The Escapists makes breaking out of prison as hard as nails, yet soft as taffy.
It may have its minor frustrations but there's nothing here that really spoils what is an otherwise delightful and endlessly surprising game. It won't be for everyone, especially those who are unwilling to meet the game halfway and learn through trial and error, but those who welcome its open-ended challenge will find that a long stretch inside proves surprisingly enjoyable.
A wonderful throwback to '80s style British gaming, that has much to teach modern titles in terms of player freedom and open world design.
Escaping prison should be more exciting than this. Strategizing is fun, but the amount of repetition gets tiresome
The Escapists is a thrilling game that challenges you to break out of prison in a number of different ways.
An enjoyable puzzle game that features a surprising amount of depth. However, its gameplay can sometimes be as frustrating as it is rewarding.
The Escapists is a game for a certain kind of player. If you love the idea of getting thrown on a desert island and figuring out how to survive for days on end, you'll probably enjoy it. If you find that prospect trivial, knowing that a lot of that time will be spent doing menial tasks, you may not enjoy it. As for me, I think I'm going to go back to Escapists for quite a while whenever I need to brush up on my puzzle skills simply because of how open-ended it is.
On one hand, I ended up feeling gratified and at peace doing menial mini-game-like tasks, including exercising and laundry duties. On the other, it seems like Team 17 and Mouldy Toof Studios don't want you playing the role of a prisoner at all.
The Escapists isn't for everyone. The visual style may put some people off, and the general repetitiveness of each day could grate with others. However, The Escapists is a smart title that encourages a player to experiment with different options. There's no single right answer to escaping, though some tactics will bring freedom faster than others. I personally found myself thinking of various plans even when not playing, and working out how viable they would be. If you enjoy crafting and planning, while potentially starting a riot, then The Escapists could be the game you're looking for.
The Escapists: Complete edition live up to its name and become the most complete edition of all appeared to date. In addition, it is a game that adapts perfectly to the style of Nintendo Switch, which together with its low price -14.99 € in the Spanish market- makes it a very affordable investment. If you like different adventures that make us use our brains to succeed, this game becomes a safe bet.
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