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 (357 reviews) - 81% of the 357 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Feb 13, 2015

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June 24

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June 2

Free ‘London Tower’ Map, Italian Language Added & Massive The Escapists Franchise Sale

Escape London Tower!

It’s time for another escape

We recently had you escaping from Paris Central Pen in the last free update for The Escapists, and now we’ve got another challenge for you.

You’ve been accused of treason, the trial has been skipped and you find yourself locked away in London Tower. Within the high walls of the tower you must plot your escape!

Italian Language Added

We received lots of requests for this one! We happy to announce that due to popular demand we've translated The Escapists in to Italian so make sure to welcome the new in-mates.

The Escapists Franchise Sale

To celebrate the new free map, London Tower, we’re discounting the entire The Escapists series. Now’s the perfect chance to explore the other locations of The Escapists, from Alcatraz to The Walking Dead's Alexandria, or even the underground lair of an evil genius in Duct Tapes are Forever!

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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:
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Very Positive (357 reviews)
Very Positive (9,431 reviews)
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( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I have played this game quite a lot, but have never made it past the first prison because the ai is so smart that they know what you are doing at every second.
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( 38.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
(there will be misspells, sorry)
The Escapists is a great game and defianatly worth the money, i think it is sort of an uplifting game with stratagey and excitment. You have jobs, inmate's and guard's Al is awesome, and there are many different prisons. The prisons go from easy to hard and there are 6 of them, the DLC prisons arw great too. Inmates can ask you favors to get a specific item for them, a distraction at a certain time, and beat up someone. Your inmates also can sell things that you need to escape. Of all singleplayer games out there, i would rate this one as the best.

45/10 MR.Ca$h approves :)
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( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
really good game 9/10
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( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This happened to be my first game on steam that was purchased for me by my mate and at this time, i really enjoyed the game after watching many youtubers such as inthelittlewood and jacksepticeye play it. However, its now a year later, and i find myself not returning to this game anytime soon.

To start with gameplay, at first it can be really fun, i like the crafting system and the fact you have to find a way to escape each prison by using different items and i have managed to escape 2 of these prisons so far. However whenever i go back to play this game, i just find it very repetitive and boring as i'm just doing the same things every in game day with no real gameplay changes. The game can also get really boring as sometimes you have to wait around for certain things to happen and this unfortunately ruins the game for me.

Perhaps im not really into simulation games and i may return to this game someday, but to me, this feels like the type of game that you could just watch someone else play to completion and still feel satisfied. I cannot recommend this game because of these reasons, however if you are into simulation style games, then this game could be for you. The only thing i recommend is that you don't play this game for to long each day as this is the main cause for the game to get boring and repetitive.

Overall 5/10 - Good game but very slow to progress. Having only one prison (the easiest) prison unlocked at the beginning leaves no real option in gameplay unless you buy the DLC.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
the game is very interesting! but if you play for first time you need to understand the game properly and play so that you can escape easily! anyways its awesome! it will be more awesome if the graphics was like gta 5 with third person mode!!
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
This game is just too hard!

Don't waste your money to this game!
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( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
great game so much fun
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( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
i like the game :P
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( 57.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Whether you're looking to kill only a few minutes or spend hours in solitary confinment, this is a good game that proves that simplicity can be the way to go. Violence is well done and it clean enough to calm most parents into letting a younger audience enjoy the "taste of the forbidden" appeal of prison life while still entertaining and older audience.

While the game can seem to run slow as far as plot development, the game gives you plently to do in a day to plan for your big break(-out). Combine that with a list of interesting achievements, there is always something to do while saving up for the next exansion pack.

Rating: 8/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
176 of 203 people (87%) found this review helpful
279 people found this review funny
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
-Entered Prison
-Maxed Out Speed and Strength
-Tried to make a brilliant escape plan
-Failed and jailed
-Tried multiple times.
-Kept failing
-Got tired of escaping
-Took pillow from bed
-Knocked out all prisoners with pillow
-Knocked out all guards with pillow
-Used pillow as armor
-Escaped Prison by beating people up with a pillow...
Rating: 10/10
Pillow too OP, must nerf pillow.

