Games on my Radar : Prison Architect

19 Oct
October 19, 2012

Dunno about you guys, but I love me a good management sim. I have fond memories of games like Dungeon Keeper and Theme Hospital, and frankly I’d love to make one myself, at some point in the future.

As a matter of fact, I already have a few ideas for sim games. I have a document I keep, of any promising game ideas I have, so that I don’t forget them. It’s about 25 entries so far, mostly RPG and sim/strategy. Those are the genres I’m most interested in exploring, though there are a few action ideas, stuff like Thief-alikes.

Anyway, “Prison Architect” by Introversion Software is looking MIGHTY promising. Videos are showing lots of lovely, crunchy details, I’m hoping this is one we can sink our collective teeth into. I dig how you have to handle the plumbing and electrical layout, too.

Clever art style too, I thought. Cost efficient in time and money for an indie developer, but still rather endearing, I thought. It’s a similar design philosophy to how a lot of indies embrace retro graphics, except I don’t find pixellated that endearing. I prefer stylized or cartooney, personally.

I’d be tempted to sign on for the alpha, but I’ve been spending way too much money recently, what with Dishonored and XCOM, for a man who hasn’t earned an income in almost a year. :/

Hopefully I can change that soon. Fingers crossed!

I’ll end this post with a little teaser. Monday. I’ll be showing the first proper screenshots for my game on Monday. Tune in! 🙂

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