28 Games Like Prison Architect

Games Like Prison ArchitectOur compilation of games like Prison Architect features other games that blend construction and management together in a variety of game settings.

Drawing inspiration from the many classic management games before it Prison Architect was a crowdfunded effort developed by Introversion Software. From idea to final launch took nearly 3 years with the end result being a high quality game based on players building and managing their own private high security prison.

With a bird’s eye view of the prison players can design their ideal prison environment. From creating an adequate number of cells to ensuring basic facilities are available the game has plenty of building elements for players to customise the look and feel of their prison. This depth also extends to the management aspect of the game where players will need to hire the appropriate staff (warden, workers and guards for example) while staying within the financial constraints they find themselves in. With both story modes and a prison escape mode there is plenty of gameplay to be immersed in.

The games like Prison Architect collected on this page include some of the original classic management games of which Prison Architect is based on. It also includes other modern takes on the building and management genre that take place in unique settings and offer you all the tools to create the world around you.
kapi-hospital

Kapi Hospital

Kapi Hospital puts you at the head of your very own hospital as you try to cure patients of all sorts of medical issues. The game is playable within your browser and just like the other games produced by Upjers you’ll find a high quality experience that doesn’t push you to make in game purchases. At the start of your ...[Read More]

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7 User Avg (25 votes)
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Dungeon Keeper

The original Dungeon Keeper is often credited as popularising dark humour in games and was released in 1997. Challenging players to manage their own dungeon while defeating various heroes the game was hugely successful and led to an equally satisfying sequel (Dungeon Keeper 2) two years later. Dungeon Keeper sends players o...[Read More]

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9.6 User Avg (8 votes)
evil-genius

Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair (complete with plans for world domination). The game launched in 2004 with development by Elixir Studios. The game is set somewhere in the 1960s or 1970s and offers a humorous and light hearted approach to gameplay t...[Read More]

MacPC
9.6 User Avg (21 votes)
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RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon (RCT) is one of the early construction and simulation games that let you take control of your own amusement park. The game launched in 1999 to critical success and eventually expanded to Xbox along with a number of expansion packs and sequels. The game is split into a large selection of predefined scena...[Read More]

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9.3 User Avg (11 votes)
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Wildlife Park 2

Wildlife Park 2 is the second game in the popular business simulation game series and has a number of similarities to the Zoo Tycoon series. Wildlife Park 2 was developed by Deep Silver for Windows and released in 2006 with two expansion packs being released in later years (Crazy Zoo and Marine World). The game uses a power...[Read More]

PC
9.1 User Avg (14 votes)

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Zoo Tycoon 2

Zoo Tycoon 2 builds on the gameplay of the original game and offers a solid tycoon experience that will have players creating animal exhibits, maintaining the park finances, keeping the guests happy and everything else that comes with running your own zoo. The game was published by Microsoft Game Studios and released in lat...[Read More]

MacPC
9 User Avg (31 votes)
dungeon-keeper-2

Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper 2 might have only been released two years after the original hit game but makes significant leaps in graphics and mechanics to expand on the Dungeon Keeper franchise. Once again you’ll be thrown into the underground to build your dungeon, attract creatures, craft traps and ultimately fight on the side o...[Read More]

PC
8.8 User Avg (12 votes)
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Tropico 4

Tropico 4 stays true to the popular Tropico series and is one of the better games like SimCity available. Tropico 4 was developed by the team at Haemimont Games and offers an exciting mixture of simulation, construction and management. The game allows players to create their own banana republic inspired island nation while ...[Read More]

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8.7 User Avg (20 votes)
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A Game of Dwarves

A Game of Dwarves puts you at the head of a dwarf settlement and gives you complete control of building a new and thriving dwarf civilisation. The game was released in 2012 by Paradox Interactive and draws inspiration from hits such as the Dungeon Keeper series and the increasingly popularity of Dwarf Fortress. Players play...[Read More]

PC
8.6 User Avg (5 votes)
startopia

StarTopia

StarTopia was put together by former Bullfrog employees and has you take control of several space stations as you attempt to create a thriving space hub for the galaxy. StarTopia was released back in 2001 and features the same humour filled gameplay that made the Dungeon Keeper series and similar games such as Theme Hospita...[Read More]

PC
8.6 User Avg (12 votes)
big-pharma

Big Pharma

Ever thought you’d be great at running your own giant pharmaceutical company? Chances are you haven’t but Big Pharma lets you live out this life anyway with a unique setting that combines the likes of puzzles, business management and tycoon games with a sprinkling of ethics. Throwing half a dozen different scena...[Read More]

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8.6 User Avg (11 votes)
planetbase

Planetbase

Fancy yourself as a colonist? Planetbase challenges you to settle the stars with your own team of space settlers as they try to establish an outpost on a remote planet. It’s a struggle for survival at its best and one of the few games set in the science fiction realm. Your goal in Planetbase to master the three game p...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (6 votes)
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Blueprint Tycoon

