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The Artful Escape (formerly called the The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti) is an upcoming platformer video game developed by Beethoven & Dinosaur and published by Annapurna Interactive. It will be released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and iOS, on September 9, 2021.


The story revolves around the character of Francis Vendetti, the nephew of a deceased folk-music legend, Johnson Vendetti. Though a musician like his uncle, Francis struggles under the influence of his genealogical relationship to his uncle on his own career. Before his first public concert, he sets off on a journey not only geographically to get away from London, but to also create a new identity for himself to completely stand out from his uncle.


This is a platformer where the player controls Francis in moving him across a musical-infused landscape. Besides jumping and running, Francis has a guitar in which he can use to create various effects, such as creating platforms or facing against bosses. During the platformer, the player will encounter creatures that they can study to obtain a sound sample that they can use with others they have collected to create their own soundtrack for the game.

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