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 (5,335 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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May 28

SALE! LIVE STREAM! HYPE!



PRISONERS,

I hate parties. Partly because there are a million ways to turn a balloon into an escape tool, but also because the idea of prisoners enjoying themselves disgusts me. Regardless, tonight - we have cause to celebrate. Read on...

THE ESCAPISTS - 33% OFF ON STEAM

Tonight from around 6PM BST, The Escapists will be on sale at 33% off. This is your first post-release chance to get the game at a discount. If you have friends / family on the outside, now is the time to smuggle them in!

So, why the sale?

THE ESCAPISTS - PS4 LAUNCH CELEBRATIONS

From tomorrow, The Escapists will be available on PS4 - marking our console conquest complete. To celebrate we've put the PC version of the game on sale and will be running a live stream of the PS4 version tonight from 6:30PM BST.



The live stream will see your favourite prison warden (me, in case you're new) taking orders from you. You will assign tasks for me to complete and, if they lead to an escape, I will give away copies of the game, hoodies, soap, towels and more!

If you're a member of The Escapists community hub here on Steam you'll automatically be notified through the Steam client when the stream starts.

So, join us and party like you'll never be free again. Most of you wont.

MT17

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May 26

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Prison Review Group



PRISONERS,

I am seeking up to 10 prisoners to volunteer for special duties. As part of a new prison review group, you shall be tasked with seeking out the best examples of custom prisons submitted by the community each week for inclusion in the Prisons of Fame. The Prison Review Group may also be given additional tasks by the forum staff.

To be successful in your application, you must:

1. Be an experienced prisoner - we're looking for prisoners who have been in detention facilities for a minimum of 2 months.

2. Be an experienced creator - I will only consider prisoners who have published at least 1 COMPLETABLE custom map

3. Be an active member of the prisoner community - I'll only consider prisoners who have been consistently active over the past 2 months within The Escapists community.

4. Have at least 2 hours of time to dedicate to the tasks assigned to the Prison Review Group each week


The Prison Review Group will gain no special powers within the community, save for access to a private forum. Your selfless work will help others to get their prison's noticed. Prison Review Group members will also be ineligible to to win a Prison of Fame award in the future. Prison Review Group members may be rewarded for their efforts at the discretion of the forum staff.

To submit an application to become a Prison Review Group member, email community@team17.com using subject line "Prison Review Group" and detailing your suitability against the criteria above. Please be sure to include both your real name and Steam ID.

Can't wait to hear from you,

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!

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
711 of 738 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Early Access Review
Overview

The Escapists is a game about escaping prison. You play as one of the prisoners in a variety of different prisons. Despite its initial appearance, the game has an extreme level of depth and even the prison listed as Very Easy (Center Perks) is hard enough that I have yet to escape.

Speaking of escaping, there are many methods of doing so, but almost anything you do can be traced back to you by the guards. You can steal plastic knives from the cafeteria and cut the vent open in your cell - but they'll trace it to you. You can climb onto the roof - but you'll get sniped by the guards in the towers. You can dig a tunnel towards the outer fence - but you might leave dirt lying around and the warden will have the hole caved in.

You can perform favors for other prisoners to get money, which can be used to buy things from other prisoners. Favors might involve beating down another inmate or taking an item. Many items are illegal (red name) and you will be sent to solitary confinement if you are found with one or one is found in your desk during a cell search.

Life in The Escapists is all about keeping the guards off of you, and to do that, you must follow prison routine. In the monring is roll call - you must attend this or the entire prison will be put into lockdown. You also have a job that you must do. The following is the routine on the first prison, Center Perks:

  1. Morning Roll Call
  2. Breakfast
  3. Free Time
  4. Lunch
  5. Work, or Leisure if unemployed
  6. Exercise
  7. Showers
  8. Evening Meal
  9. Evening Free Time
  10. Evening Roll Call
  11. Lights Out

You also have skills that can be used. Speed determines your attack speed, strength your attack damage, and intellect is your crafting smarts. You find crafting recipes through notes you can buy (or steal from others), and these stats can be raised in different ways but degrade over time.

