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Prison Architect

Posted on 10/6/2013 by with 2 comments

 Prison Architect


Developer/Publisher Introversion Software



Prison Architect is a top down construction management game that revolves around building a prison and managing the personnel that keep it running.



Prison Architect starts as you first day on the job, where you have to manage ongoing projects before a delivery of prisoners will arrive. This is a fairly easy to play, in tutorial format to help you ease into getting your first prison set up. You must make sure these projects are completed so that housing and everything else will be ready for these prisoners, along with adding staff administrative buildings.

As you play you will learn that to complete each part of the building you need to have all required components. To break that down a bit if you want to make a holding cell you need to build indoors, a bench and a toilet. So with thos item you will complete your holding cell. This can get a bit confusing at times, but is certainly doable as you understand the game more.

The game is controlled more or less with mouse clicks and by using ASWD for directional control of your view. The game has many tips and hints pop ups as you mouse over if you get confused, which I’m sure you will at some time.

As you progress you will be managing your ever growing prison and tasked with more building and more of a true management of the whole facility. At times you will become overwhelmed with all of the tasks that need to be done, but in defense of the Prison Architect that is the nature of this type of game.



Prison Architect has top down style graphics very similar to all the older 8 bit sim games that were popular a few years ago.

The graphics in Prison Architect are basic, but adequate for what is needed in this game


The sounds in Prison Architect are minimalistic but done well and very fitting for the game with this style of graphics.



Prison Architect is a very hard game to describe in a few words, but it is extremely fun at times and then at times you just feel overburdened with micro managing your workers as you sit there overlooking there every move. For me this game was very fun in the begin and then it began to feel like work to play it. There can be just too much to keep your eyes on all at once. Way too much micromanaging.

If your a fan of the old Sim City style  games then you should be  happy with Prison Architect, but for me I would wait for a few more updates so that there is a little more content  and updates, as the team is updating on a regular basis.

This game is one that I fell like I’m on the fence at times, I love this game at times and then at times I hate this game, so I’ll have to give this a 4.

Verdict is 4 of 6




2 responses to Prison Architect

  1. On October 6th, 2013 at 7:59 pm , Tim said...

    This is a game I’ve considered quite a few times. The price it is at on Steam currently, £19.99, is a price that’s put me off somewhat in the past.

    Whilst console games go for around £30-£40 and of course, I’m excited for my next physical game purchase (Pokemon X or Y, undecided!) which will be around the £35 price region, a game of this kind at £19.99 would need to stand out and I couldn’t find anything that made it stand out.

    For this genre of gameplay, I still stand by Evil Genius or Dungeon Keeper. The micro-management in those games were more about getting in on the action, not just sitting back and watching over every darn thing.

    With your verdict, I think I’ll be giving this one a miss. Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. On October 6th, 2013 at 9:10 pm , Chris said...

    If you want this wait til it goes on sale.

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