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Prison Architect

Prison Architect review

Is 1.0 ready for civilized society?

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8 months ago

Feature: Mayors, tycoons, farmers, wardens, despots and demons

The 20 best management games on PC

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to…

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1 year ago

Feature: More than just Theme Prison

Have You Played… Prison Architect?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Prison Architect delivers all the satisfaction of a traditional Bullfrog-style management game. You place walls, lay pipes and wires, and soon slip into a zen state familiar to anyone who played Theme Park. What makes the game special is the simulation of the game's people, which…

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Feature: I'll see you again in 21 years

“We want to build out a world of sim games”
How Two Point Hospital is a step toward bringing Bullfrog-era sim games back from the dead

As you may already have spotted, Theme Hospital joins the legions of 90s PC games being blessed with 21st century spiritual sequels. The Sega-published Two Point Hospital is the first game from Two Point Studios, the new endeavour from Bullfrog and Lionhead alumni Gary Carr and Mark Webley, Their plan, ultimately, is to follow-up Hospital with a clutch of other theme/sim/management games set in the…

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3 years ago

Feature: The Final Picks

Our Steam Sale Picks, Round 3!

We're coming to the end of the Summer Steam Sale so chances are you've picked up the things you'd already got your eye on, but there are always games that sneak under the radar or come from genres you might usually ignore. That's why we've put together our final recommendation list. Here's a whole list of things we love and why we think they're worth…

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Feature: The best management game of 2015.

The RPS Advent Calendar – Dec 1st: Prison Architect

What is the best management game of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today's door is ... Prison Architect!

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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

I never intended for that picture to become the official header for What Are You/We All Playing This Weekend, you know. I found myself in charge of this section one week and thought I'd find a nice picture of a pond - which was where I intended to mostly spend my weekend. Finding nothing in antique illustration archives (we have our whole antiquated Britishness schtick,…

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Feature: The Great Escape

Prison Architect Escape Diary: Invisible Is The New Black

I can't stop fighting. I wonder if this is a common feeling for prisoners, but in my case it's literal. No matter how many times I press it, the button to lower my fists and surrender doesn't do anything, and even though I'm cuffed, the guards still consider me hostile. That's how I ended up unconscious and in the infirmary; the door to my cell…

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Feature: Tell us

What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

Alice has been away this past week, and so I'd imagine is presumably playing the game of "If I swim to the other side of this loch and run away, perhaps I'll not have to return to work on Monday." The rest of us however remain on dry land and I've gathered the team to ask them what they'll be playing this weekend. Leave your…

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4 years ago

Feature: Dawn of the third day.

Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 3

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we'll be offering our picks - based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 3 of the sale.

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5 years ago

Feature: Attack the block

Diary: A Nice Prison In Prison Architect Will Always Go Wrong

Introversion’s deservedly popular Shawshank simulator is a lot of fun. It's also incredibly difficult to manage. If a full-scale riot isn’t the problem (rarely), then a lack of funds is. And I don’t think building Cell Block B without any plumbing helps. I’ve run my fair share of ruinous hellholes but now that several updates have been added to give the player some more control…

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Feature: Panopticanned

Cell-ibrating Prison Architect’s Finest Jails

*Gavel thumps* "Silence! Bring the prisoner forward. Craig 'Thomas' Pearson, you have been found guilty of being a rubbish Prison Architect. A most serious offense that resulted in a record number of convicted felons escape your shoddily designed hole. As punishment, you are to spend the morning looking at the Steam Workshop, finding lovely prisons that you can compare your weedy efforts to. Then we'll…

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6 years ago

Feature: Jerk Tycoon

Impressions: Prison Architect

Prison Architect is a management game from Introversion, makers of Uplink and Darwinia. They're currently running a pre-order system in which you get access to ongoing alpha builds. I've been playing virtual, invisible warden in the most recent one, which though lacking several features and an ultimate objective offers a good flavour of this game of construction and containment. Why? Why do they hate me…

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Feature: The Greenback Mile

Introversion Unveil Prison Architect’s Alpha Launch

Prison Architect is coming along nicely, as I've reported previously. Now though, the Introversions - Chris Delay and Mark Morris - want players to help push the design process along, as well as some pre-order money to keep themselves in bread and water. With that in mind, there's now a tiered pre-order option open, and you can get involved for a price. We talked to…

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7 years ago

Intelligent Demise: The End Of Darwinia

They say you should always be prepared to kill your darlings. Darwinia creators Introversion have taken it one step forward, creating nothing short of a Darwinian snuff movie to mark their transition from little computer people to... prison architects. Yeah, that's still a little weird. But never mind. Help them celebrate this glorious new age of Not Darwinia by enjoying 2:36 minutes of burning, shooting…

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Break Into Prison Architect Later This Year

Introversion’s Prison Architect is the mysterious tumour that ate away at Subversion. Wait, that’s a horrible thing to say! Let me get my Men In Black Mind Eraser thing and we’ll pretend I never said - *flash* [Editor's Note - at this point Craig accidentally flashed his own memories. He doesn't know who he is, so we've told him he's Oor Wullie]. Crivens! Thuy sais…

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Feature: The Shawshank Mile

Guvnor’: Hands On With Prison Architect

The cancellation of Introversion's Subversion has at least borne some fruit. Our interview with lead programmer Chris Delay explain that a prison breakout level in Subversion, combined with a visit to Alcatraz, gave rise to an idea for a prison management game, Prison Architect. I've been playing some of the IGF build of that game - so far from release, but totally playable - and…

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Introversion HumBundle And Hunt Updates

Roving gangs of clever internet-users have tracked down the first Prison Architect video (below) thanks to the clues provided in Introversion's treasure hunt. The video shows sped up footage of a prison being constructed, with prisoners and guards milling about at high speed. The Introversion-dominated Humble Indie bundle has also been updated so that you get the additional games, now including the excellent Dungeons Of…

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Introversion Drop “Treasure Hunt” Clue

Hmm! Introversion are up to something. They've sent us a mysterious image, which you can see below. They tell us it is part of some kind of treasure hunt thing. PCG have the first image. The email from Introversion reads: "The clues are all from Introversion’s next game Prison Architect, and showcase Ryan Sumo’s amazing art. Some of the clues are buried in the Humble…

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Feature: Subverting The Experiment

Introversion Explain Subversion’s Fate

Earlier this week I had a chance to talk to Introversion lead programmer, Chris Delay. He explained a bit about what was going on with the British indie, talking about how the suspended Subversion project had changed their outlook, and how they're returning to their original approach of being bedroom programmers.

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