But this review is getting long, and I don't want to explain every aspect of this game, so let me list off some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Very in-depth; great variety of items
  • Large variety; many ways to escape
  • Flavorful; lots of chatting and makes the prison seem real
  • Complete feeling; feels like a full game even in early access

Cons

  • Buggy; sometimes there are bugs, like guards shouting at you to get to work while you are at work or people you can't interact with whatsover, i.e. infirmary staff or the warden
  • Solitary; if something is traced to you, you go into solitary regardless of current position or state - basically instant, with no opportunity to escape it
  • Unclear; the game only has a vague tutorial and you must learn on your own, which CAN be fun

Let me tell you a story.

I was a prisoner at the first prison. During the first three days, I made quite a hideout. I made paper mache out of toilet paper and super glue, which I made a fake vent cover out of so I could freely climb up and down the vents without fear of leaving it open. I had a massive storage of illegal supplies, a bludgeoning weapon made out of a sock with soap inside of it, and an outfit with metal plates beneath the cloth. Most of the inmates liked me, and I constantly went around bruising people for pay/

One night, I decided to explore the vents more. I left a dummy made with pillows under the covers of my bed to fool the guards into thinking I was asleep. WIth some floss, I cut through slats in the system and saw a stash on the other side of a vent which I could not bypass. I figured I could cut through the vent and go across.

Wrong.

I fell into the infirmary office. The door was locked, and I hadn't had the foresight to make a key from a mold. In other words, I was trapped, and the infirmary staff always lock the door when they came in. I searched all night for a way through the vent, started chipping through the walls with a screwdriver (which broke), and as the sun rose I resigned to my fate and hid in the supply closet. After morning roll call, the prison went on lockdown. As the confused inmates reported to their cells, I received a notice that the military was on their way to the prison.

After a minute and a half, I was found and thrown into solitary.

Final Score

Very in-depth, great fun, and feels complete though in early access. However, it has some standing flaws and errors which interfere with gameplay.

I rate The Escapists 8/10.
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1,582 of 1,810 people (87%) found this review helpful
255 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Day 1 Bill offered me $25 to beat Bill up
Day 2 Bill offered me $18 to find a battery Bill stole from him
There is only one person named Bill in my prison 10/10
Bill has problems
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531 of 595 people (89%) found this review helpful
108 people found this review funny
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
"Welcome to the Salty Spitoon, how tough are you."
"How tough am I, i escaped HPM irongate."
"So."
"Without any Duct tape."
"Right this way sir sorry to keep you waiting."

I miss being on top of most helpful
Why do people think i own this game?
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578 of 662 people (87%) found this review helpful
51 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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257 of 282 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
I love how this game works.
-Lots of gameplay
-Challenging
-Replayability
-Creative 'escape' factor
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204 of 217 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
9.5/10

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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754 of 906 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Early Access Review
Needs Multiplayer for more Fun!
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253 of 288 people (88%) found this review helpful
26 people 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

10/10



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247 of 287 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
14.5 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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448 of 550 people (81%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Matthew offered me $25 to beat Matthew up
There is only one person named Matthew in my prison 10/10
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321 of 385 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Early Access Review
Backwards prison architect. Pretty fun.
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117 of 120 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 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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697 of 886 people (79%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Early Access Review
Showed up to dinner late

Got shot in the face

11/10

Edit: Due to all the whiners who can't take a joke,yes. This is a good game. I recommend it. Can you stop whining now? Thanks.
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159 of 176 people (90%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
48.9 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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357 of 440 people (81%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Early Access Review
It was all fun and games until I dropped the soap...

10/10 would drop again
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176 of 202 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Pre-Release Review
Got this game when it came out for about 5$ full. Loved it when it was in Early Access and now the game is 18$? It's a great game. But not an 18$ "good game". I suggest getting this when it is a little lower in price (if ever).
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133 of 145 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Early Access Review
Good gameplay with nice replayability. I love the simple yet challenging idea to the game, with different levels of difficulty i think this can suit anyone and really is worth a try
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185 of 215 people (86%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
7.5 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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140 of 156 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Simon told me to get him a muffin.
At exercise period he got in a fight and lost.
I checked his pockets and found a muffin.
I stole his muffin and then gave it back to him at dinner.
Favour complete. $21 earned.
11/10 would sell someone their own muffin again.
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160 of 183 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
Late for dinner.
Got shot in the face.
11/10
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