Merging the smash hit indie game The Escapists with the world wide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, Team17 have taken the very best of both worlds and are now providing players with the opportunity to play Rick Grimes as he takes on hordes of zombies let loose upon the world.
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Release Date: Sep 30, 2015

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“The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a fun 8-bit indie puzzle/role-playing/survival simulation hybrid which makes excellent use of The Walking Dead comic book license.”
4/5 – Impulse Gamer

“bashing zo… walkers with soap in a pillowcase always makes me giggle.”
7.5/10 – CG Magazine

“The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a delightful combination of nostalgic design and fresh features, utilizing some of the best parts of its legacy title while adding just enough to establish itself as a new and unique title.”
3.5/5 – The Escapist

Just Updated

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.

Taking control of different characters from The Walking Dead universe, players will have to try and survive for as long as possible on the new survival maps set in Meriwether, Alexandria and Woodbury. Battle as Tyreese, Abraham and Michonne, whilst being supported by fellow survivors including the iconic Rick, Carl and Glenn.

The Survival Mode update will also include new weapons and craftables such as the mini gun, sniper rifle and revolver as well as introducing 5 brand new achievements and new leaderboards to compete on.

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! Become an Insider for free here.

About This Game

Merging the award-winning, smash-hit, indie game The Escapists with the worldwide phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, comes The Escapists: The Walking Dead. In this unique game, recreated entirely in the charming 8-bit pixel art style of The Escapists, you play as Rick Grimes as he takes on hordes of walkers let loose upon the world.

Rick is in charge of a band of survivors featuring many of the original comic book cast, including Maggie, Hershel, Glenn and Michonne. Rick must secure the safety of the group by seeking out a safe escape route from each area, and manage several dangerous tasks to keep as many of the group alive as possible. The game faithfully matches the timeline of the comics, meaning Rick must first fight his way out of the Harrison Memorial Hospital, visit the Greene family farm before visiting destinations such as the Meriwether Correctional Facility and Woodbury.

Protect the living and escape the dead as you play through the award-winning comic's epic story.


  • 5 Locations: Tackle 5 of the most infamous locations from The Walking Dead story including: Meriwether County Correctional Facility, Woodbury, and Alexandria
  • Epic Crafting: Choose from over two hundred + different items to make over 70 tools or weapons to aid your survival.
  • Well known characters: Interact with all your favourite characters from the comics and recruit them to help you with important tasks.
  • Routines: Make sure you and your survivors keep up your daily routines - it's important for morale!
  • Guns!: Firearms will now be available to craft or discover - they are handy for keeping walkers at bay!
  • Zombie hordes: Use your wits and your survivor companions to fend off hordes of hungry walkers.
  • Steam Achievements: Be sure to check every desk and room if you want to get them all!
  • Steam Leaderboards: Optimise your plans and strategies to complete the levels in the fastest time.
  • Cloud Saves: Take your game on the go to make sure you can get your fix.

The Escapists: the Walking Dead Deluxe Edition

The Escapists: The Walking Dead Deluxe Edition includes:

  • The complete official soundtrack of the game.
  • A Digital Artbook containing comic strip scenes from the game and some bespoke artwork.
  • The First Edition of The official The Walking Dead comic

*To access the artbook and comic, go to the properties of the game in your Steam library then hit Browse Local Content. You will then find the files in the Art folder.
*The Soundtrack can be found in the Music section in your Steam client.

System Requirements

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SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.5 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GeForce 8000, ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Card
    • Additional Notes: Note: 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.
    • OS: 10.8 Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.5 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher, or Nvidia GeForce 640M or higher, or AMD Radeon HD 5750M
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit or later
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU 2.5 gHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher, or Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT or higher, or AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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453 of 599 people (76%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
although gameplay is fun, i dont feel the price is worth the content, i flew through first two levels (and as i say levels, its more of a single location for each)

i would wait for a sale, of about 60% unless they add alot more locations
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197 of 267 people (74%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
This doesn't feel anything like The Walking Dead.
After the tutorial you very quickly realize that, fun game as "the Escapists" was, it's mechanics have nothing to do with survival and don't translate well.
You are constantly trapped in the daily routine cycle, doing tedious work that isn't improving your situation in any way - a core mechanic that prevents you from playing the actual game!

