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 (6,129 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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July 21

The Escapists: The Walking Dead is Coming!



You've escaped from our best efforts to keep you locked up, you've broken free from America's most notorious prison, you've even built a tank to bust out of a military POW camp. You think you're hot stuff. But it's not over yet. Today, we unveiled The Escapists The Walking Dead - a new game in The Escapists series developed by Team17 in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, creators of The Walking Dead comic book series.
The Escapists The Walking Dead sees you wake up in Harrison Memorial Hospital as Rick Grimes. You'll escape the horror unfolding there using familiar methods - craft gear to create escape routes and construct weapons to defend yourself from the flesh-eating horde. You'll also need to learn some new tricks, including the use of ranged weapons for the first time in The Escapists!

Later, Rick will take charge of a band of survivors featuring many of the original The Walking Dead comic book cast. He must secure the safety of the group by seeking out an escape route in each of the game's areas and manage several dangerous tasks to keep as many of the group alive as possible. The Escapists The Walking Dead faithfully matches the timeline of the comics and so, as you make progress in the game, you play through locations that mirror the progress of the band of survivors taken from the award winning comic's epic story.

The Escapists The Walking Dead is coming soon to PC and Xbox One. To keep up with all the latest news, follow Zombie Jimmy Locke on Twitter. Be sure to check out InTheLittlewood's first playthrough of the Tutorial level too:

What's your number one zombie survival tip? The correct answer is duct tape.

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July 1

OUT NOW: The Escape Team DLC


The Escape Team DLC is available now on Steam:

Good luck, and don't go trying to get in no damn planes.


P.S: Played The Escape Team already? It helps us loads if you leave an honest review of the DLC! You can do that here.

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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
1,394 of 1,589 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
63.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
"Welcome to the Salty Spitoon, how tough are you."
"How tough am I, i escaped HPM irongate."
"Without any Duct tape."
"Right this way sir sorry to keep you waiting."
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344 of 366 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15

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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378 of 426 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 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


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263 of 288 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 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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559 of 681 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 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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