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Build and Manage A Maximum Security Prison.

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. As your workmen lay the last brick you don’t have a moment to let them rest as they need to get started on the first proper cell block so you can make room for the next prisoner intake. Once they’ve all got a place to lay their weary heads the fun can really start.

You’ll need a canteen, infirmary and a guard room, oh, and don’t forget to plumb in a toilet, or things will get messy, but what about a workout area? Or solitary confinement cells? Or an execution chamber?

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital and with over 1 million players having spent time inside, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.

Story Mode

Prison Architect opens with the story of Edward, a man facing the electric chair for committing a crime of passion. This is followed by four additional chapters focusing on different characters and aspects of prison life. From Mafia Dons to power-crazed senators, Prison Architect has them all! To bring these characters to life, Introversion teamed up with award winning professional writer Chris Hastings, producing an enthralling tale of corruption and human misery set against the background of the modern prison industrial complex.

Escape Mode

Finished your supermax? Got guard dogs roving every corridor and prisoners eating out of your hand? Now you can live the horror by firing up escape mode and play as a prisoner hell-bent on getting the hell out of dodge.

Dig a tunnel, go for the armoury or start a riot and slip out in the chaos, it’s entirely up to you! Figure out how to escape from your own creation, or hit the random button and load one of the 12,000 prisons created by the steam co


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Alternate Titles

  • "刑務所設計士" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition" -- Xbox One title
  • "Prison Architect: PlayStation 4 Edition" -- PS4 title
  • "Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition" -- Nintendo Switch title

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Critic Reviews

The Guardian Windows Oct 09, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct 06, 2015 87 out of 100 87
Geeks Under Grace Windows May 16, 2016 8.3 out of 10 83 Windows Nov 27, 2015 82 out of 100 82
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch Aug 24, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 PlayStation 4 Jul 22, 2014 80 out of 100 80
Pocket Tactics iPad May 30, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Nintendo Switch Sep 28, 2019 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 2014 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Kotaku Windows Oct 12, 2015 Unscored Unscored


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Red Cross

Originally, there were red crosses displayed on the in-game ambulances and paramedic uniforms. However, in December 2016 the British Red Cross notified the developers that the red cross symbol is protected by law (it is the protected emblem of the International Committee of the Red Cross) and its "unauthorised usage" violates the Geneva Conventions. The concerns of the Red Cross organization is that the symbol has a very specific significance which would be diminished if the symbol was to be freely used in all sorts of commercial contexts. In the current version of the game, the red crosses have been recoloured to green.

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