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The Artful Escape is a journey of musical self-discovery presented as a 2D side-scrolling platformer with very forgiving mechanics. The player controls the character Francis Vendetti, a folk musician, who struggles with the legacy of his famous uncle Jason Vendetti. While trying to find his own voice, he is whisked away by a being called Lightman to several dimensions in space with psychedelic environments.

A large part of the game consists of exploration, moving through the environment and talking to characters. In the general platform levels Jason can (double) jump and play a cosmic guitar to interact with the environment and light it up. There are no enemies, but only some small obstacles such as gaps that need to be avoided. When dropping down the game restarts right away. There are also no lives or a health system.

At some points of the game a type of "boss fight" needs to be done through a musical jam with large creatures. Five different parts light up and Francis need to repeat them in the correct order Simon Says-style to create sounds, but with room for some experimentation in length and timing.


The Artful Escape Windows There are several large creatures to meet.
The Artful Escape Windows Francis practises on the stage he is supposed to perform at tonight.
The Artful Escape Windows Title screen
The Artful Escape Windows The platforms light up as you move over them.

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PlayStation Universe PlayStation 5 Jan 25, 2022 9 out of 10 90
The Indie Game Website Windows Oct 04, 2021 9 out of 10 90
Way Too Many Games Xbox Series Sep 10, 2021 9 out of 10 90
Gamer's Palace Xbox Series Jan 30, 2022 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Xbox Series Sep 30, 2021 82 out of 100 82
Play Magazine PlayStation 5 Mar 08, 2022 8 out of 10 80
Edge Xbox Series Oct 06, 2021 7 out of 10 70
Gameplay (Benelux) PlayStation 5 Mar 01, 2022 Unscored Unscored
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Windows Sep 08, 2021 Unscored Unscored


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