Planet Alcatraz is a real-time post-apocalyptic RPG. It has been described by the developers as a mixture between Neverwinter Nights and Fallout, on a smaller scale. The game features a non-linear plot, extensive dialogues, a character development system similar to Fallout, with Traits, Skills and Perks, as well as a real time with pause combat system. It uses the same graphical engine as the hack'n'slash game Dawn of Magic.
The protagonist is Boar, one of the four imperial troopers cadets who are disguised as convicts and sent to the eponymous prison planet to investigate the intel of of a spaceship being constructed by the prisoners. After the landing pod containing the convicts crashes, the four were scattered all over the planet. The primary objective of the game is to find the remaining three cadets, who join the group as playable characters, find and destroy the shuttle, then leave the planet.
The politically incorrect setting of the game, as well as its black humour, are characteristic of Dmitry Puchkov, a Russian celebrity famous for his translation theories, whose only book serves as the basis for the game. Racial segregation, misogyny, homophobia, debauchery, slavery, and cannibalism run rampant on the planet.