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 (747 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
7 of 7 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 3 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
This is sooo Good, Very good game, BEAUTIFUL!!!! 100/10
want this game a long time ago, soo yea. Bought this on sale -25% and it's worth it
cuz it's soo awesome

I suggest that put a feature of a "save a replay" to see our own gameplay :))
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 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
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
This game is fun to play, you might not think it, but it's a real challenge.
Playing this game on the easiest difficulty is pretty hard, well for me at least.
Though I'm fairly good at Audiosurf, I'll have to practice some more (a lot) on this game.
It took me 2 hours to get the hang of the basics, when to jump, where to focus on the screen ect.

At the start I felt as if the game was glitchy or something. After playing different songs for 2, I found out, my timing was just horribly bad. Traing, traing and more trainging. I'm not giving up, and neither should you if you feel as if the games hates you!

I can see myself playing this game a lot in the future. Can't wait to reach a point where I stop sucking at it though :D

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.3 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
!!!
so damn awesome !!!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Its an amazing game! Works with console controller :D
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4 of 13 people (31%) 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 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
better than audiosurf, I guess.
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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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4.0 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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8.7 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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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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9.4 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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9.4 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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27.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
I just got this game yesterday (November 22nd, 2014) and I have to say, it's easily one of my favorite games. One of the best games I've played in the last few years.

-game review under this top 5 list-

(This is my personal 5 favorite games of the last few years. 1st game being favorite, 6th game being least favorite of my favorites (though of course not bad as it is a top 5 list.))

1.) Warframe
2.)Melody's Escape
3.)Super Hexagon
4.)Defiance
5.)Insurgency

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Now, the review.

Melody's Escape is a pretty simple game once you get used to it, and that's not a bad thing. You select a song (or playlist. You can choose to play an entire folder of songs in order with the press of a button, which is a great feature.) to play, and the game generates an obstacle course style of level that syncronizes with the music you selected. The goal of each level is to get as many correct "notes" as possible. In my experience, the game tends to sync more with the percussion parts of the songs I put in, which is nice.

As someone who sits at a computer all day listening to music, regardless of what I'm currently doing, I find this game to be quite fun. I always found it slightly uncomfortable to be sitting at my desktop listening to music while not doing anything.

"I'm not doing anything but listening to music, and it's a waste of time because I'm not making any progress in anything." --Me before I bought Melody's Escape

Now when I'm not playing Warframe, I'm playing this. There are a small number of games that I feel like I can play music with without ruining the gameplay of said game. The fact that this game is 100% centered around the music I'm listening to is just fantastic.

If you like to listen to music but feel like I do about playing music while playing a game, then this game is for you.

Although to be honest I'd recommend this game to everyone.

Another thing to note is that the difficulty curve from "Relaxing" to the next difficulty "Medium" is a decent one. You'll have to practice a bit to get good with Medium. 15 hours in and I'm still not ready for the two higher difficulties, but that's fine for now.

Because I'll be playing this a lot.
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