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 (4,220 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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March 25

Let Me Take A #Cellfie!



PRISONERS:

The humble selfie. It splits opinion wherever it’s mentioned. So popular that it has its own peripherals, so annoying that there are petitions calling for them to be illegal.

Good for you then that you’re already in prison.

At HMP Irongate, we’re big fans of the humble selfie. In fact, we love photography in general, which is absolutely the one and only reason why there are security camera on every wall we could find. But this isn’t enough. Prisoners still find ways to avoid being caught on camera, which is why we’re launching a new, crowdsourced CCTV operation: #Cellfies.



The idea is simple. Use Steam’s screenshot or Xbox One’s screen capture features to capture the best and worst moments of your prison experience. Send them to our prisoner monitoring center [WARDEN’s NOTE: Remove this when the post goes out, call it “twitter account”, sounds nicer] here. Each week, we’ll reward one lucky #Cellfie taking con with a The Escapists Hoodie.

But don’t just spam us with your pictures — each week there’ll be a theme to conform to based on our intelligence needs [WARDEN’s NOTE: Remove this. Call it “current events”]. The Warden will pick out the #Cellfie that best fits this theme, so pay attention to the prisoner monitoring center to find out the theme for the current week.

Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.

Get to it cons.

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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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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
205 of 233 people (88%) found this review helpful
21 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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68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Chipping trough walls with plastic forks. Crafting make-shift weapons. Scouting out the prison. Getting the right items. Dodging guards. Living prison life. Getting keymolds. Getting better jobs. Leveling stats. Getting a guard outfit. Covering up dug holes and chipped walls. Finnaly getting out to the perimiter wall. Get shot by a guard in a tower, taking all your items and putting you into solitary. Trying again. Succes. Reliazie this was the easiest prison, and a even harder one awaits you.

Sounds like fun? It is fun.

Pros:

- 6 defualt prisons, along side 2 custom. (3 if you had early acces)
- A sea of non-craftable and craftable items.
- A easy to understand crafting system.
- A helpfull and lovely community.
- Amazing soundtrack.
- The abillity to name all guards and in-mates.
- 9001 ways to escape the prison.
- Very polished and alsmost bug free.


Cons:

- No prison editor. (yet!)
- Very rage inducing.


So all in all, The Escapist is an amazing game and should be played at all costs. Fun and compelling, challenging and extrmely high quality. Easy to get into, hard to master. Well, I am off to see if my plan works this time.

10/10
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69 of 76 people (91%) 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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141 of 184 people (77%) found this review helpful
16 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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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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384 of 614 people (63%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This review is helpful.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Good Game
-Learning everything there is to know takes time, but is rewarding
-Prison Breaks=Cool
-Multiple ways to beat any given prison, so you can do it your way
-Crafting is accurate
-Just... Just... I LOVE IT
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.2 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Really fun and great game. Excellent job. Could still use some work, but considering it was only released recently, very well done. The prisons definitely get difficult as you progress.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
It is a epic prison game. One of the best games I've ever played.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Pre-Release Review
Like some mind-bending combination of MYST and every classic top-down RPG in history, the Escapists manages to blend heart pounding moments of adrenaline and reaction, with cerebral activities, in a well paced fashion.

Long and careful hours of scheming, conniving, poisoning, sabotaging, exploring, manipulating, and chipping away (literally) at your confinement, sit side by side with vicious scrums and scraps.

What makes this game so amazing is that it gives you the chance to live out that mental fantasy where you imagine that you could do a better job of breaking out of jail than any number of TV or Movie characters (or even real-life felons). Ironically for a game about being imprisoned, this game provides true freedom; Freedom to piece together your own unique plan of escape.

The game is quite robust in terms of replayability, very stable (no crashes or bugs so far in my playthroughs), and requires very little by way of system resources. It will, however, tax your brain, your wit, and your reflexes, in the best way.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
oh how to summarize The Escapists...

It's a great game, the crafting is fun, the variance in the prisons is fun and keeps ya hinking on how to escape, there's lots of ways to escape, in general it's fun as hell. WARNING: This Game Is Addictive
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
very good game you have to really think about your exit strategy. one flaw in your plan and you go to solitary... i love it. buy it now before the prices skyrocket.

over 9000/10

Joe told me to beat up Joe for snitchin', there is only one Joe in my prison... punch Joe in face, Joe knocks me out, and i go to the infirmary
10/10 would punch joe again.

BEWARE OF THE AIMBOT SNIPERS...
Do your escape in a gaurd outfit at night, trust me the sniper does twenty damage per shot and never misses... GOOD LUCK
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Now, I have only played around 15 of the games in my library of a somewhat comparatively larger 54, but boy am I glad that this is one of the games I play. Now, much like a lot of my games, if it's not tf2 I dont play it often. This stands for this game as well, though it is extremely enjoyable. The amount of luck that can go into the earlier prisons (note my day 2 escape) and the amount of skill the later ones take is one of the defining factors that makes this game stand out to me. It was quite small whilst it was coming up to its release, but many youtubers shifted popularity onto this gem and I would like to thank them. And hey, naming prisoners after your friends and seeing how they react in the new life, at the end of the day, is broderline enjoyable. It's like if sims was in a prison except not sims... Wait what? Ok, what I meant to say was it's nice to kick back to prison life and try and escape the prisons. The dialogue is also filled with references, so make sure to read em' all! I rate it a 7/10
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
A really good game I've been here since Early Access hoping multiplayer comes out soon for this game!
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
So intense and in depth for a 2d game
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I love this game so much. I saw Jacksepticeye playing this and after 2 episodes i was determined to play it. I am so happy I bought it, I escaped from 4 prisons and I still love it. The only con I have is that you need to save on the end of a gameday so you need at least half an hour to do something and I don't always have that much time.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.9 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I love this game 10/10! It has a great way of keeping you do the right thing while doing the wrong thing you need to have a great plan to escape.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
This game is quite tedious and frusturating at times, but playing it in small sessions is fun. When I escape, it feels almost too easy - but that's the point. It's all about preparation and not doing anything too risky until you are ready enough.
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