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55 of 85 people (65%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
How To Escape:
1.Spend 48 Hours straight planning and gathering materials for escape
2.Start to execute plan
3.Get caught by a stupid note and realize you forgot a Bed Dummy
4.Get locked in solitary and lose everything
5.Smash computer with hammer

5679.357/10 would spend $18 on this
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
First off, I got this game for 6 dollars, and that is the best deal I have ever seen. This game is absoloutly incredible. The guard`s and inmates`s AI is fantastic. The cops will pay less attention to you if you stick to daily routine, but keep an eye on you if they think your up to something. Its almost like this is an online game and the cops are actual players, but there not!! I love this game so much! There is lots of different prisons so if you think you`d get bored right away, your terribly wrong.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
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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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
>I get in a luxury prision.
>Starts being the smartest guy in the prision.
>Beats the ♥♥♥♥ out of everyone.
>Starts beating some guards.
>I get some keys and ♥♥♥♥.
>Actually manage to get the ♥♥♥♥ out.

After that adventure I went home and played this game.
pretty fun.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Great game, even at full price. It'll put your planning and organisational skills to the test, and when you finally escape from your first prison, you'll feel like you achieved something amazing.

Highly recommended, especially if it is on sale.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
64.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
▒▒▒▓ I love it

✯ Good Gameplay
✯ Atmospheric music
✯ Many ways to escape
✯ Crafting (Tools, Guns, Poster and more)
✯ You can be a thief or earn money with a typical jail job. Some jobs are actually useful.
✯ Missions from the prisoners
✯ Train your Skills (Intelligence, Strength, Speed) !
✯ Bad and good Prisoners. He hates, likes or beats you.
✯ Punishment = to the hole!
✯ Visiting room: I wonder to this day who all these people are.
✯ Prisons, high Prisons, highest Prisons, Alcatraz, Prisons...but no Sona!
✯ Prison Editor

I'd never believed that The Escapists would pull me so deeply into it's world!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
The Escapist - helping you escape from reality by immersing you into... reality?!

Let me explain. The Escapist is an in-depth, yet somewhat simplistic, simulator centered around you, an everyday con, trying to break free from prison. Achieving freedom isn't easy, so get ready to make friends with your fellow prisoners, work, work out, buy, collect and craft... and try at all time to not drop the soap.

So, how is jail? There are several main prisons, escalating in difficulty. Each one of them has its own rules you must follow, tight security, number of guards and cameras. They differ in design and prompt you to vary your strategy and plans. Furthermore, you can create your own shutter, so go ahead, build your wall.

The Escape. Even when you're not following the prison schedule, you have to be planning out and following your own. Your con has to decide whether to collect some forks and go chip at the wall, or whether to get a spoon and start digging. Will he work out a few extra hours or study at the library. Time is valuable and everything you do matters!

Arts and crafts... and shivs. There are many different items you can find around by rummaging through other cells, or you can just buy them off of other prisoners. Magazines, chocolate, duct tape and lighters all come in handy. Some more advanced items, however, require to be crafted, like weapons, uniforms, keys and tools - this is where studying pays off.

Talking about paying. A valued prisoner, is one who helps out his buddies. Doing favours for other prisoners is a big part of The Escapist. This is how you earn their trust and respect. Plus in return they'll do the digging for ya'. Some cons will want you to find them a specific item, while others'll want you to beat up a foe of theirs. Packing a punch requires working out, so spend a few extra hours at the gym.

So where's the simplicity? The Escapist is an indie title, with colourful pixelated graphics and a friendly interface. This fools a lot of people into thinking that the game is simplistic. Underneath the flamboyant cover art lies a manual of a game. Learning all the mechanies will take you some time and your will be prone to looking up guides.

Final verdict: So after all the blabbering is The Escapist worth checking out? Absolutely yes! I invested in this game while it was still Early Access and boy did it pay off! Not only will this game entertain you, but it will devour your time, as you're planning along your next big escape. So get it and put your own little twist on The Shawshank Redemption.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
138.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
You can see how many hours I have played this game for...
Now I will tell you how many times I have rage quit
Too many
Then I watch vids on how to complete that prison
I try again... and the cycle starts again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Imagine this game had an online mode xD
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