Click image for larger versionFoundations
- This Tool allows you to build and destroy buildings of your Prison by clicking the 'Building
' button (see image below) that appears. Click & drag to make your building. Very important Tool in Prison Architect
, as it allows you to assign Rooms to the buildings and make certain Items (e.g. Light) function properly.Click image for larger versionMaterials
- This Tool allows you to put down different types of Floors, Walls, and FencesClick image for larger versionRooms
- One of the most important Tools in Prison Architect. Rooms are Areas of space dedicated to a certain purpose (see image below). Some Rooms can only
be placed if the building has been created using the Foundation Tool. Some Rooms are locked at the beginning until you've unlocked them by using the Bureaucracy Menu.
Each Room has its own set of requirements and can be placed in the same way as buildings by clicking and dragging to the required size. Removal of a Room can be done by right clicking and dragging over the Room.Click image for larger versionObjects
- This Tool gives you all the Items you need to fulfill a Room requirement. Hovering your mouse over a Room will show you what Items you'll need to make the Room function properly.
Note that some Rooms will need certain Items to give it purpose (e.g. Canteens need Benches to allow the Prisoners to sit on while eating)These Objects/Items do not work at the moment (so don't buy them):- Electric ChairStaff
- This Tool allows you to hire your Prison's workforce.
Click the person you want and then click anywhere on the map to place them.
Note that you can only hire a certain amount of Staff until you've researched the Accountant in the Bureaucracy Menu.Click image for larger versionUtilities
- Clicking on this Tool allows you to see an underground map of your Prison plot.
Its purpose is to give you power over where each Water Pipe and Electricity Cable goes (see image below).Click image for larger versionBureaucracy
- Bureaucracy is unlocked by the Warden.
The Bureaucracy Menu allows you to research and unlock additional Staff and Objects for your Prison, for example the Accountants, who manage your finances, thus allowing you to take full control of your earnings and losses. It can also unlock the Chief of Security, who unlocks the Deployments Menu, Riot Guards (Riot Guards currently serves no purpose) and the CCTV Cameras and Monitors.Click image for larger versionDeployment
- Unlocked by the Chief of Security.
The Deployment tool allows you to take advanced control of your Prison. When selected you will be shown the Deployment screen (see image below) which gives you access to assign Guards to patrol certain Areas, as well as to set Areas to Low, Medium and High Risk Prisoners Areas and Staff-Only Areas. Also contains the Unlock tool (Green Square Button in image below) that sets all doors in an Area to the Locked Open State. Jobs (e.g. Laundry, Workshop, Kitchen, etc) for the Prisoners are also managed from here.Click image for larger versionContraband
- Unlocked by the Chief of Security.
This button shows an overlay of all possible Sources of Contraband within your Prison. It also tells you in which Categories (Weapons, Tools, Narcotics & Luxuries) each Item falls into. Some particularly useful Items fall into multiple Categories, so watch out.
Any Contraband found by your Guards in the past 12 hours will also show up in this screen as a Green Circle. You will often want to know how that Item of Contraband made it into the Prison, and your Guards are now trained to interrogate Prisoners and find out this valuable information. Click on any of Green Circles in the Contraband Screen and you'll see a Trail revealing the Origin and History of that particular Item of Contraband.
The are four Categories of Contraband, but many different variants within each Category:
|Category ||Description |
|Weapons ||Commonly stolen Item (especially in dangerous Prisons where fights are common). |
You won't see it until it’s too late and there are bodies on the floor.
|Tools ||Typically come from the Workshop or Storage Room. |
It will be used to dig Escape Tunnels in a future alpha version of Prison Architect
|Narcotics ||Commonly desired Item for many bored Prisoners and will eventually lead to Addictions and Erratic Behaviour |
|Luxuries ||Includes anything that makes Prison life a little more bearable: a Bottle of Booze to pass the time, or a Mobile Phone to call Loved Ones |
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