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8 / 10
Jan 11, 2018

A great sequel that refines and improves the original prison break format with more variety, better graphics, and some fun multiplayer.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

Plenty to discover, but tedium sets in quickly, particularly when faced with an abrupt loss of progress

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Unscored
Jan 11, 2018

The Escapists 2 for the Switch is a great prison escape game, which stays true to its intention of bringing 8-bit sandbox games into 2018 and while there may be other ways to create a game of this genre, it is still hard to imagine other prison escape games being as fun as this both for a single player and multiplayer experience.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

The Escapists 2 brings a very conservative formula. The most important improvement is the multiplayer mode, which works perfectly and masks the mistakes of this game.

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9 / 10
Aug 22, 2017

The Escapists 2 is a game that has added a lot to the formula that gave its predecessor success, while managing to maintain its core identity. If you played the original Escapists then getting the sequel is a no brainer, while if you fancy taking on a generally very challenging game where you have to rely on your own wits then The Escapists 2 may be just what you're looking for. There will be times when you get a little frustrated when you lose an item through messing with the wrong guards or a plan going wrong, but when you finally escape you'll feel elation as you'll love it when your plan comes together.

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7.7 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2018

The Escapists 2 is a management-strategic game that improves some aspects of the predecessor and adds a successful multiplayer component.

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8.1 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2018

With the arrival of local cooperative games, Nintendo Switch version of The Escapists 2 becomes a must if you like games that make use your imagination and think out of the box. On the other hand, lack of extra content could ward off those who already tried desktop versions. [OpenCritic note: Ángel Llamas separately reviewed the XB1 (8.2) and Switch (7.9) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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6 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

Escaping from a prison sounds like a great concept, but half the time The Escapists 2 is just a time management game. A sandbox without much content.

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Aug 29, 2017

The Escapists 2 wraps superb gameplay up with a retro art style and energetic soundtrack to deliver an addicting, tense, and challenging prison escape simulator that unfortunately is marred by a lack of polish and some overwhelming tendencies in the latter stages of levels. Nevertheless, it's one of the best new indie games on the market.

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GameMAG

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8 / 10
May 17, 2018

The Escapists 2 is a worthy sequel to the original game. It features co-op missions, a lot of escape options and interesting puzzles. If you liked the first game, you should try this one.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

Although not playing the original, The Escapists 2 is still an enjoyable game, especially if you don't have a lot of time on your hands as it can be played in spurts with how the game and save mechanics work, each day lasting around fifteen minutes.  However, the first prison you play through might take a while to escape if you're not familiar with how the game works.  Though the tutorial level does help out a bit, there were still some things I didn't know about that would have made things a lot easier my first time playing.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2018

The Switch version of The Escapists 2 is the best way to experience the new title from Mouldy Toof Studios. The game is basically the same as the one already released on PC and console, but it better suits the idea of a "touch and go" approach. There are some small smudges here and there, but the online multiplayer is a real treat.

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ZTGD

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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2018

Scoping out a new prison for its vulnerabilities and formulating a plan to carry out is a great time, but getting to those thrilling moments of misadventures are often plagued with days of scavenging, looking for those one or two materials I desperately needed and as the tedium began to set in, I wasn't looking for a way to escape from the prison but rather from this cycle of boring, repetitive gameplay.

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80 / 100
Aug 28, 2017

The best way to describe The Escapists 2 from its predecessor would be comparing an NES game to a SNES game

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2017

What The Escapists 2 does do is improve its look, expand your options for escape, and throws in a hilarious multiplayer. What The Escapists 2 does not do is make itself significantly more accessible and forgiving. If that put you off the first time, there's little to convince you to play the sequel, but for fans, this is a rather pleasant upgrade.

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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2017

While The Escapists 2 appears to be a bombastic, fun loving adventure through misfortune and triumph, it turns out to be mostly a long and patient game of planning, and luck.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 28, 2017

The Escapists 2 is a worthy successor to the highly popular The Escapists. The improvements to the overall look, feel, and sounds of the original make this one very much worth picking up.

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6 / 10
Jan 13, 2018

The Escapists 2 brings a demanding, free-roaming sandbox gameplay to the Nintendo Switch. With varied maps and almost complete freedom to wander around, the game also features a very high difficulty level and is certain to strike an impact with fans of the style, even if those looking for a more action-oriented experience will come out a bit frustrated.

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Jan 11, 2018

The Escapists 2 is a solid improvement over its predecessor, and a fun prison escapade in its own right. While all of its parts don't come together in the most ideal manner, busting out of prison remains a blast when you finally manage to conquer the obstacles set against you. Combine that with a staggering amount of variety and replay value, and you have a package that's well worth going under for.

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8 / 10
Jan 11, 2018

The Escapists 2 is an ingenious, multi-layered clockwork sandbox that offers you a wide range of routes to freedom. Its tough demands and myriad competing systems can lead to frustration, but a winning sense of humour and knock-about fun always brings you back for another jailbreak attempt.

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