Escape is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and x86 Linux. Detailed instructions for each platform are below.

Note: If you have already downloaded an older version of Escape, try using the in-game upgrade feature rather than downloading a fresh copy from this page. This will only download the necessary files and will preserve any progress your players have made. If you have a shiny new computer, try these puppies!

64-bit Windows
64-bit; Windows 7+
Current version: 201609050

To install on Windows, download the installer file above. After downloading, double-click the installer, choose a directory (the default should work fine) and click install. You can run Escape using the block icon on your desktop or in your Start menu.

Some advanced users may prefer to download a zip file to perform manual installation.

You can place the Escape directory anywhere, and moving it will not affect your progress. To uninstall, simply delete the directory.

64-bit, x86, 10.8+
Current version: 201609031

After downloading on macOS, the archive should automatically be extracted. Inside is a single application labeled Escape. Simply double-click this icon to play. You can move it anywhere without disturbing player files in progress. To uninstall, simply delete the icon.

These archive downloads are for ye olde computers!
32-bit Windows
32-bit; Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, 7
Final version: 200912250

This is an archive version of the game for old versions of Windows, and 32-bit computers. Simply run the installer to install the game to a directory of your choice.

Some advanced users may prefer to download a zip file to perform manual installation.

Old Mac OS X
32-bit, PPC & x86, 10.5 or earlier
Final version: 200704130

This is an archive version of the game for old versions of Mac OS X, and 32-bit or PowerPC computers.

Escape is not compatible with OS 9 or earlier.

x86 Linux
Current version: 200704130

These are statically-linked binaries for x86 linux. They are supposed to be portable to any x86 linux box (and perhaps other Unix-like operating systems with linux compatibility layers) without the need for libraries. To install, simply unzip and untar the archive to a directory of your choice. Then run escape.exe while in an X session.

Many linux users prefer to install software from source code. To do so, use the source archive below.

Source Code
Current version: 200704130

This is C++ source code for Escape, as well as all the graphics and game data. Also included is the source code to the Escape server and NES versions. the source tarball is probably pretty old; for more up-to-the-minute sources, you can access the SVN repository at Sourceforge.

Instructions for building are included in the file HACKING within the archive.

Escape uses SDL and other (L)GPL libraries. For GPL compliance the source code to those libraries can be downloaded here, however, it's probably a better idea to download them from their homes on the web. (SDL, SDL_net, SDL_image, SDL_mixer)

Amiga OS4
April 2005

Edgar Schwan has ported Escape to the new Amiga OS called "OS4." It seems to support all the features that the Windows, Mac, and Linux builds did in April 2005, although I have not tried it. He also includes some sound effects!

August 1996

For historic interest, here is the original Escape for DOS, from 20 years ago. It should run in DosBox or other DOS emulators. It includes about 100 levels. Note: Levels created with the built-in editor are not compatible with the modern Escape, because I fixed bugs in the behavior of some tiles, and switched to a new level format some 10 years ago.

Nintendo Entertainment System
Current version: 1.0; Summer 2004

This is Adam Goode's experimental port of Escape to the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. You will need a NES Emulator or flash cartridge to play.

This version is just for fun; the ones above have many more features.

Go back to the escape home page.