developer: Introversion Software
publisher: Introversion Software
Game mode: single player
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.
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