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The Artful Escape (Xbox Series X/S) Review

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Society can influence our tolerance for these confusing times through stressful expectations, jealous remarks, and blind assumptions that ignore our personal identity, ambitions, and dreams, especially in our teens, as a society can influence our tolerance for these confusing times through stressful expectations, jealous remarks, and blind assumptions that ignore our personal identity, ambitions, and dreams. The main theme of today’s game, The Artful Escape, is this.

Francis Vendetti is a teen who struggles with society’s expectations on a daily basis. His uncle Johnson Vendetti was a folk music legend and the center of attention in their small town, but after he died, the townspeople hoped that Francis would bring back his uncle’s glory days by organizing a memorial for him and forcing him to play the music of his late uncle to prove that he inherited his talent for music to the same degree.

Francis’ lack of talent isn’t an issue in our story; he has more than enough to show the world who he is. The main problem is that he isn’t into folk music; he doesn’t feel at ease with it, and when he tries to play the guitar, the tones come across as weak and disjointed. His eyes light up from time to time with visions derived from his love of science fiction stories and his real dreams of playing rock music, traveling between universes, and assuming a completely new identity, in other words, his true identity.

As a result, the Artful Escape’s distinct and expressive story structure can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Many obvious hints of magical realism are present, and many strange fantastical objects are treated as normal by the characters. You can interpret it as if everything really happened and Francis went on a journey to outer space beyond the stars known to man, or as if it was just a symbolic journey of self-discovery that went through his head and nothing more. In any case, it’s a trip you won’t regret taking.

The Artful Escape is Immediately Available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and is playable for free for all Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

The Artful Escape Review


Going on a journey of self-discovery isn’t exactly a new concept, but The Artful Escape restructures it into a magical fantasy that takes you deep into space and through distant universes. The strange setting and outlandish music kept reminding us of how art and music could be resonant and capable of addressing our deepest feelings and conveying things that cannot be expressed in words.

Your dreams are nothing more than that. You have no idea how to hold a guitar without panicking, what to wear to a party, what other people expect of you, and you have no idea what you want right now. You’re going through an existential crisis that everyone your age has had at some point, but after an eerie encounter with an alien existence in the middle of the night, you realize that your options aren’t limited to just one or two.

You are given a new outfit and a guitar that can unleash a variety of incredible beats when you join an intergalactic band from outer space. You can even try playing with it yourself using a set of simple controls, but for the most part, you’ll be moving while holding one button, which will be more than enough to satisfy your inner musical desires.

The world responds to your music in a variety of ways. Exotic flowers and plants bloom in a variety of colors, distant stars shine brighter when you look at them, and light bulbs shine in a variety of colors. All of the music you play on your guitar blends in perfectly with the constant heavy rock soundtracks that play at every stage and at every moment of your journey. With the power of rock music, you can finally express yourself and change your inner and outer world.

The Artful Escape speaks to the heart not the mind

The Artful Escape speaks to the heart, not the mind

Playing the game all the way through is a no-brainer. It only asks that you feel and that you fill your eyes and ears with dazzling sights and soothing music. All you have to do is hold that one button down and walk around the various planets, letting your imagination run wild.

Associate all of your dreams, ideals, and concerns with musical elements and the core of your protagonist’s soul, whom you can influence and choose how he actually pursues his own internal revamp through a few dialogue choices here and there, but most importantly, you will help him discover his true potential and calling, which he himself did not believe he possessed.

The main draw of the experience is the rock music and stunning visuals. Many references to real works of art, music, and literature can be found around every corner. The backstory of a central character is similarly told in the form of a massive hologram exhibition, with a narrator blending fantasy and reality to create a unique narrative experience.

In this game, no two moments are alike, and I have never felt that the game took more or less time than was required to say what it wanted to say. The developer is well aware of the emotional impact that each scene has on the player, and he uses simple but effective language to convey his message. It all feels very natural and blends together like an actual musical score written by a real legendary artist – Which it is by the way. The main guitarist and head of the development studio is none other than Johnny Galvatron, one of the founding members and lead guitarist of the band The Galvatron’s, and he worked together on this game along with many iconic faces in the music industry.

A modern art piece

A modern art piece

Although the Artful Escape may not be a game for everyone, it is certain to communicate something meaningful to everyone through its colorful enchanting setting and unprecedented interactive gameplay, which seamlessly blends the player’s musical input with the original soundtrack and the visual details of anything that catches the player’s eye.

This game is possibly the most beautiful game we’ve seen in a long time, and it could be the most beautiful game of the year in 2021. The Artful Escape, like the recent indie hit GRIS, is an accurate representation of video gaming’s potential to transcend itself and delve into other art mediums through the use of complex artistic ascetics.

Of course, those expecting a bit more complexity in gameplay will be disappointed, as the game is purely designed around moving the main character while holding a single button for 3-4 hours, and nothing really evolves from the basics discussed in the game’s prologue, but honestly, we didn’t care much about progression or the increasing potential of player input for this particular game.

There are a lot of games out there that try to do new and unusual things or imitate other sources of inspiration in order to be creative, but The Artful Escape is one of the few that actually does it well. There is no experience quite like the one we’ve had here right now, so it’s difficult to compare it to anything else on the market.

The game isn’t even attempting to appeal to fans of the rhythm genre; instead, it is attempting to sell its own linear story within an incomparable musical art structure. I enjoy The Artful Escape for its own sake, which is something we rarely see in today’s games, which are constantly caught between the legacy of the past and the ambitions of the future. As a result, I am confident that this game is a wonderful and indispensable addition to today’s game scene and a prime example of how the video game industry will always remain vibrant and inspirational for years to come.

The Artful Escape is a fascinating creative game that tells a story about self-discovery through an innovative journey to a faraway galaxy, where the magic of music and the player’s inner emotion influence planets, heavens, lakes, and creatures.

The Good

  • Unique artistic sense that harmonizes music and art together
  • Good writing and a variety of choices to direct your character’s inner turmoil
  • Moderate playing time with decent pacing
  • Many accessibility options for players who may have trouble hearing the music

The Bad

  • Some dialogue options leave no impression on the receiving party
  • The controls could have used more variety and other input styles
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