The Escapists 2 Articles RSS Feed | The Escapists 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Best Local Co-op Games Released in 2018 (So Far) Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:01:15 -0400 Littoface

Remember when "playing a game together" meant plopping down on a couch together, grabbing some controllers, and just having fun? In the same room? Crazy, right?

Believe it or not, local co-op is still very much a thing, much to this writer's delight. And 2018 has some excellent couch co-op offerings, with promises of more as the year continues.

We've rounded up the best local co-op games, which you'll find below, loosely organized from "most awesome" to "not as awesome, but still worth playing." Below each game, you'll find the platforms it's available for.

Now, grab a friend, buy an extra controller (and a couch), and enjoy!

Lego the Incredibles

Developed by: TT Fusion
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Play through the events of the two The Incredibles movies (in backward order) in this sandbox LEGO game and help the Parr family save the town from odd and quirky villains.

True to its name, the game is full of LEGO fun like building, puzzles, tons of subquests and collectibles, and some awesome action scenes. Fans of the Incredibles franchise will also not be disappointed, as the game includes over 100 characters from both the Incredibles series and other Disney Pixar films.

This game is best played with a younger co-op partner, as it's intended to be family-friendly and is as such a little too simple for a seasoned gamer.

You can read our review here.

A Way Out

Developed by: Hazelight Studios
Published by: EA
Available for: PC, PS4, Xbox One

From the makers of A Tale of Two Sons comes this cooperative game that is specifically meant to be played by two people. Players each control Leo or Vincent as you work together to break out of prison and continue on beyond in a 1970s world. As is to be expected, the storytelling and teamwork are the focus and the game quickly becomes an emotional ride.

The game's strengths are in its freedom of choice, as each character has different personality quirks which allow players to choose different methods to resolve puzzles and continue the story. Players are also tasked with working together, taking on different roles to get a task done, and sometimes the game even pits the two against each other in friendly competitions.

A game that forces you to play together with someone may seem like a gimmick, but Hazelight Studios makes it work — and it's sure to leave local co-op fans happy from getting this game specifically made for them.

The Swords of Ditto

Developed by: onebitbeyond
Published by: Devolver Digital
Available for: PC, PS4

Awaken, heroes, and heed the call of the magical dung beetle. The evil witch Mormo has brought a curse on the land of Ditto and it's up to a ragtag group of kids to become the Swords of Ditto and stop her once and for all.

Full of charm and eccentricities, this game hides some surprising complexities. It's technically a rogue-lite: if all players die, it's game over for good and you have to start again, with the map shuffled. You might look like kids (or robots, or frogs, or any number of things ) but documents you uncover reveal a depth to the world you might not expect from the happy-go-lucky exterior.

Use weapons, ridiculous toys (literally called that) and the help of a mystical space whale to hack and slash through this fun game, which features the only kazoo-centric soundtrack we've ever known.

Pit People

Developed by: The Behemoth
Published by: The Behemoth
Available for: PC, Xbox One

This turn-based adventure game pits teams of heroes against teams of baddies in the never-ending quest for loot and survival. Each player controls a group of up to five fighters, put together from a selection of ragtag good guys and strange creatures.

Fights and questing are truly cooperative and take place on the same map, allowing each player to upgrade their own team individually then work together as support or fellow fighters. A unique and very quirky world acts as a backdrop for the action, full of robots, vampires, and cupcake people. In other words, not your usual group of bad guys!

Tesla vs. Lovecraft

Developed by: 10tons Ltd.
Published by: 10tons Ltd.
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Can Tesla save the world from invading Eldtitch horrors? Grab a friend, hop into a mech, and fight against Lovecraftian monsters in this top-down twin-stick shooter. Created by the developers behind Crimsonland and Neon Chrome, this intense game is the perfect mix of beloved characters, real and imagined.

Fight together against creatures from the Lovecraft universe, like Shaggoth and Spawns of Dagon. But don't worry — Tesla has his own goodies for fighting back, like quantum teleportation and a death ray gun (of course).

