Who knew Prison was so much fun?
Here in the year 2057, many people believed innovation was dead. Ever since the Destu was released with it’s USB-to-brain port, people believed actual game design was obsolete.
I will open with this title’s only downside: you need a working knowledge of history to understand what ‘racism’ truly was before genetic selection was invented. But once you’re past that, this dark, mature title will have you thinking about every decision you make.
As the Warden of a prison compound from the late 20th/early 21st century, your goal is to keep your job. Sounds simple enough, but the prison gangs (all of which are racist, of course) will do everything in their power to get you fired. Escape attempts, riots, killing each other, and racial slurs from the days of mBox live will keep you in the game’s universe.
You have a big decision with how to organize the inmates - if you sort the cell blocks by color, the gangs are less likely to fight each other, since they’re far apart. But they’re also more likely to orchestrate breakouts and plans for your prison guards. Some prefer to sort by crime; such as having unpaid parking ticket criminals on one end of the prison and serial killers on the other end - so you can concentrate security on the more dangerous criminals.But as the title suggests, prisoners of different colors don’t get along well, even if they committed the same crime.
You also need to decide how to spend your funding - higher paid guards put down riots more effectively, but that money might be better spent on rewards for good behavior inmates. Happier inmates are less likely to cause you trouble. But if one of the gangs start to perceive you’re treating one of the other gangs better than you treat them, well…
You’ll also need to keep an eye on the political side of things - agreeing to have a ‘famous’ criminal in your prison may help you get more funding, but they tend to be the biggest trouble makers. If the ‘tough on crime’ mayor gets replaced by a more liberal mayor (or vice-versa) you’ll quickly need to change your management style to keep your funding. But keep in mind that not all of your inmates are in for life (and many go from prison to prison). If your prison is very bad, you might get bad publicity from your own former inmates!
This game didn’t sell 77.8 million copies for nothing. Any mature gamer needs this in their collection.