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: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,716 reviews)
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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February 13

WELCOME, PRISONERS - Hints, Tips & More!



PRISONERS!
Welcome to The Escapists.

The game is now available as a full release on the Steam Store. Click this link to go to the Store page:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/298630/


Just Getting Started?
Downloading the game? Head over to our Guides section of the Community Hub and check out the community contributed walkthroughs and tips.

You should also check out The Escapists Wiki - a community site dedicated to crafting recipes, maps, walkthroughs and more. Bookmark it, I guarantee you'll want to return here often!

If you're REALLY stuck, create a new thread in our forum, head over to YouTube to see your favourite creators play or follow us on Twitter to ask the devs for advice!


Early Access Players
You guys rock. We can't thank you enough for all the help you've given us over the past 6 months. You've helped us to make this game the love-child of thousands of players. As thanks, you'll find that you have access to Fhurst Peak Correctional free of charge. Find it in the Custom Prisons tab on the map select screen.

Your game will have already been updated to version 1.0 and there's nothing else you need to do.

We do have one favour to ask - be nice to the new fish. They're going to need help from the prison veterans, don't let them cry themselves to sleep tonight.


What's Next?
We have BIG plans for The Escapists, and we're only just getting started. Stay tuned for news of the Prison Editor app and more content in the future.


More Questions?
Head over to the forums, we'd love to chat!


Thank you for purchasing The Escapists. Welcome to our prisons. It's Make or Break time!

P.S - after you've played the game for a while, be sure to leave an honest review! We'd love to get your feedback.

Love,

Chris D (Creator)
MT17 (Community Manager)
And everyone at Team17!

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February 13

Launch Day FAQ



Prisoners!

Launch day is upon us and it's time for The Escapists to break out of Early Access. Here's everything you need to know about the switch over:


What time will the game switch over to full release?
We expect that this will be around 6PM GMT / 10AM PST. The time may vary as Steam control the release.

Do I need to pay anything extra to get the full release?
If you've bought The Escapists Early Access, you wont need to pay anything. The game will update to the full version automatically.

Is there a game update today?
Yes - 1.0 will be released at around 6PM GMT / 10AM PST today. The update is largely functional with a few final bug fixes.

How do I access Fhurst Peak Correctional?
If you're an Early Access member, you'll automatically be granted the "Early Access Content" DLC once the game launches. This will unlock Fhurt Peak Correctional in game and you can find it under the custom prisons tab.

Anything else?
Good luck, prisoners. And thank you for your support!


MT17

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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.”
Strategy Informer

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! Coming Soon – will be a free update / tool.

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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB 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.
Helpful customer reviews
62 of 68 people (91%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Cellmate keeps snitching to the guards

Had to knock him out with a good beating via a bar of soap in a sock

This has become a daily occurence

Realized I could store stuff in his desk

Gave him all my "contraband" goods

Got searched in a shakedown

Currently spending his time in the SHU

Destroying 8bit NPC lives

10/10



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55 of 71 people (77%) found this review helpful
112 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
I got beaten by guards for dropping the soap in shower.
69/10 would drop soap again
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139 of 222 people (63%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This review is helpful.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Hard to learn at first, but once you gain an understanding it is extremely enjoyable.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Played this game now for some hours and watched a Let's Play of "IntoTheLittleWoods / Yogscast" and I'm really having fun! This game is so great because there is so much to explore, to think about and to achive. You can collect a lot of items, try u know stuff out, get a crew, do a job and have a lot of fun with the things ur inmates and the guards are saying.
It's a great Indie Game and I hope that the development hasn't stoped by now. I would love to see some more prisons or the ability to build my own jail.
Totally worth the money!
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Hands Down 11/10. Fun, addicting game. One of my favorites. Glad I bought it.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
One of my favorites, this game is not only fun but it can also be hard (HMP Irongate). I think that people should give this game a try especially if they like strategic/prison games.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Very fun. Just watch out for the 1337 Hax0rs who will n0sc0pe you from the top of the towers.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
A light-hearted veiw on prison life. Makes you think and grind. You've planned out your perfect escape and you've finally got molten chocolate, you get your buddy and beat up a guard. soon to realize you've forgot the putty. you take the key anyway in a hope to cast the key at your desk and return it quickly. nope the guard wakes up and your in solitary. okay just restart the day righ? days later and you still can't find a cup again. darn... or you think your 100% ready to escape, you cut through the first fence, good. Now you go to dig through the wall....nope, its really a fench, okay ill just cut it...nope...its electric...you lose all your items. darn almost perfect escape. so close. im still trying to get out.

grind, plan and fail and grind, plan and fail again till its right.

trevor talked crap on trevor..but there's only one trevor. trevor needs mental help.

9/10 - could use some improvements and also needs multiple mouse button support.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Hey Dude got some DUCT TAPE for sale !!!!!!!



