Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.
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Release Date: Oct 6, 2015

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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


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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.

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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
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Quadx117
( 89.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 4
great "sim city like" game
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( 60.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 4
This game is alot of fun. i played since early access and it has gone along way. if ur thinking about getting i would highly recommend it :)
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dwightvanderaa
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
i have this game since an early alpha when it was buggy, yesterday i tought lets make a new prison....stupid dissision, this game has way to mutch bugs

-can't rotate some items ( iron tables, laundry machines, saws, press)
-workers wont place any press and saws

so that makes the game still unplayable for me
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upbeatdeal
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very good game. Quite simple to understand with a very enjoyable campaign.
Escape mode requires some new thing like being able to get a job and being able to do little things like pick up food, go to a table and eat it to make you feel more like a prisoner in the prisoner.
Other than that it's a great little game, well worth the money I paid for it when it was in Alpha. And probably still worth the money now a days.
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wmradu
( 155.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I have a spreadsheet where I calculate and plan prison blocks and their amenities. I have created automated formulas to tell me how much space and which items are needed for any number of prisoners in any regime combination. I have put in conditional formatting so that I know if the numbers are correct. It has multiple sheets, one of which is the actual plan of the prison, with color coded cells covering each square meter of the map. I play Prison Spreadsheet Architect for a little bit and every time I finish it is at least 2 in the morning. I can play it at work, too! It's a definite 10/10.

Also, there's Prison Architect, which is way better than that.
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amp9
( 152.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This game is one of the best of the year, I have been playing since alpha 14 and have not got bored yet. The best part is that even though the game is finished, they continue to update it with new content and bug fixes. I hope they made another game similar to this.
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groovybluedog
( 175.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Dormitories require 4 squares per prisoner. So against the first release video, where you could cram bunk beds in to a dormitory as much as you want, now the dormitories and bunk beds are useless and you might as well do cells and holding cells. So if you do a row of bunk beds, 10 beds, you can only have 10 prisoners, not 20 like expected. Stupid design of system and this has ruined a good feature of the game.
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( 25.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Really enjoyable game. Would recommend to anyone who is artistic!
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DAyB52
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I bought the game, but I got bored of it pretty quick. The game itself it's great, I just couldn't get into it.
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Tails the fox
( 103.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
i'd say prison arcitech is a great game feels like you actually are running a prison its better then prison tycoon 3 that i used to have,keep improving the game even more
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kingdavis45
( 122.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
BEST DEVS IN THE BUSINESS! I bought early acess years ago and they updated this game into a masterpiece. They listened to the fans and added what was missing. Is it perfect? No, but it's nothing out there even close compared to being a prison sim. It's worth every penny! If P.A.2. comes out then they already have my money. 9/10
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》DodgeMasterRace《
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
-Kills half of the population of the prison.
-Lets 10 prisoners escape.
-Burned hundreds of cells.
-Gets caught.
-Get punished for 24 hours.
-Spends one rep point.
-Does it all again

10/10
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PUNISHER
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great game... I recommend you buy
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Adonis
( 67.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Oddly addiciting, still being updated. A good game and keeps you on your toes.
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Old Ebenezer Bimbolfrine
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Good Game, it helped old Old Ebenezer Bimbolfrine trap children in his basement and conduct unethical expierements upon them.

10/10, would watch a nude adultress's head explode in the middle of sex again
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King Beaver
( 112.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Awesome managment and bulding game. Highly addictive. Content is always being added by Introversion which is awesome. I recomend the update videos on youtube if you get into this game, the two who do it are fun to listen to.
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Gr1m
( 511.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
A great game if you just want to kill an hour or two, although there is a chance it will be more than two hours once you get into it..

In short:
Build your own prison anyway you like, but make sure the inmates have food and clothing at the end of the day, or they will get grumpy and riot.
Make sure thay have a bed to sleep in and preferably hot showers (not required) or the might get grumpy and riot.
Make sure they are warm in the winter and dry when it´s raining or they might get grumpy and riot....

See a pattern here?

Good luck!
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Allus
( 191.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This game really shines when you're architecting prisons, and not when just simulating them. Once you get your perfect prison built and running like clockwork, there's really not much to do but observe or sell it and start all over again. I feel like getting in during the alpha was definitely the right move with this game, as I've got way more mileage out of it playing with each new set of features than I would have if I had just bought it in its final form.
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☞ J△ck ☜
( 64.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great sandbox building game
+Constantley being updated
+New things everytime i go on it
+Feels smooth and easy to play
+You can killl everyone in the prison :D
-The guards are thick af
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I received a low-threat prisoner, so I didn't pay much attention to him.
How wrong I was..

It was a normal, average day. The prisoners were eating their lunch.. then it happened.

He attacked from the shadows.
Prisoner "Leeroy jenkins" viciously started stabbing my guards with his plastic fork. It was 5 against one.
He'll never win, I thought.
He'll never escape, I thought.
He'll never survive, I thought.

I thought wrong.

He managed to start a full-scale riot, him and his army of offenders. They broke all 7 of my steel doors with their bare fists, escaping into the yard. They were almost out. I quickly hired God-knows-how-many dog handlers, in a valiant effort to hold them back until the authorities get here. I managed to keep the tsunami of prisoners back, put the prison on lockdown and finally the armed police got here.

I did it, I stopped the riot.

