The Artful Escape: How to get all the secret achievements

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  • The Artful Escape is an audiovisual masterpiece about redefining your identity
  • You play as Francis Vendetti, a teenage guitar prodigy
  • It takes around 4-5 hours to get all 12 achievements

The Artful Escape is a musical platformer with a strong yet whimsical narrative. It tells the story of Francis Vendetti, a teenage guitar prodigy who everyone expects to become a famous folk musician, just like his legendary uncle before him.

On the evening before his first big performance, you can clearly see him struggling with this laid-out path that others have made in his stead. But an opportunity arises that will take Francis to new cosmic reaches and allow how to truly discover himself.

If you’d like to learn more about the game and what we thought of it, be sure to check our review!


🏆 Amount of achievements: 12 (10 secret)
⏲️ How long to beat: around 4-5 hours
🎮 Platforms: Windows, Steam, Xbox One consoles, Xbox Series X|S


Made it home – 100G

Arrive at Francis’ house (Secret)

This achievement can’t be missed and is story-related. It will be the first achievement you can unlock and should pop the moment you reach Francis’s home at the top of Calypso. Remember to use the elevators.

*If it doesn’t pop by getting near the house, use the interaction button near the front door.

Light It Up – 75G

Light up every building and area of Calypso (Secret)

After the otherworldly encounter, it will be night time and you will be able to press X to turn on lights in the town of Calypso. Make sure to work your way through the entire town, going as far left and right as you can on each of the three height levels.

If you’ve done it correctly, the achievement should pop when you make your way to the town’s entrance.

The Journey Begins – 100G

Leave Lightman’s Workshop (secret)

Just keep playing the game and following Lightman through the town and onto his ship, the Cosmic Lung. Once you leave his workshop, it should pop automatically. This achievement is story-related and can’t be missed.

Snowman – 50G

Jam with the snowman

In Chapter 8: Into the Heliotromms, you’ll be sliding down snowy slopes and playing your guitar. At some point you’ll encounter a lone snowman near a log you’ll have to jump over. Simply slow your roll for a bit and play the guitar by pressing X in front of him. He should start shaking to the music and after a few seconds, the achievement should pop.

Stage Fright – 50G

Don’t do anything for 3 minutes during a jam

It’s possible you can unlock this achievement as early as the jam versus Lightman in Calypso. I got the achievement in chapter 8: Into The Heliotromms when I had to face this cute woolly creature. Getting the achievement is really easy and just requires a bit of patience: as soon as the jam starts, put down your controller and wait for three minutes.

Complete Heliotromms – 100G

Jam with Tromms (Secret)

At the end of Chapter 8, you’ll have to jam with a giant creature to beat the level. Simply follow the rhythm minigame instructions as you should have done a few times before at this point. Remember: you don’t have to wait for them to complete the entire sequence and you can copy their notes as soon as they light up.

New Threads – 50G

Create a custom outfit (Secret)

While in theory, you could miss this achievement, it would require a huge love for Francis’s default outfit that looks like he put on a Nintendo Power Glove and called it a day. Instead, let loose your creativity in chapter 18 and customize your outfit any way you want.

You can change your socks, footwear, pants, shirt, vest, guitar, hairstyle, glasses, and make-up, but it really only takes single customization for the achievement to pop at the end. Simply go back to the entrance at the bottom left and your 50Gs are earned.

How’d You Get Up There? – 75G

Land on top of the archway after the big jelly (Secret)

This unlocks in the chapter called Glimmerdim Beach and is probably the easiest achievement to miss in the entire game. Once the chapter loads, make your way to the right until you encounter a giant jelly to bounce off of.

You’ll have to use these jelly surfaces to jump higher. While there is a big one present here, it’s best to use the smaller one to the right. Jump on it and immediately after bouncing up, use Y to smash down (if you do it sooner, it will result in a higher jump). Then move to the right at the height of your jump and use X to float even further, it should lift you even higher. Make your way to the arch and land on top of it.

*DON’T use double jump, it somehow capped the height for me and made it impossible to reach the top of the arch.

Here is a video that should explain it better:

Complete GlimmerDimm – 100G

Jam with Glimmer (Secret)

This is another story-related achievement that should be hard to miss. Simply defeat Glimmer at the end of the level and the achievement should pop. Enjoy the ride on the Cosmic Turtle, it’s a trip!

Amp Jammer – 100G

Complete all amp landa jams (Secret)

At certain points in the game, you’ll have to use the amp to trigger a gate to rise or a bridge to drop. These are all required to beat the game and should be impossible to miss. Near the end of the game, when you’ve triggered the last one, you should have earned the achievement.

Complete Hyperion – 100G

Jam with the GlamourGonn (Secret)

This is it. The final jam with the giant gelatinous cosmic creature known as the GlamourGonn. This is a story-related achievement and impossible to miss. Simply riff on the appropriate chords, as you’ve done many times before, and feel good about yourself.

Guitar Legend – 100G

Complete the game (Secret)

It’s time for one final show. At the end of the game, you’ll be back at Calypso and ready to show everyone the rockstar you have become. Enjoy the final moments of the game as you unlock this last story-related achievement and by this point, you should have earned the full 1000G.

Just look back at where it all began. That was quite a ride, wasn’t it?


That’s about it when it comes to The Artful Escape achievements. Most of them are unmissable and will unlock simply by beating the game while others are a bit more tricky, but you can definitely get them all if you closely follow our guide.

If you have any other questions or you need some extra steps for completing any one of these achievements, don’t hesitate to drop a comment in the section below and we’ll make sure to help you out!