Can you run an efficient settlement by taking goods from raw material to complex items to sell for a profit? That’s the test that Blueprint Tycoon offers players with its uniquely slimmed down graphic style that has you creating paths for your workers to follow from your various buildings. Each Blueprint Tycoon game t...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (6 votes)
tropico-3

Tropico 3

Does the thought of ruling your own island nation sound like a good idea? In Tropico 3 you get to jump in the shoes of a dictator as he manages his own banana republic. The game is the third game in the series and adds plenty of new features. The main game mode available in Tropico 3 is the campaign which takes player throu...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (9 votes)
dwarf-fortress

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a unique city building experience that has players control their own group of dwarves in what is a very unique city building like experience that also incorporates some strategy/rogue-like elements. The game won’t appeal to everyone and has one of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever seen in a game but i...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (30 votes)
the-movies

The Movies

Imagine being the director of your very own movie set? That’s the vision that The Movies intends to deliver on with a unique and enjoyable mix of life simulation and tycoon business management. From creating the movie set, writing the script and building the stats of your movie stars The Movies lets you control all of...[Read More]

MacPC
8.4 User Avg (82 votes)
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Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS. Borrowing elements from the likes of Terraria and Dwarf Fortress you’re definitely in for a gaming treat. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving community of adventurers as you exp...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (44 votes)
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Game Corp DX

Game Corp DX delivers an enhanced version of the popular free to play game (Game Corp) with a large feature list there is plenty of room to manage your own gaming company without being bogged down by complex mechanics. In your Game Corp DX adventure your job is to take your simple game company from developing unsuccessful m...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (10 votes)
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Banished

Banished is one of the latest additions to the city building genre (launching in early 2014) and takes it into a unique medieval setting. Unlike other games where you have an abundance of resources you’ll find yourself focusing on balancing your scarce supplies to try and thrive. The game starts you off with your own commun...[Read More]

PC
8.1 User Avg (57 votes)
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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove takes a different direction to other games in the Tropico series but still features all of the core mechanics that make the city building experience so enjoyable and popular. Unlike the original Tropico game players will be running their own pirate island and take on the role of the pirate king. This ...[Read More]

PC
8.1 User Avg (11 votes)
zoo-tycoon

Zoo Tycoon

The original Zoo Tycoon promises an experience very similar to that of Roller Coaster Tycoon and has players managing their own zoo. The game was originally released in 2001 with two expansion packs, a Nintendo DS port, a sequel and a complete 2013 remake for the Xbox also created. Zoo Tycoon allows you to tackle the game i...[Read More]

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8.1 User Avg (10 votes)
tropico-5

Tropico 5

Tropico 5 continues the legacy of the series with a management and construction simulation game centred on city building. The game doesn’t step out of the Tropico formula too much, offering just enough new content to get old fans excited without moving away from the gameplay you’ve come to love. One of the greatest addition...[Read More]

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7.9 User Avg (14 votes)
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Game Dev Tycoon

Dream big as you create your own game development company in this business simulation game. Launched back in 2012 this tycoon game allows you to develop the games, hire your staff and conquer the gaming world. Game Dev Tycoon is known most notably for its unique attempt to counter piracy by releasing a cracked version of th...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (4 votes)
theme-hospital

Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital is another gaming classic developed by Bullfrog Productions and puts you at the head of controlling your own hospital with a twist of humour. The game originally launched in 1997 for Windows and Mac eventually making its way to the PlayStation, it is still available through the PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP ...[Read More]

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7.6 User Avg (12 votes)
tropico

Tropico

In Tropico players get to take control of El Presidente as he rules his own island nation in a Cold War era. The game is a light hearted city building, management and simulation game that injects humour into a number of its game mechanics. Tropico offers two different game modes for players to control their island nation, s...[Read More]

PC
7.5 User Avg (12 votes)
gnomoria

Gnomoria

Gnomoria puts you in control of a civilisation of gnomes who need your guidance to grow their settlement, fend off attacks, craft and dig. While a sandbox game at heart there is also plenty of management and strategy to also master. Each game in Gnomoria starts in a procedurally generated world with a number of sliders avai...[Read More]

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7.4 User Avg (5 votes)
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Sid Meier’s Railroads

Sid Meier’s Railroads lets players take control of the railways in a addicting and fun business simulation environment. The game is the successor to Railroad Tycoon 3 and was developed by Sid Meier for Windows (2006) with a Mac release being published several years later (2012). Sid Meier’s Railroads is a 3D business simula...[Read More]

MacPC
7.2 User Avg (10 votes)
spacebase-df9

Spacebase DF-9

Build and maintain your own space station in Spacebase DF-9 a game of ships, asteroids, aliens and more. You’ll get to assign jobs to the citizens that you attract while you try your best to keep them alive and grow your space station. At the start of your Spacebase DF-9 adventure players will get to choose which part...[Read More]

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5.7 User Avg (16 votes)