Technically, Prison Architect (opens in new tab) has been around since 2012, as it spent several years in an alpha state and in Steam Early Access. But today marks exactly five years since Introversion Software's prison management simulation officially launched, and to celebrate, it's free to download and play (opens in new tab) for the next five days.
If you've never played it, you should really take the opportunity to do so this week. I reviewed it back in 2015, and it's a complex, challenging, and grimly satisfying simulator (opens in new tab). Since then it's been updated a number of times with both free and paid DLC.
Publisher Paradox Interactive shared some data on just how busy players have been in the prison sim since 2015. Here are a few statistics on what they've accomplished:
- 8,951,166 prisons built
- 806,190,699 inmates
- 5,744,636 shakedowns
- 2,783,852 tunnel searches
- 1,775,636 lockdowns
That's a lot of very busy wardens. If you're looking to buy, Prison Architect is 80 percent off until October 12, which means you can have it for about six bucks, and DLC is on sale as well.