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 (806 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 20, 2014

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

Note: This Early Access game may or may not change significantly over the course of development. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you may want to wait until the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access is the perfect fit for The Escapists! We’ve got all the lovely ingredients in there to mould it into a wonderful game and with continued commitment and listening to welcomed community feedback we know we’ll produce something special.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“By their very nature Early Access games don’t have a set release date. The Escapists is already in a very playable state and plans are in place to add even more cool features. If you pressed me I’d say absolutely everything would be wrapped up by mid to end 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

The Early Access version of The Escapists includes an exclusive prison map - Fhurst Peak Correctional. The Early Access version and final release will be very different indeed. There’ll be a ton more content, more escape routes, more crazy items, just more more and more! Oh, and a whole load more polish to boot.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is shaping up just nicely… We’re pretty much at a point where we need players and feedback. Early access will allow us to sit and listen making future builds even better!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, we're offering The Escapists at a special Early Access price as a thank you to all the inmates who start planning their route to freedom early.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Greatly… We’re entirely open to any and all ideas. As far as The Escapists is concerned – it’s all good. We’ll be after all manner of ideas regarding the game as a whole and look forward to hearing from players. We'd like to encourage the community to be vocal - ideas matter and will help shape The Escapists into the best game we know it can be.”
Read more

Buy The Escapists

 

Recommended By Curators

"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."

Recent updates View all (12)

October 30

Update #3 - The Shankton Redemption



Rollcall- It’s Update Time!

The Shankton Redemption update sees the return of a prison that some may find familiar; Shankton State Penitentiary. You may recognise it from very early footage of the game. If not, welcome to a new prison with some serious challenges.

After loads of requests, we've also added in customisable NPC names, loot boxes and more - plus a host of tweaks based on your feedback in the forums.

But don't loiter out in the open, join us in the escape tunnel and see the full patch notes!

Love,

MT17 & ChrisD

Like this announcement? Give it a thumbs up using the buttons below - it helps us get The Escapists on to the front page of Steam! <3

7 comments Read more

October 15

The Escapists nominated for TIGA Game of the Year 2014



Prisoners,

Whilst there is much discussion outside the prison on whether you should have the right to vote in democratic elections, we've decided to try an experiment.

The Escapists has been nominated for TIGA's Game of the Year 2014. For an early access game that's just a few months old, this is a staggering achievement. In order for The Escapists to win this award, your votes are needed to secure the top spot.

Therefore, all prisoners are required to click on this link and submit a vote for The Escapists:
http://awards.tiga.org/awards_vote.php


Thank you for your time,

MT17

17 comments Read more
See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

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 players the opportunity of experiencing a light-hearted insight into everyday prison life with the main objective being that of escaping! Players will have to keep in line and juggle their time sensibly as they form their personal plan of escape; working out potential routes to use as well as being incredibly smart and clever in using what seem like harmless items to craft and create various weaponry and escape tools which help aid the player in their ultimate goal of escaping.

Players are tasked with advancing their character's statistics through various means such as exercising regularly and ensuring to boost their intellect as well… Whilst remembering to attend roll call, hold down their job and keep the inmates on side if you're to be successful in trading with them and ultimately… Don't forget to escape!



  • 2 Fully operational prisons complete with routines to give you a flavour of how it *really* is inside!
  • 6 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!
  • 100 + 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’!
  • Steam Leaderboard – 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!
  • Differently laid out and themed prisons for you to attempt escaping from – including the P.O.W camp!
  • New items for you to track down and new craft-able items to work out!
  • More routes for you to figure out as you plot your escape!
  • More job roles to be provided for you to take up!
  • More customisation elements for your player avatar!
  • Increased number in save slots so you can have multiple escape attempts on the go!

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
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: In some instances, systems may require model specific drivers. If your system manufacturers no longer support hardware under this category, it may not be possible to run this title. Should this be the case, we are unable to assist you and recommend that you pursue support from your respective system manufacturer. This issue is most common in laptops and is prevalent with select products from most leading manufacturers.
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
Few games have captivated me like The Escapists. Even after nine hours of this little indie game, I can't put it down. You'll say to yourself: "Man, that day went quick! Lets do another!" all the time. Buy this game, and you won't be dissapointed. I look forward to new updates from Mouldy Toof!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Early Access Review
for an early accsess, this game seems to already have the potential of a full release!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Early Access Review
This game is so addicting, from the minute you start to try and find a way out. You are stuck into this simultion.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Early Access Review
I am just going to keep this short, for i have only logged around 4 hours into the game as of now, but as soon as i reach around 10 hours i will write a full review.

