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  1. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    If you're interested in this game, just buy it. It has workshop integration with an active modding community. Earlier tonight I changed theIf you're interested in this game, just buy it. It has workshop integration with an active modding community. Earlier tonight I changed the theme to star wars with a press of the button. This is a very addictive game where real time begins to speed by in a blur. 5 minutes becomes 5 hours and you only noticed because you need to use the restroom. There is a wonderful charm about it and the fat little characters. There is a lot of micromanagement so if you're the kind of person that hates to think, can't oil your brain because it hurts, well then you should pass. It's not overly complicated but the game doesn't hold your hand starting out. It's like bam build a prison. The only downside is struggling to figure out why things aren't being built, or populated. This may further confuse someone since it is alpha which makes it difficult to distinguish between a bug and something you aren't doing correctly. Other than that you should enjoy this game. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2014
    9
    An excellent game with a few annoying bugs. If you're into RTS/management games, and willing to do a bit of reading to learn how to play, giveAn excellent game with a few annoying bugs. If you're into RTS/management games, and willing to do a bit of reading to learn how to play, give this a try. Designing a prison which almost runs itself is very satisfying, especially when trouble happens but your design means even minor issues are handled automatically. There are a few annoying bugs, like characters getting stuck going around corners, but none of them are game-breaking. The game loads up in seconds, and is mostly intuitive, with a few exceptions such as managing your prison's electrical grid. I would give this game 10/10, except for the few bugs and areas which are very counter-intuitive. Overall, though, still a great game and one I would suggest for any RTS or management game fan. It is almost like a hugely simplified but better presented version of Dwarf Fortress, or a less comedic version of Evil Genius that concentrates on internal threats rather than external ones. Worth the money. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    9
    It's a 9 on alpha and very likely to hit 10 when it's finished.
    (Almost) anything is possible. From the hole with forced labor and solitary
    It's a 9 on alpha and very likely to hit 10 when it's finished.
    (Almost) anything is possible. From the hole with forced labor and solitary confinement just for harassment and lots of beating to the human-rights-activists-utopia-penal-spa that will make your prisoners eager to kill someone as soon as they're released just to be allowed back in.

    Unlike what other reviews said, I didn't have any problems playing the game. The prisoners will try to escape if they're not happy and will riot if their condition makes it look worth getting beat up for a chance on escaping. That's what prisoners do. They smuggle stuff, they dig tunnels, they fight... they're not highly-educated and moralist citizens in a hotel. They want to get out. If things are really bad they'll die trying.

    But the alpha and the "early access" aren't just for show. The game is still under development and they make it very clear that they're focusing on new content rather than bug fixing. You'll notice lots of useless features (that will mention that they're useless in this alpha build). You'll have prisons stop working after monthly new release. The cool glitches you exploited may be fixed while the bugs that annoyed you are still there.

    It's really expensive. But it's fun enough to make it worth.

    If you have no problems with paying lots of money for the alpha early access, it's a good purchase. But you can always wait until the development is done and hope for price to go down or a cool sale to make it less expensive.
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  4. May 30, 2014
    8
    I was really skeptical about paying $30 for this early access title, but Prison Architect has really given me more than I expected inI was really skeptical about paying $30 for this early access title, but Prison Architect has really given me more than I expected in entertainment. What I was really afraid of was PA ending up being a clone of the repetitive "Tycoon" series. PA differentiates itself from those common simulation games in a couple ways. The animation is very charming in a minimalist style, check out the previews. I really enjoyed the way your workmen build, they grab the parts and install them.. it feels more real than just plopping pieces like most simulation games. Another thing I enjoyed was the flexiblity in designing whatever prison I was interested in, there is no predefined room sizes besides a minimum size, shapes and number of objects in the rooms are up to you and they matter. I am very excited to see this title develop, it should keep me entertained for many more hours. If you like what you see in the previews, expect to really like this title.. Thanks devs Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2014
    8
    For an Alpha version, this game certainly has accomplished a lot. The mechanics and gameplay are pretty simple with little to no complexionFor an Alpha version, this game certainly has accomplished a lot. The mechanics and gameplay are pretty simple with little to no complexion within the game, that is, until you make your prisons massive! It also handles similar to that of a real prison, with the player having to create a daily regime for his or her prisoners, as well as hiring certain staff to do special things for your prisons.

    It is a little buggy though, but you would expect that as it is an alpha, but these bugs aren't too nasty or annoying and in no way spoil the art of this great game. Introversion Software have done a great job at creating 'The World's First Lock-'em-Up' and I hope that this game will be successful as soon as it comes out of alpha and onto Steam's featured game's list and Game's game shelves.
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  6. Nov 30, 2014
    7
    Even thought Prison Architect is an unfinished product, it is pretty solid build: with little amount of bugs, great style and wide variety ofEven thought Prison Architect is an unfinished product, it is pretty solid build: with little amount of bugs, great style and wide variety of gameplay features.
    The game itself is your typical tycoon, but with original and really interesting setting. You should definitively give it a try.
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  7. Sep 1, 2013
    4
    Bought on sale for $17.99 in the alpha stages. I understand exactly what buying in the alpha means, and I wasn't expecting a polished or evenBought on sale for $17.99 in the alpha stages. I understand exactly what buying in the alpha means, and I wasn't expecting a polished or even completed game of any sort. That being said, what I did not expect was not being able to play the game at all, as prisoners spend 24/7 trying to escape from the moment they entered (yes there was a double-fence around the entire compound with no cracks), or standing in their cells unresponsive to any schedule I set or orders I placed. Staff would stand there doing nothing, janitors wouldn't sweep no matter what I tried.

    I'm fine with bugs, and helping the devs find those bugs, but I was kinda hoping the game was playable for that price.

    Positives are it looks great, handles pretty nicely, and is very intuitive right up until it stops working.
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