Take on the role of an inmate as you plot your escape in Mouldy Toof’s latest strategy game
The Escapists is a prison breaking game set in six different prisons across various locations each progressively more difficult than the last. As you explore the prisons, you must undertake the task of escaping the prison using any of the objects that you find at your fingertips. Highly strategy oriented, you’ll have to plan multiple steps ahead so that guards won’t be able predict what you’re planning on doing.
Picked up and published by Worms studio Team17, The Escapists is the second game to be published under Team17’s third-party publishing label. Mouldy Toof studios’ only having one previous game Spud’s Quest that was funded through Kickstarter, now have their second game, The Escapists. Originally out on Steam through early access, the game is now released officially on both Steam and Xbox One on February 13th.
Starting the game, you’re thrown into a tutorial where you learn the basics of how to play the game and escape the prison where you essentially just walk right out of the prison. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you’d of hoped. You wake up in your bed in the same prison with past persons in your life. You may have been in prison for 30 years, may have robbed a bank to get in here, but it doesn’t matter anymore since you’re not trying to live out your time in prison. You’re trying to escape.
Tasking yourself with escaping the prison, you start your day by following a routine set by the prison you’re attending. You must attend meals, roll calls, exercise, shower times, and curfew, if not the guards become alert of you and will put you in your place, or worse send you to solitude for a few days and confiscate any items you have in your room that they deem contraband. You’ll find yourself increasing in health to take more damage when you exercise your strength, and speed when you train your speed. There is another stat as well, intelligence, this is increased by going to computers or the library and reading books and will be necessary to craft items later in the game.
Here’s where it starts to get tough. You’ll have to learn how to craft certain items that will be necessary to your escape. Certain items required to craft what you need will be contraband, so be careful when making them as the guards may confiscate them if they see you with them. If you want to have help learning what to craft or how to craft it, the only way in the game to access what to craft is through the payphone, you pay higher amounts for better information and better crafting materials. Now that you’ll have made your items, you’ll be able to plan your escape, be it digging from your room to the other side of the wall of the facility, crawling through the vents and cutting through the outer fence, or knocking out all the guards in the facility and just walking right out the front gate. What ever way you choose to escape you’ll be given a cutscene of your escape, and eventual capture then brought to a higher security prison. Each prison more difficult to escape then the last, electric fences, metal detectors, giant walls with sniper along the building, or even tropical jungle islands.
Overall The Escapists is a great strategy game, that anyone who wants a challenge can definitely find it in this game with the later prisons. Even the beginning prisons can give a challenge if you don’t know how to craft certain materials as the game doesn’t have an in game crafting guide like Minecraft has. You can save your game during lights out to carry on your progress for another time you play or to make sure if you get caught that you can load back to your previous sleep. So while there’s no major storyline to the game, you can morph your own story with your prison break. From the snarky comments of prison inmates and guards, to all out brawls during a roll call, there are sure to be hours of fun with this game.