The Escapists provides players the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of escaping!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,208 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 20, 2014

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Why Early Access?

“Early Access is the perfect fit for The Escapists! We’ve got all the lovely ingredients in there to mould it into a wonderful game and with continued commitment and listening to welcomed community feedback we know we’ll produce something special.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“By their very nature Early Access games don’t have a set release date. The Escapists is already in a very playable state and plans are in place to add even more cool features. If you pressed me I’d say absolutely everything would be wrapped up by mid to end 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

The Early Access version of The Escapists includes an exclusive prison map - Fhurst Peak Correctional. The Early Access version and final release will be very different indeed. There’ll be a ton more content, more escape routes, more crazy items, just more more and more! Oh, and a whole load more polish to boot.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is shaping up just nicely… We’re pretty much at a point where we need players and feedback. Early access will allow us to sit and listen making future builds even better!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, we're offering The Escapists at a special Early Access price as a thank you to all the inmates who start planning their route to freedom early.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Greatly… We’re entirely open to any and all ideas. As far as The Escapists is concerned – it’s all good. We’ll be after all manner of ideas regarding the game as a whole and look forward to hearing from players. We'd like to encourage the community to be vocal - ideas matter and will help shape The Escapists into the best game we know it can be.”
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January 26

Make Plans, Win Soap

****####MESSAGE ENCRYPTED####****

Fellow Inmates,

Jimmy Locke here. After a week in Center Perks, it's time for me to make my escape. But I need your help, and I'm willing to pay for it the only way I know how. With soap.



There's a map of Center Perks prison attached to this message below. I need you to show me a way to get out of here. Draw your plan onto the map and send it back to me on @Escapists_Game. The best 10 plans will each win a bar of my precious prison soap [Best Before: Dropped in Shower].



Get to it friends, my escape hinges on your haste. I need your plans before midnight on 29th January. You can find the rules here.

JL

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January 14

PSA: A Warning About "#Cellfies"



This is a Prisoner Service Announcement from Warden Mike.

PRISONERS,

I hate hashtags at the best of times, but this nonesense of taking "Selfies" in your cell must stop. Firstly, I have no idea where you're getting the cameras from and when I find out - there will be hell to pay.

Secondly, if you see any prisoners taking so-called "Cellfies" - report them in this thread or on twitter. Just post the URL and I'll look into smiting the author with my new found shock baton.

Here's some examples of this, frankly, despicable behaviour:









Your confinement is a serious matter and wanton photographic fun will not be tolerated.

Warden Mike

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Reviews

“The Escapists models the life of a prisoner fantastically, and provides the tools to live out your prison escape fantasy in a way that I haven’t seen in a video game, ever. I highly recommend picking it up”
Indie Love

“As far as originality and fun factor go, The Escapists does a lot of things right, and things can only improve from hereon.”
Hardcore Gamer

“The pixel art and excellent soundtrack do a great job in setting the atmosphere, and the game has a great base concept that encourages exploration and improvisation.”
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About This Game






The Escapists provides players the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of escaping! Players will have to keep in line and juggle their time sensibly as they form their personal plan of escape; working out potential routes to use as well as being incredibly smart and clever in using what seem like harmless items to craft and create various weaponry and escape tools which help aid the player in their ultimate goal of escaping.

Players are tasked with advancing their character's statistics through various means such as exercising regularly and ensuring to boost their intellect as well… Whilst remembering to attend roll call, hold down their job and keep the inmates on side if you're to be successful in trading with them and ultimately… Don't forget to escape!



  • 5 Fully operational prisons complete with routines to give you a flavour of how it *really* is inside!
  • 10 Separate job opportunities for you to sink your teeth into… If you have the knowledge to earn and hold down these employment paths of course!
  • 100 + Unique Items for you to seek out and perhaps even craft useful items with. (Team17 fully endorse the use of various weapons such as ‘shivs’, ‘nunchucks’ and ‘maces’ – within a fictional setting of course!).
  • Various Favour types for you to tackle offered up by inmates – You wouldn’t want to go upsetting them now, would you?
  • Highly opinionated and incredibly funny inmates and guards to keep you on your toes as well as providing entertainment!
  • Multiple escape routes for you to work out and achieve the title of ‘The Escapist’!
  • Multiple save slots so you can have more than one escape attempt on the go!
  • Steam Leaderboards – Once you have escaped see how you fared against other successfully escaped players!



