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Prison Architect

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Genre: Simulation
Developer: Introversion Software
Release Date: Oct. 6, 2015

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'Prison Architect' Celebrates Halloween Next Week With Undead Expansion, Free Content Update - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2022 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT

Prison Architect is a top down construction and management simulation where the player takes control of the running and building of 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?

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.

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 community.


Paradox Interactive and Double Eleven announced Undead, the eighth and spookiest expansion for Prison Architect.

Undead introduces a new objective for players: survival. Undead rise from the grave and can infect anyone they bite, so inmates and guards band together to make it out alive.

The undead are a relentless bunch and can spread quickly through prison populations. Placing a Graveyard Quick Room adds a bit of spooky flair to your compound, but be ready to deal with the Undead hordes it spawns. If you can’t manage the outbreak effectively, your prisoners become infected and increase the size of the horde. Whether you call in extra help from bounty hunters or make use of everything at your disposal as a weapon, do whatever it takes to keep your inmates alive. Undead also introduces the “Undead Overlay” option in Settings, letting players add a layer of darkness and suspense to the creepy content update.

“Just in time for spooky season, Undead adds a mix of survival and horror to Prison Architect that will put Wardens’ management skills to the test,” says Gaz Wright, Game Director on Prison Architect at Double Eleven. “Grappling with the task of survival is no easy feat, as it introduces an extra layer of complexity and pressure to management gameplay. We hope our community will enjoy Undead just as much as we enjoyed creating it!”

Prison Architect: Undead Key Features (also available in “Escape Mode”):

  • Welcome the Graveyard: This brand new Quick Room satisfies your inmates’ needs for Freedom and Comfort, making them feel calmer for 12 hours. Be mindful when you add gravestones though, as they will easily interrupt this peaceful atmosphere…
  • The rise of the dead: In Undead, no one is safe. And there are many ways to become infected. One inmate can get sick, some others can be bitten by an unfriendly undead, or again a bunch of infected inmates can rise (aka spawn) directly from the Graveyard. Wardens have no power over the Infected units, they will move and act independently in the prison until stopped. Inmates and guards can try and fight them off, but if they fail, they will join the deadly bunch!
  • Who you gonna call? Bounty Hunters!: When things go south (because they will) and your prison can’t hold off the outbreak, call the Bounty Hunter Emergency Service: tough, trained bounty hunters will join your fight against the undead.
  • New traps, techniques, and weapons: Desperate times call for desperate (and creative) measures. Use Undead chum to lure the undead, build a walled-off area and lock them inside, or steal that glorious chainsaw you’ve been eyeing for a while: everything is allowed to fight off the horde.

Launching alongside the Undead expansion is The Kickstand, a free update available to all players. This update brings a range of additions and improvements to the game. Two new dogs, Corgis and Siberian Huskies, arrive for some cuddly fun, and three quickrooms expand your prisons: Security, Kennel, and Parole. Additionally, cameras can now be locked and monitors can be made a priority for guards. Courtesy of community feedback, we’ve also added a new empty room that players can use to separate prisons into different sectors without the need to wall them off.

Prison Architect: Undead arrives in the land of the living when it launches on October 11th for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for a suggested retail price of 2.99 USD / 2.09 GBP / 2.99 EUR.

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.

Prison Architect is available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.


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