Watch our first look at The Escapists for Xbox One

Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on Twitch every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.

Tonight we kick off our regular Wednesday streams with an early look at The Escapists, the Xbox One exclusive sandbox game in which players have to break out of prison! The Escapists doesn't launch until February 13th, so our stream is a great chance to learn what the game will be like before release.

Update: The stream has ended. Check out our replay for a merry old time. We even embedded the chat in the video this time so you can follow the viewers' conversation!

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The Escapists

In this game from Mouldy Toof and Team17, you play as a prisoner who is determined to escape the prison from where he has been incarcerated. It plays out like a sandbox game mixed with simulation and role-playing. Your prisoner can hit the gym, earn funds by performing jobs like laundry and mail delivery, and more typical prison activities.

To break free of the gray walls of confinement, you'll have to work and plan. A crafting system allows you to create useful tools like wire-cutting shears or a life-size dummy from scavenged objects. The bits and bobs you pick up and make will come in handy when you finally make a break for it – there are approximately 200 items to find and more than 50 things to make with them!

The Escapists features six different prisons to break out of, starting with a minimum security hole and escalating all the way to the hellishness of a POW camp. With an impressive degree of freedom and many possible solutions, this one should keep players who have finished Grand Theft Auto V busy with more delightful video game crime.

The Escapists will be available to download on Xbox One on February 13th, just in time for Valentine's. It should cost $14.99, just like the Steam version.

The Escapists

The Stream

We'll be streaming The Escapists for 60-90 minutes tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).

To join us, please follow me at and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you'll need to watch from the Twitch website or a separate app to participate in our always delightful stream chat.

What's the best way to experience Twitch? If you don't have a PC, you can get the Xbox One or Xbox 360 Twitch app and watch from the comfort of your couch. Or grab the unofficial app Livegaming for Windows Phone. It has plenty of great features, including the ability to chat along with your fellow viewers. Unfortunately you'll have to add our channel to your favorites from the Twitch website, outside of the app.

I'll be available for a few minutes before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi.

The Escapists

Streaming schedule

Each Wednesday, we'll livestream a new, classic, or upcoming game just for fun with no prizes. Every Saturday, we'll stream a different game and give out free copies of that game as prizes. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).

Here's our upcoming schedule:

  • Saturday, January 31 : The Golf Club from HB Studios
  • Wednesday, February 4 : TBA
  • Saturday, February 7 : Fibbage from Jackbox Games - Play along with us during the stream!
  • Wednesday, February 11: TBA
  • Saturday, February 14 : Guacamelee from Drinkbox Studios
  • Wednesday, February 18: TBA
  • Saturday, February 21 : Chariot from Frima Studio

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Thanks to our Twitch stream moderators Kalelcanfly and DerekDoesIt (who goes by isi mcf here at Windows Central) for moderating our streams and giving away the prizes!

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Looks like a very fun game!
  • Is it me or are there others too that do not find these graphics appealing esp the pixelated ones. I understand the game is fun and I had finished lot of Indie game during X360 days with favorite being miner dig deep. But somehow I don't get urge to play this or game like Super time force. I am fairly okay with Guacameele gfx. Maybe I feel this way because I get very limited to play and I use that for AAA titles.
  • It's a nostalgic thing. You must be in your twenties or younger.
  • Wish I was. 31, with a kid and hectic job. Only time I spend after he's asleep is either in RPG or NFLX or My fav childhood games were Road Fighter, Islander and Contra. Maybe now that I play on 60" Plasma HDTV and not 21"CRT, I want epic scenes.
  • I to don't support these retro graphics. I understand the appeal in the gameplay that many games with these graphics have, but doing this in 2015 and calling it throwback/classic/retro feels like a cop out. It was all those things and more in 1999. In 2015, its just old. Take your gameplay and put it in a decent art style please Indies.
  • I couldn't agree with you more. Back in the day we did everything we could to get better graphics and get as far away from those massive pixels. The first range of Voodoo cards were like heaven sent!
    I do enjoy the occasional Heroes of Might and Magic 2/3 but that's because of the game itself. I couldn't sit down play a 1995'ish game that's made in 2015. Seems weird.
  • Why can't something like this be on windows phone??
  • Okay another awesome stream, tuning in tonight and every other night there is a stream happening from Eastxtwitch
  • The best way to view twitch on Windows 8 is Gamestreams :)
  • I do plan to test the other apps and do a roundup soon. :)
  • The LiveGaming app is great! I use it every day
  • How is the best way not going to the twitch website?
  • I use 8stream\Livegaming on my phone but I agree, browser version from my laptop is always better.
  • He's referring to the article, in which I say Livegaming is the best way to watch from WP. But that recommendation came from Sam, not my own personal experience.
  • Agree, Gamestreams is good. also works.
  • Oh cool! I thought this game looked awesome. I'll try very hard to be there tonight!
  • This game does look fun
  • Will be running in as usual not so much just for the game but to hang out with the best that are a part of Windows Central. :)
  • Cool man, ill most likely stop in for a few.
  • Lol thnx for bringing this back up i legit forgot, this game looks interesting, wonder if it'll be more like Zelda than 100 doors/escape the room.
  • I'll see I I can make it
  • Can't make it tonight. I'm a sad panda. Will have to watch later because I'm curious about this games play mechanic. Thanks as always for doing these streams. Hope to see everyone on Saturday
  • Looking forward to it.  Game has really piqued my interest.  Interested to see what the gameplay is like!
  • Nice looking game. Might be someting to play when i get time.
  • Great stream Paul. Looking forward to more Wednesday streams. Shame this game didnt work out so well though.
  • Wait, is it no good or were they're glitches?
  • It's really hard... I think it would have gone better if I didn't have to concentrate on talking to the viewers. But please check out the video, the stream did turn out well anyway. :)
  • Shit...i missed it
  • Anyone saying stuff about gfx is well right in a since but gaming is so much more than that or even gameplay.
  • Wednesday works for me for these streams. Always fun hanging out with fellow Windows Central readers and crew!
  • Reminds me of C64 Great Escape... Countless hours spent on that game two decades ago :)
  • Team 17 made Worms didn't they?
  • Yes they did. They're like co-developers on this, but Mouldy Toof is the main dev behind it.
  • Brilliant
  • Sad that the stream kept kicking me out last night, but I enjoyed what I got to see! I'll have to go back and rewatch the rest!
  • Sorry for the inconvenience. The stream eventually caught up and started acting right, thank goodness. You're a great supporter, Surreal. :)
  • Stream was great usual. Guys did a good job streaming and keeping the chat clean. Getting better every week.