The Escapists

You’ve landed yourself in prison again, and your only chance is to engineer an escape by any means necessary. How you do it is up to you! Why not cause a prison riot? Or dig a tunnel right under the walls of the prison? Or even steal a guard uniform to blend in with your captors?
The Escapists is a unique prison sandbox experience with lots of items to craft and combine in your daring quest for freedom. Life in prison will keep you on your toes with the strict rules that you’ll have to break. The guards are out to stop any escape attempts, so you’ll have to avoid suspicious behaviour by attending roll calls, working a prison job and hiding your stolen craftables.
Escaping is what you do best, and you’ll have to prove your skills in a variety of challenging prisons from across the world.
Become an Escapist now!

Features


  • 10 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!

Minimum 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
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.
Minimum Requirements
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:
Minimum Requirements
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:
  • A dynamic, fun, and challenging experience in a unique setting. The simple presentation belies the complexity and variety of gameplay. Gamers looking for a cerebral puzzler with a high replay value would be well-advised to check it out. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable prison experience.

  • The Escapists is a break out success for Mouldy Toof studios. A must-play for indie gaming fans with a little patience.

  • Games Master UK

    Fiendish and dependent on your own crafting legwork, this is time you'll never regret doing. [Apr 2015, p.76]

  • If you enjoy crafting and planning, while potentially starting a riot, then The Escapists could be the game you’re looking for.

  • Despite its foibles, 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.

  • If you’re not afraid of a little experimentation, then it would be a crime to not check out The Escapists.

  • I’m pretty sure this won’t appeal to a lot of people. It can be bone-crushingly hard at times and difficult to get into. But by giving you the tools to craft your own escape and leaving you alone to sort it out, The Escapists is one of those classic hands-off games that encourages you to create your own story and incredible moments.

  • It’s a clever game that’s not afraid to be challenging, and a very enjoyable puzzle if you don’t mind it also being a touch vague, often repetitive, and happy to quickly get as hard as figuring out an actual prison break.

  • Otherwise it is an experience full of variety due to the complexity of each prison, and a challenge to escape that demands your time and instills pressure.

  • The Escapists brings an amazing idea into a good game, which will be surely enjoyed by people who want to feel the thrill of the escape. But boredom is lurking, and frustration could be around the corner.

  • An intriguing strategy game. Learn the patterns, plan your escape and execute it. Nice difficulty curve and a good variety of options make a really clever game.

  • Ironically enough this prison game convinces with its freedom. Every element is present for a satisfying escape. It does take some patience though.

  • A good and almost unique mix of puzzle-game, management and RPG, with solid mechanics and a big sense of freedom, but at the same time a bit too much repetitive in the long run.

  • Mixing lovely 8-bit graphics, puzzle solving and managing aspects, The Escapists offers an original experience. Escaping can be fun, but it will also require patience and a lot of trial and error, especially when it come to the most complex prisons. It lacks any form of cooperation with the AI controlled inmates, and that's a shame.

  • Although good, the gameplay becomes a tad too repetitive in the long run.

  • An escape from a prison can be quite a fun. The tactical strategy The Escapist is almost-perfect simulator of chronic runaway hero, and it is just up to the players to overcome their own resistance to the archaic look of the game and accept some of its controversial rules.

  • An original and challenging game, maybe a bit too complex and repetitive.

  • It looks like a game for children but it definitely presents a challenge for adults. Very well conceived, not really merciful and full of crafting ideas that makes us genuinely surprised, The Escapist suffers a bit from redundancy and a lack of storytelling. But in the end, it still is a very entertaining (and joyfully painful) experience.

  • PC Gamer UK

    Patience is a virtue. [Apr 2015, p.87]

  • PC PowerPlay

    It has a good crafting system and some interesting ideas, but it's not as exciting as a series of prison breaks should be. [March 2015, p.60]

  • The Escapists implores you to dig deep for your strategy, but it doesn't offer enough excitement along the way. The concept is sound; I just wish I had more fun. I like the idea of The Escapists better than the game it actually is.

  • Shacknews

    I do wish that you could do something unexpected to help break up the monotony, like start a prison riot. Or form dance troupe with your fellow inmates.

  • The Escapists is a conceptually interesting puzzle game about escaping from prison, but the gameplay is not fully thought out.

  • By removing all the appealing elements of prison stories (colorful characters, daring escape plans as well as dangers and hardships of incarceration), the developers turned this virtual prison into its real-life equivalent — a punishment.

The Escapists
$17.99 $8.10
Title: The Escapists
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Released: 13 February 2015
Developer: Mouldy Toof Studios
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
  • Single-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Workshop
  • Steam Leaderboards
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