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  • Summary: Build a maximum security prison. Yu need to include all the essentials right down to the plumbing for the toilets, but what else do you include? Guard towers? A workout room? Prevent rioting and stop escapes in Prison Architect.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jul 5, 2016
    90
    A surprisingly detailed, enjoyable construction simulator with a staggering amount of depth.
  2. Jun 28, 2016
    85
    Prison Architect is a fantastic strategy sim which highlights both the difficulty of running a prison and keeping a lot of prisoners happy.
  3. Jul 5, 2016
    80
    Prison Architect is a full-on sim that will eat your time. If you fancy a dark look inside the running of a prison, look no further.
  4. 80
    Prison Warden is what will offer me some longevity in this game, since I can mess around with how the wardens affect the gameplay, and how each map runs differently. I get bored easily, and I will say that I found myself unchallenged after I got the hang of things. Prison Warden can help with that.
  5. 80
    The pick up and play nature of Prison Architect in tandem with its wealth of gameplay options make this title far outshine its few flaws with a charming and engaging overall package.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Aug 24, 2016
    80
    Underneath the cute exterior lies a tough-as-nails sim exposing the realities of prison life. If you can see past a few offences, lock your door and lose the key. [September 2016, p72]
  7. Jun 28, 2016
    72
    Creating a candid simulation of a correctional facility is Prison Architect's purpose. Its power is allowing the player to decide if moral indifference—their own or Prison Architect's—is either a strength or weakness. Prison Architect's trip to the PlayStation 4 undermines its capability with an unnecessary layer of obstruction, but the interference it creates isn't impossible to overcome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 19, 2017
    10
    Definitivamente fue lo que esperaba, lo compre para PS4 puesto que no me gusta jugar en PC, los controles son demasiado cómodos, para estar enDefinitivamente fue lo que esperaba, lo compre para PS4 puesto que no me gusta jugar en PC, los controles son demasiado cómodos, para estar en tu sala o acostado jugando y disfrutando un juego que recompensa o castiga por tus acciones y vas viendo un progreso espectacular, cada detalle hace genial y no aburre. Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2016
    9
    I bought this game for PC months ago and logged solid amount of time toward it. It is fresh and full of challenges. The mix of sandbox andI bought this game for PC months ago and logged solid amount of time toward it. It is fresh and full of challenges. The mix of sandbox and management aspects give it life beyond the initial building. As you manage you generate money and can continue to build. I absolutely love this game and if you look at the patch notes and even watch some of the developers streams on YouTube, all the updates and patches they apply to this game are entirely beneficial. I haven't seen them waste their time yet. A lot of effort clearly went into the eas of managing the controls for the ps4 version which is awesome. You can make it easy by giving yourself a lot of money and only taking in minimum security prisoners and work your way up to max security and low starting money, as well as always taking on new grants throughout a single play through. This game is honestly a must buy. It's one you can keep on your ps4 and always come back and play because it's not like any other game. And it's half the price of a normal game. 9.0 easy. They devs will constantly be making additions to this game and at least fixing anything need be quickly.

    Pro:

    Sandbox building
    Variety of prisoners and management
    Grants to keep the management aspect alive for much longer
    Upgrade tree

    Cons / what could be added:

    I think they can't go wrong with adding additional flooring types, there's definitely enough, but over time maybe a flooring pack for 2 or 5$.

    As well as other cosmetic packs for various structures.

    9 / 10. Easy.

    Great job devs, it's nice to see developers who put so much fine care into their game. I'm so glad to see this game has made it onto the ps4 and the effort you guys put into the interface is beyond words. There's a lot going on at first, but they did it right.

    1 caveat I would add, is if the devs could add a option for switching which analog moves the cursor and which moves the screen. Right now it's default at left analog is the cursor and right is the screen but I think most of us are used to the right analog moving a mouse as in 'looking' and left analog being 'moving'.

    Great job.
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  3. Jul 8, 2016
    8
    A great simulator. The consoles are in desperate need of simulation games and this one delivered. I hadn't heard of it before but it seems toA great simulator. The consoles are in desperate need of simulation games and this one delivered. I hadn't heard of it before but it seems to have spawned from an early underground PC game "Prison Tycoon" which got derailed by awful sequels. I was a huge fan of RCT and The Sims though. My knocks on the game come from the idea (in general, a prison? really?) and a lack of polish. Some of the English in the game is broken and many convicts are template-d and don't have quite enough uniqueness. The graphics are very cartoon-y, which works OK for a simulator. All in all, THE GAME IS A STEAL AT ITS $30 price point. Expand