Management sims aren’t all that common on consoles (R.I.P Theme Park World, PS1) so it’s always a little treat for enthusiasts when a new one does release on home consoles.
The latest to release is Prison Architect, though it’s been readily available on OC for a while now. It’s out now on Xbox One as part of the Game Preview Program that allows players to essentially buy a game before it’s 100% ready for release. The price tag for this one? £19.99. Not a bad price, but for something that’s not quite ready to come out of the oven, it may seem a little steep.
Prison Architect lets players build and manage their very own prisons, as you probably summarised from the game’s name. Players can play god with their inmates by setting uo schedules, lights out and all other warden-y types of things.
The keyboard jockey writing this piece is actually rather partial to Prison Architect on PC, so it comes recommended – just bear in mind that the Xbox One release isn’t quite up to scratch with the PC version currently available.
Prison Architect is due to release on PS4 and Xbox 360, too, but as neither have any type of early access program, you’ll just have to wait for the full version to release. It’s also worth noting that there’s a free demo on the Xbox One, so perhaps give it a test run before condemning your cash to hard time.