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 (5,873 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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July 1

OUT NOW: The Escape Team DLC


The Escape Team DLC is available now on Steam:

Good luck, and don't go trying to get in no damn planes.


P.S: Played The Escape Team already? It helps us loads if you leave an honest review of the DLC! You can do that here.

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June 25

The Escape Team - New DLC Coming Tuesday 30th June!


In 2015, a crack commando unity was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they DEFINITELY DID NOT commit. These men promptly failed to escape from a maximum security stockade and remain there today. Still incarcerated by the government, they survive - as prisoners of fortune.

But if you have a problem...
If no one else can help...
And if you have DUCT TAPE...


The Escape Team DLC features a new military style prison to escape from. You'll once again need to play by the rules, avoid unwanted attention from the guarding soldiers and track down new crafting ingredients.

Escaping this prison will not be easy. But, rumour has it that the prison is home to one of the fiercest tanks in history. Perhaps all it needs is some duct tape?

The Escape Team DLC releases on Tuesday 30th June for £2.99 / $3.99 / 3,99

Good luck prisoners,


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“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!

System Requirements

    • 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
1,156 of 1,327 people (87%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
"Welcome to the Salty Spitoon, how tough are you."
"How tough am I, i escaped HPM irongate."
"Without any Duct tape."
"Right this way sir sorry to keep you waiting."

I miss being on top of most helpful.
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292 of 312 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15

This game is incredible. Namely, the feeling that you get when you are almost completely sure you've set up everything right, and are about to escape, but you never know if it'll work until you try.

I've left the dummy in the bed, I've knocked out my roomate, I've put the poster back over the hole in the wall, I've taken enough plastic knives to finish cutting the fence, and I didn't forget to put on my guard uniform. But did I remember fatigue? Oh no! I didn't bring any chocolate bars to make it through the night! For this, I'm stuck sawing at the fence until dawn when the snipers come back and knock me out. I'm placed in solitary for a few days. I've missed my chance.
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691 of 806 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.3 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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323 of 365 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 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


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848 of 1,022 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
Needs Multiplayer for more Fun!
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