Parents' Guide to

The Escapists

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Cutesy but difficult pixelated take on prison escapes.

Game Windows, Xbox One 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Can't believe this game is for kids...

age 14+

Not for younger kids

This game has a lot of glorified violence toward other "in-mates" and Security Guards. You have to make weapons to "protect" yourself, and there is very suggestive talk through out especially in the shower. Not a great game for the younger kids.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (10):

The Escapists is an acquired taste, one that requires a lot of patience and watchfulness. True to its spirit of being a prison-escape sim, you spend a lot of your time going through the motions of life as a prisoner. You eat when you’re told to eat, work when you're told to work, and enjoy free time when you're allowed. That also means you spend a lot of time stumbling through an unfamiliar life, getting acclimated as you go -- in many instances having to let several days of embarking on these activities pass by in drudgery before learning where and when you can sneak away. But you'll be confused, also, figuring out where to go and what to do once you’re there.

Although that's what a game like this should be like, there's certainly fun to be found -- if you’re patient. This is a game of hedging bets, being risky, and failing a lot in the process. You have to learn where the exits are, when you should get to them, and how to make your own luck in seeking your freedom. Escape requires cunning, gathering the gear to strike, and noticing opportunities to run. The escapes can play out in any number of ways, which can be frustrating after spending an hour or two only to realize how you fell short in the planning, but when it works, it works well. If doing favors for inmates, working jobs while seeking out places to stash gear, and tunneling your way out with spoons sounds like a good time for you, then you'll enjoy the very focused thrills here.

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