythmn of your song of choice, and press buttons when prompted to, and depending on your success rate will effect your overall course. Of course on the basic level that defines this as a rythmn game, (if not aware, or certain of what that is, think Guitar Hero, or Rock Band if you are familiar with those), of course using music from your library makes this a rather unique game of this type, where the possiblities are limited, by your music, the difficulty you have selected, and your skill.

Another rather neat extra is that Melody's appearance can be customized thanks to the Steam Workshop, which possesses a good variety of clothes, and hairs for her, the game's color scheme can also be changed thanks to this.

Obviously I would recommned this game, of course weather you like it, or not depends on your music library, and if you are willing to test you fingers's reflects to the point of wearing them out, or of course you enjoy rythmn games over all.
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2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Early Access Review
This is a fantastic game for those who love music and want a fast paced game that you can customize,
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8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
This game is amazing although there is no story to this game its gameplay is so awesome running and parkouring to the beats of your music. The whole game updating a lot is great as well and the latest update this review was posted on is so cool when it slowed down and did like a movie shot when Melody was diving off a cliff i shot up with excitement and was like holy ♥♥♥♥ that is awesome.

Also the new outfits are sexy and awesome and what makes it worse is i do not know why it is sexy O.O"
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3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Early Access Review
This game... It's just... Just... So... Fun... While frustrating... And even if you do screw up... The deaths are hilarious... J-pop ALL the way!!! I'd give this... an... 8.7/10...

8/8 ~IGN Gr8 m8 no h8
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12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Early Access Review
It's a pretty decent game. I've gotten eye strain a bit from it, but it's because of all the colours and the speed.
If you have lots of music, like me, then this game will give you quite some play time.

You can also make your own skins or download some in the workshop.
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Its an amazing game! Works with console controller :D
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7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
Great fun!
To begin, this is not a game about adventure, nor does it have any story. Instead what we get here is a masterpeice. One spectacular achievement in gaming. This game utilizes your music to mould the game in which you play and allows you to play the game you want.
The game revolves around music, your music, every last bit of it. Not only do you get to listen to your awsome music, but you also get to follow the runner on your screen and guide them through obstacles that you face in the way. Yes, it is a simple idea, but wow is it a complex system. Each song creates a different path, as the game creates an algorithm to work out how the song works, piece by piece and it mould the buttons and obstacles around them. Not only is this cool, but it does this all in a fraction of a second. There are no glitches i have come accross and i have had a lot of fun playing it.
With its simple, but stunning visuals it allows for hours of enjoyment and hours of listening to your favorite music. I would rate this game 9/10 and what makes this even more impressive is that it is still only early access. Great value and an overall great game!
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53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
If you're a daydreamer, you'll love this game. If you were one of those kids to listen to music and imagine a man running outside of the car window, you will love this game.

Giving it a wide review isn't easy considering that every will have a different music genre taste. All I can say about the game though is that the controls are convenient, the style is nice and easy to follow along with. There's no pointless garbage flying around the screen, no flashing lights, no insane break downs to leave you confused and scrambling to hit the right buttons. It's just a calm, relaxing game that gives you the best of enjoying music and gaming.

The replay value is neverending. As long as you have music in your library, you can keep playing this game for as long as your little heart desires.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Early Access Review
I saw this game before it was introduced to Steam during random trips around the internet. At first I thought it was going to be like most all other rythem games with the same repettitive motions. But when actual gameplay was released I freaked out. It combined the childhood thing a lot of us did in the car when we imagined the person or animal running outside the window; jumping, sliding, grinding, and preforming ninja moves over anything in our way. Melody's Escape combined the mental simulation of your faveorite music with minimal, yet beautiful detail and eye catching movement. With the added bonus of the Steam Workshop this game can take on any form that your imagination can think of.

9/10
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Early Access Review
This game hurts my eyes so bad but it's feels so good and awesome playing your music as you run free of everything I just don't care if I go blind *_*
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