Try The Artful Escape Game (Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC, Game Pass) – M2 Gaming

Living in someone else’s shadow is never easy, especially if everyone sees you as the rising star to replace a lost star…

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Galactic quest with interstellar operatic accents

If you are a fan of music and especially guitar solos, The Artful Escape by Beethoven & Dinosaur and Annapurna Interactive might be one that appeals to your musical ear. By crossing game elements like platformer and sound playing game (music memorizing game), the adventure presented to you here should please you. Enter the world of Francis Vendetti to help him find HIS path and step out of the shadow of his uncle Johnson…

In fact, The Artful Escape is above all a narrative adventure game, which puts us in the shoes of the young Francis Vendetti, who will literally go from planet to planet to find and bring out his personal identity. It is by traversing the environments through his travels in the Extraordinary Cosmic, that he will find, in a way, a guide and a mentor. Personally, aside from a few places where we felt like the dots didn’t quite connect, I loved this galactic quest for Francis’s identity.

The first thing that caught my attention was the visual section of the game, not that it catches our attention because of its hyper-realism, but because of its extremely colorful universe and its light effects that give us the impression of attending a rock show. Also, this little magic touch to make the ambience react to Francis’s guitar playing (holding down a button) is really nice, especially since the effects are of every kind possible! Caves illuminated with a thousand lights, animals coming to life and adopting different reactions, in short, the concert of light and sound that the game offers is quite stimulating.

If you have played games like Planet Alpha, Limbo and/or Inside, you will find many gameplay elements similar to these in The Artful Escape. In a 2.5D plane, we make Francis evolve avoiding certain obstacles or falling into holes. But here, nothing very difficult, believe me. To add a layer to the fairly thin gameplay, music memorization sequences will occur in places. Through 5 buttons, we will be called to reproduce certain sequences given by certain creatures found.

These moments are pretty well done and the atmosphere they create is probably what will challenge you in the game. Apart from a little lag in response time between the moment you press a button and the result on the screen, everything is perfect! And when we get to the final moments of their “showdowns”, the music and atmosphere become epic and super satisfying!


Overall, The Artful Escape is a very good game, but one that will appeal to those with a keener ear for music or musicians who pay close attention to all sounds no matter where they are. And if you’re a Game Pass member, here’s one that will cost you next to nothing to try. Otherwise, you will have to pay $25 to acquire it, which is correct compared to the general quality of the game, but perhaps a bit too expensive compared to its rather low lifespan of around 4-5 hours. In short, personally, I highly recommend it!


  • Good “space opera” type story
  • Stunning psychedelic visuals and special effects.
  • Interesting game elements
  • Good music and soundscape.

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Please note that the tested version is the Xbox Series X version. The game is also available on Xbox One, PC and Game Pass.

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