Take part in building the monument that made Alcatraz Island a household name!
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Mixed (16 reviews) - 68% of the 16 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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About This Game

In Monument Builders: Alcatraz, oversee the construction of the most famous prison in the United States, while learning many other anecdotes along the way!

Help contractor Lloyd Andrews gather the resources needed to complete work on the prison. Manage your workers skillfully to finish the levels in time, while repelling attacks from Call Palone's hired thugs as they try to send your project to the bottom of the bay!

Key Features:

  • Use your skill and cunning to build Alcatraz on time!
  • Defend your site against mobsters
  • Learn scores of genuine anecdotes about Alcatraz
  • 50 varied and challenging game levels!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1,3 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 Mo
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible DirectX 9.0C
    • OS: MacOS X 10.4 Minimum
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.3 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 1.2 minimum
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible DirectX 9.0C
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80 of 84 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
Monument Builders: Alcatraz is one of several entries in a series of time management games based on famous historical landmarks. The game has you gathering materials and ordering the conversion of Alcatraz from a military to federal prison while fighting off notorious "Call Palone's" henchmen. It's an enjoyable entry in the genre despite a few issues.

Gameplay is pretty standard; direct workers to build, repair and collect resources while removing obstacles as you rush to beat the clock and earn a 3 star rating for each level. If you're not interested in the drive for perfection and want to play more casually, you're given more than enough time to finish with 2 or less stars, but going for all three is where the gameplay is most engaging. Added into the mix are gangster henchmen that you'll need to beat up to stop them from blocking supply routes, burglars that steal your resources if you don't drive them off in time, and stubborn pelicans demanding food before they'll let your resource wagons through. Juggling all of these can be a challenge at times, but that's the fun of it.

Unfortunately, the tuning of play is such that purchasable power-ups are all but required to win you those 3 stars, and yet to get the gems to purchase said power-ups you need to earn stars in previous stages which award them. While this in itself isn't a huge issue as you can replay lower stages multiple times and farm up your gems, it can be a bit boring going back to the beginning to grind when I'd really rather work through the rest of the game. To avoid this as much as possible, I would often play through each stage once or twice without any power-ups at all, form a strategy, then replay it again fully powered and aim for gold.

A neat little addition is the trivia tidbits between each level. I didn't know a ton about Alcatraz before playing the game, but now have a healthy bit of anecdotal knowledge of its history, most of which is pretty interesting. It's a nice touch that helps distinguish the series from the many other games in the genre.

Overall, I enjoyed Monument Builders: Alcatraz. While the game difficulty could have been tuned a little better, it's still a fun time waster in between more serious gaming. Steam Achievements or trading cards would have added a bit of value to the package, but if you can find it on sale or bundled at a good price, it's worth a look for those who enjoy more casual fair now and again.

Bottom Line: Recommended for those who enjoy time management gaming with a bit more challenge added in.

Note - This game was provided by the developer with the request to write an informative review.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
3/10 TL;DR click-priority time-management is tedious and unfulfilling; destroyed by remains of P2W system from mobile.

I enjoyed the series for 12 Labours of Hercules much better.

In this game, all upgraded buildings are useless; you cannot afford the time to build them to achieve faster production for the 3-star rating (internal achievements for game)

Instead, the only way to achieve 3 stars is to pay in game gems to boost worker speed, building production speed, and auto-delivery. Auto-delivery is almost a required upgrade because you cannot succeed in the game if you have to give the green light to every truck that is ready to deliver goods to your wherehouse, imports, or exports. Every level you must spend at least 6-9 gems.

However, each level, you only earn 3 gems for perfect 3-star completion. With failure, you earn 2 gems. Since most levels must be test-run to discover the proper priorities, you will lose many waste many gems, including near-win 2:20 times on a 2:10 expectation.

So, you can farm level 1 for 3 gems in 60 seconds. I have done it at least 100 times. Tedious.

5/10 standard weak click-priority game with no satisfaction of solved priority, only straightforward solutions using the required cheat-gems
1/10 poorly ported. Game mechanics cannot be redeemed from mobile P2W systems.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Got really monatous after lvl 10, Nothing new, recycled missions
and at the start after deliveries it didn't complete the mission so I never was able to finish the game :/

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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
It's a mediocre time management game. The graphics are old but work, the controls are a little clunky, and the cheat system is odd. I presume it's a remnant from a mobile implementation. I got bored quickly and put it aside, and for that reason I can't recommend it.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2015
The setting is Alcatraz Island in the 1930's. The point is to convert it from a military prison to a federal one.
Missions are quest based. Build a certain type of building or delivery a number materials.
Harvest trees for lumber, remove road blocks and collect their materials, build and improve structures, repair the roads or click on theives and thugs to remove them. Also feeding cupcakes to Pelicans.
Smooth gameplay.

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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
after you played ten missions you have seen all fity. No real challenge - as the mechanics are to simple.
The genre of casual strategy game was new to me - and i will furthermore prefer "normal" strategy games

For the nice presentation and the historical anecdotes i would still recommend it to everyone who wants to learn something about alkatraz or something easy to master.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Yes it is one of those games without achivements...without them this game is meaningless more or less...
(bundle game) worth like 0.22 currency not more.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Its fun game, easy to learn. But its no big challenge.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
its a mind numbingly easy game, and get repetitve after a while.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2015
Realy nice tablet game. remembers me on some old games on Win95 times.
This game is not very originial but it makes fun, good sound, ok level design.
What is realy nice, are the very good infos in the loading screen between the levels about alcatraz. realy nice historical infos. that makes the game some kind of better (i think)
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
Product received for free
This is not to bad of a game! Your fixing things and passing time when your playing this game. It's not to hard But not to easy!

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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 12, 2015
Game is bad. All these neegers be tripin dat dis sheet gud. 0/10 wud not pley agen
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