Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.
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August 26

Version 2.0 released

Prison Architect Version 2.0 has been released!

TWO MILLION players have now enjoyed Prison Architect. We are flabbergasted. We would like to thank every single one of you from the bottom of our hearts, for making this such a dream project.

After six years of development including over 40 monthly updates, this is the final content update for Prison Architect and the final video. We will of course continue fixing bugs and providing support. We are going to take a break for a little while, but we will be back soon with our next game.


Developer Tools and Cheats
Developer tools and cheats, seen in some of the alpha videos, are now available to everyone.
A new option is shown when creating a new map, "Enable Cheats". This is prison specific and cannot be disabled later.

When enabled:
- All construction occurs immediately
- A new 'Spawn' toolbar button permits instant creation of any game object for zero cost
- Water can be placed like any other material
- Research in the bureaucracy screen can be sped up by holding down the right mouse button on the item

The Function keys now perform debug services:
F1 Edit world properties (Very easy to crash/ruin the game)
F2 Profiler
F3 Script Debugger
F4 Dialog Editor
F5 Sound Editor
F6 Sprite Bank Editor for Needs icons
F7 Sprite Bank Editor for User Interface icons
F8 Sprite Bank Editor for Game Sprites
F9 Debug rendering options
F11 Enlarge Map in All Directions

- Cheat prisons do not allow achievement unlocks
- Cheat prisons cannot be sold for profit.

Policy Window (continued)
You can now set which misbehaviours warrant an increase or decrease in prisoner security.
For example, murder can be set to immediately make a prisoner Max-Sec.

You can now disable the cell quality checks that determine which cells a prisoner can be assigned to.
When enabled, prisoners who misbehave will not be assigned to a nice cell, even if that nice cell is the only one available.
When disabled, prisoners will always be assigned to free cells if that is all that is available.

Modding System (continued)
- Added World.NumPrisoners and World.Capacity. These return tables containing the current number of prisoners
and the total number of cells in each security rating respectively.
- Added ability to use markers in object tooltip strings (via objectTable.Tooltip). See lua_function_list.txt

- Localisations: All languages updated.

