Breaking out of prison is no mean feat. There’s all that tunnel digging business, wall hopping shenanigans, dog doping trouble, and, then, after all that, you have to do it in such stark orange jumpsuits. The Escapists puts that struggle centre stage.
You’ll have to find moments in the tight prison schedule to orchestrate your escape without the guards knowledge, it won’t be easy but it looks like it’ll be a blast.
Oddly it’s being published by the team that gave us Worms. (Tee hee.)
Actually, it’s not so odd considering Team17’s owner, Debbie Bestwick, is quite the fan. “The Escapists is a hilarious and truly captivating game that I personally backed on Kickstarter and have followed from the start. It’s one of the funniest games I’ve played for a long time, it constantly brings those laugh out loud moments from everyone who plays it," said Bestwick. "I’m delighted Chris has decided to become part of the program we are offering to fellow indie developers to help bring their games to market.”
To escape prison you have to craft digging implements, stabbing implements, disguises, and ropes, all from innocuous items around the facility. I say innocuous, you can steal bleach to turn you orange jumpsuit into a pair of white overalls. I’m sure bleach can be used for other things also.
The Escapists originally found funding on Kickstarter and then got through Steam Greenlight with little trouble. Developer chris Davis was only looking for £3,000 on Kickstarter but received more than double that.
Davis plans to have The Escapists ready for release in May.
I assume it will feature a scene akin to this: