Prison Architect

  • Prison Architect
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  • Great gameplay.
  • Building/management freedom.
  • Great tutorial in the start.


  • Still a huge amount of glitches.
  • Lacks soundtrack.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechZWN on 70

A very good and promising prison management game ,i'm sure Introversion will iron out those bugs and turn it into a great and successful game and I am greatly looking forward to seeing the finished and polished product.

By MidLifeGamer on

Prison Architect is already shaping up to be a deep and complex title. You’ll be charged with building every detail of the Shawshank of your dreams, from the foundations to the light fittings, having to take into account such small details as the positioning of cell blocks in relation to the canteen and where your deliveries arrive.

By Gamezebo on

Prison Architect does not have a scheduled release date yet, and Delay admits in the video, “And since this is Introversion Software that we’re talking about, we’re likely to be in alpha for quite some time.” But all alpha users will also receive a copy of the finished game, as well as exclusive bonuses dependent on the tier you choose.

By GameGrin on

For those not tempted to pre-order, it’s still worth following their Twitter feed (@IVSoftware) just to see some of the bugs encountered during the development process; a particular favourite being prisoners deciding to take their meals to the showers and eat in the buff.

By PCAdvisor on 80

It's a real shame there's no demo as the $30 asking price from Introversion's website may seem a bit steep, but it's also available on Steam and does go on sale from time to time. The game is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux PCs, and while there's no word on when it'll be feature complete, updates have been coming along rather regularly--check it out.

By PC Advisor on 80

Prison Architect is a management game of sorts, akin to Dungeon Keeper or Dwarf Fortress. Your primary task is to design habitats for your "citizens"--living quarters, kitchens and cafeterias, showers, and so on. Of course, these are prisoners, in a...

By on 70

I love Theme Hospital. I loved it when it came out, and I love it now (public service: it costs peanuts over at, so buy it). In the 16 years since Theme Hospital was released, no game has come close to capturing the magic for me... until Prison...

By PromiseLandGames on

This game is a buy for me if you like the sim games where you like to micro manage things you will love this or you can just get some really bad guys in there and let them run around inside and see what happens, A LOT OF BLOOD SHED and some dead bodies will come of it.

By Revued on

It’s a great game already though and if you have £20 to spare you’ll definitely get your monies worth, plus these games have a tendency to have a significant price hike once they get to release, which is worth bearing in mind.

By DigiBytes on

Prison Architect is a unique game among the strategy genre, one that since Bullfrogs disappearance, has had little in the way of innovation. This game shows that innovation still exists and brings something fresh to the table. I look forward to the many updates that will likely arrive for Prison Architect in the future and I will enjoy reviewing the game closer to its official full release.

By CalmDownTom on

The $30 price tag is a bit steep when compared to other games that have taken the alpha release model. Perhaps a demo would be a great way of convincing more people to jump on board. Never the less people should keep an eye on this, especially those who are fans of tycoon games.

By StickSkills on

As always, technical bugs have been ironed out. This is the alpha to a very complex game, so bugs are going to be expected, and certainly crop up with each successive update. However, Introversion is on top of them, tackling the majority of bugs, glitches and oddities when they appear in each update.

By OneUpGaming on 80

This Alpha title certainly has the potential to wow the gamers belonging to the simulation and strategy world. I just hope that Introversion Software can heed this review and those stated on the Prison Architect forums.

By TPreview UK on

The game requires planning, careful thinking, and then a willingness to watch everything to go to hell and try it all one more time. Just one more time, where it’ll be a utopia. Just one more time.

By TheTechNorth on 70

Overall, I like this game. It still has a long way to go, and it most certainly has a lot of bugs to fix, but it’s definetly off to a good start.

By GameNightWithMike on

It’s a steep price to pay for a game that’s so early in its development, but this is one situation where I think that it’s well worth the price. If you like DEFCON, Darwinia, Multiwinia or Uplink, or you’re just a fan of Introversion Software, go get this now on Steam, under the Early Access section.

By GameConnect on

In Prison Architect you are charged with the role of both architect and governor and you will build every detail of the Alcatraz of your dreams. You start with an empty plot of land you must construct a holding cell with basic water and electricity to house your first batch of prisoners, to buy you enough time to create a proper cell block.

By GameReactor on

Anybody who enjoys management sims will probably find something that appeals. With improvements and innovations on-going, Introversion are reluctant to give an exact release date but with more than $1,000,000 already taken in pre-orders, when it is released, Prison Architect is set break out from the indie scene with a bang.

By AwesomeOnlineReviews on

It took me about 5 hours rebuilding my prison just to get it secure & stable, it looks easier then it really is. Introversion Software has done a really great job & I can't wait to see what other stuff they add into the game.

By YouOnlyRollTwice on

Being involved in such an indie and early Alpha has made me feel very involved with this game and it certainly helps the developers to understand what the users want. They are taking regular surveys as to what you want to see next and with a new Alpha every 2 weeks we are certainly getting the maximum value out of it.