Hard Time is Money Build a profitable privately run prison from the ground up. Every wall, every fence, every decision is yours. Start small and forge your reputation as a first rate warden. Grow your facility to SuperMax capabilities, housing the most dangerous and diabolical criminals on earth - all for the bottom line.
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Negative (19 reviews) - 15% of the 19 user reviews for this game are positive.

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Hard Time is Money

Build a profitable privately run prison from the ground up. Every wall, every fence, every decision is yours. Start small and forge your reputation as a first rate warden. Grow your facility to SuperMax capabilities, housing the most dangerous and diabolical criminals on earth - all for the bottom line.

  • If you build it… Manage the layout, construction, and equipping of your lockdown. Every choice determines the safety and respectability of your prison.
  • Us vs Them - Staff your prison from guards to rehabilitation experts. Your decisions and budgets govern your team’s morale and overall performance.
  • Break ‘em Down - Manage the security levels throughout your prison. Too strong a grip can explode in prisoner riots – too weak and the gangs will run your stir.
  • Bad to the Bone! Lock up the worst of the worst in the NEW Restricted Access Quarters for 23 hours a day with 1 hour for outside exercise.
  • Someone’s Gotta Pay! Build prisoner factories to bring in some extra income to help keep the prisons finances healthy.
  • Be the Big Boss! Determine your prisoner’s fate - release your prisoner on parole or keep them locked up for the safety of society (and your pocketbook)
  • Control or Be Controlled! Keep the peace among the prison gangs or one may take over certain areas of the prison as their own.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® III 1.4 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compliant 64 MB Video card and drivers (GeForce2 / ATI 7000 / Intel GMA 900)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 800 MB of free space
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card and drivers
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Overall:
Negative (19 reviews)
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Jason
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
horible waiste of money
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clownman2365
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2015
Not very functional.
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trenttompkins
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8, 2015
Another crappy game from a bundle pack that should have been retired instead of hastily ported to steam. The game is bad for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is its confusing interface. There isn't a tutorial mode, there are very few 'challenge' scenarios, theres no way of seeing when the next milestones are, building position seems to be irrelevant... The entire game is from another era - and while it might have some nostalgic value for a couple minutes, it definitely doesn't meet todays standards of a pay to play game -- it doesn't even hold up to most free games.
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Velvatine Rabbit
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6, 2015
Very good game. It has a lot of bugs and issues and the UI is not the best but I like it and it serve a purpose of entertaining and can be very fun. If you want to give this game a go I highly recommend it. However you don't have to take my word for it... :D
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kreia
( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3, 2015
despite haters or simple minded childrens reviews this game is brill prison arcitect is a ♥♥♥♥ poor imitiation with weak stickmen as guards and prisoners yes i recommend this game 10/10
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Calypsosin
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is not a functioning game. Prison Tycoon is probably the best prison simulator you can buy.
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[HMRD] Archcraig - DD NC
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: August 18, 2014
Its really bad. Mmmkay.
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burn it all
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24, 2014
game is totally outdated do not waste your time, it's not a sharp game either everything seems to lag. Idea is great and it seems they have coevered all the basics but it can feel like a struggle just to find a guard and prevent a prison escape
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gove
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23, 2014
No... Just no
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Korihor
( 48.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14, 2014
Okay but not great.
Your money is best spent on another game.
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Jakeman, Noble Citizen of London
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29, 2014
It brings me great shame to say that I bought this game.
But you're probably going to look at my games list anyway and see that I have it.
So I bought this game.
Worst mistake of my life.
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rickyteen
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28, 2014
Do you like building up a prison and haven't played the prison tycoon 3? Then don't buy this nor the third one since nethier have a tutorial so good luck in trying to play the game (Get prison architect instead save your money for that and a enjoy a more complex, better polished game which also has better graphics.)
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TheMrDave64
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19, 2014
omg so bad you cant even rotate your cam
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p5166661
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2013
Worst Prison simulator ever.
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Nice Guy Eddie
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 23, 2011
I have never in my life wanted to make a prison as much as I have when I thought about buying this game six years ago. Now that I own it, I regret every cent I payed.
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Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
horible waiste of money
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112 of 134 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Do you like building up a prison and haven't played the prison tycoon 3? Then don't buy this nor the third one since nethier have a tutorial so good luck in trying to play the game (Get prison architect instead save your money for that and a enjoy a more complex, better polished game which also has better graphics.)
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70 of 105 people (67%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2014
It brings me great shame to say that I bought this game.
But you're probably going to look at my games list anyway and see that I have it.
So I bought this game.
Worst mistake of my life.
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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
game is totally outdated do not waste your time, it's not a sharp game either everything seems to lag. Idea is great and it seems they have coevered all the basics but it can feel like a struggle just to find a guard and prevent a prison escape
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
Another crappy game from a bundle pack that should have been retired instead of hastily ported to steam. The game is bad for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is its confusing interface. There isn't a tutorial mode, there are very few 'challenge' scenarios, theres no way of seeing when the next milestones are, building position seems to be irrelevant... The entire game is from another era - and while it might have some nostalgic value for a couple minutes, it definitely doesn't meet todays standards of a pay to play game -- it doesn't even hold up to most free games.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
54 of 91 people (59%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
omg so bad you cant even rotate your cam
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88 of 155 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Worst Prison simulator ever.
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24 of 39 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Okay but not great.
Your money is best spent on another game.
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28 of 49 people (57%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
No... Just no
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13 of 27 people (48%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Its really bad. Mmmkay.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Not very functional.
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11 of 30 people (37%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is not a functioning game. Prison Tycoon is probably the best prison simulator you can buy.
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8 of 34 people (24%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
Very good game. It has a lot of bugs and issues and the UI is not the best but I like it and it serve a purpose of entertaining and can be very fun. If you want to give this game a go I highly recommend it. However you don't have to take my word for it... :D
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36 of 124 people (29%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2011
I have never in my life wanted to make a prison as much as I have when I thought about buying this game six years ago. Now that I own it, I regret every cent I payed.
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12 of 64 people (19%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 3, 2015
despite haters or simple minded childrens reviews this game is brill prison arcitect is a ♥♥♥♥ poor imitiation with weak stickmen as guards and prisoners yes i recommend this game 10/10
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