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 (75 reviews) - 12% of the 75 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2007

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About This 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
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Overall:
Very Negative (75 reviews)
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Serious
( 0.2 hrs on record )
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 on record )
Posted: March 14
It's not very good
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djman3420
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Despite, the lack of tutorial, and the utter lack of anything, I enjoyed this game.
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Johnny Two-hats
( 0.3 hrs on record )
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 on record )
Posted: February 2
Not gonna lie this game is pretty bad
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Taco Joe
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
Why is this game a thing?
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Jammy
( 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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Shirky B. Good
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
I was recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea, although the itching is unbearable and urination feels like fire is exiting through my urethera, it is still a far more pleasant experience than playing this game.
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that_walrus
( 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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lesleymcelvenny
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥
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Dunderton
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 10, 2015
They all just rioted and it was game over.
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Franzl Lang
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
How do i take this off my library? I hate looking at it.
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Alphamule
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 5, 2015
The reviews are very negative, so I won't bother saying much, not that there is much to say anyway.

It's not worth your money.

No sound, no tutorial, no directions at all.

My prisoners kept escaping through a closed fence with guard towers everywhere, with no way to stop them.
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DustyB
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 2, 2015
Do the world a favor and look at Prison Architect instead.
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jaredwillis
( 22.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17, 2015
cant work a bloody thing out
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Pax the Pirate Dragonpony
( 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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Sid The Smiter
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2, 2015
Just don't waste your time and money into this piece of garbage.
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T/5 Stevenson [1st RB]
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28, 2015
Oh man prepare yourself for the best game ever made by anyone! When the game starts you have not one not two but yes three types of prison's you can run as none other then the warden yourself with your high preformance stick and small flag mouse on the screen. I know what your thinking how can only one man run a whole prison by himself? But with Prison Tycoon 3 its possible. If you have all the time in the world to just ♥♥♥♥ around with this game that will get you no ware in a hurry by all means this is for you! Like I said you can pick three types of prison's you can run men's, women's, or military. Trust me you want to run the military prison its so cool! Tanks in the back ground whats not to like! You start with $10000.00 so the sky is the limit!. The music top notch in my book. Nothing beats the sound of the old west like your a true outlaw the whole time you play! And it gets better! By the time you have build the whole fence around your prison you don't have a damn dime left to your name! Now how do you make money well here's the BEST part of the WHOLE game YOU CANT MAKE MONEY!!! Yes people you can not make one cent in Prison Tycoon 3. You can even save your game so you can come back to that boring ♥♥♥♥ing game that you left one year ago just to find that you still don't have any money and you have to destroy building and fences to pay your guards. Oh yeah and let me tell you that same old wild west music 5 out of 5 in my book thanks guys for making one of the best Tycoons out there! 10 out of 5!
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Moby
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16, 2015
This game... is not a game. It is a thing you pay for. But, you've paid for it because you think it'll work. This wasn't developed. I think this was just a thing that happened and was put on Steam. Thanks Valve! :D
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Q The Shot |
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 25, 2015
This game is not fun at all.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
11 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 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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98 of 115 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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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 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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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
11 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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 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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11 of 12 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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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
12 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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17 of 24 people (71%) 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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12 of 15 people (80%) 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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
This game... is not a game. It is a thing you pay for. But, you've paid for it because you think it'll work. This wasn't developed. I think this was just a thing that happened and was put on Steam. Thanks Valve! :D
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
Just don't waste your time and money into this piece of garbage.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2015
cant work a bloody thing out
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
This game is terrible. I rolled with it and started to figure it out, why not, I spent the $10 on the game, might as well. Figured out how to play it, and I had some success, but some rather major programming errors drove me crazy. Like how the gate will stay open so people can wander out at will. There are other issues addressed in some of the other reviews. If you want to waste $10, give it to me. You will feel better about it.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
This game is mind knumbingly boring and very buggy. The AI is extremely poor and controlling your guards requires a huge amount of micro management. You can't give movement orders while the game is paused, and this becomes a problem when an inmate is sprinting at mach 4 over your fance and is gone before you can click on him. Putting a guard in a tower is pointless because they get confused and walk forever and stand by while inmates sprint by them and hop the fence. The AI for the inmates is also terrible. I had a few stave to death because they forgot to eat and just paced around in circles all day. On top of that the game is prone to crashes. Stay away from this one!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
What the hell am I doing?!!?!?
That is the first thing that passes through the mind of anyone playing this game for the first time. No instructions, no tutorial.
I don't even have any idea what the prison is suposed to look like!
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
worse game ever do not buy not even for free no tutorial, no campaign, absoulte pile of S**T
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
UI is horrible.
I'm pretty patient with games but found this one very frustrating.
I only paid $2.49 for it but wish I would have spent it somewhere else.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
150.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
Played this game for 2 hours, became bored, and wandered away. thats the only reason i have as many hours in the game as i do. ive never played it after that, which was at least a year ago...
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
What a pile of crap. Dont buy this game even for 1$.
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