Crafting is working as in its predecessor, though again it doesn't feel like surviving when you have to craft a pickaxe to break through a wall to find a key to open another door... I've found a few interesting items though no idea and hints how to craft them so far.
The game daily respawns loot inside containers (so literally next to your bed - survival, yay), so the only motivations you have to go out is to find the damn key that prevents you from progressing.

And the level design is horrible. Long roads that make the short amount of time between routines even shorter, rooms you can get trapped in and have to reload a save, and those damn locked rooms that can only be entered with the right key that is hidden somewhere. I constantly get the feeling that everything has been designed for length instead of fun.

TL;DR - Prison break mechanics don't make for a fun survival game.
If you haven't played "The Escapists" get it instead.
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55 of 71 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
It looks like a cool little game, and I bought it to play on my laptop, as my PC is currently unavailable. Music is cool, and the 8-bit atmosphere is very well crafted.

The tutorial could do with a bit more work; originally I picked up the first zombie and carried her around until I worked out how to drop her. The controls are a bit too simple: the same button which means "attack" also means "carry" and "drop".

Once past the first bit of the first level, however, I could not progress. I need to fire a gun in order to proceed, but the gun cannot be fired. The tutorial is clear on what I need to do (press right-button or SPACE to aim and left button to fire). Pressing space works just fine, and the zombie gets targetted. However, pressing the left button then does nothing. Not a thing. I spent about ten minutes trying different combinations, verifying the controls section of the pause menu, and trying to use both buttons at the same time rather than SPACE. Both buttons at the same time may not work on the mousepad for this laptop, but SPACE and left-button should work. It doesn't.

I hope this gets fixed soon, because this does look like fun little game, and I am a huge fan of the TV show.

**EDIT** The guys at Team17 saw this reviw and contacted me via comments very quickly. An email exchange followed. That's great support, guys. Well done! Sadly, my issue is not resolved, but I could continue play using a USB mouse. My tests found that it appears to be an issue with Windows 10 and/or DirectX. Other games turn out to be affected in an identical way.

I progressed to level 2, and this does look like a fun little game. I will be playing it more when I get access to a USB mouse on a regular basis.
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124 of 188 people (66%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
DO NOT waste your money on this game! I was stupid enough to buy this game the day it came out because I enjoyed playing escapists and i'm a fan of the walking dead but this game is EXTREMLY random in it's time line!

First, you start at the hospital in the beginning of the chapter "days gone by", THEN your already at the farm, THEN your already at the jail! I mean come on!

Also the game tried too much to be like escapists and not enough walking dead. I'm wondering why Rick has to do tedious chores in a zombie apocalypse. like not washing peoples underwear is going to cause zombies to start showing up. I like the way they replaced the heat meter with a zombie meter but it only goes up when you don't do chores, maybe if the chores were acualy relevant to the situation, like "patch the holes in a fence" or "scavenge around the map for ammo and supplies" but no it's wash clothes and garden...

I also hate the fighting mechanics, it's IMPOSSIBLE to fight a zombie one on one, even if you have a weapon its so hard to attack, the fighting style is neither escapists or walking dead I know because all you had to do in escapists is click and it goes into auto fight mode, And in the television series i've seen Andrea take down a zombie with a screw driver and Glen with his hands tied behind his back in one episode, why can they handle zombies like that in the game?!