  • Prison Editor – Create from scratch your very own confinement masterpiece and share it with the community!
  • Differently laid out and themed prisons for you to attempt escaping from – including the P.O.W camp!
  • New items for you to track down and new craft-able items to work out!
  • More routes for you to figure out as you plot your escape!
  • More job roles to be provided for you to take up!
  • More customisation elements for your player avatar!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GeForce 8000, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: We recommend updating your PC's hardware drivers before playing. If your PC is no longer supported by your manufacturer and your hardware drivers are very old, you may experience difficulty running the game. Please check with your PC manufacturer for more details.
Helpful customer reviews
356 of 417 people (85%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
Needs Multiplayer for more Fun!
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144 of 159 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
What more can you want (Except later updates)?
Escape from prison, in the most strange and familiar ways possible, from digging out with a spoon to beating up all the guards and been allowed to WALK out the prison, helped by the warden.
This game has an incredible range of difficulty:
If you want to escape a prison, then probably return because they have free food, nice guards (Bodyguards almost) and deluxe toliet paper, choose Center Perks.
If you want to (Fail at) escape(ing) prison because they have inmates tougher than the guards (and thats saying something), A personal army armed with stunsticks that knock alomost ANYTHING out with one hit, A small sea and shaving cream then choose HMP Irongate.
Also have glitches and a guard heat that is sometimes very funny:
If you want to get shot in the balls get to breakfast late that one to many times.
If you want to knock out a guard with zero retaliation, do it with a pillow on a certain map (Im not saying which, Bug exploit)
Amazing inmate (And own) comments:
If you want to ask another inmate whether he made friends in the shower room, do it there.
If you want to swear while tring to be sneaky, break a tool while trying to escape steathly (no-one will hear you scream F-)
Weapons that are really awesome.
If you want to wield nunchucks, two timber and a wire
If you want to nearly kill people with soap, put it in a sock
If you want to make a weapon out of just a comb, hit it agaisnt a wall
In short, If you want to have fun, GET THIS GAME!
666 out of 21
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123 of 135 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
Day 1- New life, new prison, new rules. I relize that I am the oldest member of the prison. I am 87 years old.
Day 2- I was wrong. I am not the oldest. There is a 89 year old aswell. This does not please me.
Day 3- Lost my job. That now means i can use work time to plot my fellow senior's death.
Day 4- I found out one of two things. 1: The fellow elder's name is Bill. 2: Bill also lost his job. Now is my time to strike.
Day 5- I cornered Bill in the bathroom. I had previously stolen a baton and was able to beat Bill t o death with it.
Day 5 side note- The officers found out and beat me. I woke in the infirmary.
Day 6- I couldn't believe it. There was Bill, healthy as ever. I had killed him hadn't I? Something is fishy here and it's not just the lunches.
Day 7- I just remembered that this game was not a prison sim it was an escape sim. Tried to break out and was shot to death.

10/10 would be shot as an old man again
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191 of 240 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
i got beaten up and shot dead because i hit someone with a sock that had a soap in it
10/10
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104 of 122 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
Great game just wish there was workshop is added in
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68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
Totally worth it, easily 24+ hours with this game, unless you watch tutorials on how to get out, then.. Cheater, get out of here. But all jokes aside, a really fun game, way deeper than I expected it to be, so much stuff to do, I still have yet to escape the third prison! Best game 2K15 so far.
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41 of 41 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
The Escapists is a game by Mouldy Toof Studios. It puts you in one of numerous prisons with the simple goal of escaping. But it isn’t as easy as you think, the point of a prison is to keep you in your place, which is what this game does.