3 Whole Days Later -> Finally found some Duct Tape but dont have enough money because just bought a stupid Bar of Chocolate !!!!!

Best Game Ever 10 chocolate bars / 10
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Dammit, I bought another game that was in early access and I feel screwed. I bought it after the "Full Release" though, so why do I feel screwed? Because this game does not feel like it should have been moved to "Full Release" yet.

Don't get me wrong. I love the idea of it and the degree of freedom it gives in terms of strategies you can come up with. I love the 8-bit semi-goofy guards, inmates, and general prison life. I love the interactions with your peers in crime and the routines of the day that you can end up using to your advantage. I love what they've done with it so far -- and while that is something okay to say about an early access game, it is not okay to say about a Full Release.

You see, none of those things feel fully fleshed out. Sure the NPCs have funny dialogue, but by 2-3 in-game days of play, you've heard it all. Oh, someone ate all the cream custards again? Or stole the warden's toupee? Shouldn't he have that glued on by now? And the amount of times your hear about an inmate's wife leaving them or dying is just not possible in a monogamistic society.
You can do favors for your fellow inmates but these are a selection of 3 different types of "Quests" with random targets: you're either going to find them an item, distract the guards at a specific time, or beat up someone they don't like. They get pretty repetitive shortly, and sometimes they play out ridiculously -- you beat someone up, notice they have a quest item on them for a quest that they gave you, take it from them, and then give it back to them to complete the quest. Some people think that's quirky and funny but to me it's an incomplete system. Why can I give someone their own pillow and complete a quest for them? And it would be cool to see other quest types, too, like an inmate asking you to plant evidence in another inmate's cell, or have them invite you to their escape attempts or vice-versa.

One of the biggest things that seems unfinished are the so-called "Instabusts". When you break a vent, dig a hole, steal a guard's key or do anything else "escapy", even when no guard is in sight or would otherwise know, you are almost intantly discovered unless you do something to cover it up. It makes sense to make a fake vent cover so a guard strolling by later won't notice anything suspicious, but they notice RIGHT AWAY, relying only on their psychic guard powers. They know it was you whether you're breaking a vent in the bathroom or have dug a hole in another inmate's cell, too. Sneakiness is out the window. Plus, the second that they detect you, you're thrown into solitary. They don't start sweeping the cells or climbing into the vents, you're just caught. With a note from the Warden saying "Nice Try", of course.
I can practically hear a meeting between the developers where one of them said, "And then we'll have the guards start a search or line up everybody for inspection," but they just never implemented it. It's a game mechanic where something more should happen but doesn't, and it feels incomplete.

When you put all these things together, you realize that the game's promise of "Think up your Own Escape Plan" doesn't really let you do all the strategies you may come up with. Want to conspire with other inmates to set up distractions or get supplies for you? Can't. Want to go to a seldom-patrolled part of the prison and climb into the vents? The guards will know anyway. Can you even make a key out of soap, one of the most used prison-break tropes? Nope.

Even as I write this, I worry I'm being too hard on this game. It's not like any of these things make it unplayable or broken. It just doesn't feel like a Full Release. In the time I played I kept thinking of mechanics and details that it would be cool for the dev team to add, but it's not in Early Access anymore. The game is even fun to play for a while, and this review is sooooo close to a Recommended. But, in the end, the game doesn't seem to have enough polish to make that fun varied or lasting. They should have finished it first.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game is so addicting.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Really fun and great game. Excellent job. Could still use some work, but considering it was only released recently, very well done. The prisons definitely get difficult as you progress.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
best game ever
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Chipping trough walls with plastic forks. Crafting make-shift weapons. Scouting out the prison. Getting the right items. Dodging guards. Living prison life. Getting keymolds. Getting better jobs. Leveling stats. Getting a guard outfit. Covering up dug holes and chipped walls. Finnaly getting out to the perimiter wall. Get shot by a guard in a tower, taking all your items and putting you into solitary. Trying again. Succes. Reliazie this was the easiest prison, and a even harder one awaits you.

Sounds like fun? It is fun.

Pros:

- 6 defualt prisons, along side 2 custom. (3 if you had early acces)
- A sea of non-craftable and craftable items.
- A easy to understand crafting system.
- A helpfull and lovely community.
- Amazing soundtrack.
- The abillity to name all guards and in-mates.
- 9001 ways to escape the prison.
- Very polished and alsmost bug free.


Cons:

- No prison editor. (yet!)
- Very rage inducing.


So all in all, The Escapist is an amazing game and should be played at all costs. Fun and compelling, challenging and extrmely high quality. Easy to get into, hard to master. Well, I am off to see if my plan works this time.

10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I love this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
A really good game I've been here since Early Access hoping multiplayer comes out soon for this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
It is a epic prison game. One of the best games I've ever played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
rly gud man.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
10/10 would prison again
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