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Prison Architect

Prison Architect review

Is 1.0 ready for civilized society?

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1 month ago

Paradox buy Prison Architect, might make their own Architect games

Paradox Interactive have bought Prison Architect off creators Introversion Software, nabbing the rights and assets while muttering about potentially making new 'Architect' games of their own. Introversion say that after over eight years of development, "we've taken Prison Architect just about as far as we can" and they're doing something new. If Paradox, the publishers behind strategy games and build 'em ups from Crusader Kings…

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2 months ago

Prison Architect’s online multiplayer busts out today

Prison Architect has a little present for everyone before Introversion Software go into holiday lockdown. First debuted in September as a special opt-in build, the carceral management sim's online multiplayer mode is now polished enough to be included in the game proper. Online mode is still considered 'alpha' and has some limitations, but they've otherwise got the core of the tiny-person punishment game working online. Probably…

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6 months ago

Prison Architect adds online multiplayer as an opt-in alpha feature

As grim as its subject matter may be, Introversion's carceral management sim Prison Architect has carved out an oddly social niche as a game to play while streaming and chatting with friends. Today, those building brutalist monuments to man's inhumanity to man can finally share the experience with chums, thanks to a public alpha test for multiplayer. Expect bugs and a few features locked away, but…

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8 months ago

Honey, I Joined A Cult is the Prison Architect of the soul

Look, y'all know me. I'm your friend Brock. I love anything having to do with a cult. Hell, I went out and found my own, once. And this week, I talked about cults and games YET AGAIN. So, I was a little surprised when an indie cult game snuck under my radar. It is named, pleasantly, Honey, I Joined A Cult. The game looks to…

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1 year ago

Theme Hospital vets reveal spiritual sequel Two Point Hospital – & plans for a shared universe of sim games

The Simpsons, Aardman Animations, Twin Peaks, Prison Architect and, quite naturally, Theme Hospital - these are the major inspirations behind Two Point Hospital, an upcoming sim/management game from some of the folk responsible for Bullfrog's Theme glory years. Two Point Hospital, a combination of management and comedy in a fantasy healthcare centre, is due for release - via publishers Sega - later this year, and…

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2 years ago

The guards of Prison Architect have needs now too

The top-down shanking simulator Prison Architect [official site] has received an update that introduces needs for the prison's staff, including the desire to go for a whizz, eat food in the canteen and the need to feel safe while working. The game was supposed to be fully cooked, or at least that's what developers Introversion said in August with their 2.0 "final" update, saying that…

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Devil Daggers & Prison Architect In New Humble Bundle

In case you've not picked up on all the hints: Devil Daggers [official site] is my favourite new game of 2016, and I'd say the best-looking game in yonks too. Devil Daggers is Geometry Wars thrown against a satanic altar in a darkened room made of Quake [see me -metaphors ed.]. I do recognise a leaderboard-climbing first-person shooter in skull-filled satanarena is a hard sell…

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Steam Charts: Last Week’s Best-Sellers Today

Cos this stuff comes up in comments most every time I run one of these: these charts depict the top ten best-selling games on Steam as accumulated over the week leading up to Sunday just gone. They are not what are the top ten best-selling games at this moment in time, as seen on the front-page of Steam and which are invariably a little different.…

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Prison Architect Done And Dusted, Scanner Sombre Next

Cell-building sim Prison Architect [official site] has received its last update and the creators are taking a break before they come back to work on their next game, cave explorer Scanner Sombre. They’ll still be doing the odd patch and providing bug support, they say, but this is the last batch of content to be added, resulting in version 2.0. And it’s a bit of…

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3 years ago

Prison Architect 2.0 Is The Last Major Update

Prison Architect [official site] technically left early access ten months ago but developers Introversion Software have kept updating their build-o-management game as before. Now they're finally almost done. After the upcoming release of version 2.0, Introversion plan to call it a day and - aside from fixing bugs which pop up - focus on new things like their pretty cave-scanning game. V2.0 will properly launch…

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Prison Architect Has A ‘Hidden’ 3D Mode

Prison Architect has been adding extra dimensions to its simulation of prisons for years now, but this is a big one: it now has a 3D mode. The option is semi-hidden but can be activated by a small 'TT' button in the bottom left of the game's "Extras" menu. It doesn't require any mods, but it will convert your existing 2D prison into a three-dimensional…

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Prison Architect Adds Women’s Jails

Prison Architect [official site] emerged from its long stint in Early Access earlier this year and recently clinched the Best Management Game accolade in RPS's Advent Calendar 2015. Now it has, finally, added female prisons. Luckily, there's more to it than simple sprite swapping, as Introversion's Chris Delay and Mark Morris detail in the accompanying video featured below.

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Prison Architect’s First Post-Launch Update Adds Dorms

As far as Early Access games go, Prison Architect [official site] is one which did it right. Over three and a bit years, developers Introversion Software have added, tweaked, and tuned, and now it looks and plays now so very different. It may have left Early Access and formally launched in October, but Introversion are still fiddling away and yesterday released the first post-release update…

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Prison Architect v1.0 Will Add New Escape Mode

I thought I was done writing about Prison Architect [official site] updates when Introversion announced that the prison management sim would leave early access on October 6th. Yet here I am again, because at this weekend's EGX, Chris Delay and Mark Morris demoed some of the features that will be new to v1.0 - including a new escape mode.

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Here Is The Last Ever Prison Architect Alpha Update

The seemingly endless expanse of alpha updates that make up our coverage of Prison Architect [official site] - we're up to Update 36 now, friends! - is coming to an end. It's true, these collective hands of rock and paper will no longer know the gentle touch of Introversion Software's regular patches. As we draw closer to its eventual October launch, the final Alpha update…

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4 years ago

Prison Architect Alpha 31 Adds Death Row, Executions

Introversion Software previously made a game called DEFCON [official site], a strategy game in which you launch often unprovoked nuclear attacks upon other countries. Global thermonuclear war is the core of the game, and necessary if you're going to defeat your opponents, but it never revels in the wanton destruction you're carrying out. As the death toll rises into the millions, the grim reality of…

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Food For Thought: Prison Architect’s Alpha 27 Update

In a recent talk about maintaining motivation and marketing for his game Spy Party, Chris Hecker mentions that "every damned update Prison Architect does" gets a post on RPS because someone who works there just happens to like the game. o/ Alpha 27 of the prison management sim is out as of late last week and adds a new supply and demand system for food,…

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Prison Architect Alpha 25 Adds New Ways To Fail

All strategy games strive to reach a certain balance; the point at which the player feels responsible for their successes and failures, but where the simulation is so complex and alive that a perfect, static system can never be built. That's apparently what motivates Prison Architect's 25th alpha, "one of the biggest updates" Introversion say they've ever done. The main new addition is prisoner reputations,…

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Prison Architect Alpha 24 Improves Modding, Adds Snitches

Prison Architect developers Introversion Software joke in their latest update that the dev team is now "more like half a million." As well as an amusing way to introduce the changes to their mod system, which is now much more robust and capable of adding almost anything to the game, it's also sort of true. Their massive, ever-growing userbase will now add anything they can…

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