This is one incredible little game and it all (well mostly) takes place in a tiny little border control booth. It’s up to you to let people in to the country and of course they have to have the right papers, a good reason, ID, a visit visa or sometimes even unique documents. The rules of the games change for every work shift that passes you by and you have to make sure that you take a real good look at EVERYTHING to see if the documents are real. If they are you send them on their way in to the country, and if they’re not, you send them packing (or call the security on them).
When I started playing I really enjoyed making sure that all the papers are correct and it feelt simple enough to keep a good flow. But… the further I came in to the story everything started to get harder and harder. Checking the papers became a timed puzzle that you have to solve as fast as possible, you have a family that you have to feed and get medecine for, you have events and secret organisations that you have to make sure to keep track of. And once in awhile… you have to reach for a gun… and shoot intruders.
Everything is creating a horrible and very… realistic story which really ends up touching you. I was surprised by how much you could feel for this game. Definatly worth a try if you enjoy story and puzzle gaming.
Back in the day I was a huge city builder fan. I loved the old SimCity games where you could focus more on the outline of your city and make everything ”feel” good for you. Than the later games have added plenty of tiny functions that I never really liked that much. The micro management was never really THAT fun there. Prison Architect gives me that awesome feeling that those older city builders did, focusing on building and having fun rather than micromanagement.
I can build a prison that have a layout and style that I like. And once you’ve finished a huge chunk of the prison you can start to micromanage the different sections and rules of the prison and even though I didn’t like that in the citygames I love it here! Becuase everything you change have an almost emediate effect on your prison.
I also love that this is one of those games that actually keeps getting updated! You get new things and new game rules to play around and the game is even getting a bit harder (and that’s a good thing). Truly my only complaint about Prison Architect is the fact that once you’ve gotten far enough with your build it can be a bit slow. You’re prison is safe, you’re guard do their job and you keep getting money to advance babysteps forward. And that means waiting for that money you need to keep building. Some time ago you could even let the game run by itself to just get money and not really losing anything for doing so.
Overall a great city bu…. prison building game that will bring you hours and hours of gaming fun.