The Escapists

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Third party DRM: Steam

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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!

Key Features:

  • 8 fully operational prison 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 plan 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 Leaderboard – Once you have escaped see how you fared against other successfully escapees!

Planned Features:

  • PRISON EDITOR – Create from scratch your very own confinement masterpiece and share it with the community! Coming Soon – will be a free update / tool.

Customer reviews


Challenging but Entertaining

fischfun | Sept. 26, 2015 | See all fischfun's reviews »

At first, I thought this game was going to be a waste of my money, but when I bought it, I realized that it was much more than what was displayed in the adds. This game requires the user to use an utter sense of creativity to escape a prison, and this is part of the reason I bought it. The way the developers put so much effort into things like air vents, brick walls, and much more is impressive. If you can't decide upon buying it, here is some advice, buy it now, and you won't regret it.



Pekkama0 | Sept. 8, 2015 | See all Pekkama0's reviews »

The Escapist is great fun! It have been made really good and enjoyable. +It has some good old pixel-graphics!



adstanley84 | Aug. 26, 2015 | See all adstanley84's reviews »

This was a really neat random game where you can choose how you prefer to escape while being able to adapt to events as they happen around you. Make friends, make enemies and steal EVERYTHING but dont get caught!


Unrealistic amount of Damage

AJ1AJ | June 9, 2015 | See all AJ1AJ's reviews »

This game is just amazing. First you wake up in a prison. You know you have to escape so, you have to get crafting recipes (the dull part of the game. I recommend using some online crafting recipe list). Once you craft materials you can then escape from prison in various methods. It is vital to make fake items so that the guards don't know you are there (I didn't know this because I didn't have the recipe for item that tricks the guards into thinking that you are in your cell at night) Once you make a escape it will tell you your time. There are many things to do in the prison and you also have the choice of following the routine. If you do very bad things and go outside the guard towers will shoot you. This is where it gets unrealistic. You can get shot with their rifle once and as long as you have more health than the damage of the rifle you can survive it without doing anything. If you go outside and then get shot again you could probably take another load of hits as long as another guard doesn't attack you. The amount of rifle hits you can get before dying is kind of unrealistic but then again its prison and if you are trying to escape you have to be strong. This is probably my favourite prison escaping game because it also has a level editor that uses a tile system. Get it.



Shaide | April 16, 2015 | See all Shaide's reviews »

I picked this game up from GMG while it was on sale, it was if I recall MUCH cheaper than the "Normal" price. Is the game worth 18 bucks? Haha! No! However, it is worth a price UNDER 10 bucks. When I picked the game up, I expected to be extremely disappointed, as I usually am with pixelised indie "Retro Wannabe" titles. In fact, the only reason I picked this up, was cause it was on sale. To my surprise though, I wasn't disappointed. It was actually quite enjoyable and required a good amount of thinking. The game wasn't just something you start up and finish quickly in order to kill a few mins. It requires time, patience and planning. The game was incredibly enjoyable! Granted, it did get old and tiring after awhile(Hence the "Do not pay more than 10 bucks" warning from earlier.) but for under 10 bucks? I played enough to get my moneys worth.