Expect nonstop action, ridiculous scenarios, and lots of chaotic fun.

The Escapists 2

Developed by: Team 17 Digital Limited, Mouldy Toof Studios
Published by: Team 17 Digital Limited
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Take prison break to the extreme with up to four-player split-screen (except in the Switch, which only has up to two). This sequel has all the fun of the first game and more: follow routines while garnering favors, hiding away illicit goodies, and plotting your escape.

The game is bigger and better, featuring bigger prisons to escape from, more hidden passageways to help in your prison break, and several new locations. And now, you can work together to pull off more exciting escapes — or play in versus mode and compete to see who can break out first.


Developed by: Supergonk
Published by: Rising Star Games
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch

Paint the town! Or just the track, at least. Trailblazers is a cooperative racing game where players work together to get their color painted on as much of the track to get a boost to the finish line.

Choose from eight racers, each with its own strengths and specific power-ups. Four players team up to splash paint all over the 10 different tracks in three worlds. A pumping soundtrack and some pretty awesome visuals make this a fun, fast-paced party game.

I Hate Running Backwards

Developed by: Croteam, Binx Interactive
Published by: Devolver Digital
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Here's a string of words for you: Shmup, rogue-lite, endless runner. This game is all that, and more. Grab one of many weapons and shoot at oncoming enemies as you run ahead of them. Destroy monsters, destroy the environment, destroy the very concept of time itself!

It's as fun as it ridiculous, and allows players to choose from a range of previous Devolver games, including Serious Sam, Rambro, the Bullet from Enter the Gungeon, and more.

Whatever your views on running backwards are, this is a can't-miss couch co-op game. Sure, you can play this ridiculousness alone, but it's so much fun with a friend!  

Just Shapes and Beats

Developed by: Berzerk Studio
Published by: Berzerk Studio
Available for: PC, Switch

Team up with up to three other players for a musical bullet-hell experience. Dodge shapes to the beat, enjoy the music, and see how long you can survive in this ridiculously chaotic game.

The soundtrack boasts an impressive 35 music tracks from 20 chiptune artists, combined with hand-made super-challenging levels and brutal boss battles.

However you enjoy this one, be ready for a challenge! 

Pixeljunk Monsters 2

Developed by: Q-Games
Published by: Spike Chunsoft
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch

It's been 10 long years, but Pixeljunk Monsters is back with another installment of real-time tower-defense gameplay that's every bit as engaging as the original. The updates visuals are a real treat to look at, featuring charming claymation animation.

Existing fans beware: The game received some mixed reviews from those who loved the first game, as some design choices (zoomed-in camera angle, shared coins, inability for players to be too far apart) detract from its enjoyment.

Still, drop-in single-screen local co-op makes this a good buy if you and a friend want to play a cooperative tower-defense game together.

Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld

Developed by: Odd Raven Studios
Published by: Odd Raven Studios
Available for: PC. Supports HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows VR headsets via SteamVR

Carly and the Reaperman is a two-player VR game in which players work together to build, platform, and puzzle their way out of the underworld.

You read that right: A local co-op VR game! One player wears the VR headset and controls the Reaperman while the other controls Carly on the main display.

By all accounts, this game plays like a co-op version of recent favorite Moss, and it's definitely a unique cooperative experience worth a try if you have a VR headset hooked up to Steam.

Black Paradox

Developed by: Fantastico Studio
Published by: Fantastico Studio
Available for: PC, coming to Switch later this year

Try not to die in this 80s-inspired bullet-hell Shmup rogue-lite with a Synthwave soundtrack and plenty of weapons and enemies to keep you fighting for your life. Local co-op supports two players (though imagine the fun and chaos with more!).

The game is still in Early Access at the moment but it's already receiving rave reviews from players who praise its good balance, challenging gameplay, and just overall fun experience.

Fhtagn - Tales of the Creeping Madness

Developed by: Design Imps
Published by: Design Imps
Available for: PC

Like your Lovecraftian lore with a touch of humor? This four-player local co-op minigame might be perfect for you. Work together to summon the dark lord, or secretly conspire against your friends and betray them.

