Prison Architect’s Halloween Secret Wins Halloween


Oh, this is so good. This is so very, very good.

It is Thriller by Michael Jackson. Of course it’s Thriller. What else could it be? But goodness, what a magnificent Easter Halloween egg for Prison Architect. Pitch perfect and thematically consistent.

If you’d like to reproduce this brilliant bite of jail yard rock, you’ll need an area large enough for roughly 30 prisoners. Beyond that, you need only wait for the space to fill up, and then your prisoners will handle the rest – as though dragged along by the tendrils of some dark dance magic.

You probably ought to get around to that soon, though, because as Introversion’s Chris Delay told Eurogamer, this is a lawsuit lightning rod. “After [Halloween] we will probably patch it out before we get sued into oblivion,” he explained.

Still though, what a neat little thing. I adore these sorts of secrets – even if their creators have to reveal them to the world in fear of only a few select eyes seeing them before inevitable legal troubles. Welp, I’m depressed now. Time to go gorge myself on candy until everything is better/I am dead.


  1. HerrKohlrabi says:

    I’d say that the song is thrillerish enough to make the joke work, but not thrillerish enough to get them sued.
    On the other hand, lawyers.

    • GameCat says:

      Who are the ones that we kept in charge
      Killers, thieves, and lawyers

      • aliksy says:

        Fittingly, that video is not available in my country. But here’s this instead:

      • dr. fondles says:

        How is it that Tom Waits, American born singer-songwriter, is not available in America?


        • stupid_mcgee says:

          Excessive copyright laws and heavy-handed enforcement. In’t it great how much the corporate-favored changes in copyright have helped to preserve and further culture?

          BTW, the smarmy asshole record labels would like to tell you, “you’re welcome!”

    • frightlever says:

      There’s zero possibility that they’d get sued, that’s just a marketing stunt to push sales. But whatever, it’s neat.

      • huxi says:

        Given that Plants vs. Zombies were forced to remove Michael Jackson I wouldn’t want to bet that the chance is exactly zero.

    • Lamb Chop says:

      Here’s the original prison thriller dance: link to

    • The Random One says:

      The song doesn’t matter, it’s the choreography that would get then sued.

      • trjp says:

        Suuuuuuuuuure – as well as avoiding child abuse allegations, MJ’s estate owns walking in circles too!

  2. Nick says:

    I thought parody was covered in musical copyright law.

    • Thermal Ions says:

      If you can afford the lawyers to argue your case it is.

      • airmikee99 says:

        Depends on where you live. Some US states have Anti-SLAPP laws that give people powerful tools to fight censorious thugs, basically they allow someone that has been sued for obvious free speech to give a judge a chance to throw the case out before even the discovery phase, and punish the one that brought the suit.

  3. friik says:

    Why the hell am I stuck at school, when I could be home and reproducing THIS!

    • MrThingy says:

      Why are they allowing you on the internet whilst at school??

      I shall write to my MP…

      • friik says:

        Facebook needs to be open for important social studies.

      • Tams80 says:

        Yes, this young one should get back to work at once. If I am not mistaken there are still 35 minutes of the school day left, not to mention the after school activities one should attend.

        My taxes are not for the young to squander browsing computer gaming websites.


        • FurryLippedSquid says:

          The taxes you “earn” whilst browsing gaming websites?


          • SominiTheCommenter says:

            Clearly he’s an entrepreneur, he’s not working at this time.

  4. nimzy says:

    I miss easter eggs. Back in the day they could be anything. Ever since Rockstar’s coffee incident all the distributed content has to go through legal.

  5. Smashbox says:

    Ripped from the headlines!

  6. jorygriffis says:

    I love that they gather, dance just long enough for the soundalike to come to a head, and then immediately disperse, as if in shame. Gorgeous.

  7. Sic says:

    I’m trying to stay away from this game until the actual first proper release, but it’s getting increasingly harder.

    Hurry up, Introversion!

  8. LionsPhil says:

    Nice touch.

  9. cdx00 says:

    It follows the same time measure as most pop songs. Get rid of this easter egg quickly before RIAA and the rest of the record labels sue you!

  10. Napalm Sushi says:

    One day, modern copyright law will look about as reasonable and just as cutting someone’s hands off for theft.

    …Though I probably shouldn’t give the RIAA ideas.