- Jobs to construct walls are now visible while designating rooms.
- Fix for reliability of + button in Build Toolbar
- Delivery Truck drivers no longer counted in Staff Reports
- Utilities Room in Quick Build no longer uses the default sprite
- Objects that can't be rotated are no longer rotated if part of a Quick Build
- Staff inside gang controlled areas can now be sacked
- 0010930: [AI & Behaviour] Death row prisoners show up as max security (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011077: [Other] Name in Game Tier issue (John) - resolved.
- 0011091: [Control & User Interface] Clicking where the taskbar is located shows the taskbar in windows 10 anniversary update (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0011119: [Gameplay] The issue with taking Death row prisoners. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0010968: [Performance] Random crash.Especially during the riot or taser fighting (John) - resolved.
- 0011017: [Control & User Interface] [v2preview] crash when viewing "stolen from" (John) - resolved.
- 0010921: [AI & Behaviour] Freetime broken (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011032: [Control & User Interface] wrong Japanese translation (John) - resolved.
- 0011052: [Gameplay] Quickbuild "luxury cell" and common room not updated for v2.0 tv behavior. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0010191: [AI & Behaviour] Dead armed guards will not stop moving when put in Hearse. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011060: [Control & User Interface] Ability to disable the automatic prisoner security change. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007196: [Control & User Interface] Inmate Nutrition Research Grammar (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011170: [AI & Behaviour] Several security-restricted reception rooms do not work (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011168: [AI & Behaviour] Visitation does not satisfy family need. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0010829: [Gameplay] Extension to automatic Security Risk re-assignment (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0003491: [Control & User Interface] I need more intake in order to keep the Prison profitable (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011129: [Platform Specific Issues] Windows 10 Taskbar vs PA Toolbar (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0009331: [Gameplay] Execution Lockdown fails to complete (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011135: [Gameplay] Freedom need not satisfied by yard (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011150: [AI & Behaviour] Confidential Informants Get Stuck In Security Room (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011106: [Control & User Interface] Micromanagement bug - no teacher exists while he does. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011145: [Control & User Interface] Screen focus shifts while in Informants view mode (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011158: [Control & User Interface] Cannot switch from Dump to Dismantle in Context Menu (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011160: [Gameplay] National guard should cancel lockdown before entering the prison (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011105: [AI & Behaviour] Cell doors are open during Work/Lockup regime (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011120: [Mod System] [Bug] Using "Interface.RemoveComponent()" extends the menu window height instead of shortening (elDiablo) - resolved.
- 0011068: [Control & User Interface] Nasty new problems with Interface Buttons on objects (elDiablo) - resolved.
- 0011097: [Mod System] Make the amount of prisoners per Security Level and the amount available/total cells per Security level accessible for mods (elDiablo) - resolved.
- 0010996: [AI & Behaviour] (Version 2 preview) Prisoners in solitary aren't using toilets/showers even though their needs are high (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011104: [Gameplay] Prisoners sniffed by dog and searched once deposited in solitary never start serving their punishment (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011136: [AI & Behaviour] Food tray redistribution (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011124: [Gameplay] The new suprise minsec legendary gangleader event didn't actually make the prisoner a gang leader (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011133: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners get stuck when sent to solitary (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011132: [Gameplay] Object duplication with high-priority jobs (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011014: [Save & Load] SectorSystem check keeps reverting changes (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011131: [Gameplay] Snipers bug. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011046: [Control & User Interface] Confidential informants screen misplaced (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0010521: [AI & Behaviour] Families wont visit causing lots of fights (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011126: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners fail to satisfy "Literacy" need despite having library books (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011087: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners taken to medical beds are not healed or returned to cells (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0010998: [Control & User Interface] "Total Prisoners" intake always selects maximum number of inmates regardless of number set (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0011071: [AI & Behaviour] Stacking babies in a single stack (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011075: [Gameplay] Mother visited by her 0yr. old child (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011092: [Gameplay] Certain events should not occour before the player has unlocked what (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011030: [Control & User Interface] v2 Reg Doors cannot be locked open (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011081: [AI & Behaviour] Snipers target same prisoner (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011058: [Gameplay] Mayor does not require large TV removal (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011079: [Gameplay] Cell Grading for Dormitories bugged with more than 1 Occupants. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011067: [Gameplay] Random items appearing on todo list. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0011003: [Gameplay] Agitating radio broadcasts wont stop (Icepick) - resolved.

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July 27

Update 8 released (v2.0 preview!)

Prison Architect Update 8 has been released!

This update is on a steam branch, meaning it will not automatically download. You must manually switch to that branch to see this new version.
- Right click on Prison Architect in your games list
- Click 'Properties'
- Click 'Betas'
- Select 'v2preview' from the list. (Restart steam if it doesn't show up)
- The update will then download.

This is a preview build of the v2.0 features that we are properly launching next month. There may be a couple of bugs and glitches in this bad boy so only dl if you are proper brave.....

New improved User Interface
Many user interfaces have been redesigned to be clearer, more consistent, and better looking.

- Improved Build toolbar
New look build toolbar for with much cleaner icons and graphics
Toolbar now filters out locked items by default, leading to simpler menus in early game (Click + to reveal all)
The Room toolbar now highlights room types when you mouse over them
Help tooltips have been added to many of the toolbar menus

- Tooltip sizes made more consistent and screen friendly across the board

- New Context Menu
Click on any object or entity to bring up the context menu
Allows for quick context sensitive actions
Prisoner Rap sheet now auto-follows prisoners

All construction work is now covered by a global UNDO button at the bottom right of the screen
Click UNDO to gradually reverse any decisions you have made, and receive a full refund
Nb. UNDO button is only shown when using the toolbar for foundations, materials, objects, utilities etc.

