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Jailbreak is a Wide-Open Sandbox game developed on Roblox by Badimo, which consists of asimo3089, the owner of the group and badcc, the programmer of the game.

At the start, the player has a choice of either becoming a police officer, whose duty is to prevent prisoners from escaping and to arrest criminals, or to become a prisoner, who can escape from prison in multiple ways to become a criminal who can pull off robberies while evading arrest from the cops.

You can play the game here.

Not to be confused with the MS Paint Adventures Webcomic of the same name.

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Jailbreak provides examples of:

  • Absurdly High Level Cap: Exaggerated; there is no level cap after Seasons were retired, even though there is nothing unlockable after achieving Level 50 to launch nukes.
  • The Alcatraz: The Nukes Update added a new island prison which replaced the old Military Base prison, which consists of an obby that prisoners would have to escape from if they acquired a bounty of $1,000 or higher by the time they were arrested.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Perform a criminal action? Congrats, you are eligible for arrest in this game, because almost all of the cops are going after your bounty.
  • Armed Blag: The Bank Truck, introduced in the 2020 Winter Update, is an armored truck containing money that can either be robbed by Criminals by blowing up the doors with C4, or protected by the Police as they escort it to its destination. This robbery is unlocked after 25 Criminals are arrested.
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  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Nukes aren't supposed to leave an entire city intact, nor cause tornadoes and thunderstorm and flooding.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The Sloop. It's the largest ship in the game and can hold multiple players easily, but it costs 1 million dollarsnote , and there aren't any opportunities to drive it around water aside from some cool Easter Eggs.
    • Rocket Fuel for jetpacks. It's definitely more faster than normal fuel, but the difference it barely noticeable, and on top of that, you have to pay 25 Robux to refill it, compared to the ordinary fuel which can be used for free indefinitely.
    • The Flintlock. It deals major damage in one shot, and has a noticable amount of knockback when used, but its reload time is very long.
    • Explosives in this game are pretty interesting, given that they deal major damage and leave behind a fire which gradually reduces surrounding players' health, but you have to pay $5,000 to $10,000 in-game to restock them. Of particular is the grenades, in which they not only can be inaccurate due to how throwing grenades works in this game, but it can even potentially kill yourself. That being said, they're one of the only ways to damage a cop inside a force field, as the force field is bulletproof.
    • Ambulances. As a vehicle, they're alright, but as a healing tool, it's a bit awkward considering that the stretcher used to heal players can hold one at a time.
    • The Vehicles obtained from the SWAT and BOSS gamepasses feature a Minigun on top of them. However, the minigun is only useful for SWAT Vans if you somehow are being chased by a Police Officer while unarmed, and the Vehicles themselves are slow.
  • Bank Robbery: One of the major and first heists added to Jailbreak. Multiple types of vaults were later added to the Bank, with varying rewards.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • The pistol. Compared to the rapid fire of the assasult rifles and the uzis, it can deal enough damage within an entire clip to kill players, and even is a reliable choice when dealing with vehicles and helicopters.
    • Shotguns. They're Short Range Shotguns, alright, but they do great at their job and is a great last resort option against cops who are near them.
    • Donuts. Not only do they taste edible, they're the only source of healing aside from the force-field launcher, which is useful if you're planning to recover from a massive shootout and evacuate.
    • The Camaro you have as your starter car. It may not be that impressive compared to the Supercars or Trucks, but it does its job as a transport vehicle well, and is most likely the vehicle players will be in until they finish adding their vehicle mods.
    • The standard Helicopter. It's free to use (even criminals can use it, but they have to hijack it to pilot it), and being the only free aerial vehicle you can get, you're likely to use it a lot throughout the game.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Like any other modern ROBLOX game, Jailbreak offers these, such as a VIP gamepass, additional benefits for Police and Criminals, larger bags to carry more money from robberies, and a portable garage. Additionally, extra Rocket Fuel and Money can be bought with Robux.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Briefcases containing $1,500 can be seen parachuted around the map, and can be picked up by both Criminals and Police.
  • Cardboard Prison: The main Jail and the former Military Prison were notorious for being easy to break out, even with all the cops.
  • Chekhov's Exhibit: The major exhibits in the Museum can be stolen.
  • Chekhov's Volcano:
    • The volcano erupted during the Live 2B visits update, which resulted in many old buildings at that time sinking, only to be replaced with newer versions of them.
    • It also happened again when the volcano suddenly erupted on September 29, 2020, causing massive amounts of lava to fill the city. The lava was eventually removed, and a new city replaced the old one, along with the limited-time vehicle M12 Molten making its appearance.
  • Clairvoyant Security Force: It's entirely possible for a Police Officer to hide somewhere near a robbery location while an unsuspecting criminal goes in it, only to get immediately arrested by the camping cop.
