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    angelarvizucruz's Prison Architect (PC)

    [March 30, 2018 05:01:45 PM]
    The gameís story continues to get more and more intense. It seems everything will be connected in one way or another. I appreciate games who manage to tie together multiple story threads together in a coherent manner. Gameplay continues to evolve and grow and I continue to be amazed by it. I said so before, the mechanic is simply just clicking and dragging, nothing else. Itís an amazing example of how a simple gameplay system can be expanded upon to have so mechanics. The ability to shakedown inmates is crazy, it sent my whole prison into a panic. At least, it seemed to be a panic by how everyone began to run around and my screen began to show me all the contraband that was being found. I was supposed to be finding drugs, but what came up were weapons, poisons, money, and alcohol, along with the drugs. It was crazy. Due to this, I was tasked with building rooms for therapy and counseling to take place in for those who were addicts. The only requirements were for them to be common areas and to have eight chairs. Theyíre simple requirements, but I was able to deck it out and make it look pretty nice.

    Then came the riot in the next chapter. Three chapters in and I was still learning new mechanics. This is where the game got very serious for me, as it showed you via polaroids the chaos happening inside. I panicked, trying to get the situation under control to no avail. I had to wait for riot guards to arrive and then use them to take back the prison. This was as far as I got, but if prison architect is a true job, they have guts of steel.
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    [March 29, 2018 09:33:40 AM]
    Continuing to play the game, Iím very involved in the mechanics presented. Itís a simple click and drag function but theres just so much you can do. Itís amazing to see how simplicity can open the door to so many options and choices left up to the player to do. I got a bit more free roam with what I wished to do with the prison, and I immediately did what I could to make the prisoners happy. The prison was a mess and I cleaned it up to the best of my abilities and provided what I could in the terms of comfort and entertainment for the prisoners. However, a line from the CEO stood out to me: I could either do my best to satisfy them, or ignore them and use force to keep them in line. As the architect, I donít really have to care for how they feel, as long as they have basic needs. Itís not my job to care for them, simply to give them what is needed to survive. I wish to replay the game and be a dictator, and see how that would impact how my prisoners act. Also, turns out, there is indeed a connected story, and itís quite intriguing. I canít wait to see more.
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    [March 28, 2018 03:20:03 PM]
    It turns out, I had gotten my games mixed up! I had original thought the premise of Prisoon Architect was that of The Escapists. A few minutes into the game and I was quickly proven wrong. I was under the assumption that you built the best prison possible, then had to escape said prison due to plot reasons. It seems you only build the prison, but thatís far from it. The story elements make themselves clear from the get go, and things turn very dark and serious, very quickly. I can see why this game has been included to this course. Clearly, the delimas you will be faced with are whether or not youíre in the right to decide someones fate. All you do is build the prison, while the law decides which prisoners live or die. Along with that, thereís also a lot of visual representation from the simplistic sprites of the in game vs the detailed polaroids that serve as cutscenes, as well as having the ability to make the execution room holding cells more homely for prisoners spending their last hours on earth in their. The game sets up an odd tone and Iím excited to see where it goes.
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    angelarvizucruz's Prison Architect (PC)

    Current Status: Playing

    GameLog started on: Tuesday 27 March, 2018

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