- Research/bureaucracy screen improved to look better
- Patrols interface improved for clarity
- Pipe and water rendering improved for clarity
- Informants window improved by moving the list to the right of the screen and making it smaller
- Logistics views now more consistent, showing only objects and entities relevant to each view.
Eg Food logistics now shows everything relevent to food: Ingredients, meals, chefs, prisoners working in the kitchen

- Nb. All of the new GUI features can be disabled through Main Menu -> Options -> Game -> Version 2.0 GUI tickbox

- Zoom to mouse
Nb. Can be disabled through Main Menu -> Options -> Game -> Zoom to mouse.

Modding System (continued)

- 'Infinite' mod loading
The game now supports many more simultanious graphical mods than before
It achieves this by gradually increasing the size of the graphics tileset, until your graphics card itself hits its limit
In general users should find they can now activate a great deal more mods before any problems occur
In addition, when the limit is reached you will now receive a warning/error message. (Previously it just started misbehaving)

- Mods with spritesheets larger than 1024x1024 are now supported

- Lua World Scripts
Each mod can now have a data/world.lua script file, which should contain both Init() and Update( timePassed ) functions.
This script is initialised on World initialisation (for both new maps and loaded save games) and Updated on each World update.
Variables set in the "this" or "World" tables will be cast to strings and persist in the save game.
Variables are loaded after Init and before the first call to Update.

- Mods can now have their own sounds.txt file, containing only new/modified sounds.
These will override base data in the same way as other mod files.

- Added Update button to Prison Sharing menu.
Allows any published prison to be updated with the prison that you are currently playing.

- Fixed a bug in the lua scripting system that would try to cast boolean strings (in lua) to a bool (in c++).

New game content
- New events
Contraband surge
Tree fire
Food poisoning
Agitating radio
CI list leak
Mass tunnelling

- TVs now broadcast over an area (3x3, shown as a green box).
Prisoners sitting within the viewing area can watch TV and thereby have their recreation needs taken care of.
Nb. Prisoners can be doing other things at the same time, eg eating in the canteen.

- New item: Large TV.
Has a larger viewing area and can easily provide Recreation to an entire room.
Be sure to provide lots of seating spaces.

- Radios now passively broadcast to the entire room.
Any prisoners in a room with a radio are slightly less bored, so get a small reduction to their Recreation needs.

- New item: Arcade Cabinet
Two inmates can play games on an arcade cabinet at the same time

- New Contraband menu option: 'Stolen From'
Shows the location each item of contraband was stolen from, rather than where it was ultimately recovered
Shows 7 days of contraband history.
This is very handy for finding which of your rooms is lacking security
Also easily reveals where contraband is being thrown into your prison.

- New Regime options
Added a 'Work/Lockup' regime type. Treats prisoners who aren't working as being on a Lockup regime instead of free time.
The standard Work regime has been renamed to 'Work/Freetime'

- Dead entities now have their cause of death displayed in their tooltip

- Prisoners without jail cells now show the reason why in their tooltip

- Family cells that are in their own block, separate from other prisoner housing, will form a single sector

- The 'Names in the Game' database can now be manually updated from the Extras | Name in Game menu.

- Updates to all translations to bring all languages up to v2.0.

- Fixed: A gang would never receive a new leader, if its previous leader was killed and left the map.
- Fix for Intake System to ensure that the correct number of prisoners are taken
- 0010443: [AI & Behaviour] Family cells do not form a continuous cell block
- 0010559: [Mod System] Changing WorldCell "Ind" property always sets to false
- 0009556: [Mod System] Lua: Triggered property sometimes a string, sometimes a number, sometimes boolean
- 0003033: [Save & Load] Steam Workshop Update not possible
- 0009729: [Mod System] Sprites.png: 1024x1024 size not working
- 0010882: [Mod System] Sprite.png size limitations cause compatibility issues with mods
- 0010290: [Mod System] Sprite Limits
- 0009618: [Mod System] sprites.png: current approach necessary but not sufficient

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“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
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5.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
I really want to like Prison Architect, it's the sort of game i usually enjoy.

