developer: Beethoven and Dinosaur
publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Game mode: single player
The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is an action-adventure game released on PC and XboxONE. This is the debut production of the Australian teat Beethoven and Dinosaur.
The game tells the story of a young musician named Francis Vendetti. At the beginning of the game, 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 young artist'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 classic PVs and music videos, especially those from created for David Bowie.
In terms of mechanics The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a combination of a platform and adventure game. The latter genre provides numerous logic puzzles and a system of conversation. At the same time, the movement takes place in only two dimensions, and players are faced with a variety of arcade challenges, such as avoiding obstacles and traps or fighting enemies with a laser gun.
In addition to all this, elements of a musical rhytm 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 locks.
The project is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and offers unusual graphics inspired by music videos from the 70s 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, the leader of the rock band The Galvatrons.