  • Chopper on Standby: A Helicopter is always parked near Police Bases. The Little Bird is also parked at the rooftop at the Bank, and the Black Hawk is on top of the 1M Dealership.
  • Cool Bike: The Volt Bike, which is basically the Light Cycles from TRON
  • Cool Boat: The Sloop, which is basically a massive cutter ship.
  • Cool Car: The game features loads of these, most notably the Bugatti and Torpedo.
  • Cool Plane: The Fighter Jet is one of the fastest aerial vehicles in the game.
  • Cool Shades: The clockwork shades, which is available to owners of the Crime Boss gamepass.
  • Cop Hater: The game is filled to the brim with these types of players. The major reasons is that they often are underpaid compared to Criminals, and that they have very good ways of arresting Criminals.
  • Cop Killer: Inevitable in a game where you break out of jail to perform robberies of epic proportions.
  • Cowboy Cop: Sometimes, the cop doesn't care about getting the bounty and just maybe decides to fill Criminals with bullets if they're feeling unlucky.
  • Crooks Are Better Armed: Zig-zagged. On one hand, Criminals can easily get the Sniper Rifle and Revolver. On the other hand, the Police also can get access to those weapons- Although it requires some extra conditions to be set, along with having to perform some glitches to get the Revolver. This is no longer the case in the armory update which allowed both Criminals and Police to get those weapons easier.
  • Crossover: The game features one with Piggy. During 9:30 PM to 11:45 PM in game, Piggy will appear in the sewers. Getting killed by her nets you the Piggy rims.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: The Criminals are portrayed as rich and glamorous in-game.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: The Taser. While it has a long cooldown time and can only shoot one per clip, its ability to prevent a Criminal from moving a few seconds is extremely valuable, and when done right, you can easily earn the Drill Sergeant badge this way.
  • Dirty Cop: Downplayed; one of the other ways to get money as a cop is to rob the passenger train. Additionally, they can accept bribes from Prisoners in exchange for allowing them a free pickpocket to get a item from the Police.
  • Disc-One Nuke: The Dune Buggy is shockingly fast for a off-road vehicle, and it can be obtained for the mere price of $45,000, which is usually the amount made from at least 10 robberies.
  • The Don: The Crime Boss gamepass allows a Criminal to dress up as one of these, and they get access to the Rifle, and also can drive the Wraith, which is a Rolls Royce Wraith with a mounted Minigun and can get notifications on when certain robberies are available.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Played with. While Donuts are available to both Police and Criminals, it's entirely possible to get a Donut by stealing from a Police Officer.
  • Easter Egg: Loads of them, to the point where it was condensed into an entire list.
  • Energy Weapon: The Plasma Pistol, which is the only gun aside from explosives that pierces force fields.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The 1M Dealership offers only vehicles that are worth $1,000,000 aside from the Jet and the Sloop.
  • Gangbangers: It's entirely possible to form a group that is composed of these in-game.
  • Gangland Drive-By: It's possible to shoot from a moving vehicle, though despite what the trope name applies, Police can also do this.
  • Gangsterland: It's not uncommon to find servers filled with a massive amount of Criminals in-game.
  • Getaway Driver: It's not uncommon for Criminals to have someone escort them out of an robbery. Considering that most of the Police are hell-bent for bounty, this is more of a insurance that they will not get caught- if the driver has good driving skills at least.
  • Griefer: Being an online game, this will be an inevitability. Part of the Police team's job is to stop prisoners from escaping and criminals from robbing locations, but this can devolve into using cheap tactics that are not punished by the game. However, the game will punish a police officer for harassing innocent prisoners by getting them arrested themselves.
  • Great Escape: One of the most famous examples in Roblox.
  • Hot Pursuit: If a Criminal and a Police Officer meet while both of them are in separate cars, expect this to happen.
  • I Fought the Law and the Law Won: Other times, if a server is Police-heavy and there are rarely any Criminals, expect this trope to occur as breaking out of prison is significantly more harder.
  • Impersonating an Officer: It's entirely possible to get the Police Costume from the various Police Stations, which is one of the requirements to enter the Military Base as an Criminal.
  • Infinity -1 Sword:
    • The Lamborghini is one of the cheapest Supercars in the game, but it also has one of the best top speeds in the game.
    • The Uzi has one of the best DPS in the game, and it costs around $25,000.
  • Infinity +1 Sword:
    • While various Supercars can become this, the fastest car in the game is the Torpedo, which has the best top speed in the game, with the Bugatti nearly beating it, and has decent reverse speed, alongside great speed and handling. There's a very good reason why it was limited before it permanently became unable to purchase after season 2.
