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Inmates can escape over walls using ropes made of uniforms in latest Prison Architect update

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Managing your own jail (opens in new tab) in Prison Architect (opens in new tab) just got a little bit tougher. As of the latest update, prisoners can now attempt to escape using a rope fashioned from their own jumpsuits. 

Prisoners working in the laundry will occasionally try to steal five uniforms to make the rope, and may trade it with other prisoners. If you don't notice the missing stock or find the rope stashed away, then they'll head out to the nearest wall, fling the rope over, and make their escape. You'll have to tell a workman to get it down sharpish, because other prisoners can follow them.

Strong prisoners now don't even need a rope to escape: then can straight-up climb over fences to get out. 

But you've also got a new tool to help keep prisoners in line: the roll call. You can do it at anytime—3am seems best—and it will wake up all prisoners and force them to stand in their cell doorway. If they're late, it's a dead giveaway that they've been tunneling underground, and nearby guards (or your own watchful eyes) will notice.

The update also adds new graphs for your to track the performance of your prison over time, improves mod support and fixes bugs. You can read the patch notes here (opens in new tab), and watch developer Introversion Software talk through the changes in the video above.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.