That said it just feels like the scope is too narrow, there are obvious, efficient ways to build a prison and the whole thing feels more like a puzzle game than a simulation game as a result. The starting setup is constantly the same as you work out what the game will and won't let you get away with the starting capital. The room system plays back into this as even though you can make rooms larger than strictly necessary your budget rarely allows for this as the number of inmates continues to grow. The result isn't really your own creation but a bland concrete set of rooms of minimum size often back to back so as to minimise patrol spaces and lighting. Unlike Dwarf Fortress, Simcity or other building games it doesn't feel to me like you're building to your vision of a prison but rather the hyper complex and efficient warren the developers intend you to build towards.
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16.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
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16.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Fun, but it makes me feel lonely.
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17.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Rating: 7/10

Great indie game with fresh ideas and interesting gameplay mechanics. Like many sandbox games, this one also can be played like a city building game, just for fun to build up a big prison. Besides achievements and a rather straight forward campaign (tutorial), there are no real goals to achieve, but that's okay. Could have more challenging events and difficulties, but once you know what to look for, it's rather easy to feel more like in a creative mode.
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39.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Final update of this game. It's been fun. Do buy it!
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Dank Memes
32.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
I can't recommend enough. So much playability, so many variables, so many optioins for a different experience. If you like management, building, resource sims - buy this game.

There's not much in the way of story except for the story you create in your head.

I bought this in alpa and the devs have brought it to completion, exceeding my and most peoples' expectations. They've been consistent and communicative throughout the process of development. Support devs like this that make good on early access games - Steam needs more of them.
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109.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
10/10 managment game
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25.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
hell yeah
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764.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
It's a great game with hours of content building prisons,escaping from them,running them,and it even has the work shop to keep things fresh with new mods that add gameplay to prsions and even total conversions sadly the game has recently been finished with no more updates from the devs except patchs it's a little sad but there is a good side the work shop will now be working extra hard to improve the game even more so yes i say it's worth the price.
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64.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Prison Architect Review
Prison Architect is a fun addicting game in which you build a prison, nothing more, nothing less. The requirements for your computer are not very high, unless you wish to build extremely large prisons, which would likely take days. The game is well managed, I have only encountered one or two bugs playing the game. Overall, I would say it is a basic for all steam users (unless your computer is from the 90s).

Prison Architect, in my opinion, is one of the best management style games out there (not counting large style management games, such as city builders). It provides a fun but yet challenging experience, with the balance between being just perfect. The game is smooth and can be played at any pace you want. The game has multiple difficulty settings, so you can personalise your difficulty settings however you want. The game also has and escape mode, so you can watch yourself tear down all your hard work!

The game gets a 89/100 for me, with the few bugs I mentioned and the fact it's not completely finished yet, I could return to this review later on.
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115 of 128 people (90%) found this review helpful
136 people found this review funny
187.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
>I decided to start a new prison.
>I managed to progress farther then any of my other prisons.
>A legendary prisoner named Leonidas I arrived at my prison.
>I built a cell surrounded with 3 layer thick concrete walls, solitary doors, and armed guards.
>Leonidas managed to break the doors down and kill an armed guard while the rest were resting.
>He took down 2 armed guards and 5 guards in half a minute.
>Since he was an instigator, he managed to upset the prisoners in the canteen.
>My 300 prisoners in the canteen started a massive riot.
>The 300 prisoners followed Leonidas, as they mowed down all of my guards and busted down all the doors.
>The ceo called and told me to stop the riot.
>I ordered a whole squad of riot guards into the prison.
>Leonidas and his 300 prisoners easily mowed down the riot guards.
>The ceo finally called and ordered the army to move in.
>Leonidas and his 300 prisoners were shot down in cold blood by the army.
>Leonidas and his 300 prisoners may be dead, but they shall remain in history.

11/10 Would Sparta again.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
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  • Developers: Introversion Software
  • Publishers: Introversion Software
  • Initial release: Oct 2015
  • Genre: Simulation, Strategy, Management, Builder
  • #Worth/NotWorth: #TotallyWorth
Exposition, Concurrence and Summation
Prison Architect is a planning, building and management simulator.

