This might not surprise you, but there are some very dark minds behind Prison Architect, a top-down management sim that’s also the latest game from England’s Introversion Software.
You may know Introversion from some of their other cult hits, including Darwinia, but Prison Architect shifts gears to put you at the helm of one of the world’s greatest and most historic cultural institutions: jail. The game blends Maxis-esque construction with personnel management and bookkeeping, continuing in the tradition of enduring classics like Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper. The game’s Alpha version retails on Steam for $29.99, which will include the full version upon its eventual release. An interesting item worth mentioning is that due to its racy content, Prison Architect was recently rejected from the Apple app store, but, as the developers themselves aptly tweeted, “YOUR LOSS APPLE.” The fact is, those wily Brits have come up with a title that’s uproariously fun, and I couldn’t agree more with that tweet.
here, and if anything the slight hiccups made the game more interesting. Prisoners remain seated in the cafeteria despite a roaring inferno in the immediate vicinity, guards who have been cut off from the herd during a riot are completely abandoned and left to suffer gruesome deaths, etc. Needless to say, my clumsy scheduling did little to diminish such problems, although I would say that the game is relatively gentle – at first.