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 (767 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 20, 2014

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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.”
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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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October 15

The Escapists nominated for TIGA Game of the Year 2014


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:

Thank you for your time,


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October 10

The Great Escapists Update - Available Now!

You’ve had it too easy.

This week’s update will take your prison experience and add copious amounts of hardship. Within you’ll find a new prison: Stalag Flucht, an old Prisoner of War (POW) camp. Say goodbye to your HD TVs and your cosy relationships with the guards, this is a zero-tolerance hell-hole equipped with some shocking features; you are there to stay.

Other tweaks have been made to the game’s difficulty across the board, too.

Guards are getting pretty tired of your hoarding antics. A complete prison sweep will now take place any time an escape attempt is discovered; air vents, underground tunnels and roofs will be cleared of any illegal items. Trowels are no longer weapons of mass destruction and plastic cutlery isn’t what it used to be. Leaping off the roof onto objects below is no longer an option. An educational campaign amongst the prison staff has left the guards much more able to recognise powdered up wall when they see it and, when they do, expect trouble. Oh, and if you’re in a fight, you can expect some heat from the guards – regardless of “who started it”.

It’s not all horrific. We’ve added in 2 new workout routines and lowered the fatigue drain for working out. Four more jobs are available to keep you out of trouble. You’ll find better stuff in other inmates’ desks. There are new jingles in the game and, perhaps one of the most requested features in the Early Access community has been added; multiple save slots.

To read more infomation and see the full changelog, join us in the forums!


If you liked this update, please give it a thumbs up using the buttons just below this text. That helps us get The Escapists exposed on all of Steam's best bits- meaning we can lock more gamers up! <3

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“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.”
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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

    • 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
636 of 699 people (91%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review

After 7 hours playing The Escapists I have to say it's fun and above all addicting! I'm playing with press access. No matter what route you decide to take, a man of the block prisoner or an educate one, your objective is always the same, escape. There's no wandering for 30 years. Don't let the art style fool you, it is light-hearted but it's challenging as heck. Just like in reality you have to carefully make all your moves and stick to the plan. If something fails you're off to the solitaire, items confiscated and your plan ruined. Fortunately you can load saved games.

- crafting items, and there's a lot of choices
- save games when you return to the cell at the end of the day
- you just don't run out of things to do, the game encourages you to keep moving
- it's damn challenging
- play it your own way
- it's damn funny watching all the incidents during the day, prisoners will interact with each other

- the music is repetitive, I had to turn it off and pick my playlist
- no customization, I would like to customize my character other than the name
Posted: June 20
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151 of 170 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game... I saw it on Steam just a few days after it'd come out for Early Access (20th of August) and I thought it looked really cool. I bought it and wow... My brain just exploded with delight.

If you've ever played Prison Architect, like me, you'll sorta understand how to play this game. But of course you're not building the prison this time, you're ESCAPING IT.
It has a lot of cool mechanics already implemented into it. I won't give you any hints on escaping except you can use screwdrivers on vents.

You can even take your clothes off...

Guards beat you up for it...

But there are a few bugs:

I know I have a bad computer, but this is a Pixelated-Art-Style-Kind-Of-Thing game. Framerate is a bit of an issue for me.
The guard AI can be a bit annoying aswell. Only a bit. Sometimes, when doing Morning Rollcalls, they'll have a lockdown because I didn't get there within five seconds. Then I have all my illegal items taken ;-;

All in all, this game is worth it. DayZ has bugs, but everyone loves it. Minecraft has bugs, but it has grown to be one of the most "Let's Play"ed games out there. I really think if you like the idea of this game and it's style, you should get it.

Its price will go up later too. Do you really want that regret?
Posted: August 26
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105 of 122 people (86%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is just....amazing!
I saw this in the greenlit section and I just knew I had to get it.
I sold some of my favourite items in my inventory to get the money for this, and played it for 14 hours straight on the first go.
Addictive and time consuming.
You can spend hours and hours on this game and it doesn't get boring.
It may be incomplete, but there is already so much to do!
Well worth the $9.99
Hell, Id be willing to pay double that for this amazing 18MB game.
Yep, 18MB download. For hours and hours of entertainment.
Take that, needlessly large and repetitive games like cod!
Posted: August 23
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83 of 100 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great game already even in early access. Do yourself a favor and don't look up any tips or tricks or how-tos. Just play the game and learn as you go. Spent 6 hours live streaming this game today and didn't have a single bug or crash. Totally worth the $10 I paid.
Posted: August 20
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77 of 93 people (83%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I've played this game for about an hour, and so far it's great fun. There seems to be a dozen of items to craft and find, escaping while managing routine is quite exciting, too. Everything about it is great. Except the fact that the other prisoners take the right table and the treadmills always. It's honestly really annoying.

Prisoners taking over jobs is also annoying. The skills seem to take awhile to level up, atleast strength and speed.

I recommend it.
Posted: August 20
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