Francis Vendetti’s first show is one night away, yet his stage persona is feeling a little dry. So what better time to set out on an inter-dimensional odyssey to pursue it himself?
In conflict with his late legendary folk artist Uncle, The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti follows Francis’ peculiar adventure through the nebulous roadways of his own imagination, as he attempts to find his identity.
Sprung from the minds of indie developer Beethoven and Dinosaur, The Artful Escape is a narrative-driven adventure game that blends platforming elements with rhythm and music-sampling elements against a sprawling background depicting the eccentric intricacies of outer dimensions. Using an in-game field recorder, replaying audio samples can grant access to new areas, hypnotise beasts or even compose independent alien arrangements. Exploration might take the form of mountain-climbing or floating amidst the abyssal realms of space, or entertaining alien folk by plucking away inspired guitar solos by way of a holographic amplifier.
The Artful Escape’s Kickstarter campaign is two days from closing, and has so far reached just over half of its $50,000 goal, having accumulated $25,312 and 541 backers. In addition to a copy of the game on PC or MAC, rewards vary from digital artbooks, t shirts, sticker sheets and even a coloured vinyl record. The ‘Early Backer Copy’ would make its way to supporters in August 2017, so an official release date would likely follow in the later part of next year.