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All that stands between you and freedom is a perfectly executed escape plan. Help me make the ultimate prison break game.
All that stands between you and freedom is a perfectly executed escape plan. Help me make the ultimate prison break game.
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The Shawshank Redemption, Escape From Alcatraz, The Great Escape - who doesn't love a good prison break movie?

Saying that though, the idea is rarely touched in video games, despite it having loads of potential. We've had some good attempts over the years, but the genre has been explored fully at all.

Surely a game that encapsulates the tension and thrills of meticulously planning and executing a perfect prison escape would be fun. This is the concept behind The Escapists.

Some of the many features:

Schedules: To escape you'll have to work around the strict prison schedule as best you can to avoid any unwanted attention from the guards.

Crafting: Weapons and tools can be crafted together using everyday things you find or steal around the prison. Just beware of cell shakedowns. Read more about crafting

Reputation: The way you interact with fellow cons and guards affect how they treat you. Those on your side could help you out in a fight, overlook if they catch you doing anything unusual, or give you access to certain favors/jobs, and assistance. Read more about the reputation system

Digging: Get hold of a shovel (or various other digging spoons) and you can start working on an escape tunnel. Of course you'll need some lights and timber supports below ground if you plan to survive. Just make sure you make it back for the guard patrols- and that the hole is hidden! Read more about digging

Character Stats: Train your agility and strength in the gym, or spend your free periods in the library boosting your intellect. All such skills play a part in your escape as well as your survival inside the prison. Read more about stats.

Combat: When it comes to crunch time, you might have to engage other inmates or guards in combat. If one of them finds your escape tunnel you will probably have to overpower, bind, and stash them in the hole you've been digging below your cell. If it's a guard, taking his uniform might come in handy. Read more about combat

Gangs & Friends: Be careful who you pick fights with- some of the inmates might start plotting against you with their gang-mates and friends.

Further Reading: Prison Jobs / Music

My previous game Spud's Quest was kickstarted last November- I was able to finish and release it thanks to you.

Again, I want to make the development of this new project The Escapists my full time job for the next few months.The very modest funding goal will provide me a small income to keep me ticking over.

Both stretch goals for the campaign were reached. Thank you!

£5,000 - Level Editor - Build your own prisons/P.O.W. camps and dish them out among your friends. Will include a section on the official game website (and possibly ingame) to list and download user created content.

£7,000 - Multiplayer Features - Lots of demand for this on the Steam page. I'm not quite sure what's possible with multiplayer yet (many, many ideas), but with extra funding I'll devote time to this area.

Risks and challenges

There are little if any risks for me completing the project. The base engine for the game is mostly done and the vision is there. It's always hard to accurately set an exact ETA on when the game will be finished, but I should think summer 2014 is a good goalpost.

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  • PC only for now

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  • I'll be doing my own music, like I did for Spud's Quest. Obviously I'll be heading in a different direction from the chirpy cutesy tunes i composed for that though.

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