    • Some of the $1,000,000 vehicles that don't fall under Awesome, but Impractical count as this.
      • The Volt Bike, which is one of the fastest bikes in the game, and its small size allows players to go through small openings that cars cannot go through.
      • The Jet, which is currently as of June 20, 2020 the fastest aerial vehicle in Jailbreak.
      • The king of all of vehicles, however, is considered to be the Black Hawk, which aside from being the only Helicopter that can be used outside of Police Stations prior to the release of the Littlebird, it boasts great maneuverability with the ability to have up to 8 people inside it (9 if counting people from the drop down rope). There's a very good reason why veteran players often recommend saving up for the Black Hawk after getting the limited vehicles and attaining Level 50 for the nukes.
    • The Concept Car. Priced at $2,500,000, it currently exists as the most expensive item in the game, and not without good reason: Its stats are comparable or even beating the Torpedo, which by the way, was the best car in the game before its removal. And unlike many other supercars, however, it seats up to four players, meaning criminals who normally expect a duo of cops arriving from a supercar are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The only caveat is that it somewhat loses to the Black Hawk in terms of utility, but can be used as a way to get to the Black Hawk faster, making them interchangeable easily.
  • In-Universe Game Clock: Ticks at 15 minutes per 10 seconds.
  • Jet Pack: The game features one of these, though you have to go out of your way to find it first, and it costs about $50,000 to permanently use it.
  • Just Plane Wrong: Planes in this game are not supposed to be impervious to guns and missiles.
  • Killer Cop: Sometimes, the cops will just skip straight into downright murdering the Criminals.
  • Law of Cartographical Elegance: The current map has features of this, with the only thing that causes this trope to be downplayed is the gradual amount of damage you can receive if you go outside of the map's boundries.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • All of the supercars qualify, but special mention goes to the Torpedo, which is one of the fastest cars in the game only nearly beaten by the Bugatti.
    • The Jet is one of the fastest aerial vehicles in the game, not only being indestructible even with gunfire and missiles, it can also fire missiles that deal massive damage.
  • Lightning Gun: The Plasma Gun's projectiles resemble lightning.
  • Nerf: The Jet Pack was subject to multiple nerfs due to being very overpowered. Examples include:
    • Removing the ability to refuel mid-air.
    • Patching a glitch related to it while also using the Volt.
    • Unable to use it in the Museum and Prison.
    • Decreasing the fuel tank size.
    • Added a timer (15 seconds) for refueling.
    • Patching a infinite Rocket Fuel glitch.
    • No-fly zones added in various heists to prevent Sequence Breaking of obbies.
    • Unable to fly while ragdolled/tazed.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Melee weapons are considered rather underpowered compared to the massive DPS of certain guns. That being said, it does offer a minor speed boost when attacking with this weapon, and is useful for identifying law-breaking Prisoners.
  • No Fair Cheating: Attempt to reset as a Criminal? Have fun going back as a Prisoner! (Unless you want to do those missions in which you have to break out within a certain period of time that is.)
  • Nuke 'em: The 3B visits live event involved a random player from a server launching a nuke, which resulted in the old city being flooded. Eventually, the flood subsides and a new city was formed from the flooding. Additionally, it's possible to launch a nuke for about 20,000 ROBUX ($200 USD) or by reaching Level 50. Getting caught in the nuclear explosion earned you the Radioactive Yellow vehicle skin color.
  • Obvious Rule Patch:
    • The Cinematic Camera option was removed from VIP Servers after multiple players exploited it to noclip through multiple areas.
    • Think about using the Jetpack for an easy way out? Too bad, as Badimo no longer allows you to do that after the Cybertruck update (though somehow trying to do that allows you to re-equip your weapons), so you better hope your partner in crime doesn't die!
    • For some reason, Police were able to steal limitless amounts of loot from the Passenger Train. This was later modified to limit the amount stolen from the train the same maximum amount of crash a Criminal would have looted from the Passenger Train. This is averted when it came to the Cargo Ship, though this was because the profit rate for police is low because of how easy it is to drop the cargo into the water.
  • Outlaw Town: Due to the way the game is designed, most of the world is more inclined towards Criminals, as they have an easier time robbing places unless when it comes to experience grinding to reach level 50 to launch nukes.
  • Police Brutality: Police can potentially kill Criminals while they are being arrested. While they can also downright shoot prisoners, they can only shoot those who have pickpocketed items, such as Keycards, unless they risk losing their Police status.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Only applies to most vehicles, especially Supercars, due to the developers responding well to feedback to the performance of many cars. Notably, the Chiron received 2 major buffs, one that increased its acceleration and the other increasing its top speed, allowing it to run as fast as the Roadster.
