Praying mantis at work

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The Escapists 2 is simply a better game than The Escapists in every conceivable way. When played in their natural sequence, that wouldn’t have been so obvious or problematic. But approaching The Escapists from the opposite direction here on Switch reveals a less pretty, less varied, less slick and more frustrating game with no multiplayer component. All of which makes The Escapists sound like a bit of a dud. It really isn’t. It’s a delightfully tough little sandbox experience that mixes a tightrope-walking core challenge (escape the prison) with the clockwork repetition of daily busywork, all accompanied by with a whimsical tone.