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Prison Architect

Prison Architect review

Is 1.0 ready for civilized society?

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5 years ago

Computational! Prison Architect Adds Logic Circuits

Logic can be dangerous. Minecraft players have built everything from room-sized games of Pong to autocannons with its redstone logic circuits, and that's a relatively peaceful game. If you combined logic circuits with, say, the prison-industrial complex, I dread to imagine what dehumanising mechanisms might be built around inmates. So let's see what happens now Prison Architect has done just that. It's fine, though. Prison…

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Prison Architect Update 21 Adds Bazooka, Rambo, Surrender

It's possible that some of you have overdosed on Prison Architect update videos by now, but if you're like me and still in the throes of a monthly addiction to the incarceration management sim's new features, then this month's hit is a good one. As explained on the official forum, the major new addition: your prison's inhabitants can now smuggle in drugs, get hooked on…

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Prison Architect Alpha 20 Sends You To, Er, Prison

How many posts have I written about Prison Architect alphas since joining RPS last October? Checking the tag page for the game suggests seven thousand. It's not my fault, it's just that each one adds a feature or set of features I find irresistible. The latest, alpha 20, introduces a set of failure states to the game, including the ability to be convicted of criminal…

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One For You, Alpha 19 For Me: Prison Architect Adds Taxes

After recent updates added bulletproof vests and shotguns, it was probably inevitable that Prison Architect would continue it's escalation towards more and more exciting additions with each alpha. The trend continues in alpha 19 with a broad revision to the game's finance systems, which introduces new rules for borrowing, the need to pay corporation tax, and the ability to sell shares in your prison to…

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Analyze This: Prison Architect Alpha 18 Adds Therapy

Prison Architect is forever trapped between two political poles: the side that says that prisoners should be locked up, punished, and left to rot; and the side that thinks they should be reformed, educated, and made better able to return to society and not re-offend. Introversion want both methods to have value within their management game, and alpha 18 takes the first steps towards enabling…

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Not So Quiet Riot: Prison Architect Update Adds An Armoury

It's been a little while since I've seriously played Introversion's incarceration sim Prison Architect, but I've come to enjoy reading and watching their monthly updates just as much as playing it myself. Alpha 17 is now live and the video below details the various additions. The big one: you can now build an armoury in your prison and deck it out like one of those…

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6 years ago

Prison Architect Alpha 15 Locked Up By The Mod Squad

Prison Architect is an ever expanding incarceration management game, currently in alpha and on a monthly update schedule. If it's not growing fast enough for you, the most recent update adds something that will help: proper modding support. Also, staff rooms, for when your little guards get sleepy. Come watch the update video.

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Puppies & Performance: Prison Architect Updates

If you've been playing Introversion's Prison Architect, you might have noticed that it was a tough game. Like, unfairly tough. And being overall nice peeps, you'd have shrugged and thought "Hey, I'm sure it'll all work out". You're nice. I like you. PA is tough because it's still in development, and a lot of the mechanics that have been dropped into the prison sketching sim…

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Shawshank Inception: Prison Architect Alpha 13

Weeeee-ooooooo, weeeee-oooooo, weeeeee-ooooooo! It's the news alarm! Prison Architect's latest update has escaped the seemingly impenetrable holding cell of Introversion HQ and come running to us for somewhere to stash the goods. Ha! Little bastard's going straight back to the hole once he's told us everything he knows. Like about the new tunneling system that's forcing prison redesigns the world over or customisable punishment regimes…

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Steam Early Access Debuts With Arma 3, Prison Architect

"Oh boy! I can finally get into prison early!" Oh videogames, don't ever stop allowing me to create phrases of such ear-perking outlandishness that people could mistake me as ringleader of a merry band of elves. Other gems now possible thanks to Steam's paid-alpha-centric Early Access program include "Hooray! Frighteningly authentic war's happening even sooner than I thought" and "I wasn't planning on being shipwrecked…

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7 years ago

Saw Scant Redemption: Prison Architect’s Fixed Fog

Pretty much the type of comment I hate most here is "shame on you RPS for not posting about game/event x". No, shame on you for being a plonker. But this time and this time only you are allowed to say "shame on you" to me. Why? Because I still haven't played Introversion's Prison Architect, even though I have a copy of the alpha. Shame…

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Prison Architect Breaks Out It’s Third Alpha Update

Prison Architect really seems to be turning around Introversion's fortunes. With more than $400,000 made since the release of the alpha, their out-turned pocket linings might be facing inward once again. And now the alpha has reached its third stage, adding in fog of war, and a new CCTV system. There's a video to prove it.

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Prison Architect Is The Daddy Now

Introversion's management sim/financial experiment Prison Architect has done reasonably well for itself off the back of an alpha version alone, managing 10,000 sales and not too far south of $400,000 as a result. Those are small beer numbers for a full release game, but we're talking about a far-from-finished alpha only available direct from the developer. In that context, it is BIG BEER.

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Introversion’s Rezzed Session: Explanations, Demos

Introversion used their developer session at Rezzed to explain why they had canned Subversion, and how the technology and ideas from that had become Prison Architect, which was playable at the show. It's certainly worth a look, and you can watch the session - which includes some footage of Subversion - below. Relatedly, you can also read my take Prison Architect here and here.

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