I’m Johnny Galvatron and I’m someone who works at Beethoven and Dinosaur. For the past two centuries, we have been working on our psychedelic rock opera, musical story adventure, platformer. It is called The artful escape.
The development of The artful escape has been like some boisterous Pink Floyd prog-rock jam session. It’s been an experience. With the unending support of Annapurna Interactive, the game is finally finished and is available for pre-order today. It comes out on September 9, which is… holy moly, in a week.
The play follows Francis Vendetti the day before his first appearance. In an effort to escape his uncle’s musical legacy, the teenage guitar prodigy embarks on a psychedelic journey to inspire his new stage character. It’s an adventure that spans stolen opera houses, melodious alien landscapes, and the impossible depths of the Cosmic Extraordinary.
Being an adventure game there is a lot of dialogue floating around and it would have been crazy to include voice talent for all of it. But we did. The game stars Michael Johnston as Francis Vendetti and Caroline Kinley as Violetta. Lena Headey plays a giant floating asymmetrical space head. Jason Schwartzman plays a mastermind in an aquarium atop a fleet of goldfish fins. Mark Strong plays the greatest amusement park designer in the universe and Carl Weathers plays a blues-inspired glam artist from beyond the stars.
The artful escape deals with the satellite aspects of an artist’s persona: image, story, rumors, fashion, lighting. It’s about being inspired. The point is that you don’t care what is expected of you. It’s about shredding wildly on alien cliffs. We gave this game everything we had and we hope you find it a little special.
The artful escape
On the eve of his first performance, Francis Vendetti struggles with the legacy of a dead folk legend and the cosmic wanderings of his own imagination. In an effort to escape his uncle’s musical legacy, a teenage guitar prodigy embarks on a psychedelic journey to inspire his new stage character, in search of who he is not in an adventure that spans stolen opera houses, melodious alien landscapes, and the impossible depths of the Cosmic Extraordinary. Voiced by Michael Johnston, Caroline Kinley, Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Strong, and Carl Weathers.
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