Build and Manage 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?

Inspired by Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Theme Hospital and with over 1 million players having spent time inside, Prison Architect is the world’s best lock-­em-­up.

Story Mode

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.

Escape Mode

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 community.

What's New

Version 1.0.1

• Added Warden Mode.
• New Floor Signage.
• New Attract screen.
• Many balance changes
• Fixed an issue causing Workmen to regularly move shop goods back and forth between the Shop and Storage.
• Fixed: Dogs of fired handlers would occassionally maul some unsuspecting prisoner to death for no reason. Bad dog!
• Fixed: Number of staff resting with staff needs enabled is now updated correctly
• Fixed: Some objective markers for non-English languages appearing in English, they will now be translated correctly
• Fixed: Sectorisation of mixed regular and family cell blocks will no longer split the regular cells into separate sectors.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Addictive and Deep - Needs to utilize more than one core


Very fun and addictive game play. Main issue with the game currently is that its extremely processor heavy. I have looked around online and it seems like this is more of a function of the game not utilizing the multiple cores on a processor or the installed GPU. Currently I can’t really play it without being plugged in since it drains the battery.

Looking forward to an upgrade that fixes this issue. Otherwise I am going to be getting lost being the Warden in this darkly satisfiying game.

Fun and thought provoking game


I really like this game but there are LOTS of issues. There are still small bugs here and there (staff room requires an inmate to use it as a canteen???).
As others have said, this is PROCESSOR and battery intensive. Using a 2016 MBP, I need to keep it plugged in to play the game (battery will last for about an 1:15 from a full charge, if not).
The BIGGEST issue is the constant crashing. Will randomly crash every ~15min-30min. Once this is resolved, will definitely bump the rating up!

As for the meat of the game, you really need to think about the flow of your prison… There are lots of little things that affect the larger things (providing mail to inmates or parole hearings or death row). Having never been to jail, it really makes you think about NOT wanting to go to jail (for obvious reasons). 😁

This is a simulation game! If you’re thinking you’re gonna shoot up a prison… WRONG genre! This is a SLOW game… Boring to some… Fascinating to others.

Great Game


Game doesn’t crash or anything on me. I decided to take a risk since there weren’t any reviews when I bought it but glad I did! Hours of fun, you can tell they were inspired by Theme Hospital. Nice graphics, and a great challenge. I can happily say it took me awhile to get good at it, but it never gets too easy!


MP Digital, LLC
362.9 MB
English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
© 2017 Introversion Software. Published on the Mac App Store by MacPlay.


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