The main draw of this game is the sandbox mode though there is a short, interesting and well done campaign that more or less serves as a tutorial. Though the nitty gritty is not that well explained in all honesty. I should mention there has been an announcement of a version 2.0 with vast improvements roughly a month out regarding this and many other issues.

In sandbox mode, you're charged with building a prison and making sure it stays operating swimmingly throughout its existence. You'll prevent escapes and cater to state grants in order to receive funding.

Events, such as fires and riots take place and measures need to be taken to mitigate exposures to such things. You'll schedule the day for the prisoners and draft work/reform programs and work on security as prisoners use exploits to bring in contraband, either from workshops or familial or conjugal visits. What's interesting about this is the game is very loose and because it doesn't prevent you from or discourage any behavior you'll discover why something is totally broken or some aspect you've looked over that is causing greats strife within the prison.

You'll hire workers, doctors, accountants and handymen; Psychologists and security guards. When you start your prison, you'll be given the options between male/female prisons and the warden themselves as well as any specific challenges such as having to deal with things like weather and temperature within the prison. Each warden gives specific perks; Such as mitigating the amount of violent prisoners being brought into the prison.

There are many systems to build; Such as providing electricity and water. Rooms must be given an assignment, from the canteen to the shower room. Shout out to that feeling when you build a really nice starter prison and forget to install drains and water goes everywhere. Once you get the basics down. You'll be able to build the requirements for a maximum security prison which are much more intense and robust. From the riot team armory with guard dogs and CCTV monitors; You'll need to hire guards to watch the cameras that you installed. You'll need to even wire those cameras, which may seem daunting at first as it's a separate system than the electricity but that's what makes the game so interesting is the allowance afforded to what you can do. The game almost encourages chaos as a learning mechanic.

The game also has steam workshop and mod support. Including more popular things like the gangs mod which has obvious connotations.

Really great building and management sim and the devs continue to add more and more content. With the version 2.0 announcement, this is a package for anyone that pines for the days old Bullfrog management games you shouldn't miss.

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Not Recommended
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I would recommend this game since I really like the concept and it's fascinating to see your prison run itself. It gives a bit of a Settlers vibe. However as they consider this game finished (It's not early access anymore), demand 28€ for it and announced the next update to be the last big one I cannot give it a recommendation.
It just isn't done yet, and if you play for longer, the unfinished, unrefined and outright frustrating parts - none of which will be fixed by the update - will hit you in the face like a train. I'll list a few of those:

- The temperature system is a complete afterthought and not done well at all. You can only lower temperature by having windows, and raise it with radiators. If your kitchen isn't adjacent to an outside wall, it will overheat constantly, and windows are always open, leading to your prisoners freezing in the winter. Radiators also can't be turned off in the summer. AC? Never heard of it.

- The game rewards badly managed prisons over well managed ones. Prisoner deaths are not punished directly, technically they're even rewarded because they make room for new prisoners. Even if you have failure conditions activated, the chance of feeling actual punishment is low. What is punished are "incidents", which even a well run prison can barely avoid, especially with gangs activated. I can only say that I tried both, and the prison where I stuffed 300+ prisoners into a 120m² holding cell certainly rolled in dosh.

- The calculations for dormitories have been broken forever. A dormitory with 3 inhabitants and 1 TV doesn't count as "1 TV per 4 prisoners". You have to have at least, I think, 5 prisoners in a dormitory for the calculations to hold up, which of course increases the chances of the inmates shanking each other.

- Click, click, click, click. This game requires so much ♥♥♥♥ing clicking. The scroll speed is brutally slow so you have to click and drag with the middle mouse button to get around. And the developers apparently never heard of hotkeys, because you have to click to do absolutely anything. There are thousands of management and economy games that did it better. This game will murder your carpal tunnel.

