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Prison Architect

An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates.

Strategy | Economic | RTS | prison | 2D | top-down | crowdfunding | indie games

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Game mode: single / multiplayer

Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: max 8

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Prison Architect is an economic strategy game in which the player’s task is to manage a prison. The game was developed by an independent studio, Introversion, which has released such productions as Uplink, Darwinia, and Defcon.

The game is largely inspired by games like Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress. The players assume the role of the new prison warden. The game starts with designing the facility, then the task is to manage and develop it. Once the construction has been completed, the first inmates begin to appear, and it is the player’s responsibility to take care of their needs. It is necessary to feed them, provide them with access to showers, and enable to go to a prison yard. At the same time, it is essential to hire security guards to control the convict population. In addition, every prison needs power and electronic security systems. Every additional prisoner increases the amount the of money the is prison paid each month, but it also increases spending, therefore balancing the budget is of great importance.

Inmates have their own personalities and they decide what to do in the prison. Some prove to be disciplined and be keep out of the way, work in the kitchen, or work out at the gym. The others, however, tend to start fights which may result even in death of the guards and other inmates. Negligence of warden duties causes great unrest. In such cases, the guards often refuse to intervene, and the player will have to call heavily armed troops. Escape attempts also happen. The developers did not forget about introducing a system that allows the inmates to form gangs and organize contraband.

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz/AMD FX 8150 3.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 or better, 100 MB HDD, Windows XP

Android OS

Android OS

Apple iOS

Apple iOS

Prison Architect Game Guide
Prison Architect Game Guide

game guide 30 July 2013

Despite the fact that Prison Architect has a humorous character, it’s hard to deny the simulation and economy aspects of the game.

Prison Architect Review – one of the best economic simulation games of recent years
Prison Architect Review – one of the best economic simulation games of recent years

Review 29 October 2015 14:47

Prison Architect is not friendly to new users, requires patching of numerous errors, and provides a disappointing campaign but its key elements – construction and management – are amazingly executed.

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