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Surreal adventure The Artful Escape is a dive into sound & vision

By jove it’s beautiful.

We can’t claim to understand much of what’s going on in the new trailer for The Artful Escape, but do we really need to, when the environment is as unique as this one? Kickstarted back in 2016, The Artful Escape is a psychedelic adventure in both sound and vision, and yes that is a Bowie reference because, well, just look at it.

The Artful Escape follows Francis Vendetti, the nephew of a “cultural megalith”, the musician Johnson Vendetti. His uncle’s folk music legacy has become legendary, and Francis is having difficulty living up to him in his own musical endeavours. He doesn’t really even have his own persona yet, but thats where his imagination comes in.

It’s the night before his first performance and he’s about to embark on an “abandoned multidimensional roadway” where he’ll meet those that inspire his new stage persona. But who will he be? There are also some big monster encounters on the way too, because no emotional journey is complete without a battle against some demons.

The game’s Kickstarter page describes the gameplay as a “narrative-driven action/adventure, music-sampling, platforming, rhythm laser-light guitar solo kind of game”. How that will all meld together – we can’t wait to find out.

The Artful Escape will be out on Apple Arcade and Xbox in 2020.