- Prisoner behaviour is disappointingly primitive. You'd think putting the power generator somewhere isolated and under guard makes sense because prisoners will try to sabotage it - they don't. You'd think they try to sneak into the storage room to steal some tools - they don't. I once tried a huge prison full of security flaws - the armory right next to the canteen with no walls in between, power generators out in the open... nothing happened. Not a single prisoner stole a weapon, or did anything else but get into minor fisticuffs with the guards.

- Room assignment is painfully broken. Basically, whenever you add a room somewhere, the game sees it as "reassign EVERYTHING to Shared" and then suddenly you have max security prisoners in your min security block, cells in unfinished wings being occupied and prisoners strolling around the outskirts of your prison. This is obviously a hyperbole but seriously, you will suffer at least half a dozen escapes from this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

- Deliveries will mess you up. More specifically, mail deliveries. If your prisoners can't keep up sorting the mail, it will at some point just overflow your delivery area. And what does the delivery driver do if there's no more room for his mail? Why of course, he will just stay there and block the road for everything else - like food deliveries or prisoner buses. Solution for this? Click on a mail bag, click dump. Click on a mail bag, click dump...

- The prisoner intake is convoluted and counterintuitive as hell. Something extremely simple like "Give me 1 delivery of X medium security and Y maximum security prisoners" can't be done. Instead there are "Fill to X" and "X per day" settings where the security level is determined in percentages. This has lead to me forgetting to close my prison and ending up with way too many prisoners so often I lost count.

- The way patrols work is frustratingly idiotic. When finished with its shift, a guard will simply leave its post without waiting for its replacement, leaving your prisoners unguarded.

- Maximum security doors can be destroyed. Fences can't. Your prisoners will outright give up any escape attempts if there's a fence surrounding your perimeter.

- The game barely explains anything. I once tried to dismantle an object in a common room - the button just didn't do anything. Only later I found out that this room was occupied by a gang.

- There's no borderless windowed mode.

- And last but not least, the game - or at least the campaign - implies that you have a choice between running a prison based on fear and one based on making the inmates happy. This dualism may make sense IRL but in this game, it doesn't. If you have a prisoner with a certain set of traits, it becomes outright impossible to contain him. In real life, you'd put someone with 300 murders in his portfolio into a small room with no window and a massive steel door, but in this game, someone can destroy such a door with a single punch of his bare fists, then resist several tazer and shotgun hits and take out half a dozen guards. Then get healed up and do it again and again and again. The only way to avoid this is by making this demigod of a man happy, which in turn means that your SuperMax wing becomes the SuperLuxury wing. If this isn't counterintuitive to you, I don't know what is.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
So, I built my prison, and decided to try out escape mode. I had an idea of what it was about, so I had a strategy planned out. I'd use my starting character to tunnel out (staying in medium security while doing so), and using tougher prisoners to do all my dirty work, like bringing tunneling materials to my cell. They'd go up to maximum security, which I would use to get more points to recruit more people, to bring more tunnelling tools. So I'm sat there, a guy called Cliefe, with basically no punishments. However, I recruit someone with the surname "Redman". He's a skinny guy, red hair, bumped up to maximum security.
I then decided to try and use Redman to fight guards. At this point, Redman has been upgraded pretty highly. He can one-shot people, shrug off being tazed, and start riots. Redman breaks into the psychologist's office. He steals a lighter. Redman begins to burn the Common room to the ground. He kills every guard. The common room is burning to the ground, the fire has spread to other rooms. Half the prison is on fire, Redman has started a riot. Redman is unstoppable. Redman is carrying the team on his shoulders while Cliefe sits doing nothing in medium security. Redman has seen hell, and he doesn't want to stay. Redman stands while the prison burns to the ground - he's burning to death. But if he dies, he dies a maytr, a figurehead of a greater cause that is escaping prison. He sprints. The walls have burnt down. Redman is an unstoppable wild beast. The snipers have their sights trained on him, but Redman is too fast - he escapes. The prison that I worked hard on, spent hours on, poured huge amounts of effort into running has been totally destroyed, alongside nearly all the guards, prisoners, and staff that worked there.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Such a Great Game. its just So fantasticly Fun.
I was doing my best to run the perfect Min-Sec prison i was going about my day and some new prisoners showed up. and i noticed that two were still in the holding cell and it looked as if they had a texture error cause they were not the same color as the other prisoners so i looked at them and then it hit me.
They Were Super Max{/i} i panicked i had forgotted to CLOSE IT. Oh god. i could not keep the with the other prisoners! so just in the middle of the yeard i put a small room with super max only with a yard one toilet and and a couple beds. i was happy with my work so i continued one with my work...
i ♥♥♥♥ you not 5 seconds later it said that there had been 2 deaths.
super max prisoners "Barry Manalow" and "Jonny 'two times' Morello" are going on a killing spree, already two dead guards. i was freaking out. they rushed the generator and suddenly everthing was black. then a small spark
A ♥♥♥♥ING FIRE[\b]
more panic
HOLY ♥♥♥♥ BALLS! they run for the gate out. so many prisoners and guards are dead. i see the run and run and run

