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 (9,043 reviews) - 92% of the 9,043 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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April 8

Prisoners! We need your assistance!

Prisoners!

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 - http://www.team17.com/usability/

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 - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BEFLnnCMYYipWQyIRYsV2Q9PFBlCfFqLfo9Q0ccDG28/viewform

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 :)

Janey
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.

Features:

• 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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=bQmmUgfdTro

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
http://store.steampowered.com/app/388060/
The Escapists
http://store.steampowered.com/app/298630/
Fhurst Peak Correctional Facility
http://store.steampowered.com/app/349310/
Alcatraz
http://store.steampowered.com/app/349350/
Escape Team
http://store.steampowered.com/app/376700/
Duct Tapes are Forever
http://store.steampowered.com/app/408730/

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Reviews

“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!

Features



  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    • 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.
    Minimum:
    • 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:
    Minimum:
    • 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:
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (483 reviews)
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Natnanny
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Boring after 1 hour.
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SomeAwesomeIdea
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Dug a hole, put another inmates crap in it as evidence against him.

I got arrested.

11/10 would get arrested by omniscient guards and listen to them talk about having sex with my wife again.

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bkp789
( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I have only completed the easy mode and took me 20 hours. If you need more info, that means that the money to play time ratio is amazing. And, at least for me, to spend at least 20 hours in a game means you are enjoyin it.
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evrules5
( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
The Escapists is a great prison-escaping game, with six prisons (plus five DLC prisons and tons of Workshop prisons), plenty of different ways to escape and tons of items.

It has great pixel art graphics and music that really puts you in the mood to do whatever you're supposed to be doing at the time (eg upbeat music during exercise period).

Here are my Pros and Cons:

Pros:
Visually appealing pixel art graphics
Good and original music
Six (or more) prisons to escape, all with varying degrees of difficulty
About 40 achievements

Cons:
Can be a bit expensive
Achievements can be difficult to get
Guard towers are super annoying whilst trying to escape

Overall, this game is well worth the money, though I would wait until it's on special. It is very enjoyable to play and has plenty of replayability.

9/10
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SmellyFish2000
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Endlessly fun and ridiculous prison escape game. Could play for hours!
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SweetJalapeno
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great game, easy to play, nice for passing time. Also for those who like a challenge, there are more difficult prisons, keeps you busy.
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Zombiee Pigman
( 114.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This is a really great game! I really enjoyed all the prisons and the way it lookes and the challenge. I have a few suggestions for a update for the game. Maybe you could add a Multiplayer mode where you can play with friends and become a police officer. Another thing was that you could just play single player on prisons like San Pancho as a guard, instead of a plain old prisoner, with a goal that I don't really know, but It could be your choice, really. It's your game, not mine. You don't have to do it, but it's a suggestion that I think would make the game better. Anyways, I love the game, it's great to play.
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alexbali25
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Bullcrap, Why would I just give up if someone sent me some stupid asf letter saying they think im stealing from guards!? WTF!! WHAT ****ING LOGIC IS IN THAT!?
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CSIGamingLord
( 36.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Really Fun Game! I like the format and, just the whole layout of the game. Although I think it would be best for the Santa's Sweat Shop, there should be more opportunities to get knowledge then the one computer, just a thought though. Anyways..... 10 out of 10 would play again.
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Mr. Tophat
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is amazing, hands down one of the best and funny games ive ever played. I know the hype has sorta gone down for this game but it is definetly worth your time, money, sweat, blood, tears and other fluids.
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Captain sloth
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is ok, but the price is too high for a game like this,
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whattheheckdude CSGOx14.com
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Game is a good 7/10

Pros:
Have to be smart
Very basic understanding of what to do after getting used to it
You can beat people up XD
You have to be patience

Cons:
Sometimes the game doesnt let you get the items you sort of need, making you go through days for no reason
Getting the keys are a bit frustrating, REALLY When you get a key you don't need
The quests that people give you can screw you over
if you get called for role and you have ANYTHING contraband(Banned) its game over and a ez restart


