Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (18,814 reviews) - 94% of the 18,814 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Prison Architect Standard

Buy Prison Architect Aficionado

Includes the Standard Edition, PLUS access to the Soundtrack and Artbook.

Buy Prison Architect Introversioner

Includes the Standard & Aficionado Editions, PLUS Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON and Multiwinia. Already own one of those titles? Give the Extra Copy to a friend!

Buy Prison Architect Name in Game

Includes the Standard, Aficionado, and Introversioner, PLUS the ability to name a prisoner and write his bio.

Buy Prison Architect Name in Game Upgrade DLC

Upgrade from any other version to gain the ability to name a prisoner and write his bio. Includes the Aficionado, and Introversioner content.

 

Recent updates View all (39)

April 29

Update 6 released - and brand new games from us

Prison Architect Update 6 has been released! And we have brand new game prototypes to show you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL4NCrgMhYA

TWO BRAND NEW GAME PROTOTYPES
Introducing 'Scanner Sombre' and 'Wrong Wire'

Skip forward to 22 minutes into the video, to see us demonstrate two of our (potentially) upcoming games. These are prototypes we have been developing in secret until now, and will form the basis of whatever comes next after Prison Architect. Please keep in mind that whilst we intend to continue supporting Prison Architect with updates for a very long time, we also intend to make new games, just as we have always done.

We are interested in your thoughts on the new games. Please go here to vote on your favourite:
http://www.introversion.co.uk/vote


PRISON ARCHITECT

= Seasons and Weather
- The game will now move through the seasons, with the outdoor temperature varying based on the time of year.
- Various weather patterns can occur during the game, varying based on the current season.
- Overcast
- Rain
- Torrential rain (Special event, rare)
- Snow and frost
- Heatwave (special event, rare)

- Prisoners needs will be affected by the weather when they are outdoors. Getting rained on will spike their
comfort, clothing and warmth needs.

- Prisoners left outside in extremely cold conditions (for example in an outdoor solitary confinement cage)
can now die of exposure.

- Weather is DISABLED by default in all prisons, and can be enabled when creating a new map.
Alternatively, use the new "Map Settings" screen in the Extras menu.


= Map Settings
You can now adjust the settings of your prison from a new screen called "Map Settings", found in the Extras menu.
This screen lets you enable certain options that may not have been enabled (or even available) when you first created the map.
Nb. You can enable these options, but you cannot disable them once enabled.

Available options:
- Enable Gangs
- Enable Events
- Enable Weather


= Job Prioritisation
- You can now mark any job as a high priority. Simple hold control and either
left click or left drag a selection to mark jobs. Available workers (who aren't
already on a high priority job) will stop what they are doing and be assigned
to the high priority job.

- If no workers are available, high priority jobs will take precedence when the
workers become available. A small icon in the lower right of a visible job shows
if it is marked as a high priority job.

- You can remove the high priority marking on jobs by holding control and either
right clicking or dragging a selection.

- Hovering over an in progress job will now highlight the entity working on it,
showing a red line leading to the worker responsible for the job.

- Pressing F while highlighting an in progress job will cause the camera to follow
the working entity and keep the highlight active.


= Performance Work (continued)
Further performance gains were made this month through several different approaches to optimisation.

- More systems moved to overlap with Render().
- Optimisations to the visible object list builder.
- Singly linked lists mostly replaced with arrays (FastList).
- Avoid copying of containers where possible.
- NeedSystem optimised.


= Bug Fixes
Temperature and lightmap system corruption bug fixed.

- 0010618: [Gameplay] Temperature next to fire is in the negatives
- 0010625: [Gameplay] Temperature drops instantly even in areas that should be producing heat


Stay up to date:
Subscribe to our Blog
Subscribe to our Youtube channel
Follow us on Twitter
Join our mailing list
Follow our twitch.tv livestream - we sometimes code live on twitch

26 comments Read more

March 30

Update 5c - Hot water pipe tweaks

Having read the feedback, we think that we made the hot water pipes too fiddly for many players by requiring every shower head to be wired up to warm water to avert a riot of frigid prisoners.

We've now changed the system so that a hot shower is an optional luxury and gives a benefit to prisoners' well-being if you feel generous enough to provide it.

Changes:
- If a shower head is connected to hot water, this will benefit prisoner's warmth and comfort needs. Cold showers no longer cause frigid effect.
- Hot water range increased.
- Hot water makes sinks work faster.

62 comments Read more

Reviews

“Prison Architect chills me to the bone. If played haphazardly it can be a wonderful farce rich with hilarious anecdotes, but played patiently and carefully it’s a horror game, a top-down voyage into the heart of darkness, an eternal raging fire I forever try but can only fail to douse.” RPS

"Prison Architect, to be sure, is an excellent game, worthy of comparison to its canonical inspirations, Dwarf Fortress and Bullfrog Productions’ 1990 construct-and-manage simulations. Few games can hope to match Prison Architect’s emergent storytelling, and fewer still can balance brutality and poignancy like it does." KILLSCREEN

About This Game

Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.

Build and manage a Maximum Security Prison. As the sun casts it’s early morning rays on a beautiful patch of countryside the clock starts ticking. You’ve got to crack on and build a holding cell to detain the job­ lot of maximum security prisoners that are trundling to your future prison on their yellow bus. As your workmen lay the last brick you don’t have a moment to let them rest as they need to get started on the first proper cell block so you can make room for the next prisoner intake. Once they’ve all got a place to lay their weary heads the fun can really start.

You’ll need a canteen, infirmary and a guard room, oh, and don’t forget to plumb in a toilet, or things will get messy, but what about a workout area? Or solitary confinement cells? Or an execution chamber?