The game uses a great style to present dark humor, and H.P. Lovecraft fans will surely get a kick out of it.

39 Days to Mars

Developed by: It's Anecdotal
Published by: It's Anecdotal
Available for: PC

It's the 19th century, and Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter and their trusty HMS Fearful embark on a journey the likes of which has never been tried before: to Mars! They have 39 days to make it there, and the journey is fraught with obstacles both from outside… and within.

A whimsical Victorian tale with a wonderful piano soundtrack, "39 Days to Mars" was created with local co-op in mind. Players control the two characters and work together to solve puzzles and get the pair closer to their destination, in this fairly short (but highly replayable) choose-your-own-adventure style game.

Scribblenauts Showdown

Developed by: Shiver Entertainment
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available for: PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Everyone's favorite word-comes-to-life game has turned into a party game, turning wordplay into a fun showdown between friends. The game has abandoned its former playstyle in favor of a board-game like structure. Players are dealt cards, which are used to trigger minigames and progress around a play board.

Of course, the word-based play is still intact (after all, it wouldn't be a Scribblenauts game without it), with mini-games challenging players to come up with words that fit categories or that follow certain rules.

The game's simplicity might make it less appealing for gamers, as the 27 minigames get tired fast. However, it's a fun game for the younger gamers in your life, and makes a great way to have fun together and encourage some outside-the-box creative thinking. Family game night, anyone?

Don't Bite Me Bro!

Developed by: MUIFWEGO
Available for: PC, PS4

Defeat zombies, build a shelter, and recruit fellow survivors to help you fight off ever-growing hordes of zombies. This single-screen couch co-op game is part tower defense, part exploration, part hack n slash. It's a bit glitchy in places and is not a very long game, but it's definitely fun to pick up with a friend and play through in a sitting or two.

Released for PC last year, the fun little game has made its way to the PS4 this year. Best of all, Don't Bite Me Bro is only $0.99 on Steam (free if you get it from the dev's's page) and completely free for PS4. Grab it today for some quick fun!

Eat All the Things

Developed by: Eat All the Games
Published by: Eat All the Games
Available for: PC, Switch

This simple but adorable Kickstarted 3D-platformer mixes stealth with good old-school platforming. Play with a friend and enjoy mini-games, puzzles, and collectibles, and try to beat the clock!


The year is still young, and we're expecting some more awesome local co-op games to come out before the year ends. We'll update this article as more couch co-op games are released, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest!

New DLC Wicked Ward for The Escapists 2 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:41:44 -0400 Lauren Harris

Independent game company Team17 has released the first DLC for their game The Escapists 2.

The Wicked Ward DLC takes place in an abandoned hospital where the mad scientist and his huge clan of undead guard the halls. You’ll have to fight, craft, and scheme your way out of the spooky, rainy woods of evil undead creatures.

Wicked Ward DLC was released just in time for Halloween and it prepares players for:

  • A new horror themed map
  • New Halloween customization themes
  • All new items and recipes to craft

The DLC content is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can also purchase it as part of the Season Pass on SteamXbox Games Store, and PlayStation Store. Player's must have The Escapists 2 to play Wicked Ward DLC.

You can find more information about Escapists 2 DLC Wicked Ward on Twitter @Team17Ltd and you can also follow them for more information on new content when it becomes available.

 Will you be playing this spooky adventure? Let us know in the comments!

The Escapists 2 Review: Good to be Bad Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:02:50 -0400 Synzer

The Escapists 2 is an intriguing sandbox game that allows you to live out the fantasy of escaping from prison. Even if you've never had that fantasy, you will after playing this game. Coming up with inventive ways to escape is a huge part of what makes this game fun -- and frustrating at the same time.

While The Escapists 2 offers a unique sandbox prison escape experience, it may be a little overwhelming for some players. Though it has its flaws and may not appeal to everyone, it's an interesting experience overall that will be a fun ride for sandbox fans.

