The Artful Escape (2021) Review

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Ziggie Stardust

The Artful Escape (2021): 9 out of 10: The nephew of a famous folk singer. (Think Bob Dylan but more dead) is about to make his singing debut as the headliner at his late uncle’s annual fan convention, which is the only thing keeping his bucolic Colorado town on the map. But our young singing protagonist has a serious case of imposters syndrome and skips out-of-town traveling across the universe fighting monsters as David Bowie. (At least the way I played him.)

The Good

The Good: The Artful Escape is the perfect Game Pass game. Literally. It is a game I would have never found myself playing otherwise, and it is a complete delight. It is short (About four to five hours) and very easy. If I had dropped $20 bucks on it, the length and replayability might be more of an issue. But as an evening or two delight, it is perfect.

People keep talking about how Game Pass has nothing coming out for it because Starfield is delayed till next year. I am planning on buying Starfield but I would never play it on Game Pass (Or Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Dragon Age Inquisition. etc.) Why play a game that is easily over a hundred hours on a subscription service? Try it out for a few hours, sure. But pay $15 a month just to play Skyrim for six months. That is simply bad math.

It is the smaller games you might never try unless you got them for free that are the special sauce for any gaming subscription service.

The Bad

The Bad: Everything that is good about The Artful Escape (Doesn’t overstay its welcome and the lack of challenge) is also the thing some might find disappointing. This is a very accessible experience. I found it nice as a change of pace.

The Ugly

The Ugly: Just look at the screen shots. There is nothing ugly about The Artful Escape.

In Conclusion

In Conclusion. The Artful Escape not just shoots for the stars, but it pulls off the landing as well (that could have easily gone wrong in so many ways) For a game about following your internal muse it is clear the designers took thier own lesson at heart. An almost perfect small experience and a great introduction to gaming to a newcomer that does not game.

With the amount of Pinball FX 3 I play (and buy new tables for) rather than the games I have planned to review (Or the novel I am writing), I certainly hope the daliesque talking head is correct.
You will jam with the environment a lot. It is almost always a delight.
Carl Weathers plays Lightman and does an excellent voice acting job.
Some of the screenshots almost make one think of a horror game rather than a musical platformer.
I can’t emphasize this enough. The Artful Escape is gorgeous.
Von Della Donn is my kind of planet. Though it is July 5th here in the states as I type this and I am a bit over fireworks.
There is really some on point philosophy about Imposters Syndrome and the nature of being an artist.
Wise Words Carl Weathers.
The Artful Escape sports a surprising variety of kaiju
A flying turtle and a Lovecraftian monster… sign me up.
Yes, my stage name was The Intelligent Julian… I regret nothing.
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