I still have gad fun in this game so, I do recommend
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Ionutz Histos
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Is a good game 10/10
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assaf.krauss
( 70.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
it's a very fun game
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kRIstAL /F/ - EIZO - A
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Still in tutorial..
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XTREME GAMING
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
epic game its realy hard or im just a noob
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bluemothman
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
So they want me to write a review? Ok... to be honest this game is really addicting. I WOULD say it was 98/100 but... it's so good i will give it a 100/100 review. So i recommend you buy it!
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saelkey
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
This game is a pixelated prison escape game. I think that this game is very fun. This game also has 3 DLCs.
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LeoTheLlamaPlays
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
OH GAWD! TOO MANY JACKSEPTICEYE WORKSHOP THINGS!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
lifted wieghts
Got so jacked guards said to stop lifting
Kept lifting
Guards atack
Beat $#it out of gaurds
Went back to lifting
Guards were to scared to come after me so left me alone
10/10
Would get jacked again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
This game is great. It has really nice graphics, and I think it gives a good simulation. I just think it gives the great expeirence that the gamer needs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
A great learning oppertunity for young criminals!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Best pixelated Shawshank simulator.
10/10 would stand shirtless in the rain again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Fun but can get boring after a while.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This game is amazing! There are endless ways to escape! The Escapists allows you to be creative in any way imaginable. Venture from level to level as difficulty increases in many differnt prisons. Discover new ways to create weapons, escape, and distract. If you are looking for a challanging game that you need to think hard and stratagize this game is for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Its fun but after a while it gets boring, still would recommend
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
if the guards havent seen you the entire day
they call a lockdown and end your day

if the guards have at least seen you once in one day
they dont give a single sh*t where you are the rest of the day
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Pretty fun. Shame how I'm not going to finish it. "But why not, Peace?" Because I'm a lazt ♥♥♥♥, that's why.

The escapists is a game where you try to escape the prison, make friends with the inmates do jobs for money do favours to rain reputation and money and so on. Try to beat the guards up (no murdering tho, even if you shank them twice with your makeshift glass shank).

You start off in a prison, figure out the prison routine, and do things for a few days while you start digging holes, unscrewing vent covers, and so on. Be all sneaky-beaky like.

It's great fun, unfortunately the gameplay is kind of repetitive once you start getting into it (duh, it's a prison game).

Full price is 17.99, I have played 16 hours so that's roughly a dollar an hour. But I got it on sale, for half price or something. So it is definitely worth it on sale.

Full price? Eh... Might as well wait and play CS:GO or Dota 2 or whatever your "free to play" (costs your soul though) game that you play at the moment.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I've played this game for a few hours, I'm gonna tell you what I think about it.

Let's get the con's out of the way, shall we?
- Very hard. When you try to escape, you need to make sure every guard is gone. If you want to dig your way out, you need to have a tunnel short-term. Not having and underground tunnel long-term, because everything will be gone, even your other stuff you used to escape.
- Crafting is very hard, your need to find crafting recepies and you need to higher your intellect or you can't craft stuff.
- Your stats increase slowely, keeping your stats at the right place is hard and requires valuable time you need to have to escape.
- Guards will dislike everything you do (Not being on the right place on the right time, standing on table's, looting stuff etc.)

Let's dump all the negativity and move on with the pro's:
+ Very well scripted, you have different periods (You need to finish your job, have meal, train, etc.)
+ This game has humour
+ Very addicting (Because you fail everytime, you want to try again :P).
+ Community is ok. Some immature people, some nice people.
+ Missions and different ways to earn money.
+ Every thing you make or do, feels rewarding.
+ A lot of items.
+ Workshop, all these maps are amazing.

Overall: 7/10, not for everyone. If you don't like 2D games I suggest to you that you won't like this game. The con's are the reason this rating has -3 points. The game is very hard, even in the most Easy prison available.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Muffin's Prison Life at Center Perks:

-Pretended to be the perfect prisoner.
-Stole from the other prisoners to make 5 Molten Chocolates.
-Became friends with a bald guy named Aiden.
-Became enemies with guys named Whitney and Heiko.
-Collected muffins, teddy bears, fried chicken, and cookies in my desk.
-Stored Molten Chocolates in my wall.
-Attacked all the guards durning breakfast with teh Molten Chocolates.
-Warden is terrified of Muffin and decides its best to let him go.
-Leaves through the front gate like a badass.

