The Escapists

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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


Sandbox shankings

riseup | March 10, 2015 | See all riseup's reviews »

Originally posted on website

The Escapists plays like a love letter to pop culture and Prison Break. My first day in prison and I was sent to solitary confinement and beaten to a pulp for stealing an inmate’s postcard. The Escapists is a complex and light-hearted look at prison life.

The game has nine prisons that need to be breached and the first task is creating the character you will control to get out of them. The games difficulty gradually gets harder as your progress through each prison.

I had a bit of a tough time in the first prison because the tutorials are vague and leave you to your wits to find the best way to plan your escape. The second night I believe I was given the job of doing the prison’s laundry and had failed to meet quota for the day. This made the guards take the job away from me, my chance at stealing a guard uniform to try to escape.

The next day I woke up to do the morning roll-call – the time of the day where guard would give us the news and tell us whose cells would be searched for any contraband. During this time, this is where I would take on quests from other inmates for cash. One inmate lost his mints to a guard and I had to find the right moment to get those mints back. Another task was to beat up a guy named Jevon because Leroy didn’t like him.


The prison environment is definitely interested. A few inmates provided shops for me to buy things, others would be unconscious after being jumped and I would take the items instead of buying them from the black market of the prison. It’s all shady!

Breakfast came around and I needed to cause a distraction for an inmate so he could fight someone while the guards were dealing with my table climbing.

Each area is a definite sandbox playground. There is no set path to follow and everything relies on what your decisions come of. Each decision you make, however, will have a consequence that can either benefit you or bite you later on. I ended up screwing over an inmate and he took his revenge on me while I was trying to make a copy of the guard’s key which ended up with me in the infirmary and behind my schedule.


The crafting has something left to be desired; it works, but it’s vague in description. The game has lots of recipes for craft items, but I was going back and forth through the wiki for the game to get recipes to make new items. You can also craft items out of menu such as filing a comb to make a shiv or a toothbrush in the same manner. I found this out browsing the Steam forums for the Escapists and the crafting section of the wiki.

The game has some light RPG elements as well, starting out in the first prison my character, Tango, was weak and frail. Through learning on the internet, I learned more crafting recipes and building muscle at the prison gym helped Tango get tougher. In the end, I was less susceptible to the beatings I dealt with.


After a week of playing The Escapists and finally succeeding in breaking free of the shackles and getting out the other end do I smile and think about just how entertaining the experience was. Mouldy Toof Studios has a real winner on their hands. The added bonus of having early access on Steam has provided a lump of added changes that have benefited the development of the title. A quick glance at forums on Steam show a fine relationship between developer and customer who work to get the bugs of the final game.

The Escapists certainly offers something new and exciting to sink your teeth into. By giving you the tools to figure out how to get out of prison and allow you to succeed by your own merits is satisfying. It is a clever, and rewarding game that doesn’t shy away from being difficult.


Prison Breakout retro style!

aiat_gamer | Feb. 16, 2015 | See all aiat_gamer's reviews »

The Escapists finds a rarely touched concept: How to escape from a prison? Come to think of it, it is a bit surprising that no one has actually used this in a video game. So in this game, you control an inmate that has been thrown into jail and it is your job to "Escape" from the prison. The game gives you a variety of options for achieving this goal, I am not going to mention all since the fun of the game is figuring out ways to escape by yourself. But suffice to say you can do whatever you have seen in movies! Everyday in prison goes like this: you get up, attend role calls which you have to be present, attend daily meal times, exercise, shower and perhaps even work to make a few bucks. There are a variety of things you can do to start your escape plan: snoop around the prison gathering information on the best routes for escaping, talking with inmates and recruiting them after gaining their loyalty, trade with inmates have free times during the day but you can use the time for other activities for your own personal planning, but if you get caught your heat level will increase and if it gets high enough you will get attacked by guards. There is a very fun crafting system in the game, you make make stuff ranging from weapons to tools and concealment devices (make a dummy of yourself to put in bed!). Most of the items are forbidden however, so if you get caught with them or if they found during the random cell checks, you will be sent to solitary. So the game becomes an elaborate set of activities each day, attending mandatory ones (or not!), trying to gather materials and crafting what you need to escape. Knocking out guards to steal and mold keys, using shovels to dig, using pickaxes to dig through walls...the possibilities are limitless (well not really, but you get the idea) . There total of 6 prisons in the game, each with their own difficulty (there is even a POW camp) which can last you quite a while. the replay-ability is high as well since you can try different escape routs for each prison. The graphics though, leave something to be desired, I am all for retro styles but this is too simple, there is barely animation in the game and everything looks overly simplified. Overall however, this is a very cool game with a cool concept. Indie games like this are a breath of fresh air and give unique experiences that you simply have to try!


Prison Break Simulator

emptyhaven | Feb. 14, 2015 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »

This game looks cute, and it's also a lot of fun, so it's immediately sold to me.

You play as a convict in a prison. The way you have to use your wits in cracking the system, and eventually cracking your way out, is quite the challenge. There are so many way in which you can escape the prison, all with varying degrees of success.

Overall, gameplay ends up being varied. No two playthroughs are exactly alike, and you get to explore the different mechanisms within the prison.

This is a fun Steam title that is a great addition to your library. 8.6/10


really fun game

andreacdc98 | Feb. 13, 2015 | See all andreacdc98's reviews »

The Escapists is an Indie game, in which you play as a prisoner and your objective is to escape the prison. It is really fun and cool to play. The art style is very unique, giving a sense of humor to the game. The soundtrack is amazing making the game more intuitive. But the best part is the gameplay, it is really fun to play and also very challenging, even on easier prisons, making the player have fun for hours. You need to craft a lot of items and plan your escape, which will not be easy, so you gotta be prepared for anything. I recommend this to all the people, since it is a great experience that everyone can have, it does not get repetitive and is great for its price!


Fun and addictive

coldrefreader | Sept. 12, 2014 | See all coldrefreader's reviews »

Many would say: "Another boring indie game", like me, but I decided to give it a try. It wasn't a bad choice, i managed to play it for like 30 hours. But it was worth it, I still play it from time to time. I will now share my pros and cons about this game:

Pros: Hard to pass / We choose our path / A fine crafting system / We can save our progress / NPC-s interacting with each other

Cons: Don't buy this if you're into customisation, this game offers you to pick a Name only / Boring music, pick up your own

So shortly, tough, you don't just run around, you craft stuff and if you do a bad choice you can load the game if you saved it earlier. It's also funny watching the prisoners.