Players must avoid discovery by the prison guards, and so must follow the prison's daily routines, such as eating prison meals.
Players must be careful to hide their tools, as guards will periodically search the inmates' cells.
If caught, the player is sent into solitary confinement, and their progress with the escape is reset.
There are a number of escape methods including inciting riots, via vents, roof escape, among others.
The Escapists is the second game by Chris Davis' one man studio.
It is James Bond themed, with the player assuming the role of a super-spy, trying to escape from an evil villain's lair.Unlike his self-published first title, Spud's Quest, Davis signed a publishing deal with Team17 to better market the game.