Muffin rates this game Extreme Muffin/Extreme Muffin.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Don't drop the soap.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A great retro-style prison simulation game. You can either act as if you are in prison and do the everyday tasks, or you can come up with a plan to escape a prison. There are quite a few prisons included in the base game, not to mention the massive content on Steam Workshop.

Overall, I give it a 9/10. Only criticism I have is the low resolution (though with a game like this, it doesn't matter too much. Just that it looks a teeny bit stretched on my monitor)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Pls make it multiplayer!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
It's even better when you've been to alcatraz.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
So simple yet so much fun. Great concept, challenging gameplay and amusing dialogue from the guards and other inmates. You are dropped into the prison routine without much direction on how to escape. Read books, work out, build relationships, learn the map/routine and MacGuyver yourself some tools and weapons. There are different strategies and play styles for you to discover as you go along. The prisons are increasingly difficult and there are community-made maps and a map editor when they get boring.

This game is definitely worth the price, even when it's not on sale (but it's a STEAL when it is... get it? eh?)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
I absolutely love this game. From planning your escape to the rush of putting your plot to work, it's amazing throughout. It's fun to try and find ways to hide your contraband from the guards and ways to smuggle materials from people and jobs to your desk. It's also really crushing if the guards find out what you're planning... But if they don't, the rush of escaping is insane. Regardless of how boring it must look to see someone cutting through vent grates or digging under a fence, it had my heart pounding, especially if a guard just happened to wonder by me. Overall, I think this game is awesome and it's worth your time and money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Great im going to try give an accurate guide on how to escape the first prison (very easy)

1. train up your HP to 100% (untill your hp is 50)
2. train your intellect a bit
3. get a metalshop job (this is the job you get paid most for)
4. fill your desk with forks and knives get a screw driver too
5. move your desk so you can climb the vent in your cell
6. at night time use the knives to weaken the vent to 5% durability (dont let the guards see) use your scredriver to finish off the vent (it should appear in your inventory) make sure to place a bed dummy (this is really important) cover up the vent too
7. search for loot
8. steps 4 5 6 and 7 were optional so if you don't want to bother you dont need to
9. get 2 pieces of timber and some green wire
10. craft nunchucks (powerfull weapon)
11. get some rope
12. get a guard outfit
13. during free time knock out guards when they are alone and strolling by themselves
14. tie them up with the rope
15. knock out all the guards you can
16. tie them up with rope if you have some
17. you should get a letter from the warden about the main gate being open
18. put on the guard uniform
19. walk through the front gate like a boss
20. you've escaped and should've got a achievement have fun guys ;)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Playing in the first prison only shortly after having completed the tutorial, I figured a screwdriver would be my best friend and the vents would be my best method for escape/transit in the wee hours of the night. I finally got my hands on a screwdriver from some chump in the showers and waited until lights out to begin my exploring. Got the vent popped off, headed towards the infirmary with my eyes on the chest, assuming their would be lots of drugs and needles and other prison goodies hopefully guaranteeing my success in #prisonlife. I dropped down only to be met with an inability to open the chest, as well as an inability to leave the room. At all. Guards see my cell is empty, place goes on lockdown, apparently no guard could figure out I was in the infirmary so Mr. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Warden MD Ph.D "calls in the big dogs" to sniff be out and I end up in SHU, losing my once invaluable screwdriver. I then dig a tunnel under the fence and flip the entire level the bird.

Fast forward to the 3rd prison, I decide to get serious. No matter what I do these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s figure out I broke into a vent, so we're giving up on that. Tunnels are the way to go. Minecraft trained me for this. The original Red Faction trained me for this. Ez Pz get a shovel and we're squeezy. I build up as much metal and duct tape as I can, rek that bummy Aiden from the woodshop so I have an easy supply of timber for braces, then get working on two sturdy shovels, a sturdy pickaxe, and keeping my toilet full of timber braces. The night comes. I've kept cool for 6 days now, I've got all the bars in my room covered and a bed dummy just incase. I start digging. I get under the floor. I continue digging towards the closest fence, only to realize I just dug up into my own cell and now my cell practically has no floor and I have nothing to cover it with. I get back into one of my holes to figure out what the ♥♥♥♥ is going on, when I realize I dug into an endless abyss from which I could indeed escape the prison, absolutely no digging required.

This game makes no sense.

10/10

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