I got into Prison Architect way back when and played quite a lot of it. Since then a whole lot has been added; CCTV surveillance, guard dogs, designated patrols and so on.
I was afraid it had become too complicated, too micro for me to enjoy, but after a couple of hours of playing last night, starting from scratch and learning the game I still really enjoy it!
The planning tool is awesome, letting you draw out contours before actually sending in the builders. The CCTV-system and remote door access are great although I could never find any numbers on how many cameras or remote doors one control table can handle - so far I haven’t run into problems.
I even got my prisoners to sit down on the school bench to learn something. Speaking of learning, sometimes I want the game to have better tooltips and/or better tutorials, but on the other hand [A] the game is still in Early Access/Alpha (depending on where you get it from), and [B] learning the game is half the fun!
At some point I thought designing and running a prison would be too restrictive an experience for a game, and I was afraid it wouldn’t be fun after the first prison, but as of right now my head is overflowing with different ideas on how to build the next prison more effectively or just cooler!
Queue up another episode of Orange is the New Black and on to building the next wing!