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital and with over 1 million players having spent time inside, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.

Story Mode

Prison Architect opens with the story of Edward, a man facing the electric chair for committing a crime of passion. This is followed by four additional chapters focusing on different characters and aspects of prison life. From Mafia Dons to power-crazed senators, Prison Architect has them all! To bring these characters to life, Introversion teamed up with award winning professional writer Chris Hastings, producing an enthralling tale of corruption and human misery set against the background of the modern prison industrial complex.

Escape Mode

Finished your supermax? Got guard dogs roving every corridor and prisoners eating out of your hand? Now you can live the horror by firing up escape mode and play as a prisoner hell-bent on getting the hell out of dodge.

Dig a tunnel, go for the armoury or start a riot and slip out in the chaos, it’s entirely up to you! Figure out how to escape from your own creation, or hit the random button and load one of the 12,000 prisons created by the steam co

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP
    • Processor:Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • Processor:2009 era Macbook Pro, Core2 Duo processor
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
1,142 of 1,187 people (96%) found this review helpful
1,004 people found this review funny
104.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
My first prison,a small relaxed prison with minimal security prisoners. I had 50 minimal security prisoners all living happily inside a single cell block,I had very little problems with these guys,i had them do the laundry for the prison,they were happy,they were nice and they didn't cause any trouble. I built a med security cell block holding 25 prisoners. I gave them a common room,large shower,a workshop and a job in the cleaning cupboard. Day after day in game passed,I grew more relaxed with the prison and less strict with the prisoners. Until one day when a tunnel emerged on the other side of my perimeter fence and 10 med security and 3 minimal security ran to freedom. They had constructed a large tunnel from 13 diffrent cells,each linking together. I hadn't had dogs patrolling in the cells because I didn't see a reason,they were all well behaved up to that point.
I grew angry,I punished the remaining prisoners by removing their free time and common rooms,i patrolled dogs around the cell blocks 24/7. A tunnelling escape would not occur again. That was when a riot occurred,the nice and friendly prisoners were no longer there,one had gotten hold of a lighter and set the prison ablaze,lighting half of the prison on fire and spreading to the administrator section. I sent guard after guard into the prison,but they would not go into the area of the riot,(I was losing the prison) I called riot guards and fire fighters to the area,the riot guards rushed in and were beat down by the med security prisoners,I hadn't called paramedics and the rest of my doctors were dead. The fire fighters tried to extinguish the fire but could not go into the zones,prisoners were rushing out of the burning building and attacking the fire fighters,killing them. They rushed into the administrative section and killed my warden and then ran into a hole in the fence that the fire burned open, All of them escaped. All my staff had died and my prison was worthless now. The game read game over. I sat with my head in my hands,I admitted defeat. I felt a burning of anger hotter than the flames from within my prison. I will rebuild,I will over come. I started a new prison and swore to myself that I will not let it happen again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1,170 of 1,253 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,415 people found this review funny
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
>Keep prisoners locked up most of the day
>Most of them Max security
>♥♥♥♥♥♥ living conditions
>They all want freedom
>I'llshowyoufreedom.gif
>Place twenty armed guards on patrol at the entrance
>Remove doors to make the entrance a wide open exit
>ShowTime.jpg
>During breakfast they all make a break for the door
>Armed guards mow down more than 60 prisoners before the rest of them surrender
>Next day all of them are happy
>None want freedom
>Communism strikes again!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
366 of 400 people (92%) found this review helpful
484 people found this review funny
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
I made an entire prison to hold one prisoner.
It had a huge cell that had everything he could have ever wanted in it.
It had a kitchen with 8 chefs who wanted nothing but to cook him the finest meals.
It had four guards who were friendly to him at all times.
It had all of the gardeners and janitors you could ever need.
After 3 days "Chuck Testa" shanked one of the guards, then proceeded to escape the prison.
88/8
Would waste 4 hours of my life again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
147 of 154 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
135.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Years ago, I worked in a prison... Northern nevada Correction Center and Warm Springs Correctional Center located in Carson City Nevada. That being said, a few games have come out over the years trying to emulate running a prison. Prison Tycoon 1 & 2 were the first that I tried. Both failed miserably. This game has a long way to go, but it is trying... improving... and actually comes close. Riots, gang wars, contraband, escapes and even a death row. Real rehabilitation, if there is such a thing. Not all inmates go back to prison whatever the reason.

This game is evolving, getting better and feels real on some levels.

A critical review should be just that, critical. So while I give this game a thumbs up, it is not perfect. It has bugs, Some new, some old, but many are recognized and others have been fixed. The developers are working to improve it both in game play and fixing that which is broken. I have not seen a game breaking bug.

An active community of posted prisons and mods, the spread of ideas and again active developers have made this game more real than it's predicessors and a bit fun.

My 1 suggestion is to add race tension. Race wars are alive and well in the US prisons. Segregation could be implemented as it is in many prisons. However, Gangs do add an interesting aspect that mimic this, but recruitment is rampant in prisons and should be added as well. Gun towers, a better way to implement sally ports (1 door can not open until the other closes, linking doors together in some way of added user defined rules) and so forth. How about a bit of staff corruption? All of this would make the game more real, challenging and fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
144 of 157 people (92%) found this review helpful
195 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
>Open new prison
>Thrive for weeks without any escapees
>One prisoner finally escapes
>"Oh, hell no."
>All day shower time
>Riot guards equipped with shotguns allowed to fire at will
>No more escapees

10/10
Would shoot naked prison rioters again.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny