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Indie game of the week: 'Prison Architect'

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Prison Architect, from developer Introversion Software, is a management simulation title that sees you building and maintaining a prison.

Though it's currently available to purchase for £19.99/$29.99, the game is still in alpha as the developer continues to iron out bugs and add new features before the final build is completed.

Prison Architect

© Introversion Software

Maps come in three sizes: small, medium and large



The tutorial, in which the player must build an execution chamber for a death row inmate, goes through the basics of constructing a building, adding rooms and objects and how electricity supplies work.

However, while this is enough to understand how the core mechanics work, the game doesn't give you much guidance at all on the strategy side of things.

Starting from scratch, our first batch of new inmates all escaped within 24 hours.

With our limited amount of money, we focused on building a holding cell, kitchen and warden's office, but a combination of not hiring enough guards and the lack of a good ol' fence (obvious in hindsight) meant we had accidentally set loose an assortment of convicted robbers and murderers onto society.

Prison Architect

© Introversion Software

Every cell needs at least a bed and a toilet



Prison Architect makes you figure out what works or doesn't by yourself, and although the hand-holding in other similar management simulations has left us rather spoilt, it's rather refreshing that there is trial and error and that you are expected to screw up at first.

You can also accept grants (which helped fund our new fence!) in return for achieving objectives, which in the alpha version were simple enough such as hiring and constructing an office for an accountant.

Having learnt from our first mistakes, we quickly expanded our prison to include cells, showers and a large yard.

A lot of micro-management goes on. Not only do you have to concern yourself with improving the facility, but you also have to keep the fickle prisoners happy, as they constantly threaten to riot.

Prison Architect

© Introversion Software

A bloody riot



Many of the features are missing in the unfinished build of the title, but by buying the alpha version, either through their official website or as part of Early Access on Steam, you'll receive significant updates around once a month.

Early Access ensures that independent studios can continue to work on their projects without as much financial pressure, thanks to the advanced revenue they bring in.

Introversion Software's Prison Architect already shows plenty of promise, and even in its alpha state, it's perfectly playable, fun and worth a look.

The standard version of Prison Architect is available for PC, Mac and Linux on the Steam store for £19.99/$29.99 and the official website for $29.99.

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