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Game review: The Escapists is a nerve wracking strategy game

LiveMint logoLiveMint 07-03-2017 Abhijit Ahaskar

PC or console games are no longer restricted to the two platforms. Many of the popular titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed and F1 are now available for smaller screens as well. The latest PC game to show up on mobile devices is an Indie game called The Escapists. Developed by UK-based game developer Team 17, The Escapists follows the same storyline and visual on the new platform. The game takes up just 99MB of space on the phone after installation and can be played offline.

Immersive gameplay

The Escapists is a light-hearted take on prison life and the attempt by prisoners to break out. The user is entrusted with the task of helping a prisoner escape by using a range of tactics such as provoking prison riot to distracting guards, stealing a guard’s uniform to sneak out of the prison or by acquiring tools to dig out a tunnel.

The planning has to be carried out quietly under the nose of the prison guards. Users can control their prisoner through on-screen virtual controls which include two buttons for performing actions and the joystick to control movement. The touch-based controls which allow the player to control everything by simply tapping on the screen feels a bit more complex. The game impresses with its depth and the multiple unique prison settings it offers.

Ordinary graphics

The game looks like a point and click dos game from the ’90s. The graphics look outdated not just by the standards of a console game but also for a mobile game. The top down view is a bonus as it allows users to keep track of all the characters in the prison without losing sight of their prisoner.

The Escapists is a fun game that tests your patience and knack for puzzle solving frequently. It looks ordinary, but offers plenty in terms of gameplay to keep users hooked to it. The fact that it doesn’t involve in-app purchases means you don’t have to pay up real money once the game is installed on your device.

The Escapists

Developed by Team 17

Price: Rs300

Available on iOS and Android

Tested on: One Plus One (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 64GB storage)

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