After years on Steam’s Early Access program, Prison Architect is officially coming to Mac, Linux and Windows on October 6. The news came straight from Introversion Software, the British indie team behind the prison simulator.

Prison Architect spent over 3 years in Early Access, but that didn’t stop it from selling millions of copies. In fact, the game sold over 1,000,000 copies of the alpha version alone! But I can’t say I’m surprised.

There’s a reason Prison Architect is one of 2015’s Best Mac Games.

The game tackles a proven formula (building and management of an establishment) and uses it in a place you never thought of before: a maximum security prison.

Prison Architect lets you build your very own prison from the ground up. From building the cells, security facilities and utilities, to hiring and assigning staff (such as a warden, guards, workers and more).

But your job doesn’t stop there. Once the prison is up and running, you will have to manage its finances and make sure everyone is happy (you do not want a prison riot).

Think Zoo Tycoon or something like that but in a slightly darker environment.


About Prison Architect’s Mac version

Prison Architect MacI’m not a big fan unfinished games, but I did give it a try and liked what I saw. The game uses a top-down view, and because of the simplicity of the graphics, it runs smoothly even on older Macs. If you have a MacBook Air or an older MacBook Pro, this game could be a good option for you.

I can’t wait to check the game with all the features enabled. The final version will even include a brand-new mode: The Escape Mode. In it, you will attempt to break out of the prison you created (or one from the 12,000 community-made prisons so far). The final version will also include more single-player chapters and support more languages.


Prison Architect’s Mac Requirements

According to Steam, the game’s Mac minimum system requirements are:

  • Processor: 2009 era Macbook Pro, Core2 Duo processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space

You can find the Early version of the game on Steam and the developer’s website. Once the game will be released, you will automatically get the final version too.

Have you tried Prison Architect on Mac before? What did you think?