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 (3,614 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
26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
The Escapists is one of the few games this new year that I have enjoyed. I have played it profusely, escaping 2 out of the 9 prisons (including the extra ones) and I love the way it works. You can name prisoners, guards etc, you get to pick YOUR way out, and I love the things the guards say at rollcall. It makes me lol.

But, I would add a prison editor so that people can create and publish their own prisons. It would be hard to implement, sure, but it would make a valued and great addition to the game.

9.9/10 stars
Would add the editor.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
13.7 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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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Can't wait for the Charles Manson DLC.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.4 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The Escapists is one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played. I could honestly play this game all day. If you like any of the following, this game is for you!
-Prison Simulators
-Prison Escape
-Escaping
-RPG
-Pixel Graphics
-Addicting Games
-Strategy
-Single-Player
-Schedules
-Fun
-Simulation
-Being Sneaky
-Statistics
-Variety
-Character Customization (Picking a character)
-Renaming Characters
-Recruiting prisoners to team up with you in your escape
-Jobs (Not IRL)
-Training
-Crafting
-Inventories
-Managing storage space
-Organizing
-Tasks/Missions
-Trading
-Shopping
-Realism (somewhat)
-Keeping yourself occupied
And other things...

The one thing that would make this game even better would be a multiplayer feature.

Personal Rating:
★★★★☆
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
First of all great game. Still havn't betten the first prison yet. I loved all of the different escape routes you have to chose from, its not like there is only one and you have to go that way. Also the fact that there are many different weapons to chose from to attack a guard or a fellow prisoner. There is even some humor aspect to it, the commentary that the prisoner give out at Brekfast, lunch, dinner, shower time and workout time. When in the shower part of the day is especially funny. So yes this game is an absolute yes!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
its a really great prison sim you get to escape and great music :D
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Great game, I had alot of fun and rage playing it
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game is so addicting.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
the escapists is a fun prison game that gives you many options to escape. i know i might get hate for this but ive started a Lets Play on it heres the link if you are interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDVRbg7YAc4
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
You can beat the ♥♥♥♥ out of everyone with mops and tie them up and call them your ♥♥♥♥♥.

10/10 basically 50 shades of grey.
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22 of 42 people (52%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I dropped the soap.
1337/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This review is helpful.
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