What I Loved

The amount of freedom you have in this game allows you to do just about anything you want in order to escape your prison. Want to dig your way out? Go ahead! Want to cut through the fence at night? You got it! Want to disguise yourself as a guard? That's also possible.

Setting Up Your Escape

Planning your prison break is the best part. There are so many things you can do and craft to help you on your way out. If you want to dig your way to freedom, for example, you're going to need to acquire a shovel.

That's not all though. In addition to figuring out an escape plan, you will also need to hide your escape attempt. If you don't, the prison will go on alert. The guards will also fix any damage they find, which renders your work useless unless you're careful. 

Covering a hole with a table, placing a poster over a broken wall, or replacing a vent cover with a fake one are just some of the inventive things you can do to hide your progress until you are ready to escape.

the escapists 2 setting up an escape

Trial and Error

Since there are so many ways to escape, you might do a little trial and error to find out what works and what doesn't. Even though this can be frustrating, it is ultimately very satisfying when you figure out something that works.

For example, I chose to escape by cutting through the fence. I had to find a good escape route out of  my cell, then a way to disguise myself so I wouldn't alert attention. I couldn't do this all in one night, so I had to get posters to cover up the walls I broke through.

There are so many ways to escape if you take the time to plan properly and hide your tracks -- which is probably my favorite thing about the game.


The biggest addition to The Escapists 2 is multiplayer. There are 2 different types -- versus and co-op.

Co-op is like the solo game, but you can work with other real players to plan your escape. There are places that actually require at least 2 players (completely optional of course).

Not only is co-op a fun experience to try out, but it can also be very useful in terms of splitting the work of escaping for a better chance at success. You could have one person raise intelligence, for example, to craft the needed tools, while another raises strength and/or fitness to use those tools more efficiently.

This presents even more ways to think about your escape, and allows you to do so much faster than normal.

the escapists 2 versus multiplayer

On the other hand, Versus mode has different rules from the main game. It only lasts a day, and you compete against other players to see who can escape the fastest.

You also have almost complete freedom in how you make a break for it, because you can cut, dig, or chip away outside without getting caught. Vendors give items away for free, and there are no quests, routines, or snipers.

This is a great mode if you want to take a more casual approach, or even scope out prisons for the main game.

What I Didn't Like

The freedom of The Escapists 2 is a blessing and a curse. I love that you can do whatever you want, but I can also imagine many players getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of items they can craft, quests they can undertake, and options they can consider for escape. 

Speaking of quests, another gripe I had with the game was that some quests required a lot more effort than I thought necessary. And when I say that, I'm not referring to the fact that some quests are simple delivery quests, while others require lots of resource collection and crafting. That's totally fine and is to be expected.

I'm talking about a handful of quests that seemed intentionally convoluted just to fudge a certain level of difficulty. For example, you might be tasked with getting an item from inside a desk that's behind a locked door. While you can get into that room at some point, of course, the game won't give you much incentive to do so -- especially with so many other options for escape. It's often easier just to pick a different quest and not even bother with the more effort-intensive ones.  


Overall, I can't complain about much in The Escapists 2. It may not be for everyone, but it is a great change of pace. Anyone who played the first one, or who is interested in a unique sandbox game, will definitely want to check this one out.

[Note: A copy of The Escapists 2 was provided by the developer for the purpose of this review.]

The Escapists 2 Beginner Tips and Tricks Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:01 -0400 Synzer

The Escapists 2 is the latest prison sandbox game where you must come up with ways to escape. There are multiple ways you can go about doing this, and many things to do to set up your escape.

In this beginner's guide to The Escapists 2, I'm going to go over some helpful info and tips for those just getting started in this game.

The Escapists 2 Basics

First, let me go over a few basics. The first thing you need to do is complete the tutorial. You will want to pay attention during this as they give you good info that will help you throughout the rest of the game.

