The Artful Escape Beautifully Blends Music and Color

The Artful Escape

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The Artful Escape Beautifully Blends Music and Color

November 14, 2019

By: Robert N. Adams

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September 9, 2021 (Calendar)
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The Artful Escape is a brand-new game from Annapurna Interactive that's coming to Xbox One in 2020. The announcement of this new title kicked off with a trailer.

A record spun on a player and a guitar was strummed by a purple-haired person with glasses. The guitarist traveled through the stars to various fantastical scenes as an epic rock track played in the background before the title was revealed.

We didn't know much more in the way of details when it was revealed, but it certainly seems like an epic game with an awesome soundtrack! Some more details were eventually released via a press release.

What's The Artful Escape All About?

It wasn't entirely clear from what we saw in the above trailer, but The Artful Escape is very definitely a platformer. Australian developer Beethoven & Dinosaur have created something wonderfully surreal, and a press release told us a bit more about this upcoming game.


Players will take on the role of a performer by the name of Francis Vendetti. It's the day before his very first performance, and he finds himself lost within the realm of his imagination.

You'll move through a world filled with sound, and it's going to be a little different than your typical platformer; your movements are the driving force behind the music you can hear in the above trailer. I imagine we'll see plenty of people coming up with unique takes on the game's levels that will make beautiful symphonies of rock.

We don't have a firm release date for The Artful Escape, but you can look forward to seeing it come to the Xbox One and Apple Arcade sometime in 2020.

What do you think of The Artful Escape? Do you like the idea of a platformer with such a heavy focus on music? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!