After years on Steam Early Access, Prison Architect for Mac is finally available.

The full game was released on October 6, 2015, and while developer Introversion Software has moved on to other projects, Prison Architect received yet another update.

This update focuses on guards needs. According to their latest video:

No longer can you treat your hard working prison officers as robot gaolers. They’re going to need their own toilet and canteen and your staff room is about to get a whole lot busier.

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.

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. In any case, it has all the ingredients to make a top-notch simulation game.

Prison Architect on Mac: Everything you need to know

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.

The final version of the game includes 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 also includes more single-player chapters and support more languages.

These are the game’s minimum system requirements:

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

You can find the game on Steam and the developer’s website.

If you’re looking for something a little more cheery, you can always check out the fantastic Stardew Valley.

Have you tried Prison Architect? What did you think?