There are 6 total stats to keep track of, 3 of which you can improve.

escapists 2 stats

  • Health: Your total life. When it reaches 0, you get taken to the infirmary.
  • Stamina: How much energy you have. You need this to perform actions like exercise, studying, or digging.
  • Heat:This is how suspicious the guards of you. If this gets high, they will start to follow you. If it gets too high, they will beat you until you are taken to the infirmary or solitary confinement.

Below are the stats you can improve. They each go to a max of 100.

  • Strength: Affects how much damage you do.
  • Fitness: Affects how much Stamina you lose during activities.
  • Intellect: Affects what you can craft.

I suggest maxing out Fitness whenever you can, then working on Strength. The maximum amount of Intellect you need to craft everything is 70, though you are fine with 40-60 for the first prison.

Check in for Each Routine, But You're Free After That

If you don't check in at an activity, guards will get suspicious. Luckily, all you need to do is show up, then you can leave right away. Once you see that green check mark show up, you can do whatever you want and the guards won't question it.

This applies to the first prison, but the later ones might not be so generous.

Use Group Activities to Get and Complete Prisoners Quests

Group activity times like Roll Call and Meals are the best time to acquire and finish Prisoner's Quests, because everyone will be in the same spot. There are many quests that require you to take an item to another prisoner. Since everyone is right there, it is quick and easy cash.

Train Stats and Survey the Prison During Free Time

You will want your stats high enough to accomplish whatever escape you have planned, and you need to scope out the best places and times for an escape.

Free Time is the longest period of time you have to do stuff, so use it wisely.

escapists 2 tips

Check Each Prisoner's Desk Often

Prisoners keep all sorts of crafting materials and other useful items in their desks. Taking these will save a lot of time and money. Just don't stay too long if a guard sees you, or they will get suspicious.

How to Get a Job

If you are like me, you might have missed this little part during the rundown on the prison. During Job time, they show an arrow that goes towards a room. If you go in the room, a worker will sit with you, make a complaint, and you earn money.

This only happens if you don't have a job. If you go to the sign outside the room, you can apply for a job. Some inmates might already have jobs, but I was able to apply for Garbage Disposal when I figured out what was going on.

You can make someone lose their job by making them miss work 3 days in a row. The same goes for you, so be sure to meet your work quota each day!

Have a Cover Up Available If You Dig, Break Walls, or Get in Air Vents

Whenever you damage any property in prison, it will be found and the prison alert will go up. They will also fix whatever you did, making it a waste of time. 

You can fix this by hiding your work. Craft a poster if you are breaking through walls. If you are digging a hole in your cell, you can pick up your table and place it over the hole to hide it. If you are going through the air vents in the ceiling, you will want to craft a fake vent cover.


Those are all the tips I have for getting started in The Escapists 2. Let me know if you have any questions or tips of your own for those just getting started! And stay tuned for more Escapists 2 guides for other tips and tricks to help you make your escape. 

The Escapists 2 Breaks Out as Pre-Order Trailer is Released Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:50:14 -0400 Adreon Patterson

With the E3 announcement of The Escapists 2, Team 17 unleashed the pre-order trailer for this anticipated sequel.

In the trailer, which you can watch above, we see escapee Jimmy Locke in all his 8-bit glory relaxing on the beach with a friend as he begins to tell the story of his escape from prison. He tells his friend through a series of funny (yet harrowing) vignettes about everything from failed escape attempts to prison food to his prison buddies.

All this is interrupted by a crew of police from both land and sea who have come to take the inmate back. This moment reveals a pre-order feature known as the Glorious Regime. The trailer shows this new high-security penitentiary as an action-packed thrillfest as players plan their escape through secret tunnels while avoiding military-like security, vicious dogs, constant surveillance, and a dictator-like warden.

But viewers are thrown for a loop when the trailer goes all 2003: A Space Odyssey, as a spaceman begins floating across an 8-bit space background. Immediately, the release date -- August 22, 2017 -- zooms over the viewer's head and lands in the middle of the screen. After that, the trailer ends with a floating release date and spacemen.

The sequel to the hit Team17-Moudly Toof collaboration will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version to follow.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on The Escapists 2!