In the beginning the player can choose all the names of every prisoner and guard.Players may acquire various tools to aid in their escape, by crafting them, bartering for them from other inmates, or by stealing them.
If caught, the player is sent into solitary confinement, and their progress with the escape is reset.
There are a number of escape methods including inciting riots, via vents, roof escape, among others.
Players can complete tasks for fellow inmates to improve their standing among them.
Engaging in activities like exercise and study allows players to level up their characters, improving their abilities and their chance of escape.
Unlike his self-published first title, Spud's Quest, Davis signed a publishing deal with Team17 to better market the game.