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 (6,639 reviews) - 93% of the 6,639 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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September 30

The Escapists: The Walking Dead OUT NOW!

It’s time Inmates!

The Escapists: The Walking Dead is out today on Steam!

Join 8-bit Rick and his band of survivors to help them escape the clutches of the walking dead in some of the coolest locations from The Walking Dead universe. The game faithfully matches the timeline of the comics, meaning Rick must first fight his way out of the Harrison Memorial Hospital, visit the Greene family farm before visiting destinations such as the Meriwether Correctional Facility and Woodbury.

For a short time only you can get 10% off The Escapists: The Walking Dead and the Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes the Soundtrack, Deluxe Art book and Issue #1 of The Escapists: The Walking Dead.

If you want to see The Escapists: The Walking Dead in action why don’t you check out some of the awesome Youtube videos created by the Escapists Community.

The Escapists: The Walking Dead 'Woodbury Reveal'

The Walking Dead Escapists: Meriweather Correctional Facility (Preview 3)

JACK GRIMES | The Escapists: The Walking Dead #1:

The First Level of The Escapists The Walking Dead - IGN Plays:

The Walking Dead Escapists: Greene Family Farm (Part 2):

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September 2


Attention Inmates,

The rumours you’ve been hearing in the showers are true. The Escapists: The Walking Dead will be playable at EGX 2015! It’s the first time that it will be playable in the UK so make sure your escape plans are in place (and don’t forget the duct tape).

For Prisoners that have been in solitary, The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a brand new, stand-alone game, set in the Walking Dead universe. You play as Rick Grimes, the leader of a band of survivors in a story that faithfully matches the timeline of the comics. You’ll have to use your old tricks and learn some more, like how to shoot shambling zombies. It will be coming soon to PC and Xbox One!

The Escapists: The Walking Dead Community Hub

Get over to The Escapists: The Walking Dead community hub immediately for your headcount and hit follow so you’ll be the first to find out all the news!

Another way to keep up with all the latest news, follow Zombie Jimmy Locke on Twitter .

For your glimpse of The Escapists: The Walking Dead we highly recommend you check out Martyn Littlewood's preview video from when he visited the Team 17 office.

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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

    • 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
124 of 139 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Do I recommend this? YEAH I DO!

The Escapists is a game where you are thrown into prison. You must escape the prison, and believe me, that's not easy.
Now, I'm going to be honest and give my pros and cons:
~Updated Review~

- Lots of prisons, and cheap extra prison DLC.
- Devs listen to us (community)
- Amazing art style.
- Challenging, you have to be smart to escape, as it isn't easy.
- Lots of items and tons of item combos.
- Lots of favorites for inmates.
- Map editor + submission to workshop.
- A semi-realistic prison feel.
- Soundtrack is great! There are new songs during free periods.
- Inmates speeches are pretty funny. (personal pro for me)
- Multiple ways to escape. (Ex: first prison has about 3 (+) ways to escape!)
- Custom inmate names, and choosable skins.

- Lots of waiting, very boring.
- Cops / guards catch you easily.
- Gets repetitive once in a while, but DLC makes up for it.

So, if you like prison games and have a lot of patience, then this is for you. My old review can be seen below, and I decided to update it as the game has updated a lot since then.

Final Score: 8.5/10

~Old Review~

- Great art style. (32 bit?)
- Soundtrack is great. Every prison has their own free time song that plays.
- Challenging.
- Tons of items.
- Multiple, and I mean multiple escape routes. The first prison has over 3 escape routes!
- Favors are really easy to do.
- Inmates' speeches are pretty darn funny.
- Developers actually listen to us (the community)
- Each prison offers new items and layouts, and gets tougher each time.
- Map Editor!
- Has a realistic prison theme.

- None, go buy the game! (If you haven't.)

That's my short review.
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166 of 232 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Very fun did alot of videos and all my BOSSES I suggest you guys buy this game for the Dev's and support how this game is pro made and is the BEST I mean BEST pixel based prison escape game on Steam!! Keep up the good work Dev's hope to see a update later in the fututre!!
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79 of 102 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
No matter:

How many friends you make
How many books you read
How many meals you ruin
How many reps you do
How many spoons you steal
How many vents you cut
How many guards you beat up
How many cameras you cover
How many weapons you collect
How many keys you forge
How many ziplines you ride
How many bedsheets you take
How many walls you break
How many generators you disable
How many clothes you wash
How many notes you buy
How many gang members you assemble
How many people you strip
How many rocks you break
How many desks you ransack
How many tyres you pop
How many days you spend in solitary
How many holes you cover
How many slats you break

The toilet
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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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79 of 130 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I really would highly reccomend this game, but my only real complaint is that you SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR NEW PRISONS, THEY SHOULD BE FREE UPDATES.
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