Parents' Guide to

The Escapists 2

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Prison escape strategy sim returns with a breakout hit.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Entertaining but...

It's entertaining and strategic for kids but has a little bit of dirty comments such as "That guard is perving on you!" speech bubble while in the shower room. No positive morals within game since the whole idea of the game is escaping prison.
age 7+

The Escapists 2

I cannot rate this game as I myself have not played it, so I took my 13 year old's advice, on how much he enjoyed it and he gave it 4 stars (5 stars are masterpieces like The Last of Us according to him) However, I have watched himn play, and while it isn't the most fun to watch, I can see him having difficulty with him and how innapropriate it is. There is VERY mild violence, which is not a problem for any age really. There is the odd bit of innuendo that will go right over your child's head if they're too young. However this is a difficult game, boosting it from a 5+ to a 7or8+. VIOLENCE: (2/10) Very mild, unrealistic, cartoony violence, fine for 5 year olds. LANGAUGE: (1/10) No swearing but mild innuendo SEX: (1/10) There is innuendo and characters can be shown half naked, and comments will be made, never being too innapropriate, but some comments are made, especially during the shower period. ANYTHING ELSE: (0/10) Except negative role models, there is no other remotely innapropriate content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (13):

This prison life sim is a rigid, rough, and none too easy experience that's meant both to punish offenders and to ultimately offer them a chance at rehabilitation. That's the perfect way to describe the gameplay in The Escapists 2, Team17's sequel to the indie prison break simulator. The sequel follows the original's formula, but smuggles in a few new features to make your prison time a little less lonely. Multiplayer support adds a new twist, with players working together to set up their great escape while also increasing the chances of getting caught in the act. Of course, if you're not feeling particularly friendly, you can go head-to-head in the prison yard, with each player masterminding their own escape in a frantic rush to freedom. While it's fun to let friends take a more active role in the game, admittedly the solo play is still the deeper and most rewarding experience.

All of your escape preparations need to be made while still carrying out your strict prison schedule and while making sure not to arouse any suspicion from the guards or getting caught in the wrong end of an inmate brawl. To say the game's difficulty is brutal is an understatement. Even with near-perfect planning, there are high-tension trial-and-error moments where you hold your breath and simply hope for the best. And yet, as infuriating as it is when one mistake costs you all of your progress, it also makes things all the more rewarding when things go right.

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