You get the choice of one of numerous characters who you can rename, a prison, and the option to name your prisoners if you had a friend you wanted to be with during your life sentence. When it comes to content the game is incredible, there are many different items you can get hold of from soap to post cards. That’s not even all, you can combine items to make more stuff to help you escape; paper mache for fake walls, nunchucks for attacking, key molds, Dummies, glass shanks, fake grates, posters, grappling hooks and so much more!

This game requires lots of planning, you can’t just beat up a guard, take his keys and leave. You need to spend some time exercising to get strong, you need key molds to keep keys or else you get time in solitary, there are guard patrols everywhere and even clogging the toilet with dirt from the hole you’ve been digging. You need to plan how you’re going to escape and balance you actual escape attempt with the prison timetable; eating, sleeping, free time, work and roll call. If you don’t fill your work’s quota then you get fired, complete the quota though and you get money to bribe other prisoners or buy stuff from them.

The actual gameplay itself is really well done, everything is quite solid and the game is most definitely playable. You can choose from many ways to escape, through the vents, underground, through the front door or even starting a riot. The graphics is designed to look 8-bit, a nice look for many games that is also fairly easy to make. The audio in the game is very well made, and if you like the music playing in the background you can get the music from the game’s steam folder.

If you enjoy playing games that require work and planning for you to play and succeed then this is the game for you. I rate this 10/10 in its current Early Access state, it’s a solid game worth the cost to buy it. When it leaves Early Access I don’t think there’s a rating system high enough to grade it… or at least that’s what I think will happen when it leaves Early Access anyway.
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72 of 92 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
Did not drop the soap in the shower. 15/10
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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
Tips:
-dont drop the soap
-be alright with the fact that when you sleep with no bedsheets or pillows on, people WILL come in and magically make the bed for you before you wake up
-DONT show up to dinner late ;D

I rate this 10 plastic spoons out of 10
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Amazing game, so much content and a great adventure. I had thoughts that at first, the game would get repetetive and boring, but seeing as there are so many jails to choose from and ways of escaping, the game is truly wondeful. Even in alpha, the game is PACKED with loads of items and stuff to craft.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Early Access Review
Day 1: Start a Tunnel
Day 2: Build up them muscles
Day 3: Beat up some Guards
Day 4: Hide stuff in your vent
Day 5: Explore the roof
Day 6: Got caught for stealing a key, game says 'LOL Now you have to start all over again! ;)

The Escapists is very unpredictable 10/10
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
I vote this game 10/10. I beat up a guy and took his job, then knocked out a guard with chocolate. If you don't have this game, ask yourself this question: "What am I doing with my life?"
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
Dropped the soap and nothing happend 11/10

But seriously though, very good game although it's still early access, i could've escape in the first half an hour of playing but i just wanted to stay and explore (and beat up guards :3). Very challenging, you can replay this game as much as you want and it'll still be fun to play.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
you can flush several mops down the toilet without it clogging up
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
The Escapists is a very enjoyable and addicting game. The only goal in the game is to escape and you have figure out how yourself. The tutorial isn't the best and would recommend watching the first 2-3 episodes of a playthough so you know where to start, but wouldn't recommend watching more as the joy of playing is finding out yourself how you want to escape. The game is very polished for an early access game, but would still recommend waiting for the full realease before buying unless you're really interested in this type of game.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
Must....Escape....But Prison....TOO....ADICTIVE!!...
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Early Access Review
There I was, sitting there with a whip in one hand and a candy bar in the other,
the timer was counting down, backup is coming

It turned out to be one favour and ended up into a blood bath

bodies everywhere, friends and cops hurt because of me... all I wanted is to find a delux role of toilet paper for $12
is that to much to ask :(
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
-Gets locked outside
-Gets mLG 360 nOScOpED by Tower Guard

420/69
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
This game makes you always have a nifty schedule completely irrelevant to any regular prisoner, perhaps go stash your contraband in your vents during breakfast, and the fun interactive gameplay is great, and this game isnt even complete, its amazing and it is one of the best games you could ever get on steam.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Early Access Review
Had to distract a guard during lunch. I punched one, then got shot from outside the building.
I was inside 11/10 would get shot again
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