Crack that Whip! Take reigns of a privately run prison. You are responsible for the care, custody, and control of individuals who have been arrested. Begin with a low security prison and build it up to a SuperMax. From construction to daily operations, you must protect society while turning a profit. It's time for lockdown.
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Very Negative (78 reviews) - 12% of the 78 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2007

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Crack that Whip! Take reigns of a privately run prison. You are responsible for the care, custody, and control of individuals who have been arrested. Begin with a low security prison and build it up to a SuperMax. From construction to daily operations, you must protect society while turning a profit. It's time for lockdown.
  • Country Club or Billy Club? - Manage security levels, food rations, recreation opportunities, and much more. How tough will you be?
  • En Guard - Hire trustworthy prison guards and arm them with weapons, riot shields and guard dogs to maintain peace and control, but keep your eye on your budget. Underpay and organized crime will run rampant in your prison.
  • Watch with an eagle eye! - Monitor all activities 24/7. Keep a look out for escapees, contraband or illegal activity.
  • The Devil's in the details - From the guards you hire to the food you serve, every choice you make will ripple throughout your prison.
  • Back on the chain gang- Assign prisoners work detail from cleaning and maintenance work to back-breaking manual labor.
  • Throw away the key? - You determine whether to release your prisoners on parole or keep them locked down tight to protect society.
  • Danger Zone- Manage gangs and prisoner morale to avoid riots.
  • Interrogate military prisoners for vital intel- Earn extra bonuses by getting prisoners to provide crucial information.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® III 1.4 GHz or greater
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX® 9 compatible video card (ATI Radeon 8500, Geforce 5200 or Intel GMA 900 series)
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
    • Input: Keyboard and mouse
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Very Negative (78 reviews)
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World's Shittest Company
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
A complete ♥♥♥♥ing joke and a pile of ♥♥♥♥. Kind of like Southern Rail.
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InStincT Flmz
13.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
i enjoy it but get the newer one
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Razgriz von Preussen
3.1 hrs
Posted: June 1
If you imagine that this game will bring you pleasure...you are mistaken.

I owned and played this game often when I was younger and was stuck at my grandmother\'s house for days. When I purchased this game, it was from pure nostalgia. I remembered when I would play this game for hours on end, and I recalled how much enjoyment I got from it...

...After I bought this game, I remembered that the only reason I played this game was because the choices at my grandmothers place was 1) play this game 2) go to Church or 3) watch re-runs of the Andy Griffith show, and there is only so much of Deputy Don i can take before I\'m willing to do almost anything...and I\'m not a Christian, so I chose Prison Tycoon.

Don\'t waste your money. The only reason this game should be bought is as a prank gift to a good buddy when you have a few extra bucks to spend.

The graphics are sub-par (even when it was first released), UI is almost worthless, no tutorial (let me say that im not a huge advocate for tutorials...i don\'t usually need EVERY small detail explaned over the course of a half hour. But this game REALLY needs it), and worse of all...your prisioners WILL escape. Put up a tall af fence with rolls of barb-wire? They climb over it like a jungle gym. Got 100+ guards on duty & 20 Guard Towers to help catch them? Still climb fence, and still escape. Nothing you do will prevent this, and no matter what they WILL get away.

Not to mention the economy. Seems simple...build a factory or two, fill it with shops, assign prisoners to work schedules, and make money...right? WRONG! Why? Because even though you have the proper facilities and mechanisms in place to get them to work...they just dont feel like working. So, you will go broke pretty quick as you watch your lazy idiot guards pimp walk around while your prisoners are running off into the sunset.

TL;DR - Game sucks. Move along.
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Serious
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 12
Horrible.

This game is an ugly confusing mess.

No tutorial what so ever, and quite frankly I haven't the patience to learn this game through trial and error. I tried, but I couldn't stand it. I think the interface is even worse than the graphics, altough I can't really fault the graphics too much, as they are "acceptable" for the time.

The gameplay that I did understand was incredibly boring, tedious, and made little to no sense. What's the purpose of having guards if prisoners can just run past them?

The only thing I like about this game is that I got it for free.

Actually, now that I think about it, this game is still horrible regardless of price. I wouldn't play this game for free, let alone pay for it. If you like Tycoon games, I suggest you look elsewhere. An utter waste of time.
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Zkrizt
394.5 hrs
Posted: March 14
It's not very good
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djman3420
7.5 hrs
Posted: February 18
Despite, the lack of tutorial, and the utter lack of anything, I enjoyed this game.
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Johnny Three-hats
0.3 hrs
Posted: February 9
#SmallAmenities



Seriously, though, it's not that great. If you're really that interested, just go watch BrutalMoose's video on it; it's much more fun and less frustrating than actually trying to play the game.
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Dex
2.0 hrs
Posted: February 2
Not gonna lie this game is pretty bad
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Taco Joe
12.4 hrs
Posted: January 16
Why is this game a thing?
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Jammy
1.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 14
you'll have more fun, bending over to pick up the soap in a communal prison shower......
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
102 of 120 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
This game is terrible.

For starters, there is no tutorial. The game thrusts you right in with the options of Mens Prison, Womens Prison or Military Prison. It does not explain what the differences are between them (if there are any at all) or what each prison will actually involve, you're just expected to guess.
I went with the first option. Mens Prison.
Once in the game there is no guide on what to do, no objectives, nothing helpful at all. It doesn't even clearly show you which plot of land you should be building on which is annoying as first impressions.
Once you start to figure things out on your own, such as how the menus work, what you should be building and such, you expect the game to get better but it doesn't.
It's drab attempts at being a 'prison tycoon' just makes you frustrated and bored. The learning curve is huge and i'm sure there's many things i'm missing because the game just doesn't explain to you what to do or how to do it (apart from the 'manual' which i've given a read and it isn't very helpful).

The graphics are average for the release date but when the gameplay is boring the drab graphics don't do anything to help ignite your enthusiasm and the same goes with the menus and other interface options. They are downright ugly, and 90% of the times the options are not labelled and do not explain to you what they do, there is just a random picture which you yourself must decipher.

I'm sure if I put another 10 hours into the game I may learn how to play it fully, but I doubt that even if I did learn the more complicated parts of it I would still not find the game enjoyable.
There are many better tycoon games out there for your money, I just can't recommend this at all.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Broken, ugly mess of a game. No indication of how to play or motivation to find out how. Wish I had consulted the steam review section, even $2.50 on sale isn't worth it!
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Very buggy.No need for fences because they just climb it anyway.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Where are the prisoners bathrooms? Id escape too if I had nowhere to ♥♥♥♥. 1/10
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 10, 2014
The 97 mins came from trying to figuer out what IN THE HECK TO DO... There's no tutorial, and I gave up.. Started watching youtube videos to see how it's done, turns out it's simply a horrible game even when you learn how to play it.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 14
you'll have more fun, bending over to pick up the soap in a communal prison shower......
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
Game is extremely boring. Very hard to generate income, and a lack of any kind of tutorial leaves new players fumbling on their own. Game sessions become very cluttered and disorganized easily.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
I payed £7.99 for this bag of ♥♥♥♥, my own fault for not reading these reviews , DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS ME !
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
almost nothing good about it
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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
413.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
It's like getting ♥♥♥♥ed in the ♥♥♥ without having to go to jail. ♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ game.
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