The Escapists is a sandbox game forged by the Dark Souls generation. It’s punishing, minimalist, and occasionally obtuse, but in its difficulty, it manages to create a series of puzzles memorable enough to keep you coming back. The simplicity of the game’s core conceit – how to escape from a series of increasingly secure prisons? – belies a complex series of social and economic systems that you must adhere to while crafting your escape. If you upset the balance of the prison, which you almost assuredly will, the game can devolve into chaos and improvisation at a moment’s notice. It’s both frustrating and thrilling in a way that evokes some of the best prison escape stories, and The Escapists never fails to teach you that even the best laid plans often go awry.