Prison Architect

A group of seven games highly praised by the Steam community are available for cheap as part of the Humble Very Positive Bundle 3.

Featuring a range of diverse and interesting titles worth over 100, you can be sure you'll find something of quality here based on the recommendations of other players. In fairness, if I only got the phenomenal Nex Machina for less than 10 I'd be more than thrilled!

Before I get too far ahead of myself, though, let's start at the first tier. The Humble Very Positive Bundle 3 starts at just 80p for psychological horror Distraint 2, tough roguelite Unexplored and atmospheric point-and-click adventure Rusty Lake Paradise. I've not seen much of these three games myself, but for less than a quid I'm willing to give them a go.

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A lot of genres have had a resurgence over the past five years, but none more successfully than management games. There are now more ways to direct trains, lay conveyor belts, coral visitors and profit, profit, profit than you could play in a lifetime. The question is: which of these famous timesinks is worth your time, and which of the whipsmart new hires can compete against the hagard, seen-it-all old dogs?

That’s what this list is for. These are 20 best management games you can play right now on PC, in no particular order, and updated for 2019.

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Prison Architect

When Paradox Interactive acquired sandbox jail sim Prison Architect from Introversion, the publisher said it was "eager to explore the development of potential new games", but Prison Architect is still getting attention, too. New developer Double Eleven released its first update, The Clink, today. 

The Clink chucks a bunch of new floors and walls into your list, makes it easier to search for hidden tunnels, in turn stopping escapes. You'll also find more quick rooms in the quick build menu, when you can't be bothered to build another identical room by hand. 

Check out the patch notes below:

  • Four new floor tiles and four new wall types added.
  • Increased the number of foremen that can be hired for larger prisons where foremen also teach programs.
  • Added new sprites for missing orientations to many items. Aiming to provide full set of rotations to all objects in the future.
  • Added “Guard Response” button that allows players to immediately send existing nearby guards to a location, instead of needing to hire additional guards to deal with incidents.
  • New “Tunnel Search” button that allows the player to have guards search all toilets only, for hidden escape tunnels.
  • Additional Quick Rooms added to the Quick Build menu, for quicker and easier room construction.
  • Following prisoners and staff has been made easier, you can now double-click on them to enable.

A hotfix was also put out, in case you were getting some crashes due to the update.

It's just a wee one, but it will probably be reassuring to modders and prison architects that it's still being supported by the new owners. According to Double Eleven, this is just the first of "lots of free updates and content". Paid DLC is also on the cards. 

The Clink update is available now.  

Prison Architect - Azure


It's Live!

Our first update from Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven is available now.

Patch Notes
  • 4 new floor tiles and 4 new wall types added
  • Increased the number of foremen that can be hired for larger prisons where foremen also teach programs
  • Added new sprites for missing orientations to many items. Aiming to provide full set of rotations to all objects in the future
  • Added “Guard Response” button that allows players to immediately send existing nearby guards to a location, instead of needing to hire additional guards to deal with incidents
  • New “Tunnel Search” button that allows the player to have guards search all toilets only, for hidden escape tunnels
  • Additional Quick Rooms added to the Quick Build menu, for quicker and easier room construction
  • Following prisoners and staff has been made easier, you can now double-click on them to enable

Mod Support: Special thanks to badAim and Murgh for helping us identify this issue
  • New content is being added to a brand new tileset file
  • The current tileset.png has been made larger, allowing for more custom content

Known Issues:
We're investigating an issue where the game crashes due to the update. We'll update you as soon as we have a fix! UPDATE - we found the issue. Working on deploying hotfix

We also accidentally changed the size of the boilers. Hotfixing that as well!

UPDATE 2: hotfix is now live. Boilers and the crashing should be fixed. Please let us know if there are still crash issues



UPDATE 3: We put out another hotfix so your prisoners no longer are making telephone calls from containers of bleach! Also, they are sitting properly at tables!

Thanks for your patience with these bugs. We rushed this free update to bring it to you ASAP, and in hindsight we realize that more work needed to be done to assure quality. We apologize for this, and promise a MUCH smoother release for our next free update.

Thanks again for your support =)
Prison Architect - Azure


As mentioned on our last stream, we made the hard decision to stop updating the "Name in the Game" feature on August 6th. The manual labor involved in the name process would have cut down on the time we had to make bug fixes and create new content for the game.

Rest assured, all names will stay in the game! So make all the last edits and submissions before August 6th and you'll forever be memorialized as a prisoner of Prison Architect

Instructions for Submitting a Name or Editing:
  • Visit https://www.introversion.co.uk/prisonarchitect/register and log in to your Introversion Forum account.
    - If you haven’t created a forum account, you can register one here: https://forums.introversion.co.uk/introversion/profile.php?mode=register

  • If you bought from Steam, you will have a CD Key that begins with PBIOSM that you can use to verify your "Name in the Game" purchase. Otherwise, if you bought from Introversion directly, the registration application should be able to check the purchase database that you have purchased "Name in the Game" tier or higher using your email address.

