developer: Mouldy Toof
publisher: Team 17
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / split screen, players: 1-4
The title doesn’t turn the original gameplay formula upside down. It is still a 2D arcade adventure game with elements of logic and RPG. The players assume the role of inmates locked up in heavily-guarded prisons. Our task is to break the system down and escape. Of course, it only sounds easy — while pretending to live our regular prison life, we have to collect items which we will turn into tools that we need to escape, search for allies among other inmates, and so on.
Several improvements were made in comparison with the original game. We have new ways of spending spare time of which we have plenty in prison. The players can, for example, join a music band or learn to paint. Apart from that, the developers of The Escapists 2 for PC, PS4 and etc. introduced additional items that can be crafted from salvaged objects. There is no shortage of new ways of escaping, as well. Since prisons are now multistory, and we can get out of a higher floor by tying bedsheets together to go out of the window unnoticed. Furthermore, the combat system was altered — players can block incoming blows and perform strong or weak attacks. Everything is complemented by lesser enhancements, including more customization options for our character.
The most important novelty in The Escapists 2 for PC, PS4 and etc. is the drop-in/drop-out multiplayer mode which the original game lacked. In the second part, a maximum of four players can play cooperatively or competitively, either on a split screen or over the Internet.
The graphics of The Escapists 2 were slightly enhanced in comparison with the game’s predecessor. The production retains the same pixel art style, though.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz/AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 750/Radeon R7 370 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce GT 8800/Radeon HD 4650 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10