But then I saw that one particular cell was empty. Then I realized..


LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEENKINS!

10/10 would plastic fork again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
One day....far ago........a guy named Jack Barrel joined my prison...He was a minimum level security prisoner...He got 6 years of jail for killing a kid with his car driving in the influence of the alcohol.He was a nice guy.I was happy i will see him there everyday i'm playing.He was eating..He was showering....He never got in any problems......Until one day when everything was about to change.........................A gang leader was moved to my prison. He and Jack were very good friends and they were always together..One day the leader called John invited Jack in his gang.He accepted just because they were nice friends...But one day...The other gang got mad on John and they started to riot and fight everybody.Jack tried to help his friend But it was too late... He died......But Jack escaped in some way from the hands of the rival gang.....He got depression and he started to atack everybody until he gone supermax level security.He wanted to do anything to destroy the other gang......One day the rival gang started a riot ...a very big riot..Everything was destroyed...Prisoners were escaping and the guards were killed........Jack tried to run too .He got at the gates of the prison and he started to run But a guard with shotgun told him to stop..He didn't ... And he shot him.......There was no more sperance for him to get back...The doctors tried all their best but it was too late...I liked Jack a lot..........In his memory i downloaded a mod and made all the members of the rival gang on Death Row... I executed all of them with no Mercy.............That was for u Jack,, I will remember you for the rest of my life.
11/10 would have an emotional story again with this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
minecraft but 2d and with trying not to drop the soap in the shower
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I've watched this game grow for quite some time. The developers released monthly updates along with videos of them discussing the changes and future plans of those updates. I had no doubts in them finishing the game when I paid early access. I wished more developers were like these guys, people would have more faith/patience in early access games if that was the case.

I like just about every aspect of the game. Everything they added I felt was necessary. PA is a great game, and I still recommend it. I feel something was missing from the game though. I still can't place what the problem is. The fact that its just building prisons maybe? Want more depth? not sure... But I really think its the campaign or lack of challenges it has to offer. I feel like they could've added more or done a lot more, with unique scenarios. Sort of like how roller coaster tycoon did. Anyways, I've put a lot of hours in, I still come back to play every now and then. The game is wonderful. The developers are wonderful. And I hope they keep up with the updates even though this pretty much a finished product.


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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
BGE. Best Game Ever. Because of two reasons. One 3D mode. Two the fact of how much has gone into this game and the AI (Artifical Intelligence) it is just amazeing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
94.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
This game is very easy to get into, and surprisingly addictive. I'm not sure how many times I've sold off my current prison to start another because the layout that I had build wasn't "quite right". The different objects, rooms and game difficulties mean there are a lot of different options and setups to keep gameplay interesting after your first prison.

There's a lot of experimentation to do in terms of how you deal with prisoners, how many staff to have, where to deploy them etc. The game's main sandbox mode allows you to turn off the failure conditions too, so you can even purposely run a terrible prison just to see what happens!

I didn't personally get into the escape mode. Not because it's bad, it just didn't really have any appeal for me because it's completely different from the prison building aspect of the game - but it is definitely worth a go.

Overall, the game has a lot of depth for what is essentially "prison tycoon", and will definitely be one of my "go-to" games in the future.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
The best game EVER!!!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Takes up too much of my time

Having brough the game from the begining with the early access, the game have inproved greatly. It now has every feature I wanted, including burning and hitting Bieber. With more update coming regularly. I would recommend the game to everyone and do support them (ie no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥), they do provide good servies unlike some.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 14
I built a jail. Forgot that jails need fences and a main gate. I belive the prisoners are all still at large. Whoops!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Make it inconvenient af for the prisoners.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This game is fantastic!!

I love the option to have freeform or grants!

Buy this if you like the build-sim genre!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This is what every simulation game should look like in my opinion. Not saying it's the best game, but the mechanics and the depth while being simple is well balanced for a simulation game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I was a nice architect, always made sure my convicts were fed, clothes were clean, they had a lot of free time and had visitations, it was like a minimal security prison heaven, then a riot broke out for god knows what reason, lost control of most of the prison, the infirmiry was full of dead doctors so no one to heal my guards who were injured or unconsious, so i called in the riot team to take back the prison, it helped but that wasnt good enough, so i called in the national guard and lets just say after that little shootout not only did my prison have more space now, the prisoners are also more content, even with their visitions removed, almost all free time gone, non stop shakedowns and a solitary unit thats almost as big as my cell block.

Tyranny FTW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game swallowed me whole for over 24 hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
186.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Great game, played it for 160 hours and still not board if it. 10/10 would fail to make a decent prision again....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Its greate 10/10 would build prison again, 5 stars
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I verymuch enjoy this game, I think, its hard to tell when you cannot see.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
71.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Sometimes I put the prison on lockdown and let all the prisoners starve to death....

9/11 -IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
A very fun game. The sandbox mode allows you to play over and over again with varying strategies. The workshop lets you explore creations by others and share your own as well. The achievements also give you added goals to drive for. It's a 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I adore this game, you should aswell, best prison simulator around. And far worth the price. I backed it on early access and watched it grow into the fine game it is today. The devs are fab, making frequent update videos with indepth change logs.

They are almost finished with this title and are planning on expanding to other projects, keep an eye out for them, because i feel they are going to be of a very similar spectical.
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