  • Once the registration process is complete, this same register link will allow you to edit your prisoner’s biography.

  • After submitting the biography, please allow a few days for the support staff to approve your update.

If you're having trouble finding your game CD Key, please reach out to the store from which you purchased the game.

If you require assistance after following these steps, please reach out to us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrisonArchitect
Prison Architect - Azure


Hello Prison Architects!
I'm Jonathan, aka Azure, and if you missed our stream on Thursday then I'm pleased to recap the announcement here!

We're proud to announce that DoubleEleven is developing Prison Architect, bringing more gameplay, bug fixes, updates to the game! They're well known for developing the console versions and have worked with Paradox Interactive and Introversion for multiple years!

Their first gift to players is a FREE update on June 27th that includes the following:
  • 4 new floors
  • 4 new walls
  • increased foreman cap
  • guard response button
  • fixed scanners
  • more quick rooms
  • tunnel search button
  • full rotations for items

And a couple other minor updates and fixes! This is just the beginning of lots of FREE updates and content, but hey - you may want to know about the PAID content. Like all game companies, we make games that you want to buy. So what do you want to buy?

Join our stream on Thursday June 27th at 5pm CEST and talk with me, Jonathan (Community Developer) and Gaz (Design Manager at D11) about YOUR ideas, suggestions, wishlists, and fixes. We'll be taking what the community wants, and packaging them into regularly released updates, some of it paid, some of it free. That's the Paradox way!

Join us here: https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive

Or on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/PrisonArchitect

Looking forward to hearing your ideas!


Jun 20
Prison Architect - emmkid


And we're LIVE! Come join us over at: https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive
Prison Architect - Azure


We're BACK! As promised, we've found a new dev team to continue this incredible game. We'll be revealing the new team tomorrow LIVE at:
https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive/

Thursday, June 19th at 17:00 CEST / 8am PT

Who will be your new Wardens? And even more importantly... what are they working on?

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UPDATED COMMENT:

Thanks everyone for the excitement! We're good friends with Introversion, and this was a mutual decision long ago to allow Paradox to continue the development of this treasured game.

I think you'll like what we've got planned for Prison Architect! But as always, if you don't, nobody is ever forcing you to buy or change anything. You'll still be able to enjoy all the free updates and bug fixes we make

There are a couple people in here that are being incredibly toxic and immature, and this behavior is not acceptable. We welcome feedback, ideas, and criticism - but to those kids posting insults and other toxicity, you will be removed from this community.

Thanks so much everyone! Looking forward to hearing from you all tomorrow

-Jonathan (Community Developer)
Prison Architect

Paradox Interactive has acquired the rights to developer Introversion Software's enormously successful prison management sim, Prison Architect.

As part of the deal's official announcement, Paradox CEO Ebba Ljungerud called Prison Architect "a natural fit" for the company's catalogue, which features a host of strategy and management games, including the likes of Cities: Skylines, Stellaris, Surviving Mars, BattleTech, and Crusader Kings.

"I believe the considerable player base of Prison Architect will be excited to see where we can take the game next," said Ljungerud, "We promise to exercise good behaviour with this cherished title going forward."

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Prison Architect

Prolific strategy publisher Paradox Interactive has purchased all the rights and assets for the Prison Architect IP from Introversion Software. Beyond giving Paradox ownership over a three-year-old game—which it also already publishes on iOS and Android—it lets the publisher turn it into a series under the 'Architect' umbrella. 

One notable difference between Prison Architect and the rest of Paradox’s contemporary catalogue is the absence of DLC. Paradox Development Studio’s games typically receive the most, with Crusader Kings 2 boasting 15 expansions and more DLC beyond that. Cities: Skylines has more in common with Prison Architect and launched around the same time, and it has seven expansions and various smaller content packs. 

While lots of post-launch extras are par for the course with Paradox, the fact that Prison Architect has already been out since 2015 and has been updated several times since then means it might be left alone, with Paradox instead looking to develop new Architect games straight away. Though judging by CEO Ebba Ljungerud’s statement, it might be a bit of both.

“Just as we’ve done for other management-strategy games like Cities: Skylines and Surviving Mars, I believe the considerable playerbase of Prison Architect will be excited to see where we can take the game next, and we’re eager to explore development of potential new games based off of the ‘Architect’ IP. We promise to exercise good behaviour with this cherished title going forward.”

Paradox hasn’t announced any developers yet, or if future games will be developed in-house. My pitch: Dynasty Architect—basically Crusader Kings 2 but you also have to manage a castle. Dig a moat, plan feasts, assassinate your spouse. Paradox’s dynastic sim is probably coming to an end soon, so let’s get the CK2 team on this straight away. 

As for Introversion, co-founder Mark Morris promised more details on their upcoming projects soon. Last time we checked in, it was early days for possible colony sim Order of Magnitude, and we’ve seen nothing since. Indeed, it’s still not even on Introversion’s official site

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