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 (6,978 reviews) - 93% of the 6,978 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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"A fun Early Access Prison Escape game, while still being developed and not done you can still find enough fun in it to make it worth the cost right now."

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November 12

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November 3

The Escapists: Duct Tapes Are Forever DLC- Out Now! 10% Launch Week Discount!

If you like your Duct Tape shaken, not stirred, you’re in the right place.

You’ve been captured by a heinous villain and trapped in his underground lair. Now you must use all your spy cunning to do what you do best… escape! Sneak into restricted areas, avoid the gaze of henchmen and security cameras, and steal everything you can to craft your way out of every situation.

The Escapists – Duct Tapes Are Forever DLC features:
• An exclusive new underground villainous lair to escape from
• 6 brand new achievements/trophies to unlock
• Leader board

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“dynamic, fun, and challenging”
90/100 – Games Beat

“The Escapists is a gratifying game that provides dozens of hours of entertainment. Planning an escape and watching it unfold is endlessly satisfying, and a successful breakout leaves you feeling jubilant”
8/10 – Gamespot

“As for me, I think I'm going to go back to Escapists for quite a while whenever I need to brush up on my puzzle skills simply because of how open-ended it is”
8/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The Escapists provides the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life and, as is the case with all inmates, the main objective is escape! While under the careful watch of the guards, players will need to go about their daily duties clandestinely secreting useful objects from under their captors’ noses. Potential escapees will learn how to craft seemingly innocuous items into useful tools and even weapons as well as using them to execute cunning diversionary tactics.

Players will need to learn when to keep in line, utilising their time sensibly as they develop their own personal plans of escape. Learning the prison’s daily routines and spotting opportunities are all part of life behind bars. Working out potential routes and even misdirecting guards soon become second nature.

Whilst remembering to attend roll-call, holding down their job and keeping their fellow inmates on side, players are can also benefit from advancing their character's statistics through various means including boosting their intellect and exercising regularly. Balance mundane routine with careful planning to attain your ultimate goal - escape and freedom!

  • 8 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!
  • 185+ 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 Achievements to strive for.
  • 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!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • 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.
    • OS: OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GeForce GT 8000, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Linux Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes:
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209 of 260 people (80%) found this review helpful
274 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Richard: Can you get me a watch
Me: Sure
Jimmy: Richard stole my teddy bear mind getting it back?
Me: Sure!
-Checks in Richards desk for jimmys teddybear-
-Sees a watch-
-Gives Richard his own watch-

11/10 would give Richard his own watch again.
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63 of 87 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
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BUY IT. Great tutorial, good music, fun and extremely immersive gameplay.
Accessible as heck, but with depth.


+UI: Great layout, simple, intuitive.
+Graphics: Who doesn't love some nice pixel art? Great light/shade/colors.
+Sound: A bit chunky, but good, retro, immersive.
+Gameplay: One of the most immersive games I've played

-None so far!

+/- Settings: Only so many, and sliders can't be dragged! Nbd for me.


So The Escapists is essentially a time management/prison lifestyle sim. This game is a delight! The graphics are very good, and serve their purpose well. Areas are distinct, everything has light, shadow, and a suitable color. The pixel art is very well done. The sprites are cute, and some of them realistic for their size. Also, every object is distinct. The UI is 100% serviceable, with distinct colors and objects of its own, and just the right amount of polish.

The tutorial, also, is amazing. It's quick, easy, and gives you a nice step by step introduction to the world with a step by step instructionset, without spoiling the deeper elements to the game such as crafting recipes. The gameplay is equally as accessible, everything being a simple tap, right click, or left click away...and maybe a few alternating keys. You can customize the controls, but I'm not sure why you'd ever need to! It makes me think of the Sims, except you are playing the character, and you choose what to do. There is an ASTONISHING amount of freedom in gameplay. You can blend in, you can sneak off, you can build your stats, or trade contraband with the inmates. Start fights. Steal. Do favors, or EVEN your job! The list goes on!! But your primary goal is of course to escape, and on that note, the AI is responsive, so you better be ready. I've encountered no bugs so far.

The music is serviceable, and that's about it. It isn't intrusive, it isn't bad, but it isn't amazing. It works for the setting and I definitely like it, but I don't completely love it. The sound effects are basic and perhaps slightly jarring at times.

The only issues I've had with the game are the lack of resolution settings, and some desks not wanting to leave my arms easily. The RNG can create some unforgiving wait times, but it also makes things a bit intense and there's a lot of anticipation. This game has actually made me feel anxious, and gotten my heart beating at times!

There are all kind of custom maps the community has made, which can offer a unique flavor or new twist or challenge, which is nice. On a related final note, the difficulty is present, with the game leaving it up to you how you want to escape, as well as how to do some of the things required to do just that, but once you figure it out, the prisons difficulty scales quite nicely.

All in all, I've never so quickly felt so at home in a game.

Now if only I could find that dental floss... ;)


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71 of 101 people (70%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I knocked someone out by throwing hot chocolate on their face. 10/10
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181 of 298 people (61%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I really wanted to like this game. The concept is super cool, and the fact that it's basically a puzzle game is very interesting, but the gameplay itself doesn't have any soul. It too often feels like work. Very little of what you have to do is intuitive, specifically the crafting and how you are meant to interact with the environment. Items have no descriptions to indicate their potential functions. Characters are just pawns to manipulate, you can't really interact with them in a meaningful way to glean info on how the game works, what might be going on in your prison, or what you might be able to do with them (on top of them being personally indistinguishable from one another).

I too often just had to look something up to see if I could do it, and if I could, how, because it was rarely obvious. For example, I knocked out a guard and immediately tried what I knocked him out for: making a mold of his key with my soap bar. Nope. Or how about making the key using the correct mold? Got a lighter and a plastic fork and - nope. Has to be a comb or toothbrush, I discovered when I looked it up. Alternatively, I could pay my character's money to use the payphone to get hints about what to do, but why can't I just glean this info from playing the game? It is otherwise simply not there.

The stats for your character also feel like artificial blockades, and why they degrade I'm not really sure. I don't want to spend 3 minutes clicking one spot in order to get smarter, or pressing the Q and E keys over and over to get stronger or faster. It's just not fun, so why have it? The worst part is you don't level these stats up in any other way besides the exercise task or the reading task, so you are forced to engage in these activities. Increasing these stats based on what quests you complete would have been a good idea, or based on moving around the prison, but it doesn't work that way - you must exercise or read, which amounts to wasting time both in-game and in real life. Nothing quantified how I feel about this game better than clicking once and watching the "reading" meter fill up over the course of a couple seconds.

When the game works, it works very well. Attempting an escape is thrilling and got my pulse going. It's just the process of getting there that is not fun. I don't want to have to have a browser window open when I can't figure out why I can't combine a pillow and a prison outfit to make a bed dummy, or why the entrance key won't let me out of the prison, and for that matter what these colored locks mean without having to actually obtain the keys to them before I can even see their names.

This game feels like it was designed by people who are very comfortable with having a browser window open in crafting and survival games, as though that's just the accepted reality of these games. That's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ reality, man.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I didn't eat for 14 days instead i bench pressed all day everyday & proceeded to beat every god forsakened soul in the prison using only a sock with soap in it
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