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The Escapists

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The Escapists is an indie adventure game with role-playing and puzzle elements developed by Mouldy Toof Studios.


You play as a prisoner with only one goal in mind - escape. The players can acquire items that will help them in the process of escaping either by buying them from fellow prisoners or crafting them. In fact, you can always steal the items you need from someone else.

It is possible to interact with other inmates who can assign tasks to the player. By completing these quests, the players can increase their respect or earn some money. Different activities such as visiting the gym or reading in the library increase the player's stats which increase the chances of a successful escape.

In order for the player to not be spotted by their wardens, it is essential to avoid their attention and follow the timetable by eating food with all the other inmates, appearing at a morning gathering, and so on. The cells are often searched, so the player has to be careful and hide the tools required for the escape. If one should get detected, they're moved to the punishment cell and lose all the items and preparations they made for the escape.


Five add-ons for the game were released. Each of them added new prisons, including the iconic Alcatraz prison, new escape options, crafts and much more.

Release date
Mouldy Toof Studios
Team17 Digital
Team17 Digital, Team17 Software Ltd, Team17 Software, Limited
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8

System requirements for PC

  • 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.

System requirements for macOS

  • 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:

System requirements for Android

2.3 and up

System requirements for Linux

  • 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:
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The Escapists reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
A Key was used for this Review, which was used by the Publisher for Review purposes. * * * The Escapists is a Mind Game in which you take on the Role of an Inmate who naturally wants to break out. The whole Game is kept in very minamilistic 16Bit graphics, and the equally minimalist Music is not exactly everyone's taste, yet the Game is tons of fun. As you inconspicuously mold The innocent prisoner, and ascend to the morning appeal as normal, take your Lunch to you, do one of 10 Prison Jobs and follow the rules at the same time you have to closely observe Prisons, inmates, guards, And the Surroundings So to find out the Vulnerabilities. You can always produce countless Things, and then use them for your Outbreak. The whole thing is already done quite realistically and the Degree of difficulty increases from Level to Level. You just don't just break out of the Prison like that. Per complex as well as innovative Reflection game Realistic Prison Run You can level up his Prisoner like eg. By training stronger or smarter, Long-lasting Gameplay makes Many Items for Crafting. And in each new Prison There will be more The Developers offer good Support, and listen to the Community Steamcloud &. Steamworkshop Many small Side Quests you can do for Inmates to increase in their Favor Steamachievments &. Steam Collection cards 10 Different Prison Stages Map Editor Bugfrei Contra Graphic Music Low Replay Value Conclusion The Game is definitely complex and you have to think a lot, so Arcade players should think twice to buy it, but who is on Strategy Games stands, the one could find her a new Love. If you liked this Review, follow our Review Program
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Microsoft from French
I really like this game but just we would like to have a multi mode and can have friends in the game with which we can discuss otherwise this game is too much too good
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Microsoft from Deutsch
A very fun game. However, the Craften is rather difficult, because you have to remember each recipe. Since I find the system, which is synonymous with the PC version is better.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
If you are into pixel graphics then you will get a really good retro game which has brought me some hours of fun for the price of a clear purchase recommendation
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Microsoft from Spain
It is very cool and on top of the main prisons there are extras. Although they could work a little more on the graphics because with how good the game is, the graphics are 16 Bytes Which is not that they are very good but I still LOVE.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
I have been playing The Escapists for 2 years now and more and more new jails with a very funny storie have been added. Cool graphics and really fun. It also has good humor. Since there are also a lot of crafting recipes and also jobs to earn money, it has a great variety. I strongly recommend to buy!
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Microsoft from French
I just spent more than 20 minutes looking for the game on the store without the Find, and by any key words possible and imaginable. I find it only via Google which references the AppStore link for purchase. So gentlemen developers, check that your game is in the research base of the AppStore. I find all competing applications but not yours!
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Microsoft from Norsk
This game is good but people is aggressiv and attakk me and Then the Guards think ITS me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its has to be chanced from the game or i can't play IT, and the attack must be chaced too maybe do IT like you not Get attack peapol when you ar like 10 meters from the guy hope you can fix IT, also love the game ITS super <3 One day after make this seriulsy do something or ITS impossibel to play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pls do something Some days after making this and why is not the guard outfit helping you on night you HAF to do something love this game super good!!!!!! One more day seriusly do something with the loading on the game because when i tried to escape i be attacked and taked down and IT was when IT happening so i loose everything i had do something or i quit this game and call IT stupid
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