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The Artful Escape

The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti

The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a hybrid of adventure and arcade, enriched with elements of a musical game.

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The Artful Escape is an original action adventure game. This is the debut production of the Australian band Beethoven and Dinosaur.


The game tells the story of a young musician named Francis Vendetti. At the beginning of the action he is preparing for his first performance in front of the audience. The problem is that his uncle is a true legend of the industry and for this reason the expectations of the artist's nephew's debut are enormous.

The campaign tells the story of Francis' attempts to find a unique artistic identity, both in terms of the music he plays and his stage personality. In order to do so, he goes on an inter-dimensional expedition, during which he will visit the lands inspired by classical music videos, especially those from David Bowie's oeuvre.

Game mechanics

In terms of mechanics, The Artful Escape features both a platform and adventure game elements. From the latter genre numerous logical puzzles and a system of conversation were taken. At the same time, we can only move in two dimensions, and every now and then players face a variety of arcade challenges, including avoiding obstacles and traps or fighting enemies with a laser gun.

In addition to all this, elements of a musical game have been added. The protagonist is dressed in a suit that records and emits sounds. During our adventure, we slowly gather a library of recordings, and then use it to create our own songs and use them, for example, to hypnotize enemies or unlock castles.

Technical aspects

The project is based on the Unreal Engine 4 engine and offers unusual graphics inspired by music videos from the 70s and 80s. and 80s. Equally interesting is the music layer with many catchy songs - which is due to the fact that the main designer of the game was Johnny Galvatron, who previously was the leader of The Galvatrons rock band.

Game mode: single player  

User score: 7,5 / 10 based on 4232 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 9 / 10 based on 20 votes.

PEGI rating The Artful Escape

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty. Game contains bad language.

The Artful Escape System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core i3-540 3.06 GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 650 / 2 GB Radeon HD 7870 or better
  • 7 GB HDD
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Recommended:
  • Intel Core i5-6600 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 / 4 GB Radeon RX 580 or better
  • 7 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
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