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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
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
12 products in account
2 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
Certainly, one of the most poor-content and mediocre Tycoon I´ve ever-played. It really looks like a non-finished game!. Full of bugs, it crashes very oftenly.... of course that it inspires to escape: PRESSING THE "ESC" KEY!!!
Posted: April 20th, 2014
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
25 products in account
7 reviews
85.7 hrs on record
I just got the game and its cool and fun and all but after about 5 MINUITS OF GAMEPLAY it crashed and when i went to play again it wouldent let me and said the app was alread running but it wassent and now i cant play!!!!!! so try prison archatect it mas more stuff and wiered bugs but wont do this i bet (its more expensive though) but its more worth the money.
Posted: February 28th, 2014
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
30 products in account
3 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
Okay i dont even know how to play this game
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
323 products in account
8 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
Okay but not great.
Your money is best spent on another game.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
22 products in account
1 review
72.7 hrs on record
good game more explanation?
Posted: March 13th, 2014
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47 of 60 people (78%) found this review helpful
1,765 products in account
12 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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