'The Clever Escape' is what occurs when rock stars make a recreation
The Clever Escape of Francis Vendetti is a psychedelic hipster dream disguised as a story-pushed journey recreation. It stars Francis Vendetti, the fictional nephew of the late, nice musical icon Johnson Vendetti. On this alternate universe, Johnson was the David Bowie of his time, legendary and untouchable. Francis is a younger musician himself, struggling to seek out his personal voice and separate himself from his uncle’s legacy. On his quest of self-discovery, Francis connects with a laser artist named Violetta, and he traverses a multidimensional freeway full of neon lights and tentacled aliens.
The Clever Escape presents the sort of world that burgeoning musicians may fantasize about, the last word rock star dream of conquering new, thrilling dimensions with the facility of music alone. It is the sort of dream that the sport’s creator, Johnny Galvatron, as soon as had — earlier than he signed a report cope with Warner Bros. proper out of school and found what the true rock star life was actually all about.
“You are feeling like these kind of report offers will unlock these magical doorways to worlds of marvel to discover that you simply think about if you’re younger,” Galvatron says. “And you then understand in a short time that is not what it’s, and you reside in a lodge room with six actually smelly dudes. I assume The Clever Escape of Francis Vendetti is knowledgeable by my teenage imaginings of what the music business can be.”
Galvatron studied three-D pc animation and recreation improvement in school, however the report deal set him on a unique path — he scored business hits in Australia together with his band, The Galvatrons, and spent years enjoying around the globe with teams like The Police, Kiss and Def Leppard. He is written a novel, penned gaming evaluations and columns, and made a brief movie that was shortlisted for Tropfest. After years of pursuing different artistic endeavors, The Clever Escape is Galvatron’s reintroduction to the world of recreation design.
“One of many issues we’re actually aiming for with The Clever Escape is these moments of crescendo, which you’ll be able to solely actually obtain in video video games,” he says. “The place you get gameplay, music, story, cinematography; in case you can seize all of them and hit all of them on the proper level — video video games, nothing can beat them.”
Galvatron is joined by fellow completed musician Josh Abrahams. Abrahams has spent his skilled life producing worldwide hits like “Everyone’s Free to Put on Sunscreen,” working intently with Baz Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge!, and amassing a handful of prestigious awards.
“He is had gold data, platinum data, and he has the perfect synthesizer library I’ve ever seen in my life. I weep brazenly for it,” Galvatron says. “His musical information is basically incredible and he actually can get these moments of grandeur.”
Each Abrahams and Galvatron convey a theatrical aesthetic to The Clever Escape. When it is full, it is going to be a wealthy, narrative-pushed journey by means of alien worlds and musical landscapes. The sport will not function any preventing—solely creation, music and discovery (and lasers). Gamers will have the ability to combine their very own songs, as properly, utilizing a pattern system very similar to this one.
However first, Galvatron and buddies want to complete making it. They’re launching a Kickstarter marketing campaign on March 1st to gather the ultimate funds essential to make The Clever Escape a actuality for PCs and Macs, with gaming consoles a stretch aim. Crowdfunding is a frightening process, however Galvatron is up for it.
“Clearly, we’re a tiny little workforce from Melbourne,” he says. “You’ve got gotta attempt to measure your self towards these individuals asking for $1 million and with individuals who have made video games which are in everybody’s psyche. However you need to. It is best to measure your self towards these individuals. The indie recreation market is neck-and-neck with AAA, and we’re nominated for a similar awards, we’re put in the identical classes. So, it is about pushing your self to be nearly as good as these business veterans.”