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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.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2007
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About the Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
1,446 products in account
9 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
254 products in account
7 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
93 products in account
8 reviews
26.0 hrs on record
First off, this is a pretty old game. It was released in 2007, so don't expect 2014 graphics. You start with an area of land and an amount of cash to start your prison. You first need to put some fencing up, plop a place for the inmates to sleep and a security building. From there you just continue to expand until all available buildings have been placed and you have your prison. It took me a few prisons to get the hang of what you need to do so inmates aren't constatntly jumping the fence and making a runner for it. On my fourth or fifth prison I finally got the hang of security and that was when I was able to excell to Max Security.

Given how old this game is, I'm surprised I didn't have to use compatibility mode. If you have some problems with starting the game try using xp sp2 compatibility mode. It has a fair few bugs that can be worked around, fencing is easy to make a mess of which leads to crashes etc. Guard patrols for the most part work fine, but can crash if you try to issue too many commands to the same guard too quickly. In essence, if you can master the guards and security you can get some pretty pumping prisons going.

The game has a long learning curve, even with the manual having a bit of detail in it. It wasn't until close to 7 hours of gameplay that I had that "ahhh, so that's what you have to do" moment, and I've played a lot of tycoon/simulation games before.

Not too bad of a game, but once you figure it out, there's not a lot of depth left.

I was lucky enough to grab this for $2.49 on the steam sale and if you can get it for that price I would say it's money well spent if you like tycoon games.
Posted: December 28th, 2013
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
12 products in account
3 reviews
20.4 hrs on record
almost nothing good about it
Posted: January 20th, 2014
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
18 products in account
1 review
413.4 hrs on record
It's like getting ♥♥♥♥ed in the ♥♥♥ without having to go to jail. ♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥ty game.
Posted: January 5th, 2014
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