I really, really want to like this game, honestly!
It's really beautiful and well-designed. The style is amazing, and the concept just seems perfect. But I can't bring myself to enjoy this game.
I've tried and tried, but every time I've come back to this game, it's just no fun.
Listen, it's BIT.TRIP RUNNER with your own music, only nice non-pixel graphics, and you have to use 2 sets of controls instead of 1. And it gets faster depending on how fast your music is.
I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to games like this. Beat Hazard is a prime example of an amazing personal music game that worked. You know why it worked, when compared to Melody's Escape? Doing something wrong doesn't feel horrible.
In Melody's Escape, there are achievements for basically not messing up at all on a track on varying difficulties. In Beat Hazard, there are equally difficult achievements, but they don't force you to restart a song you like over and over and over in order to get them. When I listen to a song, I hate it when I accidentally pause it or skip it. I like listening to it all the way through, and just enjoying it. Melody's Escape makes me feel like I HAVE to restart a song when I fall off a damn cliff because I'm not familiar with the controls. Beat Hazard just kinda... Idk. I 100%ed it and enjoying it, the whole ride.
Audiosurf 2 is another example. I'm absolutely terrible at both Melody and Audiosurf, but when it comes to Audiosurf, I have no shame. I'm terrible and I'm proud! But with Melody... it's just painful. I feel like I should be better than I am.
I listen to generally fast music. Electronic and rock are some of my favorite genres. But you'd think that I could at least get a ~90% on a song in Melody's Escape? Never. I can hardly get 70% on the easiest difficulty. It's far too hard, for me at least.
I guess I'm just venting. I want this game to be fun and replayable so badly, but I just... can't bring myself to.
Please support this if you like it, because it really does deserve it. Maybe I'll come back to it someday.