So, i was browsing youtube one night when i noticed a video on some new indie game "The Escapists." Noticing instantly that this was some sort of prison simulator, of which i am very fond of, i clicked it and instantly loved it. Not having any money at the time i desperatly searched for ways to get this game for the following days, finally while looking through my inventory i noticed a $ 10 CSGO weapon skin and proceded to sell it without hesitation. I purchased the game and quickly downloaded it (Very quickly) and began to play.

I was hooked.

It was something i had wanted for a while but could never find, a prison escape simulator, where all the knowledge i had mustered from watching prison movies came in handy. Shortly after starting i grabbed some plastic spoons and started digging, i hung some sheets over the cell bars to stay concealed, and within a few nights, i had been sent to solitary when the guards discovered my uncovered hole.

So.

I started again.

After an hour of seemingly doing the same thing again and again i still wasn't bored and found new features at every turn.

I love the pixelated graphics, the game gives off a light vibe but it is very hard.

Also the new POW camp prison is awesome and i have put 3 hours into it already.

With the constant updates and the way the devs listen to our ideas this game is definatly worth the money.

I won't give it a rating yet but this game certainly has my attention.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Early Access Review
The Escapist is a REALLY fun game. I've been playing it for hours. It is worth your money if your a Simulation and Strategy
type of gamer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
This is a very good game, and it isn't even finished so I can recommend this to everybody, it is very addictive!

Was this review helpful? Yes No
10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Early Access Review
Fought three guards, and two prioners with a whip and book filled shirt.

10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Early Access Review
A great game, definately worth it. Can`t wait for the finished product!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Early Access Review
This is a great game! it's so cool! The idea is ofcourse not new, but since there are so many options, so many ways to escape, ITS AWESOME!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
I can say that this game is absolutely amazing.
The visuals remind me of a 8 or 16 bit game and it is done well. The concept of attempting to escape is amazing and the gameplay is equilly so.

8/10
Would be better if it included a level editor and a few more prisons, currently the game is limited to 3 maps.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Early Access Review
A brilliant and fun game with lots of replay value. I recommended it to all my friends.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
awesome game iv playd it for about 4 houers and i never got to escape relley hard but awesome.........the only problum is it is not co.op it seems like a co.op game to me so get it and hope it becomes co.op
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Early Access Review
The Escapists Review

Escapists is a awesome indie pixel graphics simulation game where your a prisoner and must escape. You need to be smart and watch the guards. If your caught with illegal items you will be put in solitary for a few dyas and will have to start from scratch again. You will need to collcect items and craft them into useful items to escape. You can steal from your fellow prisoners or buy from them to acquire recipes or items. The game goes through cycles so if your not in the right palce at the right time make sure you don't get seen or your guard heat will go up. Once you have a plan to escape and your ready wait until night and execute it. Make sure you escape before its time to wake up or you will get caught. Play this amazing game.

Rating: 9.5/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Early Access Review
Prison Simulator in old-style. In one word: awesome.
The game is playable in early access, even though has *some* game-breaking glitches (going through walls and getting stuck), but when you start playing it, you get pulled in.

Day after day, you do your daily jail routine, help your mates, steal, work, beat up people, collecting materials for your ultimate goal: The Escape. It isn't easy, and you've got little time, but when (and IF) you manage to escape, the feeling is awesome. The game allows you to finish it as fast as 1 in-game day, or play for a long time and become the master of your prison, going anywhere you want and doing anything you'd ever think about. The only things, that I feel, like the game lacks now, is multiplayer and steam workshop, for maps/characters.

TL;DR - Awesome game even in early access.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Amazing even for Pre-Alpha. This is a great game in the making.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
Ran around prison naked while whacking people with soap in a sock

10/10 would streak with sock mace again!
Was this review helpful? Yes No
3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Early Access Review
I LOVE THIS GAME TO BITS, THE ONLY THING YOU NEED IS CO-OP PLEASE IT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO PLAY PLEAASE ADD IT.
Was this review helpful? Yes No
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Early Access Review
verry good game good for a early access 69 0ut 0f 70
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Early Access Review
very good game and makes u think so u are always doing something
Was this review helpful? Yes No
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Early Access Review
A huge breath of fresh air from the millions of fps's that are exactly the same. Don't play if you get addicted easily and don't like farming.

PLEASE GIVE IT SUPPORT SO IT CAN HAVE CO-OP!!!
Was this review helpful? Yes No