  • Rabid Cop: By far the worst type of cop a player can be; Not only do they arrest Criminals, they also downright kill them. This game actually encourages this, as doing these actions reward extra XP.
  • Ramming Always Works: Police can ram vehicles of criminals, disabling them for two seconds.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How do the Police "protect" the Cargo Ship Robbery from being robbed? By dropping the cargo into the water, of course! And the ship still fires missiles at them!
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: The Revolver can deal 25 damage per shot, making it one of the most deadliest handguns in the game.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: One of the contracts requires you to knock over a specific amount of objects.
  • Shields Are Useless: Zig-zagged. On one hand, Riot Shields do increase damage reduction, but decrease movement, which is something that many Police do not like. On the other hand, it's VERY useful when busting a Bank Robbery, since Police tend to be usually right near the vault where Criminals can shoot them, and the damage reduction provided by the Riot Shield is good enough to get into the vault and shut down the robbery.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Grand Theft Auto series, with the Wide-Open Sandbox gameplay, all those vehicles to drive in, and of course the ability to pull off heists and kill the police. Of course this is Bowdlerized for Roblox's younger audiences, with only crimes being to rob and kill cops (bloodlessy), no innocent civilians to harm, and of course the ability to be the police if one wants to be moral.
  • Steam Never Dies: The Passenger Train is a steam locomotive resembling The Polar Express compared to the diesel pulling the Cargo Train.
  • Stone Wall: Of all the aerial vehicles in the game, the Stunt cannot be shot down, though it has the same speed of an helicopter to compensate.
  • SWAT Team: Accessible by the Police upon purchasing the SWAT gamepass, this features a SWAT uniform that Police can wear, and also obtain the Rifle, which is an higher-DPS version of the AK47, the Riot Shield, and the SWAT Van.
  • Temporary Online Content: Some of the items in Jailbreak are removed after a certain period of time, but some of them are still accessible through the Garage. Examples include:
    • The Fidget Spinner Rims were obtainable from May 28, 2017 to June 3, 2017.
    • The Hypno Rims were available from June 5, 2018 to June 21, 2018.
    • The Snowflake Rims were available from December 23, 2017.
    • The Extra Storage gamepass allowed players to store an additional item under their cell, but was removed on October 2, 2018 due to it being underused.
    • The Dual Flags were originally a reward for getting the soccer ball into the goal a la Rocket League before the reward was changed to Soccer Rims and then the ball was changed to a beach ball, and the reward was also changed as a result.
    • You could obtain various rims in Season 1 and 2 provided you level up enough before the season ended.
    • The Arachnid and Torpedo were limited until Season 2 and were only able to be used if you had an level of 30 for either Police or Prisoners.
    • The Raptor and R8 were limited during Season 3 and were only able to be used if you had an level of 30 for either Police or Prisoners.
    • The Mustang, Cooper and Bugatti were removed at March 8, 2020. Owners of those cars got stripes on them after their availability was removed, and those who owned a Bugatti were compensated $200,000.
    • The Starter Pack was removed for unknown reasons after May 3, 2020.
    • The McLaren and the SUV, alongside 6 skins were removed on July 12, 2020.
    • The M12 Molten was available from October 3, 2020, to October 13, 2020.
  • There Are No Police: Defied, as there is always at least one or two Police Officers in-game to discourage joining Prisoners a lot, and while they can become Prisoners if their Police Brutality goes too far regarding innocent prisoners, they can change back to Police Officers after a certain amount of time. Besides, if this trope was possible, then one of the more reliable methods of getting a Keycard will be gone, and the other methods is basically Luck Based, given that it has an 1/7 chance of appearance in the cargo plane.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: There isn't any bonus damage from headshots in this game, so you can potentially have someone survive what is supposed to be a Sniper shot in the head.
  • Thief Bag: As a criminal, if you have stolen loot from the Museum or the trains, you will carry a bag containing the loot, which prevents you from using your weapons unless you exploit some easily-performed glitches.
  • Train Job: There are two types of train robberies in-game: The daytime version involves robbing from a cargo train to obtain money from its vault, and the nighttime version involves robbing valuables from a passenger train.
  • Troll: As in every ROBLOX game, it's entirely to anger players by being a massive jerk to them (i.e. making it look like that you're a getaway driver, only to get away from them as they get arrested by the police).
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: The police team is Griefer bait due to one of their duties being to keep rather helpless players in a single location with several tools at their disposal. However, shooting an innocent prisoner (as in one who hasn't stolen any equipment or started an escape method) will cost the police officer 25 in-game cash. Killing or arresting three innocent prisoners will get you arrested.
  • Violation of Common Sense: One of the Contracts requires you to drop a helicopter into a volcano.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The bike that resembles the Light Cycles from TRON are named Volt Bikes to avoid copyright notices.
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