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Metascore
83

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  • Summary: Construct and manage a maximum security prison.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Oct 17, 2015
    100
    Playing will probably mean thinking about issues that you probably didn’t think about. This is something that should be valued in a videogame. I’m as content as the next guy to mindlessly shoot a hundred dudes in a Call of Duty. But I also value games that make me think about something I wasn’t thinking about yesterday. Games that make me feel a way I don’t usually feel. Games that aren’t afraid to present complex subjects in all their complexity, wrangling gameplay into a thought-provoking exercise that is both entertainment and edification. Games like Prison Architect.
  2. Nov 4, 2015
    90
    PA is an entertaining, comprehensive and accessible simulator of prison complex management. If you find this genre at least a little bit interesting, don’t hesitate buying it.
  3. Oct 8, 2015
    87
    Plan, build, fail, sell and try again. Behind the functional graphics of Prison Architect there's a complex, motivating and very good prison simulation.
  4. Oct 13, 2015
    80
    Although it is weighed down by some questionable development choices, Prison Architect is a break-out success due to its sandbox alone.
  5. CD-Action
    Mar 30, 2016
    80
    A surprisingly complex and enjoyable simulation of a correctional facility. [03/2016, p.64]
  6. Nov 5, 2015
    80
    It was worth the wait - Prison Architect is a solid, engaging game with enormous number of options, presented in a well-thought-out way. Managing a virtual prison has never been so enjoyable.
  7. Oct 6, 2015
    55
    Simulations can distort for good, and so help us resist, or ill, and obscure the forces that corral hearts and minds. Every system locks us up. But sims like Prison Architect throw away the keys.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Oct 6, 2015
    10
    This is a great game. There are so many interacting systems it genuinely makes you feel like your prison is "alive" and your design choicesThis is a great game. There are so many interacting systems it genuinely makes you feel like your prison is "alive" and your design choices matter.

    I have to call out this Kill Screen review which appears to be the only one dragging the reviewers metascore down. The reviewer appears to be upset for the following reason: "For everything Prison Architect gets right about prisons where other games have failed, the absence of race as a meaningful game mechanic is a glaring and disturbing oversight." I think its more disturbing that you think race should be a meaningful game mechanic.
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  2. Oct 7, 2015
    10
    TL;DR - A very well-done simulator.

    I have owned Prison Architect for nearly 2 years while it was still in its alpha stages. I loved the
    TL;DR - A very well-done simulator.

    I have owned Prison Architect for nearly 2 years while it was still in its alpha stages. I loved the concept of building and managing my own Prison. Every update added new features and bug fixes, modeling the game to its final release which was October 6th of this year. Since its final release, Prison Architect has become one of my favorite games to play, and with Workshop integration, the fun never ends.
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  3. 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
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    9
    This game is just great! You design and build a prison. Sounds simple right? Not so much. You learn along the way at just what works and whatThis game is just great! You design and build a prison. Sounds simple right? Not so much. You learn along the way at just what works and what doesn't. The more you play the more you will find yourself designing and considering every room. If you like a game that tests your logic while being charming and sometimes frustrating then this is a game for you.

    Also, it's nice to get regular updates from an indie developer. No other Steam, Early Access game updates as much as Introversion. They have been in the industry for many years now and their veteran-ship shines through.
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  5. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    Loving the game! Even though it's in alpha I rarely found any bugs, but the bugs I found were game breaking but even though this game has someLoving the game! Even though it's in alpha I rarely found any bugs, but the bugs I found were game breaking but even though this game has some bugs it is very fun and addicting to build your own prison! Expand
  6. May 20, 2014
    7
    Lets start things off by saying that this game is not finished yet and so it should not be reviewed as one. On the other hand, "Early access"Lets start things off by saying that this game is not finished yet and so it should not be reviewed as one. On the other hand, "Early access" seems to be the way to go for devs/publishers to bring in all the cash without finishing the game *cough* DAYZ *cough* so its fair to review the progression.

    Prison architect is a pleasant experience and the idea of being able to build a prison is just terrific. So far however, Prison Architect's actual gameplay is severely lacking. You design a prison, the end. The AI wont come up with any sort of escape plans, gangs don't exist and a lot of the things that gets stolen isn't put to use (unless your design is crap and violence occurs several times a day). The game is more of a framework that can only become as good as its ai, since the experience is completely focused around the behavior of your prisoners. "Endgame" is another thing that the devs have been talking about and rightly so, because unlike some other management/simulation games like Sim City or RollerCoaster Tycoon , a good prison needs everything at once. You cant open your prison with just a carousel, a balloon stall and expand from there, in Prison Architect your theme park needs planning but once you've opened it up for prisoners theres not so much to do except wait and see if you did a good job.

    Anyhow, enough rabbling. Prison Architect is a unique gaming experience and since its being developed by a small but devoted team I would probably recommend the game in its current state. It's tough to say how much better the game will become but it needs to improve quite a bit before becoming immortal.
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  7. Jan 20, 2016
    2
    The game is unplayable after a few 100 prisoners because it's single threaded and one core can't keep up with the game's needs. The FPS willThe game is unplayable after a few 100 prisoners because it's single threaded and one core can't keep up with the game's needs. The FPS will drop a lot because of this. This is a game breaking bug so I don't recommend this game to other people anymore. If it would be playable the game would be a very fun game though. Expand

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