I did rather enjoy the idea of collectible comics hidden on every stage but they had to ruin even THAT by making you unable to read them! WHATS THE POINT OF OWNING COMICS YOU CAN'T READ!? If you were upset with how long this review was it's not my fault this game is so broken...
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
I don't know what all the fuss about this game is... It's an amazing game with the mechanics of The Escapists but WITH ZOMBIES! Crafting is definitely improved as well as the levels. Even if you beat the whole story mode (which I'm still not even done with after 8 hours) you can still go back to 3 star all levels as well as collect comic books, find alternative ways to escape, and much much more. Overall, amazing game.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
A nice twist in the escapists and the walking dead, Personally. I did not read to comics or watch the show, and probably won't. Although it may skip a few parts of the story (from what I know) Its a nice game if you had the patience with the normal escapists. This may get repetative, but its a great game and I reccomend you pick it up.
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36 of 58 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
You can still tell the developers have to work on some issues. I wish they would work out these issues before releasing it to the public. It does get a bit frustrating when you pay $16 for the game and a bug in the game prevents you from getting further in the level. I hope they iron this out soon. If the patches gets release and some more updates for this game come soon than I can see the game heading in a great direction like the orginal escapist. Overall, I am sitting in the middle over how I feel about this game. I would tell other people to wait a little while before purchasing this game. The above reason is why I would not recommend this game at this time.
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39 of 64 people (61%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
I highly recommend this game to those Walking Dead fans!
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177 of 327 people (54%) found this review helpful
560 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
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66 of 119 people (55%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Let me start off with saying, that I love 'The Escapists'. Personally, I think this game could do with some many improvements and bug fixes. To make things clear, I'll use the Pros and Cons List.

-Unique Concept

-Buggy Tutorial
-Strange Controls
-Graphics (I'll talk about this later)
-Tutorial Lacking Vital Information
-Wonky Combat System

That's it for the pros and cons, now to explain why I chose the cons.

Buggy Tutorial: Your clicking on stuff the game tells you to click on is pretty much random if you actually perform the action. As an example, I kept clicking with the shovel in the underground section to dig straight up, on the 100th or so click, it finally worked.

Strange Controls: In the original 'The Escapists', you had to open a menu to equip clothes and weapons, and I liked that. In this game, you have to select the weapon in your hotbar, and press 'E' to equip it. Another strange control change, to stand on desks in the original game, you just had to walk into it. Here, you must press 'F' to stand on the desks. You also use 'F' to give NPCs items. What happened to the give mechanic?

Graphics: I'm so going to get screamed at for this... The graphics look like someone took them straight from the Xbox One version of the original game. Oh wait... What I'm trying to say here, is that I want the graphics to look more like 'The Escapists' on PC. Save these ones for the Xbox One release.

Tutorial Lacking Vital Information: The tutorial lacks information on the Threat Meter, the Health Meter, and the Energy Meter. These are important. I kept wondering why people won't follow me when I clicked on them. (Because that's how you make them follow you. What happened to the 'Q' key? Oh wait, they used that to dismiss people. Wow.)

Wonky combat System: In this game, the combat system is like if Team Fortress 2 was 2D. There's no Lock-On like in the original game, and there's barely any feedback that you actually hit an enemy. (Besides a quiet noise, and a tiny health bar below.)

That's it for my review, I'll list the score below, but before that, I want to say that If Team17 updates this game in any way that will make me change my review, then I will.

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Worvern Scar
2.9 hrs
Posted: December 1
Haven't played this game much yet but it's pretty good so far.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: November 24
Just use your money on something else
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✯ L Giver ✯
3.9 hrs
Posted: November 23
Instead of escaping from prison like the Escapist. You fight zombies,craft and survive.
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Sheckle Snatcher
14.5 hrs
Posted: November 23
This game is pretty neat. It has a lot of the characters from the tv show, and has most of the gameplay seen in the escapists. Plus, it has guns. One thing that bugs me about this game is that once you finish the levels, theres really just a dead end, there aren't any DLC's out for this game. But asidee from that, this game is really good.
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41.9 hrs
Posted: November 20
I cannot wait for the next game this left me so sad but so GOOD!
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BradThePug YT
2.8 hrs
Posted: November 13
Awesome Walking Dead Crossover!
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Gleeborp Wootman
0.4 hrs
Posted: November 12
The walking dead (In my opinion) does not mesh well with the Escapist formula, the levels become tedious and boring quickly. The only reason i'm even playing this is for the trading cards.

(However, the controller support and updated U.I are improvements over the regular Escapists game)

Note: I didn't even want to buy this game, this came with my copy of The Escapists... I thought I bought the collection that came with the DLC levels
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russian bear
0.2 hrs
Posted: November 3
launched for first time says missing executable. launched second time, puts me in fullscreen and blackscreen but shows the window thing at the top. p.s. i am mac
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 31
ITS GOOD yep im real described
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
Good game.
But only if it's on sale.
If it's full price it's trash.
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