Prison Architect

Rating Summary

Based on 61 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 61 critic reviews
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8.2 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2016

Despite the occasional bug and some derpy AI here and there, Prison Architect is a solid title that hits all the right notes for simulation fans, taking an obscure concept and transforming it into a fun game that delivers hundreds of hours of playtime.

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7 / 10
May 31, 2016

Prison Architect is a game I would definitely recommend to any simulation diehards, but some looking for a more accessible pathway into the genre may want to take it easy. However, most of the major flaws have been ironed out from the Early Access experience, which is a sign of improvement others aren't as worthy of.

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7.9 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2016

Prison Architect: Console Edition hits a lot of the right spots to appeal to fans of strategy and construction games. The fact that it lets you play the game with an emphasis on one or the other if you want, means that it'll appeal to a wider audience.

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Sep 4, 2018

"A warden can also be an architect"

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4 / 5.0
Jul 27, 2016

Prison Architect is a solid title with an engaging premise and an enjoyable campaign that can last as long as 6 hours or more.

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Jun 28, 2016

The team at Introversion has made a very fun management sim and Double Eleven has done a wonderful job translating the game and it's controls to consoles. It's fun to design a prison and just as fun to run it like a well-oiled machine. That is unless you connect two power generators together causing them to short and lose power to your entire prison leaving the high security prisoners free to wander and kill any guard who happens to cross their path.

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8.3 / 10.0
May 16, 2016

Prison Architect is in good company with games like Papers, Please, providing great entertainment value without obstructing its sobering social commentary.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2016

This prison sim game is unique, memorable, and has the makings of an incredibly long playthrough off a single save file.

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8.3 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2016

Excellent Sandbox with a pointless tutorial

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9 / 10
Oct 19, 2015

Prison Architect does have a campaign mode (if you can call it that), but it's a bit subsided… where it does shine though is in its storytelling

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