The Escapists provides players the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of escaping!
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Very Positive (9,042 reviews) - 92% of the 9,042 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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April 8

Prisoners! We need your assistance!


We need your help! You've bravely spent hours escaping the various prisons and because of your experience we are now sure you can help us out with some feedback.

So grab your duct tape and a cup of molten chocolate, and get ready to give us your opinions about the game's prisons so far.

As always, we're grateful that you're taking the time to help us so the survey contains an option to take part in a prize draw. Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of three amazing The Escapists loot bags (we stole them off the guards). At the end of the survey, you'll be asked to provide your email address so if you win we can contact you for more details.

Also, if you want to join Team17's usability crew and help us out with more games, you can register here -

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. However, there are some optional questions so completion will take longer if you choose to tell us lots.

Here's the survey -

If you experience any problems with the survey, let me know in the comments.

And thank you from the bottom of my tiny The Escapists heart :)

Team17 Usability Analyst

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March 24

The Escapists Sale and The Escapists: The Walking Dead Free Survival Mode Update!

The Escapists: The Walking Dead Free Survival Mode Update!

The TOP REQUESTED feature we’ve seen since the game launched is undeniably a survival mode. Lots of you wanted a chance to on The Walking Dead in an action packed game mode and we’re happy to announce that it’s here!

The Survival Mode update adds an all new gameplay mode where you must take on a herd of walkers, grunts and legends across three different levels set within The Walking Dead universe.


• Try to survive for as long as possible!
• 3 new survival maps set in Meriwether, Alexandria and Woodbury.
• Battle as Tyreese, Abraham and Michonne, whilst being supported by fellow survivors including iconic characters like Rick, Carl and Glenn.
• New weapons and craftables such as the mini gun, sniper rifle and revolver
• 5 brand new Achievements
• New Leaderboards to compete on.

Watch the trailer now!

Skybound Insider Content!
Skybound Insider members will receive additional free content on PC. This exclusive content will enable the player to play as walker versions of Abraham, Michonne and Tyreese and will also unlock the Stun Gun weapon! Sign up here!

The Escapists Franchise Sale!
The Escapists: The Walking Dead
The Escapists
Fhurst Peak Correctional Facility
Escape Team
Duct Tapes are Forever

Make sure you stop by the forums to let us know what you think and please give the post a thumbs up if you liked it!

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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

Just Updated

We’re giving you a free content update in the form of a brand new map, inspired by one of the toughest prisons in the world. Paris Central Pen is your new challenge. How will you escape?

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Storage: 2 GB 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.
    • OS: OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.4 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GeForce GT 8000, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Linux Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes:
Helpful customer reviews
271 of 309 people (88%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Great game, it is so insanely hard. I still am on the 1st prison (I managed to finish lol, I just don't have the patience to do everything so smooth. Oops), and I have played about 10 hours. The only thing I would change is to add a co-op gamemode so I can escape with a friend. There is still a lot of DLC waiting to be added, so that won't happen for a while, but just a thought.
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171 of 207 people (83%) found this review helpful
257 people found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Start a prison and lose my job.
Take over as librarian.
Buy all the items I need to escape.
Make a copy of the guards key.
Plan my escape and wait.
Cell Mate named Luis goes to bed.
Knock down wall.
Luis shouts "Someone is trying to escape!"
Guards Catch me.
Throw me in Solitary.
10/10 Snitches end up in ditches Luis.
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120 of 165 people (73%) found this review helpful
186 people found this review funny
71.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
I knocked out a guard by splashing hot chocolate on him.
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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
A very polished and clever experience, but it seems that there is usually only one way to escape. It would be nice if future maps included more than one way to escape, and a reward for escaping in every way from one prison. Other than that, just damn fun to play. Good now, even better when Multiplayer rolls out.
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106 of 156 people (68%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I want to like this game. I really do. And it isn't really a "bad" game. It just has too many issues for me to reccomend it. If there were a "meh" option I'd pick it. I have two major issues with the game.

One being you aren't given a lot of important information. Metal Detectors can find everything on you that you DON'T wear. You can have nunchuks and a metal plated uniform and it won't detect it. But if you have a nail file in your pocket you instantly go to solitary. Lots of weird recipes where you might have an idea of something CLOSE to what you can do, or maybe you have part of the items you need, but you won't ever know unless you get luck finding the recipe note.

And two, RNG is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. I spent roughly 4 days in the 2nd prison with three key moulds. I had gotten nunchuks and made metal plated prisoner armor. I had accumulated a bit over 150 dollars and I spent four whole days just stuck. I needed to make a key to progress, and I was missing a lighter. I searched EVERY inmate's desk multiple times every day. I checked every inmate store. This continued on and on. Eventually I just pulled a chuck norris and attempted to beat down all the guards. Which did barely work. But felt very unsatisfying.

I don't mind slow progression as long as I can make actual progression. But when I'm stuck sitting doing nothing for days in game because I am not getting an item I need the enjoyment just becomes massive frustration.

There's also some kind of irritating small things, like how if a vent if missing from the roof of your room a guard will INSTANTLY notice if he walks by. I'm not sure how many guards stare at ceilings, but it seems a bit silly. Not to mention you can't seem to frame other inmates which is VERY disappointing. It's basically flavor text. You can be told they are about to search the room of so and so, and throw a glass shiv in his desk, but the guards will not give a ♥♥♥♥. They only throw you into solitary.

The game has a lot of great ideas and is close to what I want, but there are some serious underlying flaws in the game. I'm not sure I'll come back, very disappointing.
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