The game contains several prisons that are unlocked in order after successfully completing the previous scenario. Features could be better: the low-resolution display cannot be changed, progress is only saved at night, and controls are inconsistent. While an escape plan is hatched, the daily routine (meals, roll call, exercise, showering) must be adhered to or the guards will increase their ire. Missions can be completed for the other prisoners, earning some cash and improving relationships. Stats can be improved by working out or reading; cash earned by undertaking a job can be spent on a number of weapons and items that can be crafted together. While offering some depth thanks to the variety of tools and interactions with other characters, the features of The Escapists leaves some room for improvement.