then both or their heads explode.

Seriusly. Thank ♥♥♥♥ing God for Guard Towers
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
119.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Best building game i've played. Great graphics, gameplay is fun and unpredictable which makes it really nice.

Now, let me tell you about my experience.

about i'd say 58 days in game time, i finished building my prison and started bringing in prisoners. I noticed this one prisoner, his name was Nathan... (dont remember his full name but whatever). he was the only minimum security i had so i figured, he's not gonna do much harm.

and boy was i wrong.

He started riots and kills making him very lethal. So I figured, okay, lets make him Super Max.

Couple of days have passed and not much has happened. I added lots of sniper towers, armed Guards, and guard dogs.
One day Nathan LITERALLY started a large riot/ escape attempt. Of course he was one of the few that made it to the exit/ past the reception.

But with all the sniper towers and armed guards that i added days earlier.

It was at this moment that Nathan knew..... he ♥♥♥♥ed up.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I original played this when it was release in early access and enjoyed the sandbox prison environment. Now that it has released the game has steamwork support to share prisons, lots of bug fixes a campaign and random events. There is still some roughness to the UI but the game is improved and enjoyable. There is also an escape mode, which I haven't yet played but looks to put you in the place of the prisoner and attempt to escape. If you enjoy building management games, this will be right up your street.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I decided to make a prison with a huge cell once.

I used to have prisoners once

9/10 would lose every prisoner again ;-;
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
This is by far one of my more favorite games. Every prison has a different outcome. Be it flows smooth and steady, or the prisoners get roudy and up-in-arms and start riots to big for riot police to handle.

-Would enrage all the prisoners again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Prison Architect is one of the few managment simulations that I really enjoy. I've been looking a long time for some simulator of this sort and now I finally found it.

As the title already says, you build a prison and manage your prisoners. How you do that is up to you - will you care for them and treat them nicely to avoid riots? Or will you punish them for every minor offense they do? Maybe you will make them work the whole day and use them for your profit? It's entirely up to you how you manage your prison.

And you can actually manage it quite a lot! You can change the day routine and set at which time and how long they sleep, work, eat or just have free time. You can choose to spend more money on healthy food and a bigger selection or let them eat the same unhealthy food to save money.

You can expand the land of the prison and build every room on your own, I kind feel like the building of each rooms is pretty poor, there is just too few decorative items you might use in my opinion and makes the process of building just too linear, you will end up building the same rooms all over again just because there is nothing else to put into these rooms.

All in all, the game is fun to play, although it might be a bit hard at the beginning, especially if you grow too fast.

Besides the prison management, the game also offers a campaign and another mode where you play the prisoner and need to escape. I haven't yet finished the campaign nor have I managed to escape the prison. Both gamemodes are quite nice, but at the time I do not really look forward to finish them, as I like the original prison building more.

Although there are a few things I dislike about Prison Architect, I can still highly recommend this game and deep in my heart I hope, even though the game is out of early access by now, that soon I will have nothing to dislike anymore.
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