I remember when I was younger I used to watch prison break movies and enjoying the plans that the main actors would come up with. So when a game comes out which enables you to play as a prisoner looking to escape, it is only natural that I run straight to my PC and fire up steam to give it some game time. So let us take a further look at the game below.
Developer: Team 17 Digital Ltd, Mouldy Toof Studios
Publisher: Team 17 Digital Ltd
Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Release Date: 22 August 2017
CPU: Intel i3 / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Geforce GTX 880 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 2 GB
HDD: 4 GB
Thanks to the publishers for the review code.
I am sure if you are reading this then you must have played the first Escapists game. If you did then you will know what to expect from the sequel. Like the original you must escape from the prison and you do this by the use of crafting tools, bartering or stealing them from your fellow inmates. The Escapists 2, like its predecessor, is a top-down view in which you control your inmate and by using some clever strategy go about your day while masterminding your escape.
To help you get to grips with the game you are presented with a tutorial that will teach you the basics on how to play. It gives a good introduction to the game, what buttons to use, how to go about your day and craft the required tools. I went through the tutorial to refresh myself on how to play and I think it has been done very well to allow gamers who have never played The Escapists before to get a good foundation of the game mechanics.
The game does have a day and night cycle which from what I worked out is for every 1 minute of in-game time equals 1 second in real life approximately. The guards wake you up at 7:30am, and then you have all the usual activities that you see in prison movies, like roll call, exercise time, 3 meals a day and free time before the evening roll call happens for bed. And then it starts all over again for the next day. You can make a choice as to what you want to do and skip, but keep in mind this will affect your reputation with the guards.
Crafting is fun in this game. You need to find supplies so you can make various tools and weapons to escape. The first thing you craft is a weapon to knock a fellow inmate out to steal something from him. This was made using a bar of soap and a sock. Everything don’t always go smooth and finding certain objects is difficult, especially if they are confiscated by the guards and often when this happens it makes it near impossible to finish that prison break.
The game would benefit being played in the new co-op mode, where you and a friend can team up and complete the prison break together. You can spread tasks and ensure that the items can be picked up before the guards get them or a fellow inmate. The only drawback with the focus on co-op is that the single player mode feels very difficult to complete unless you get very lucky. The graphics are good and colourful for a top-down view game and the sounds are great also.
The Escapists 2 is a fun game, make no doubt about that. The mechanics of the game are very good and the planning required to escape is very clever. The only thing I would say is that the game is much easier in co-op mode than single player, but still a great game and I recommend it.