Friday, August 8, 2014

Create and Manage Your Own Facility with Prison Architect


Have you ever wanted the ability to create and manage your own prison facility? A lot of our customers are maintenance guys and facility managers for different corrections facilities, so let's talk about Prison Architect. Prison Architect is a PC game developed by Introversion Software that allows you to create and manage your own prison facilities in a tycoon-styled PC game. This week, we are going to take a look at what this game is about and why it would be an fun activity for current facility managers.

In Prison Architect you start out with $10,000, a blank plot of land, and a few workers. You also have a limited amount of time before you get your first batch of prisoners. Between the starting sum of money and the grants you can get by agreeing to build certain buildings, you have to buy materials for your building and construct different facilities with your workers. The goal is to get a basic functioning prison up by the time your first round of prisoners arrive. After they arrive, you can choose to take in more prisoners or not receive any at all for the time being. You get payed by the amount of prisoners you have, so the goal of the game is to host the most prisoners in order to make the most money. It is not as easy as it might seem, though. Aside from basic building construction, you also have to pay for other realistic facility needs such as electricity and plumbing. Your prisoners also have a happiness rate, and if they are not happy with their standard of living, they will eventually riot. In order to run a successful prison, you have to hire prison staff such as guards, cooks, and wardens. As if that's not enough to handle, prisoners can get their hands on contraband based on the different locations of the prison they visit. So do you have what it takes to run a successful prison?

I decided to cover Prison Architect this week because it is a game I personally enjoy, and many of our customers have facility maintenance jobs for different correctional facilities. In a nut shell, it is an in-depth correctional facility tycoon. If you are interested in buying Prison Architect, you can purchase it on steam here for $30. If that's more money than you are willing to pay for a game like that, you can wait for Steam's winter sale where a lot of the more popular Steam games are given good discounts. Leave any questions or thoughts in the comment section below, and come back next Friday for more Gorilla madness!

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