PC - Windows
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About this game
Developer: Introversion Software
Content Rating: Mature
Build and manage a Maximum Security Prison. As the sun casts it’s early morning rays on a beautiful patch of countryside the clock starts ticking. You’ve got to crack on and build a holding cell to detain the job lot of maximum security prisoners that are trundling to your future prison on their yellow bus.
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- Processor:Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
- Memory:4 GB RAM
- Graphics:Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
- Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
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After a poorly handled start, Prison Architect becomes one of the most in-depth, satisfying builder games in a long time. It’s a shame the non-sandbox options aren’t better, and the nature of the simulation inherently lacks the joy and beauty of other subjects, but few other games have done such a good job at capturing not just the nature of the job they simulate, but also the mindset required to do it ‘properly’.
It looks like the team at Inversion is invested in Prison Architect. They’ve been updating it regularly since their first release years ago and they’ve promised to continue doing so. I recommend the game wholeheartedly to that certain brand of gamer that gets satisfaction out of building intricate little machines and watching them go. It’s a unique sandbox game that has all the necessary ingredients to hook you, if you let it.
When it’s at its best--when you’re genuinely invested in prisoners’ quality of life, creating the best possible space for people to rehabilitate, and realizing just how many tools are at your disposal to accomplish it all--it is exactly that. And it’s worth playing for just that feeling. The loss of humanity Prison Architect breeds in its players could be its greatest strength, but without even an acknowledgement of that loss, the game stumbles instead of teaches.