The Artful Escape - Review 1
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Year 2017. . . I’m seeing a demo footage on YouTube during E3: The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti. When I see fascinating places, interesting characters and guitar mechanics, I immediately put it on my radar. And then I wait. . I’m waiting and waiting. While I was worried about “Is it cancelled” because I didn’t get any news for a long time, The Artful Escape reappears with a shorter name. Then I wait again. I’m waiting and waiting. I even write him in the “Indies We’ve Been Waiting for” column in the middle. And after exactly 4 years, The Artful Escape finally decides to debut. So I’m taking my guitar, and I’m starting my weeping midgalactic journey with Francis Vendetti. .

Francis Vendetti is our main character, as you can imagine. After the death of his uncle, the world-famous folk genius Johnson Vendetti, he forcefully plays folk music in order not to upset the townspeople. Just as he was going to give his first concert, he started to hear voices from the unknown. Then the captain of the intergalactic revelry ship visits him and says he needs a spare craftsman. Thinking that this is a good opportunity to create his stage identity, Francis accepts the offer and begins to take the stage planet by planet. But with one difference, he is no longer a folk musician, but a solo star who makes the guitar cry. . .

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Francis’ journey to find this stage identity naturally proceeds in an unexpected form. But the script has no branching structure. On the contrary, it has a compact structure. Some things are developing rapidly, probably due to the fact that the gameplay is not long. This disrupts the natural flow of the parable. Together with the twist at the end, we can say that it presents an average scenario.

The most annoying point in the scenario is the selection bubbles that the game gives us. Yes, there is a selection mechanism in The Artful Escape as well, but even the words of the other person do not change, let alone changing the flow of the story. They got out of the way by making it so general that I wished they hadn’t made this election talk. It is obvious that the situation of “dreams vs life” has been experienced here.

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Places That Take Me From Me

You realize in a very short time that the highlight of The Artful Escape is its bright, colorful and fascinating appearance. With the different beings of different planets, he can experience sequences at the beginning of the Journey. Well, it’s not as impressive as the usual Journey, but it’s definitely successful. If the personal appearances and music do not suit you, you can leave the game from the second hour.

We also shape Francis Vendetti’s stage identity in the play. It’s up to us to choose which planet it’s from, the stage name and the costumes. None of these directly affect the game. We only hear when Francis will introduce himself. But I can say that the costumes are the most critical. It’s worthwhile to dress up in something appealing to our eyes, as we’ll be seeing Francis all the time. Fortunately, the game is very successful in this regard. Many different outfits are available in the game. We can even change the shape/color of the guitar.

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The Artful Escape is a game that tries to appeal to the eyes and ears. I think it would be more accurate for him to say experience rather than game. Because it promises very little in terms of gameplay. You can make your guitar cry with a single button, and you also have the ability to bounce twice. And you go through the game using only these two. You also perform impromptu concerts, which foreigners call “jamming”, with someone from that planet. Here you are asked to press the notes (keys) you see on the screen, but there is no random timing restriction.

There’s nothing I can’t get over with games where the usual gameplay element isn’t a random drawback. Johnny Galvatron, the director of The Artful Escape, has also talked about this situation many times. But so much nice potential was wasted here that I said, “Oh man,” a few times. For example, the guitar cry mechanic. I say mechanic, but we only do this by pressing a single button in the game. Instead, if we were given free space at the end while jamming, we would feel like we were doing something ourselves by making random combinations. Or if this guitar combined the crying with a few keys and gave it to the platform elements. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much magic when you do it with one click. These style elements could have easily moved the gameplay from minus to positive.

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Sound Check One Two

Of course, a game that puts music at the forefront has to do everything about sound properly, right? He also does The Artful Escape. Both the (albeit a little) folk music, Francis’ solos and the music that enhances the atmosphere in the background are very successful. I’m particularly lucky that Francis is always able to solo and you don’t get the feeling of being interrupted. Naturally Johnny Galvatron’s musical background also helps here.

I have to put my two little woes about the music into words. First, the game wants us to make the guitar cry at some points, but the background music continues while doing this. Since the background music has a very different tone at some points, it creates sequences that undermine the atmosphere. Secondly, Francis’ solos are generally monotonous. I know it’s very difficult to connect different solos, but the heart is not looking for Tapping Van Hala style, Zakk Wylde style pinch harmonic.

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After a long wait, The Artful Escape surprised us with its Turkish language base. If you want to perform guitar solos accompanied by fascinating images in the production that promises 4-6 hours of gameplay, I recommend you to have this different experience. It’s also on Game Pass! You can try and find out if the game is for you or not. Because The Artful Escape does not contain any random puzzles/challenges/obstacles.

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